Eureka Springs EAST Facilitator Floro-Powell Meets With Japanese Educators

   

Eureka Springs EAST Facilitator Floro-Powell Meets With Japanese Educators
8/12/2013 4:28:48 PM

Eureka Springs High School EAST Program Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro-Powell met with Japanese educators at the “Learning GIS” workshop hosted by the ESRI-Japan office in Tokyo, Japan. Mrs. Floro-Powell was in Tokyo as a participant in the JFMF Teacher Program that hosted distinguished American primary and secondary school educators.

Eureka Springs High School EAST Program Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro-Powell met with Japanese educators at the “Learning GIS” workshop hosted by the ESRI-Japan office in Tokyo, Japan when she presented her paper on “Developing Community Projects”, last October 7, 2006. Mrs. Floro-Powell was in Tokyo as a participant in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund (JFMF) Teacher Program that hosted distinguished American primary and secondary school educators during a 3-week stay in Japan to promote greater intercultural understanding between two nations. Floro-Powell took time off from her JFMF schedule to speak at the “Learning GIS” workshop.

Other speakers at the GIS Workshop included: Mr. Tatsuya Saito of the Ibaraki Prefectural Namiki High School (“How GIS is used in Namiki High School”), Dr. Hiroshi Ota of the Keio Futsubu Junior High School (“Share the Global Map Project”), and Ms. Rei Mukoyama of the NPO Asaza Fund (“Asaza Project: GIS and Integrated Study in School”). It was a delightful coincidence that the papers from Mrs. Floro-Powell and Mr. Saito were also presented at the ESRI Educ Users Conference that was held in San Diego earlier this year.

Japanese-English translator Junji Shiraishi and GIS Education Specialist Kohei Yaguchi, both from ESRI-Japan, ably assisted Mrs. Floro-Powell and all the speakers. There was much to learn and share among the American and Japanese educators who wished to promote GIS education at the K-12 level. Also at the meeting was ESRI –Japan President Chiharu Masaki who hosted the delicious traditional Japanese lunch.

ESRI designs and develops the world's leading geographic information system (GIS) technology that is used to help shape the world around us.

The Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund, based in Tokyo, oversees all aspects of the Teacher Program. The program is sponsored by the Government of Japan and was launched in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. government Fulbright Program, which has enabled more than 6,000 Japanese citizens to study in the U.S. on Fulbright scholarships for graduate education and research. The Institute of International Education acts as the agency for the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund to coordinate the recruitment and pre-departure activities of the Teacher Program in the United States.

Eureka Springs High School EAST Program Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro-Powell (third from left, front row) met with Japanese educators at the “Learning GIS” workshop hosted by the ESRI-Japan office in Tokyo, Japan when she presented her paper on “Developing Community Projects”, last October 7, 2006. Mrs. Floro-Powell was in Tokyo as a participant in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund (JFMF) Teacher Program that hosted distinguished American primary and secondary school educators during a 3-week stay in Japan to promote greater intercultural understanding between two nations. Floro-Powell took time off from her JFMF schedule to speak at the “Learning GIS” workshop. Shown with Mrs. Floro-Powell are Japanese-English translator Junji Shiraishi (third from right, back row) and GIS Education Specialist Kohei Yaguchi (second from left, front row), both from ESRI-Japan. Also at the meeting was ESRI –Japan President Chiharu Masaki (extreme right, front row) who hosted the delicious traditional Japanese lunch. Other speakers at the GIS Workshop included: Mr. Tatsuya Saito of the IbarHigh School (third from right, front row) and Dr. Hiroshi Ota of the Keio Futsubu Junior High School (second from right, front row).

Floro-Powell will be among 200 educators visiting Japan in October. They will begin their visit in Tokyo with a practical orientation on Japanese life and culture and meetings with Japanese government officials and educators. They then will travel in groups of 20 to selected host cities where they will have direct contact with Japanese teachers and students during visits to primary and secondary schools as well as a teachers college. They will also visit cultural sites and local industries in addition to a brief homestay with a Japanese family. Floro-Powell’s host city is Soka in the Saitama Perfecture.

The Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund, based in Tokyo, oversees all aspects of the Teacher Program. The program is sponsored by the Government of Japan and was launched in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. government Fulbright Program, which has enabled more than 6,000 Japanese citizens to study in the U.S. on Fulbright scholarships for graduate education and research. The Institute of International Education acts as the agency for the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund to coordinate the recruitment and pre-departure activities of the Teacher Program in the United States.

Six hundred educators from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be invited to visit Japan in June, October and November of 2006 (200 in each group). To date, more than 5,000 primary and secondary educators have visited Japan through the JFMF Teacher Program. Upon their return, program participants share what they have learned about Japan with their students and communities through a variety of outreach projects.

Primary and secondary school educators throughout the United States can apply to take part in one of the two trips to Japan scheduled for 2007, as guests of the Japanese Government. Teacher of all disciplines, including art, physical education, English, EST, history, geography, math, science, EAST, and special education, from every region of the United States, are encouraged to apply. Applicants are not required or expected to have previous knowledge of Japanese or Japan. The application deadline for both 2007 trips is December 7, 2006. For more information about the 2007 competition, please refer to http://www.fulbrightmemorialfund.jp or contact 1-888-527-2636 (1-888-Japan-FMF) or jfmf@iie.org. All applications must be completed online.

Mila Lynne Floro-Powell was born and raised in the Philippines. She came to the United States to attend Smith College (in Northampton, Massachusetts) where she got her undergraduate degree in English Literature. She went on to the University of Southern California (in Los Angeles, California) for her Masters in Business Administration, with emphasis on Entrepreneurship, Venture Management and Marketing. She has two insurance designations: Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) and Health Insurance Association (HIA). During her 25 years in the business world, she was a stockbroker, technology broker, banker, importer, marketing and insurance executive. In 2001, she left corporate life and became the EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) Program Facilitator at the Eureka Springs High School. She and her husband, Gordon, also own and manage Bear Creek Nursery.

Some of the community projects that Floro-Powell’s EAST Program students have worked on: Western Carroll County 911 Mapping Project, Carroll County Emergency Evacuation Landing Zone Mapping Project, Eureka Springs Fire Hydrant Mapping Project, Eureka Springs Historic District Mapping Project, Eureka Springs Historic Cemetery Mapping Project, Harmon Park Contour Mapping Project, Eureka Springs Historical Museum, Western Carroll County 911 Identification Mapping Project, Carroll County Community Technology Center, Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Blood Pressure Monitoring Device Project, EAST Initiative and the Eureka Springs High School Butterfly Garden.

In 2004, the Eureka Springs EAST Program was one of 2 EAST Programs in the entire United States that received the first ever Founder's Award, the EAST Initiative’s highest national award designed to recognize the EAST Program that demonstrated excellence in the categories of Community Achievement (Community Service), Collaboration and the Integration of Technology. In addition, the EAST Program has won numerous state and national awards and grants for their community service projects.

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