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National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA)

2011 NCTA Seminar members, Dr. Charlie Springer, NCTA Coordinator (top right, standing)

2011 NCTA Seminar members, Dr. Charlie Springer, NCTA Coordinator (top right, standing)

Applications have closed for the Fall 2013 National  Consortium for Teaching About Asia K-12 Seminar Program, “East Asia: Ancient Cultures & Global Economies.”

The seminars will be held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in Catonsville, MD on eight Saturday mornings from September 14 – December 21, 2013.
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This is a no-cost professional-development opportunity open to all teachers of World Cultures, World History, Geography, Economics, Art, and Literature. The seminar will provide you with the necessary content and resources to implement the study of East Asia in your curriculum.  No previous background in Asia is assumed.  Teams of teachers are strongly encouraged to apply. Participant benefits include stipends, materials, free parking and continental breakfast, and access to national resources for teaching about East Asia.

When: Eight Saturday mornings from September 14, 2013 through December 21, 2013 (30 hours total) and one follow-up workshop in April 2014

Where: University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).  Seminar sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Room 711, UMBC Administration Building).  The October 26th session will take place at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

What: Seminars on various topics will be given by UMBC Asian Studies Program faculty, master teachers, and the curator of Asian art, Walters Art Museum

The Seminars:

  • Introduction to the Geography, Early Civilizations, and Philosophical Underpinnings of East Asia (Sept 14)
  • Western Expansion into East Asia: Qing Dynasty, Opium War, and Territoriality (Sept 28)
  • Japan’s History: Heian through Tokugawa (Oct 12)
  • Art in East Asia (Oct 26 at Walters Art Museum, Baltimore)
  • Japan’s History: Meiji Era (Nov 2)
  • Mao and Post-Mao China (Nov 16)
  • Recent History of Korea (Dec 7)
  • East Asia and the Global Economy (Dec 21)

Teachers will receive seminar materials, a stipend, and a mini-grant to purchase instructional resources for their school. Participants will attend 30 hours of seminars in Fall 2013 and a follow-up workshop in Spring 2014. Participants must develop an implementation plan. Other benefits include access to 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! An application and letter of recommendation from your school’s principal or assistant principal are required.

Past participants are welcome to apply, but will not be eligible for the stipend and mini-grant.

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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.