PULLMAN, Wash. — Japanese and American educators will compare school reform efforts in both countries at a series of four public seminars to be held on October 19 and 20 at the Washington State University College of Education.

The Japanese educators speaking at the seminars are members of a delegation of eight K-12 educators from Nishinomiya, a Spokane-sized city near Osaka, who are visiting Pullman as part of a cross-cultural partnership established in 1987. The partnership, between the WSU College of Education and the Nishinomiya School District, is the first and only collaborative relationship established between an American education college and a Japanese school district.

Anyone interested in educational issues is invited to attend the four seminars, announced Donald B. Reed, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology and coordinator of the program committee.

On Thursday, Oct. 19, one seminar examines school administration and student achievement. It will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. in Cleveland Hall, Room 353. A second seminar, focusing on collaboration in public education, will be held at the same time in Cleveland Hall, Room 160A.

On Friday, Oct. 20, a seminar examines social studies, curriculum reform and the school week. It will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. in Cleveland Hall, Room 353. At the same time, a second seminar focusing on special education and classroom management will be held in Cleveland Hall, Room 160A.

The public is also invited to attend the closing ceremony, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday in Cleveland Hall’s first floor foyer, in front of the entrance to the Brain Education Library.

The Nishinomiya delegation visits Pullman as part of an annual cross-cultural exchange every other year. The delegation will be attending the WSU football game on Saturday, Oct. 21, and then leaving Pullman to return to Japan on Sunday.

Note to editors: Representatives of the Japanese delegation will be available for interviews and photographs on Friday, Oct. 20. Contact Don Reed via cell phone at 509/338-7079 for arrangements.