2008 National Conference » Speakers

Allyson Nakamoto

Teacher Programs Manager, Japanese American National Museum

Ms. Nakamoto works with educators and school districts from across the country to further the teaching of the Japanese American experience within the broader context of the United States’ ethnic and cultural diversity. Recently, she participated in a multi-year partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Arkansas master teachers to create multidisciplinary unit plans for grades 5-12 that explore the state’s history of civil rights and social justice. The completed units were distributed to each public school in the state of Arkansas. Ms. Nakamoto is currently directing the National Museum’s three-year project, funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, entitled Enduring Communities: The Japanese American Experience in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah, which will result in a national conference in July 2008 and teacher-created, standards-based curriculum distributed throughout the five states.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Enduring Communities Educators Presentation
Mary Grace Ketner, Consultant, UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures
Toni Loroña-Allen, Middle School Educator, Sacaton Middle School, Sacaton School District
Allyson Nakamoto, Teacher Programs Manager, Japanese American National Museum
Pam Newman, Regis University
Rebecca Sánchez, Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
Dave Seiter, High School Educator, Northridge High School, Davis School District
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Capitol 7, 4th Floor
Topic: Defining, Preserving and Expanding the Community

Sunday, July 6

Nikkei Album Workshop
Allyson Nakamoto, Teacher Programs Manager, Japanese American National Museum
Bobby Okinaka, Web Editor, Japanese American National Museum
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Mineral Hall A, 3rd Floor
Topic: Passing It Forward