PIE SIG Newsletter – Spring 2023

​                        NEWSLETTER       SPRING 2023

Happy New (Academic) Year! We hope you had a great spring break and are raring to go. This newsletter, the first of four this year (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter) includes plans for 2023 (networking events, future conferences, publications, and projects), news from 2022 (elections, past conferences, publications), and basic information.  If you have any original opinion, book review, or teacher life hack that you would like to share in this newsletter, send it to David Kluge at jaltpiesig@gmail.com.

PLANS for 2023

Publications Chair Philip Head

Dear fellow PIE SIG members,

I am pleased to announce that for the first time, two PIE publications will be made available to PIE SIG members in print form. Thanks to a research grant obtained by David Kluge, the Performance in Education Review 2020 (collected papers from presentations at previous PIE SIG conferences) and Classroom Resources Volume 2 (containing practical classroom ideas for teachers looking to use PIE activities in their classroom) will be made sent to you this week. These two publications represent a wonderful collection of writing from our members, as well as the hard work of the editorial teams behind them. Hopefully, these will be the first of many future publications from our SIG to appear in print.

I would also like to take this opportunity to let everyone know about some recent changes to how PIE SIG handles publications. We have decided to begin accepting submissions for Mask & Gavel and Classroom Resources throughout the year, rather than at a specific deadline. Submissions will be peer-reviewed and edited as before, but they will immediately be made available on our website once they are finalized. Finalized papers will be collected into a single volume to be published every two years instead of yearly. These changes should result in your research becoming available to the public (and added to your CV) more quickly, while also allowing more flexibility regarding submission times. Please see https://jaltpiesig.org/publications/ for more details or send me a message at piesigpublications@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to make a submission.

Finally, I would like to ask anyone who has done a presentation related to PIE to consider submitting it to one of our publications for consideration.

NOTE: The seasonal newsletters will serve as our annual publications and will in the future include short content and opinion articles as well as news.

Conferences Chair David Kluge

This year the PIE SIG is planning to participate in PanSIG2023 and JALT2023. In addition, we plan to sponsor three conferences:

1. Nagoya     2. Nagano     3. Online

Stay tuned to our websiteFacebook, and email for notices about the Call for Papers and Registration. 

Research and Resources Chair Dawn Kobayashi

Hello PIE SIG members, this is Dawn Kobayashi, and I’m writing to let you know about an exciting project we have started to share valuable resources. Our resource project will be in two stages; the first stage is to create a public resource page on our website of useful books, websites, journals, and organizations that would be beneficial to PIE teacher/researchers. We want to share both research-based and practice-based resources connected with any of the methods that fit under our performance in education umbrella: drama, music, dance, spoken word, film, and so on.

The second stage will be to create a unique, members-only database of journal articles that we can access and add to. More news about that in the coming months, but until then, please think of any great articles that you want to share.

First, we want to get the public resource page on the website up and running.

So, if you know of a great book or website that has helped you with your lessons or research, please fill in this simple Google form so we can consider it for inclusion! Remember: PIE is best shared!

Social Chair David Kluge

Every Friday evening from 7:30 to 9:30, the PIE SIG will sponsor a Zoom meeting for members to come together to chat or discuss any PIE topic they would like. You will be notified by email each week with the Zoom link. You may reply to the email requesting that you would like to be taken off the PIE SIG Zoom mailing list at any time.

NEWS from 2022

Coordinator David Kluge 

This year was quite busy for the PIE SIG. We had three publications: Volume 10 of Mask & Gavel (the official publication of the SIG), Volume 2 of Classroom  Resources (PIE teaching activities), and the first volume of Performance in Education Review (articles based on presentations at recent PIE SIG conferences).  In addition to the PanSIG2022 and JALT2022 PIE SIG forums, we co-sponsored three successful conferences: Gero, Gifu (January 14-15); Sapporo (February 4-5, during the Snow Festival); and Okinawa (March 3-5).  At the end of 2022, we had the election of officers, listed at the end of this newsletter. Notice there are some positions that have no name attached. If you are interested in volunteering for a SIG post, let us know at jaltpiesig@gmail.com.

PLANS for the Future

Coordinator David Kluge

In addition to our continuing excellent publications, exciting conferences, and useful resources and references project described in this newsletter, two related projects I would like to start and continue through the years is the Performance in Education Publishing and Bookstore where we have a catalog of PIE textbooks written by our members and published and sold through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. The second publishing project on Kindle Direct Publishing or provided free for download on our website is to have drama and readers theatre scripts on seasonal topics and other interesting themes, such as easy adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays. Sharpen your quill pens!

Basic Information

Number of Members: 45 (ranges from 45 to 55 depending on the month)

Communication with Members in 2023: Four Seasonal Newsletters, occasional email notices of events and activities

Website: (conferences, publications, events, etc.): https://jaltpiesig.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jaltpie

Contact with Officers: jaltpiesig@gmail.com

2023 Officers:
Coordinator: David Kluge
Publicity Chair: Max Diaz
Publications Chair: Philip Head, Brian Gallagher
Membership Chair: Samuel Nfor
Program Chair: Vivian Bussinguer-Khavari
Treasurer: James Higa
Conferences Chair: David Kluge
Advisory Officers
Assistant Coordinators: Brian Gallagher, Darren Kinsman
IT Coordinator & Website Administrator: Max Diaz
Assistant Publications Chair: Darren Kinsman
Assistant Publicity Chair: Ashley Ford
Assistant Program Chairs: Chhayankdhar Singh Rathore, Brian Gallagher, Yukari Saiki
Japanese Liaison Officer: Yukari Saiki
AET Liaison: Mei Ataka and Brett Erdman
Debate Chair: David Kluge
Speech Chair: *Please contact us if you’re interested in filling this position*
Oral Interpretation Chair: David Kluge
Music Chair: Kim Rockell
Social Chair: *Please contact us if you’re interested in filling this position*
Drama Chair: *Please contact us if you’re interested in filling this position*
Research & Resources Database: Dawn Kobayashi, Vivian Bussinguer-Khavari, James Carpenter, Max Diaz