PIGATE is a grass-roots pre-service and in-service teacher development group in Kumamoto. Meetings are held every second Saturday from 13:30 to 16:30. The current meeting place is given in the google map below. All are welcome to share! For more detailed information, check out their newsletters (in our Downloads section) and visit their blog at http://higopigate.blogspot.jp/.
PIGATE has been led by Takaki Nobuyuki for over two decades, and in that time he has shared the group's journey and success with others in the field. Below are some of his publications in this area, courtesy of the JALT publications database.
Sato, K., Cholewinski, M., Cornwell, S., Heigham, J., Kiyokawa, S., & Takaki, N. (2007). Communities of supportive professionals: Creating a teacher learning community through professional development. In K. Bradford-Watts (Ed.), JALT2006 Conference Proceedings. Tokyo: JALT.
Sato, K., Takaki, N., Okada, C., Takahashi, K., Yamashita, R., & Serikawa, H. (2005). Lifelong Teacher Learning through a Collaborative Study Group. In K. Bradford-Watts, C. Ikeguchi, & M. Swanson (Eds.), JALT2004 Conference Proceedings. Tokyo: JALT.
Takaki, N. & Laskowski, T. (2002). An on-going study investigating teacher thinking of JTEs: A tale of two teaching cultures. In M. Swanson & D. McMurray (Eds.), JALT2001 Conference Proceedings. Tokyo: JALT.