Teacher Journeys 2020: Experiences in Emergency Remote Teaching

In language education in Japan and around the world, almost every teacher's career path takes the form of a unique and eventful journey. We often take this for granted, but it is exactly these journeys, these narratives of teacher identity formation, that enrich our profession and serve our students.

Over the past nine years, the Teacher Journeys conference has traveled around Japan to highlight these teacher narratives. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for the Teacher Journeys 2020 Conference have had to change. In place of a face-to-face conference, the JALT Teacher Development SIG and West Tokyo JALT will now curate a collection of teacher videos sharing responses to teaching in these new circumstances for Teacher Journeys 2020. These videos will be shared on the conference site from late summer to early fall. We would also like to include a written version of all accepted presentations in a special issue of the JALT Teacher Development SIG journal, Explorations in Teacher Development, to appear in 2021.

It is our hope and belief that the growth teachers are experiencing now will far outlast the pandemic itself. No matter where you are in your journey as a teacher, or how your teaching context has been affected, we hope you will share your stories of teacher development through these troubling times.