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The National Consortium for Teaching About Asia


East Asia: Ancient Cultures & Global Economies



Seminar Series for K-12 Teachers of World Cultures,
World History, Geography, Economics, Art, and Literature

Fall 2012 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

This national program is funded by the Freeman Foundation, in association with the Asian Studies Center, University Center for International Studies of the University of Pittsburgh, and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA). The Maryland NCTA program is presented by the UMBC Asian Studies Program, Department of History, and Center for History Education.

Featured Instructors

Dr. Charles Springer, NCTA Seminar Leader and Instructor, Community College of Baltimore County
Dr. Robert Mintz, Curator of Asian Art, Walters Art Museum
Dr. Anna Shields, Associate Professor, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, UMBC
Dr. Constantine Vaporis, Professor of History and Asian Studies Program Director, UMBC
Dr. Ka-che Yip, Professor of History, UMBC
Dr. Kyung-Eun Yoon, Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, UMBC

Master Teachers
BJ McElderry, Art Teacher, Garrison Forest School
Kathy Nye, Social Studies Chair, Golden Ring Middle School, Baltimore County Public Schools

Fall 2012 Program

Seminar sessions will be held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at UMBC (Room 711, Administration Building). A light breakfast will be provided. The session on November 3rd will be held at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.

  • September 15 : Introduction to the Geography, Early Civilizations, and Philosophical Underpinnings of East Asia
  • September 29 : Western Expansion into East Asia: Qing Dynasty, Opium War, and Territoriality
  • October 13: Japan’s History: Heian through Tokugawa 
  • October 27 : Japan’s History: Meji Era
  • November 3 : Art in East Asia. Session will be held at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • November 17 : Mao and Post-Mao China
  • December 1:  Recent History of Korea
  • December 15: East Asia and the Global Economy

Participant Benefits

  • A mini-grant to be used to purchase instructional materials for each participant’s school;
  • Instructional materials for the seminars (texts and subscription to Education About Asia magazine);
  • Stipend upon completion of the seminar’s requirements;
  • Eligibility for NCTA East Asia Study Tours in Summer 2013

Participant Requirements

  • Currently teaching or designing a course where adequate time can be devoted to the teaching of East Asia.
  • Obtain written support from your school administrator stating the school’s commitment to including East Asia in its curricular program.
  • Completion of a questionnaire by a school administrator familiar with social studies programs, which indicates the school’s use of the teaching materials received through participation in the seminar and progress in teaching about East Asia.
  • Commitment to attend all sessions which comprise 33 contact hours (30 hours in Fall 2012 and 3 hours in Spring 2013). Participants are expected to come to class having read the assigned materials and ready to discuss them. Each teacher will submit a short response paper on each session's reading.
  • Each participant will prepare a Teacher Implementation Plan for use in his or her school. The plan should include: An explanation of the opportunities for teaching about Asia in the coming school year (level, subject area, hours of instruction); a teaching unit (covering approximately two weeks), including at least three lesson plans devoted specifically to an Asian topic; a resource list with cited books, periodicals, videos and web sites that relate to the Asian lessons. More details regarding the implementation plan will be provided as the course progresses. Each participant will aslo attend a follow-up session in Spring 2013 and report on the implementation of their lesson plans and use of their teaching materials.


Candidates must complete and submit the entire program application by September 10, 2012 (late applications will be accepted if spaces remain). Enrollment will be capped at 20 participants. A complete application will include the Application Form and a signed Letter of Support from an administrator in your school.


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NCTA Seminar Program
Center for History Education
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
707 Administration Building
1000 Hilltop Circle

Baltimore, MD 21250

How can the standards relate to your teaching? This seminar will provide you with both the content and resources needed to implement the study of East Asia into your curriculum in accordance with the Maryland State Curriculum and Common core standards, the World Cultures and World History Indicators and Objectives, as well as the Geography and World History standards. No previous background in Asia is assumed. Teams of teachers are strongly encouraged to apply.

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