Nishimachi International School Recognized as a Common Sense School

Nishimachi International School Recognized as a Common Sense School
Kacie Leviton

Tokyo, Japan—Common Sense, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology, has recognized Nishimachi International School as a Common Sense School.

Nishimachi International School has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate while preparing them for the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. With the right support, students can take ownership of their digital lives, engage with real issues, and change their communities for the better. The recognition acknowledges our school's commitment to creating a culture of digital citizenship. 

"We applaud the faculty and staff of Nishimachi for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their student's education," said Kelly Mendoza, vice president of education programs at Common Sense Education. "Nishimachi International School deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large." 

Nishimachi has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with researchers from Project Zero, led by Howard Gardner at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and are grounded in the real issues students and teachers face. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, media balance, managing online relationships, and media literacy. The free K–12 curriculum is used in classrooms across all 50 states, in more than 80,000 schools by more than 1,00,000 educators.

"We are proud to be recognized as a Common Sense School," said Matt Marson, Director of Learning and Innovation.  "By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them an opportunity to build lifelong habits to help them succeed in a changing digital world."

For more information about Nishimachi International School, visit To learn more about the criteria Nishimachi met to become recognized as a Common Sense School, visit

About Nishimachi International School

Founded in 1949 and located in the heart of Tokyo, Nishimachi International School has been providing innovative educational excellence for over 70 years to students in Kindergarten through Grade 9. Working with a dedicated faculty and staff, Nishimachi students benefit from the school’s rigorous curriculum, close-knit community and interactions with the local culture. Students are guided to take ownership of their learning, make meaningful connections with others, pursue challenges, act ethically and respectfully, and use multiple processes to think, innovate and reflect. Nishimachi is committed to educating students of all nationalities, cultures and backgrounds to be international and independent thinkers.

About Common Sense Education 
Common Sense Education supports K–12 schools with free, timely, and research-based resources for teaching in the digital age. We believe that learning digital life skills is essential for students to thrive in today's world and that all students should have access to learning these skills. That's why we make our digital citizenship resources available for free, ready for any educator to plug in to tomorrow's lesson plan. Our core resources include a comprehensive K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, all-inclusive reviews of the most popular and latest edtech tools, and expert advice on how to use those tools most effectively in the classroom. Over half a million educators in nearly half of K–12 U.S. schools use our resources to teach kids digital life skills. We're excited to keep that number growing so all our kids can thrive in the digital age.

Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Every day, Common Sense supports parents, teachers, and policymakers with unbiased information, innovative tools, and trusted advice to support kids' digital well-being. To see all of Common Sense Education's resources, visit

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