Hi Everyone,

It’s that time of the year again!  We’re holding our JETAA Bonenkai on Saturday, Dec 17th (sorry for the short notice).

If you’re out of town and would like to come but need a place to stay let me know!  I’m working on finding hosts in Miami with free rooms (if you’re in Miami and have a free room please let me know at floridajetaa@gmail.com).

Cost: $20 per person (pay-your-own-drinks and tip not included)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Koume Japanese Restaurants, 11905 W. Sunrise Blvd, Plantation, Fl (In the shopping center with PetSmart in the South East corner of the parking lot).

RSVP to wlo01@hotmail.com
by 5 PM on Wednesday, Dec 14th.

JETs and Friends of JETs welcome!

**Please note that you must RSVP by email to guarantee your spot.**

If you’re a member of the Facebook group and want to RSVP or see who else is
going, you can view the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/288915161145589/

Hope to see you there!


President JETAAFL

The following is from Kerry Swarr, Director of Human Capital at Urban Teacher Center:

The Urban Teacher Center (UTC) is a four-year, alternative teacher preparation program that operates in the Washington, DC region (and soon in additional cities).  Each cohort participates in an intensive year-long residency, followed by a three-year teaching commitment in a high-need urban elementary, middle or high school.  UTC residents prepare to become highly competent teachers; in addition to the clinical experience, they also enroll in a Master’s of Education program that is directly relevant to the urban teacher.  All UTC teachers are part of an unprecedented commitment to student performance:  only those who can demonstrate that they can improve student learning will complete the program.  Over time, UTC teachers will be among the most expert and results-oriented in the nation.   For more information, visit us on the web at www.urbanteachercenter.org.
Our upcoming application deadlines for the 2012-13 school year are: October 15, 2011, December 15, 2011, February 15, 2012, April 15, 2012 and May 15, 2012.  The program for the 2012-2013 school year will begin in late June 2012.  The application is available via the UTC website at www.urbanteachercenter.org.

All JETs keenly remember the moment when they realized their JET experience was not going to be exactly what they had envisioned: the cold apartments, the rural countryside, the plethora of food definitely NOT provided at your favorite Japanese restaurant back home… But there were amazing moments, too, such as making a breakthrough with a student, finally feeling like a useful member of your teaching staff, and realizing that your Japanese town or city would always have a place in your heart.

Toronto-based artist David Namisato has been delighting the JETAA community for years with his monthly “Life After the B.O.E” web comics, which perfectly capture the wonderfully bizarre range of emotions and situations JETs experience.  And now they’re available in book form (and with several more brand new comics!).

Available at Amazon.com and CreateSpace, consider picking one up for yourself or for a fellow JET in your life!