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National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA)

DEADLINE TO APPLY EXTENDED UNTIL Thursday, September 10, 2015

“Seeing and Reading East Asia:  Approaches for the K-12 Classroom”
Enroll now for this no-cost content rich, eight-session seminar for teachers of grades K-
12. Designed as an introduction to the cultures of China, Japan, and Korea, the course will
encourage both teaching and learning about East Asian political, social, and
cultural history through written and visual primary sources. This seminar is
perfect not only for history and social studies educators but for art educators, media
specialists, librarians, and world language teachers as well. Some class time will be devoted
to group discussions of teaching materials and strategies appropriate for different teaching

This seminar will also provide you with both the content and resources needed to
implement the study of East Asia into your curriculum in accordance with the state’s
academic standards, including geography and world history standards. No previous
background in Asia is presumed. Teams of teachers as well as teachers in schools with
NCTA alumni are strongly encouraged to apply.

Seminar Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm (coffee and pastry provided)
Seminar Location: University of Maryland Baltimore County, Administration Building
(1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD, 21250), Room 711

Session Topics to Include (all Saturdays):

• Sept. 12 The Fundamentals and Teaching of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism
(Dr. Thorian Harris)—Please note the change from the original date of 9/5!
• Sept. 19 China’s Great Dynasties: The Tang Through the Song, 618-1279 (Dr. Julie
• Oct. 3 From Courtier to Samurai: History and Culture in Japan from Heian to
Tokugawa, 794-1600 (Dr. Constantine Vaporis)
• Oct. 17 Reflections of Early Korean History and Culture: the Writings of Linda Sue
Park (Dr. Kyung-Eun Yoon)
• Oct. 31 The Art and Material Culture of Japan at the Turn of the 2oth Century (Dr.
Robert Mintz, at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore)
• Nov. 14 Becoming Modern: Japan from Tokugawa to Meiji, 1600-1912 (Dr.
Constantine Vaporis)
• Nov. 21 China’s Turbulent Century: from Opium War to Civil War, 1840s-1940s
(Dr. Julie Oakes)
• Dec. 5 The Rise of Modern Korea (Dr. Kyung-Eun Yoon)
Note: One follow-up session will take place in spring, 2016 (date TBA).

Send your completed application to: Julie Rosenthal, or fax to 410-
455-1045. Application Deadline: extended to Thursday, September 10th, 2015 (We will
accept no more than twenty teachers into the program.)

Benefits: Each participant who completes the course and course requirements will receive the
• $200 worth of teaching materials for your school
• a one-year subscription to Education about Asia magazine
• $200 stipend upon completion of all coursework
• access to nationwide NCTA programs, such as eligibility for study tours to East Asia,
online book clubs, summer institute opportunities, and teaching resources

Note: NCTA alumni are welcome to apply to the UMBC seminar program, but are not eligible for the mini-grant or stipend.
• Participants will come to each session prepared to discuss the materials for that day.
In addition, each teacher will submit a short response paper on each session’s
• Each teacher will prepare a Teacher Implementation Plan for use in his or her respective
school. The Plan should include an explanation of the opportunities for teaching
about Asia in the coming school year; a teaching unit that includes at least three
lesson plans devoted to an Asian topic; a resource list with cited books, periodicals,
videos, and web sites that relate to Asian topics. More details regarding the
implementation plan will be provided as the course progresses.

This national program is sponsored 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 the Teaching About Asia (NCTA). The Maryland NCTA seminar
program is presented by the UMBC Asian Studies Program and the UMBC Department of History.

For questions, please contact seminar coordinator Dr. Julie Oakes, (UMBC History Dept.
and Asian Studies Program),; also see the NCTA main site:

For an application, contact Julie Rosenthal at

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 National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA). The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Asian Studies Program, Department of History, and Center for History Education present the Maryland NCTA Seminar Program.