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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 2013 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
September 14 - December 21

This seminar will provide you with the necessary content and resources to implement the student of East Asia in your curriculum. No previous background in Asia is assumed. Teams of teachers are strongly encouraged to apply. Participant benefits include free materials, stipends, free parking, and access to national resources for teaching about East Asia. This is a no-cost professional development opportunity open to all interested K-12 educators.

Fall 2013 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 2rd will be held at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. UMBC is easy to reach off I-95 and I-695.

  • September 14: Introduction to the Geography, Early Civilizations, and Philosophical Underpinnings of East Asia
  • September 28: Western Expansion into East Asia: Qing Dynasty, Opium War, and Territoriality
  • October 12: Japan’s History: Heian through Tokugawa 
  • October 26: 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 2: Japan’s History: Meiji Era
  • November 16: Mao and Post-Mao China
  • December 7:  Recent History of Korea
  • December 21: 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;
  • Access to the nationwide NCTA for program alumni, including eligibility to apply for study tours to East Asia, online book clubs, free workshops, summer institute opportunities, numerous teaching resources, and more!

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 principal or assistant principal, 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 2013 and 3 hours in Spring 2014). 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 2014 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 6, 2013 (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 the principal or assistant principal of 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

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.

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