The Federation of Dharma School Teachers League held its annual conference as a totally online event on Oct. 10.
The conference was hosted by the Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple (TS/DBT) Dharma School, and was the first FDSTL virtual conference.
The conference included practical presentations by Dharma School teachers who have adopted virtual and distance learning techniques to enable their Dharma School classes to continue under our current pandemic conditions. It is our hope that it also served as a model for how Buddhist education programs can continue using modern technology tools.
During the conference, Dharma School Teachers reaching 10, 25, and 50 years of service were recognized.
The honorees were: 10 Years, Cathleen Yoshida, Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church; Junko Yotsuuye, Tacoma Buddhist Temple; and Janet Sakahara, Orange County Buddhist Church; 25 Years, Jun Hamamoto, Buddhist Church of Oakland; Ed Nodohara, San Jose Betsuin; Tiffany Shibata, Stockton Buddhist Temple; Steph Ojima, Seattle Betsuin; Merry Hiroshima, Orange County Buddhist Church; Terri Omori, Vista Buddhist Temple; Sally Yasukochi, Vista Buddhist Temple; and Arleen Miya, Gardena Buddhist Church; and 50 Years, Mike Shibata, Stockton Buddhist Temple and Irene Takemori, Pasadena Buddhist Temple