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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From Our Classroom To Yours: Dynasty Smackdown Interactive Workshop

From Our Classrooms to Yours: Dynasty Smackdown Interactive Workshop 

Matthew Roberts (April 14; 6:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 5:00-7:00 p.m. Central Time) 

 

“Your dynasty is so weak you lost to Korea FOUR TIMES! You're like the Buffalo Bills of China.” 

 

“Oh yea, then why are we so Suite?!” 

 

Historical debates can be fun and educational. In this presentation we’ll look at one way to turn a dry, document-based discussion into a smack down, drag-out, no holds barred, debate. This tool is appropriate for 7-12 classrooms and with some modification can be used at the elementary level. Students learn important research skills, historical analysis and interpretation, and have a great time doing it.  

 

Matt Roberts is the Social Studies Department Chair at Pine-Richland High School in Allegheny County. He teaches 10th grade World History and 12th grade Asian Studies and AP Psychology. Matt has given several presentations for NCTA including “The Physics of the Samurai Sword” and “The Neuroscience of Buddhism.” Through NCTA, he has traveled to China and Japan and most recently co-led the 2019 Study tour “China: The Space Between Us.” Matt’s interests include curriculum development, travel, health and wellness, and traditional woodworking. 

 

 To Register, please click here: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqdeqorTsrHdS4v9aExAe-f3qx0Jqec-Je

 

Pennsylvania educators who participate in the workshop will receive ACT 48 Hours (educators from other states will receive a certificate of completion for professional development.)  

 
This workshop is open to K-12 educators in our 11 state region (Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia)

 

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Teaching the Asian Olympics and Paralympics: Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, and Beyond

Saturday, April 17, 2021

9:00am-12:10pm (Eastern Time)

No events draw the world’s attention like the Olympics and Paralympics, especially for the host city and country. As we approach this summer’s games, we explore the many meanings of the Olympics for China, Japan, and South Korea, from displaying recovery to promoting democracy. We also highlight the Paralympics and the ways that Asian hosts have contributed to the Paralympic movement. 

 
Join Dr. Ethan Segal, other scholars and master NCTA alums for an intriguing, engaging session, that will offer learning, interactive conversation, and practical suggestions for how to incorporate the Olympics and Paralympics into your teaching.
 
Pennsylvania and Michigan educators who participate in the workshop will receive ACT 48 Hours (educators from other states will receive a certificate of completion for professional development.)  
 
This workshop is open to K-12 educators in our 11 state region (Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia)
 
To register, please visit this link: https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Dx3UFWkofxuqi2
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2021 Japan Lecture Series

 

2021 Japan Lecture Series - Ikebana: More Than Just Pretty Flowers

Thursday, April 29, 2021

6:00pm - 8:00pm (Eastern Time)

The Japanese art of flower arrangement has its origins in the formal offering arrangements used in the altars of Buddhist temples, but became more prominent in daily life with the development of the architectural feature tokonoma, or alcove. Join us for a presentation on the relationship of ikebana to the practice of tea as well as to daily life from the 1600s to today. We will look at how ikebana was part of an expansion of artisan products and landscape design in the last four centuries, and how that has carried through to today’s use of flower arrangements in Japan. Some attention will also be given to the balance between control and lack of control in ikebana, for much like the art of landscape design, there is a interaction between the designer and the natural features of the plants and environment in these types of arts.

Following the lecture, we will be showing the short film Ikebana, a multifaceted perspective as both a documentary cataloging Ikebana and as an experimental art piece that images Ikebana’s abstract art concepts as cinema. Directed by master practitioner (and son of the founder of the Sogetsu school of Ikebana) Hiroshi Teshigahara, the film maps the role of Ikebana in modern, post-war Japan. The film uses different cinematic traditions, including animation and abstraction, to play with tradition and modernism, concepts which drove Japanese art in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Following the film, attendees will have the opportunity to observe an artist demonstration and Q&A with local Pittsburgh Sogetsu instructor Reiko Nakajima.

Dr. Jordan is the Director of the University of Pittsburgh national coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) and the Japan Studies Coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas specializing in 19th Century Japanese art history. Dr. Jordan specializes in the history of Japanese art, particularly the paintings and woodblock prints of the 19th century.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania and the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania educators who participate in the workshop will receive ACT 48 Hours (educators from other states will receive a certificate of completion for professional development.)  

This workshop is open to K-12 educators in our 11 state region (Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia)

 
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NCTA Book Workshop: Ghosts of the Tsunami

April 8, 2021 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern Time) & April 28, 2021 7:30 - 9:00 pm (Eastern Time)

 
On March 11th, ten years will have passed since one of the world’s strongest earthquakes struck near the coast of northeastern Japan, triggering tsunami and a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Plant. The events of 3.11, as they are known in Japan, have had a lasting impact on the politics, environment, and collective psyche of the nation. Richard Lloyd Parry’s book Ghosts of the Tsunami chronicles the immediate impact and lingering effects of the wave on one community in northern Japan. Lloyd Parry, Asia editor and Tokyo bureau chief of The Times of London, spent six years traveling to the village of Okawa where the tsunami took a devastating human toll. Beautifully written and deeply researched, Ghosts of the Tsunami renders a local Japanese story of tragedy into a universal tale of trauma, suffering, remembrance, and activism.  
 
This free two-part online book workshop/discussion group for educators will be led by Dr. Shawn Bender of Dickinson College and Ms. Michele Beauchamp, NCTA alum and literature specialist. In the first session on April 8, Dr. Bender will contextualize the book within the larger discourse of 3.11 in Japan and Ms. Beauchamp will discuss ways of integrating the book’s themes into classroom instruction. In the second part of the workshop/discussion group on April 28, Mr. Lloyd Parry will appear in conversation with Dr. Bender and take questions from participants.
 
Both evenings will be conducted via Zoom. Everyone who registers will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Pennsylvania educators who participate in both nights of the workshop will receive ACT 48 Hours (educators from other states will receive a certificate of completion for professional development.)  
 
This book program is open to K-12 educators in our 11 state region (Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia)
 
To register, please click on the link here: https://forms.gle/xW1faFhtfDNK3dr66
 
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From Our Classroom To Yours: An NCTA Master Teacher Workshop Series

From Our Classroom To Yours:

An NCTA Master Teacher Workshop Series

A series of NCTA Master Teacher workshops on integrating East Asia into your classroom. 

Join us for a teacher to teacher presentations that will cover content, strategies, implementation, and resources for bringing East Asia into your classroom this year.

Each presentation will provide Act 48 for Pennsylvania teachers and Certificates of Completion for teachers from other states.

 

 

Schedule of Programs:

  

From Our Classrooms to Yours: Dynasty Smackdown 

Matthew Roberts (April 14; 6:00-8:00 p.m. EDT) 

 

“Your dynasty is so weak you lost to Korea FOUR TIMES! You're like the Buffalo Bills of China.” 

 

“Oh yea, then why are we so Suite?!” 

 

Historical debates can be fun and educational. In this presentation we’ll look at one way to turn a dry, document-based discussion into a smack down, drag-out, no holds barred, debate. This tool is appropriate for 7-12 classrooms and with some modification can be used at the elementary level. Students learn important research skills, historical analysis and interpretation, and have a great time doing it.  

 

Matt Roberts is the Social Studies Department Chair at Pine-Richland High School in Allegheny County. He teaches 10th grade World History and 12th grade Asian Studies and AP Psychology. Matt has given several presentations for NCTA including “The Physics of the Samurai Sword” and “The Neuroscience of Buddhism.” Through NCTA, he has traveled to China and Japan and most recently co-led the 2019 Study tour “China: The Space Between Us.” Matt’s interests include curriculum development, travel, health and wellness, and traditional woodworking. 

 

 To Register, please click here: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqdeqorTsrHdS4v9aExAe-f3qx0Jqec-Je

 

 

Past Sessions of From Our Classroom to Yours

September

From Our Classroom to Yours: East Asian Case Studies in Human Geography: Population, Migration and Innovation

with Matthew Sudnik (September 21)

October

From Our Classroom to Yours: Picture This! Traveling Through Time with Japanese Art and Manga

with Angie Stokes and Dr. Ann Marie Davisn (October 10)

November

From Our Classroom to Yours: That's Lama with One 'L': Exploring Tibetan Buddhism in the Social Studies Classroom

with Stephanie Rizas (November 16)

December

From Our Classroom to Yours: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress with Michele Beauchamp (December 9)

 

January

From Our Classrooms to Yours: “The Joy of Tangrams”  with Karen Gaul (January 14)

 

February

 

From Our Classrooms to Yours: Shibori - the Japanese Art of Shaped Resist Dyeing with Kachina Leigh (February 25)

 

March

From Our Classrooms to Yours: Worldviews and Belief Systems with Michael-Ann Cerniglia (March 18)

 

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Five Colleges Center for East Asian Studies 2020 Webinars

Join the NCTA and the Five Colleges Center for East Asian Studies for their 2020 Series of Webinars. 

Engage with experts and educators in thoughtful discussions and engaging presentations on the topics below.

To learn more, please click this link.

 
Understanding the Chinese Landscape Tradition, with Yao Wu, Smith College Museum of Art, Jan. 21, 2021, 7-8pm ET. Register here.
 
Stranger in the Shogun's City, with author Amy Stanley, Feb. 2, 2021, 7-8pm ET. Register here.
 
Lost Japan, with author Alex Kerr, Feb. 11, 7-8pm ET. Join us as we discuss the state of traditional arts. Cosponsored by the UMass Fine Arts Center Asian Arts and Culture program. Information on accessing that event coming soon. K-12 teachers, participate in the Lost Japan book group Feb. 3-17. Priority will be given to full-time classroom teachers. Books are here and will be shipped as soon as you register! Book group details and registration.
 

 

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