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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Africa and Asia: Intersections of Labor and Migration

Join us for a two-part mini-course this February at the University of Pittsburgh!

Africa and Asia: Intersections of Labor and Migration: a free mini-course for K-12 educators will take place on Pitt’s campus on Friday evening and Saturday, February 1 and 2, and Saturday, February 16. This two-part mini-course will focus on Chinese who travel to African countries for work, Africans who work in China, and the history of Africans who moved to India, in conjunction with the exhibition Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers.  This mini-course will incorporate a screening of the documentary Guangzhou Dream Factory, a tour of the Africans in India exhibition, and a discussion of classroom implementation strategies with Cindy McNulty of Oakland Catholic High School and NCTA alumna.  This mini-course is open to all k-12 educators, so please help us publicize this to your colleagues.


Meals, free parking, Act 48 hours, and packets of teaching materials will be provided.

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions (more Act 48 hours, more materials).

Teachers will receive 10 Act 48 hours for attending the full program (February 1, 2, and 16). Teachers will receive additional hours for attending the optional February 15 exhibition opening. 

The February 1 & 2 sessions are a unit (teachers must attend both sessions in order to reserve a spot).


To REGISTER for this mini-course, email Patrick Hughes (hughespw@pitt.edu) by Monday, January 29, 2019.

 Please let us know which sessions you will be attending and include your PPID# if you would like the Act 48 hours.


Featured speakers will include Dr. Carlton Jama Adams of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (New York), Dr. Yoon Jung Park and Susan Douglass of Georgetown University, collector and expert in Indian art Dr. Kenneth X. Robbins, Jazmin Graves, PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, and Dr. Omar H. Ali from University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

See below for the complete program and schedule or visit here


Complete Program and Schedule 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019


Location: 4130 WW Posvar Hall


5:30-6:00 p.m. Registration and Dinner


6:00 p.m. Welcome


6:05 p.m. Keynote Address: Dr. Carlton Jama Adams, Chairperson and Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (New York)


7:05 p.m. Q&A


7:30 p.m. Overview of the schedule for the mini-course






Location: 4130 WW Posvar Hall


8:30-9:00 a.m. Light Breakfast


9:00 a.m. Dr. Yoon Jung Park, Adjunct Professor, African Studies, Georgetown University. Executive Director, Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network. Associate Director, China-Africa Research Initiative, SAIS, JHU


10:00 Break


10:30 a.m. Presentation: “The Indian Ocean in World History website.” Dr. Susan Douglass, Education Outreach Coordinator, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University


11:30 a.m. Break for Lunch [Round table discussion of materials useful for this topic]


12:30 p.m. Film: Guangzhou Dream Factory (1 hr. 6 minutes)


1:45 p.m. Break


2:00 p.m. Incorporating the topic into the Curriculum. Discussion led by Cindy McNulty, Oakland Catholic






Location: 125 Frick Fine Arts


Opening of the exhibition Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers




Optional opening night program: Dr. Kenneth X. Robbins

4:30 p.m.

125 Frick Fine Arts






Location: 204 Frick Fine Arts


8:30-9:00 a.m. Light Breakfast


9:00 a.m. Dr. Omar H. Ali, Dean of Lloyd International Honors College and Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro


10:00 a.m. Q&A


10:30 a.m. Gallery tour with Dr. Kenneth X. Robbins, in the University Art Gallery.


12:00 p.m. Break for Lunch [Round table discussion of materials useful for this topic]


12:45 p.m.  Jazmin Graves, doctoral candidate in South Asian Studies, University of Chicago


1:45 p.m. Break


2:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion on Implementation led by Pat Manning, World History Center, University of Pittsburgh





This mini-course is co-sponsored by the Global Studies Center and the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Keizai Koho Center Study Tour 2019

Keizai Koho Center (KKC), in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS), will offer "KKC Study Tour to Japan 2019" for U.S. and Canadian social studies teachers.

Program Schedule: June 24- July 1, 2019

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019

Contact: Email: kkcfellowship@us-japan.org

Phone: 412-856-8608, Katsuko Shellhammer

Costs covered by KKC: KKC provides round trip air transportation from participants' home city to Japan, as well as accommodations, ground transportation and meals associated with the ten day program.

Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must: Have skills and experience in developing curriculum and a strong interest in Japan, Have never lived in Japan nor visited Japan on a similar study tour, Be middle or high school classroom teachers of Economics, Social Studies, Geography or History (grades 6-12).

Requirements: To participate in the Study Tour, applicants are required to agree to: Make a presentation and contribute to discussions at a symposium organized as part of the program. Submit a lesson plan on Japan for their own classroom to KKC by Oct. 31, 2019. Submit a final report to KKC by January 10, 2020, which describes how experiences and findings on the tour are used in the classroom and other occasions. Relevant copies of any school newspaper/magazine articles are appreciated. Consent that the lesson plans and the final reports become the property of KKC to be posted to its website for use by other school teachers. Understand that the demands of the itinerary are such that only individuals physically able to travel without special assistance should consider the participation, special diets cannot be provided and a smoke-free environment cannot be assured. Understand there will be no provisions for spouses to accompany fellows due to the nature of the program and logistical requirements. Internet connection cannot be assured by KKC.

How to Apply: Applications must include all required documents and be submitted no later than February 1, 2019 to the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP), the North American representative of the KKC Study Tour. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Required Documents (Electronic copies required):

1. Resume: A list of your current academic position, educational achievements, and professional activities. Provide details regarding previous curriculum and/or staff development experiences.

2. Project Proposal: A 1-2 page narrative describing your interest in Japan and plan to use the program to develop specific curriculum materials and/or educational activities for use in classroom teaching on Japan. Quality and originality are key elements in the selection process. Please provide a timeline of the project-related activities to be scheduled from September 2019 - June 2020. You are encouraged to disseminate information to audiences beyond individual schools such as district-wide teacher resource centers, community or professional organizations. Local Japan-America Societies may be of assistance for community-wide dissemination efforts (www.us-japan.org).

3. Letter of Employment: A letter from your employer, which attests to your full time professional (or sabbatical leave) status for the 2019-2020 school year.

4. Letters of Recommendation: Two letters to support for applicants' participation in the tour from administrators and/or key individuals. Letters may be mailed separately to the JASP.


After gathering all above documents electronically, please visit 2019 Online Application (coming soon) to apply for the KKC Study Tour by the aforementioned deadline.     

A special committee will select and notify each fellow in writing on March 15, 2019. Submitted application documents become the property of the KKC and cannot be returned.

Download the 2019 KKC Fellowship Brochure here!

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Chinese Histories Through Its Dynasties: Song, Ming, Qing

Start Date:          January 14, 2019

End Date:            March 11, 2019

Time Detail:        18 hours over seven weeks

Location:              Online

Audience:           High school social studies (9-12)

This online seminar introduces significant elements of China’s political, social, and cultural history through examination of China’s dynasties covering the period 960-1911 CE. In addition to investigating historical themes, participants will analyze exemplary curriculum materials on the Song, Ming, and Qing dynasties Participation is free and benefits upon full completion of the seminar include a Certificate of Completion for 18 contact hours and a completion stipend.. For more infomation about this online seminar, visit here

This online seminar is offered to educators in all states and registration is required. Please visit https://www.colorado.edu/ptea/content/chinese-dynasties-song-ming-qing-w... to register for the course

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Cracking the Samurai Code: Separating Fact from Fiction

Start Date: January 14, 2019

End Date: March 18, 2019

Time Detail: 24 hours over 8 weeks

Location: Online


NCTA at the Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA), University of Colorado Boulder, invites applications for this winter 2019 online seminar. This course is open to teachers of grades 9-12 world history, world cultures, and Asian studies nationwide who are not enrolled in other NCTA courses.

Course Description: From Hollywood to video games, samurai are among the most recognizable—and most misinterpreted—of Japanese historical figures. What does scholarship tell us about these warriors? How can this high-interest “hook” be used to effectively and accurately explore Japanese history and culture in the Medieval and Tokugawa periods, as well as popular culture today? With an emphasis on primary source readings, this course offers historical context, resources, and strategies for teaching Japanese history through case studies of samurai over time.


For more information please visit here for the flyer

To apply for this seminar please visit https://www.colorado.edu/ptea/content/samurai-seminar

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China in the News (with Eric Fish)

Start Date: January 21, 2019

End Date: March 18, 2019

The discussion group begins with online introductions, January 21-26, 2019. The three modules run January 27-February 9; February 10-23; February 24-March 9. A short Curriculum Implementation Plan and evaluation, due on March 18, complete the course for those participants wishing to receive a certificate of contact hours and a completion award.

Location:  Online

Audience:   Secondary social studies teachers nationwide are invited to apply. Preference will be given to contract teachers whose required curriculum includes China and who are not enrolling in another winter-spring 2019 NCTA online offering through TEA.

Course Description:       This is a rare opportunity to explore contemporary China with Eric Fish, author of the highly acclaimed China’s Millennials: The Want Generation. During this 12-hour, seven-week online discussion group, participants will explore stories that have made headlines, both in China and the United States, regarding the effects of China’s economic miracle on its people, including the generational and attitudinal shifts, changes in education, the aging population, the gender imbalance, and the rural-urban divide

For more information abour this online seminar please see the seminar flyer here

To register for this online seminar please visit https://www.colorado.edu/ptea/content/china-news-eric-fish

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Korea in the Modern World, Part 2: 1945-Present

Start Date:          January 24, 2019

End Date:           March 27, 2019

Time Detail:        24 hours across nine weeks

Location:            Online

Audience:           Priority given to secondary world history and geography teachers.

NCTA at the Program for Teaching East Asia offers Part 2 of a two-part online course for secondary (6-12) teachers nationwide to consider the impacts of imperialism and independence, political-economic and nationalist ideologies, and globalization on the development of Korea, 1894 to the present. In Part 2, participants examine primary and secondary sources that focus on the political, economic, and cultural trajectories of North and South Korea in the globalizing world and the future of the two Koreas (1945- present). The seminar will address the World History Content Standards and AP World History Course Guidelines.


For more information about this online seminar please see the flyer here

To apply for this online seminar visit https://www.colorado.edu/ptea/content/korea-seminar

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War Memorials in East Asia and the U.S.

One evening program for NCTA alumni and colleagues

Thursday, April 4

University of Pittsburgh campus

Free parking, free teaching materials, dinner and Act 48 provided

Registration deadline: Friday, March 31


Join Dr. David Kenley of Elizabethtown College and Dr. Kirk Savage of University of Pittsburgh for a critical look at war memorials in Japan, Korea, China and the U.S. What are the messages these memorials want us to understand? Why are those messages being made and what is being left out? How does collective memory figure into the memorials? How can we teach our students to be more critical viewers of war memorials? 

Space is limited. To register, please contact Dr. Patrick Hughes at: pwhughes@pitt.edu

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MEPPI Japan Lecture Series: What is a Japanese Garden?

Date:Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time: 6:15-8:00 PM

Location: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, 15071

Join Dr. Brenda G. Jordan from the Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh, for an exploration of the history and design of Japanese gardens. Dr. Jordan will present an overview of the varieties of Japanese gardens through history, the concept of "Japanese garden" that spread outside of Japan, and give some suggestions for the types of plants and features that can be used for a Japanese garden in Southwest Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Jordan specializes in the history of Japanese art, particulary the paintings and woodblock prints of the 19th century. 

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration is free

Please see the flyer here for more details about this event. 

Register at japansocietypa.org/events 



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