Teacher Programs

About Teacher Programs

NCTA provides content rich professional development programs for K-12 educators and pre-service teachers in all fields. This includes face-to-face college level seminars, online courses, workshops, book groups, webinars, and among other opportunities. Below are current offerings both locally and nationwide:

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Spinning Reels: Teaching Throne of Blood, Kurosawa's adaptation of Macbeth - An NCTA-SCREENSHOT: Asia Workshop for K-12 Educators

Spinning Reels: Teaching Throne of Blood, Kurosawa's adaptation of Macbeth 

A NCTA-SCREENSHOT: Asia Workshop for K-12 Educators

July 19 and 26, 2022 

 
6:30-9:30 p.m. EDT (5:30-8:30 p.m. Central Time) 
 
Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood and the creativity and power of adapting literature to film.
 
Join us for this two-evening workshop on the intersection of literature, film and theatre where we will explore Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood and the creativity and power of adapting literature to film.  Presentations by faculty experts and master NCTA teachers will include background on the warrior culture of Japan and the ways in which literature is adapted to film as well as interactive curriculum sessions. Learn more about Shakespeare’s tale of ambition and duplicity set in the ghostly world of feudal Japan. 
 
30 participants will receive a complimentary DVD of the film starring emblematic actor Toshiro Mifune. 
 
Offered to: Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia 
 
To register for this program, please visit: https://forms.gle/1RrY7z83YMV6juKWA
 
If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Wludarski at swludarski@pitt.edu
 
 
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MSU-NCTA Workshop Series: Open Education Resources (OER) for Teaching about Asia and Chinese Language and Culture

 

 

 

Please join us and the College of Education at Michigan State University for two upcoming workshops focusing on using Open Educational Resources (OER) and Chinese children's picture books to teach Chinese language.

(Program 1) 

Open Educational Resources (OER) for Teaching about Chinese Language and Culture 

Date: June 18, 2022  

Time: 10am-12pm Eastern Time

Online via Zoom 

 

Join the College of Education at Michigan State University (MSU) for a workshop for K-12 educators that focuses on Open Educational Resources (OER) developed at MSU using authentic Chinese children’s picture books to teach about Chinese language and culture. Through Users’ Guides, instructional videos, audio books, and other resources, participants will learn the pedagogical principles and practical strategies to create more resources contributing to Chinese language and culture OER. Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University (MSU) with the College of Education at MSU. Michigan K-12 educators are eligible for 2 CEU hours for the workshop. For more information, please visit the MSU websitehttps://www.education.msu.edu/international/teaching-learning-chinese/#workshop-teachers 

 

To register, please visit this link:https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dj3rqf4MQlZfxga 

 

 

 

(Program 2) 

Open Educational Resources (OER) for Teaching about Asia  

Date: August 13, 2022  

Time: 10am-12pm EDT 

Online via Zoom

 

Join the College of Education at Michigan State University for a workshop for K-12 educators with a focus on Open Educational Resources (OER) developed at MSU to teach about Asia. The workshop is open to all K-12 teachers who are interested in using open access, restriction-free, and no-cost OER to teach about Asia. With faculty experts, you will discuss what Teaching about Asia encompasses while exploring existing resources that will benefit your classroom teaching. This workshop will deepen your understanding of the elements and design process related to accessing and creating your own OER content from Teaching about Asia. Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University (MSU) with the College of Education at MSU. Michigan K-12 educators are eligible for 2 CEU hours for the workshop. For more information, please visit the MSU website https://www.education.msu.edu/international/teaching-learning-chinese/#workshop-teachers 

 

To register, please visit this link:https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dj3rqf4MQlZfxga 

 

Questions? Please contact us at TLC@msu.edu.  

 

Workshop Series Speakers 

 

Mengyao Chen, Instructor, College of Education at MSU 

 

Dr. Jiahang Li, Assistant Professor, College of Education at MSU 

 

Dr. Shuhan Wang, President, ELE Consulting International, LLC 

 

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“Dressed by Nature: Textiles of Japan” A Hands-on Workshop for K-12 Art Educators

 

Japan, late 19th-early 20th century, Festival kimono decorated with carp ascending a waterfall made in Akita Prefecture (detail), cloth: cotton; shibori (shape resist), The John R. Van Derlip Fund and the Mary Griggs Burke Endowment Fund established by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation; purchase from the Thomas Murray Collection, 2019.20.84

July 7, 2022 & July 8, 2022

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day 
 
Offered to K-12 Educators in Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
 
 
Apply now for a free, in-person Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) & NCTA two-day workshop in conjunction with the upcoming Mia exhibition “Dressed by Nature: Textiles of Japan.” This mini-course will include a tour of the exhibition, presentations by NCTA art teachers and Japan specialists on the arts of shibori (dyeing), katazome (stenciling), the lives and clothing of Edo period firefighters, an overview of the Mia online resources, and two hands-on workshops. Participants will learn about hands-on lessons for Japanese style textiles that you can use in your classroom and will come away with some finished work and materials. 
 
This workshop is limited to 30 participants.  K-12 art educators will be given priority.  Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by no later than June 20, 2022. 
 
Travel reimbursement subsidies are available for those living more than an hour outside of Minneapolis. NCTA Travel Reimbursement Subsidies up to $500 for travel, lodging, or mileage are available for those living more than an hour outside of Minneapolis.
 
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until June 17, 2022 or until course is filled. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact Sheila McGuire at smcguire@artsmia.org
 
To apply for this workshop, please visit the application page at: https://forms.gle/4WTexZ2k3bE9MokB6
 
 
Presenters

Brenda G. Jordan 

Director of the University of Pittsburgh NCTA  

Dr. Jordan has a PhD from the University of Kansas, specializing in Tokugawa period and early Meiji Japanese art history, particularly paintings and prints. She has given presentations and written on the 19th century painter Kawanabe Kyōsai, as well as on a range of Tokugawa era topics from garden design and ikebana to the woodblock print industry and apprenticeship in per-modern Japanese art. She and her Pitt National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) team coordinate courses and programs as well as develop teaching materials for K-12 educators.

 

Kachina Leigh

NCTA Master Teacher 

Kachina Leigh is an artist and educator who teaches all levels of studio art with a focus on crafts and sculpture at Muhlenberg High School in Reading, Pennsylvania. She recently completed her MFA at the University of the Arts. Kachina completed her NCTA seminar work in 2009 and traveled to Japan as part of a study tour in 2010.  She maintains an independent studio at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pennsylvania where she focuses on teaching a variety of textile techniques. Her work can be seen at www.kachinaleigh.com. 

 

Andreas Marks 

Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese and Korean Art 

Dr. Marks oversees Mia’s renowned collection of Japanese and Korean art. He came to Mia from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, in California, where he was the director and chief curator for five years starting in 2008. The collection doubled during his tenure and garnered a global reputation for its singular connoisseurship before coming to Mia, along with Marks, in 2013. He has a PhD from Leiden University in the Netherlands and a master’s degree in East Asian Art History from the University of Bonn, Germany. 

 

Sheila McGuire 

Head of Student and Teacher Learning, Minneapolis Institute of Art 

Sheila has worked in museum education for more than thirty years, and is a co-seminar leader for the Minneapolis NCTA seminar, funded by the University of Pittsburgh NCTA. 

 

Angie Stokes

NCTA Master Teacher 

Angie Stokes teaches Studio Art and Art History at Wayne Trace Junior/Senior High School in rural northwest Ohio. With a teaching background in both museum education and social studies, she looks for unique ways to incorporate history and world cultures into her lessons. Always willing to experiment with something new, Angie has most recently been working with a variety of paper-making and printmaking techniques. Angie completed her NCTA seminar work in 2013.

   

 

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Understanding Contemporary China: Perspectives from the Periphery - Online NCTA Mini-Course for K-12 Educators

 

Monday, June 20, 2022 & Tuesday, June 21, 2022

9:00am - 3:00pm (Eastern Time)
 
Offered to Educators in: Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia 
 
This is a free two-day online (via Zoom) mini-course organized by the Center for East Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania, under the auspices of University of Pittsburgh regional NCTA site. The program is open to K-12 educators in Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. It will include presentations by scholars on politics, international relations, education, arts and culture toward helping us understand contemporary China vis-a-vis Taiwan, Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia and Yunnan.
 
Participants who attend both sessions in full will receive Certificates of Completion; Pennsylvania teachers will also receive Act 48 hours. Participants will also receive complimentary teaching/reading materials. Participants must attend both sessions to receive these materials.  
 
To register, please visit this link: https://forms.gle/2UZauJZPEKDwgQo58
 
 

 Schedule for this Mini-Course

 

Day 1 of the mini-course will introduce China in the Age of Xi Jinping, followed by presentations on Taiwan, Hong Kong and Inner Mongolia. 

Day 2 of the mini-course will focus on ethnic minorities in China, and arts and culture components. 

 

Mini-course organizers are Penn seminar leaders, David Dettman, Margaret Lonzetta and Lesley Solomon. 

 

Speakers include:

 

David Kenley, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Dakota State Univ. 

 

Jacques deLisle, Professor of Law, Dep. Director, Center for Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania  

 

Christopher Atwood, Professor of Mongolian and Late Imperial, Early Modern Chinese History, University of Pennsylvania 

 

Rebecca Clothey, Associate Professor, School of Education, Drexel University  

 

Colette Fu, Philadelphia-based photographer, book artist and paper engineer who works on minority group issues from Yunnan 

 

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