Rena Weber, graduate of Little Snake River Valley High School in Baggs, Wyo., has been selected for summer study in Japan.
Weber, an American history teacher at Wheat Ridge High School in Wheat Ridge, is preparing for an 18-day study tour in Japan. She will be joining 18 other secondary educators from around the nation in the study program, which is conducted by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Until July 18, the group will travel to the cities of Tokyo, Matsue, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. During the program, the group will focus on Japan's history, cultural heritage, and educational system.
They will tour historical sites, visit with teachers and students, and experience homestay visits with Japanese families.
Weber was selected for the study tour based on her successful participation in several classes on Japan and her commitment to enhancing teaching about Japan. She attended a three-day orientation workshop in April in Boulder.
In the fall she also will participate in a three-day follow-up workshop and will share her experience with students, teachers and the community in the coming academic year.
The program was made possible through a grant from the Freeman Foundation, which has dedicated its efforts to improving the quality of teaching about Asia in the nation's schools, with support from the Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado.