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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Whose Narrative? Re-examining War Memorials in East Asia and the U.S.

An evening workshop for K-12 educators.

Thursday, April 4

5:30-8:30 PM

4130 Posvar Hall

University of Pittsburgh campus

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

Registration deadline: Monday, April 1

Space is limited, so please register by emailing Patrick Hughes at: hughespw@pitt.edu If you would like to receive Act 48 hours for this workshop, please include your PPID#

Flyer: War Memorials Flyer

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? 


Dr. David Kenley

Director, Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking

Professor of History, Elizabethtown College

Title:“Remembering and Forgetting:  War Memorials in East Asia”

Abstract:  Public memory, as fostered and perpetuated by East Asia war memorials, is a powerful force in contemporary politics and international relations.  This presentation will analyze the competing narratives created by the Peace Park in Hiroshima and the Rape of Nanjing Memorial in Nanjing.  More importantly, Dr. Kenley will discuss ways in which these powerful narratives continue to shape society more than 70 years after the end of the war.


Dr. Kirk Savage

Professor, History of Art & Architecture, University of Pittsburgh

Title:"Curating History: Civil War Commemoration and Social Justice”

Abstract: The U.S. Civil War was immediately understood as a watershed in the moral and racial history of the nation, and as a turning point for public monuments. Yet the monuments that were erected in the war’s long aftermath turned away from that initial historical understanding and re-imposed a new version of white supremacy. Dr. Savage will examine that process of “curating history” and its consequences for social justice, which continue to be experienced and debated today.

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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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Tradition, Exchange, and Innovation in Art: An Introduction to East Asian Visual Culture and Beyond

Tradition, Exchange, and Innovation in Art: An Introduction to East Asian Visual Culture and Beyond will look at moments in the transmission of culture vis-à-vis art forms produced and transmitted throughout and beyond East Asia. This course will focus on the production of art forms, such as scrolls, woodblock prints, ceramics, and architectural forms as episodes in exchange and innovation. This program is ideal for people who are interested in an introductory course on East Asian art history and cultural transmission, and those who are looking for a refresher on key art historical concepts. During this program, we will compare and contrast artistic productions of different styles and periods, while focusing on translating these artistic examples of tradition, exchange, and innovation into useful classroom materials. Course material include primary and secondary source materials, art historical approaches, in addition to resources for inclusion in the classroom. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is required.
This seminar is sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center University of Washington, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).
Dates:July 15-19, 2019
Time Detail:
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Monday-Thursday) 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m (Friday)
Location: University of Washington, Seattle. May include field trips.
Registration fee: $100
Dorm fee:$100
$100 Stipend
40 WA clock hours (or two University of Wshington credits for a fee)
Extensive course materials
**Dorm Rooms, meals, and partial travel stipends are available for participants from outside the Seattle metro area. 
Application Deadline: March 31, 2019
To apply: https://jsis.washington.edu/earc/tradition-exchange-and-innovation-in-ar...

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Teaching East Asian Literature Workshop

July 7-12, 2019

Indiana University Bloomington

Open to K-12 educators in All States


The East Asian Studies Center hosts an annual week-long, intensive summer workshop for K-12 English and world literature teachers who are interested in incorporating Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature into their curriculum. Priority admission is reserved for high school educators. Following the workshop, each participant develops a complete lesson plan for at least one of the pieces covered in the workshop. Those who turn in their lesson plan by the deadline are eligible to receive a $300 book-buying grant.The workshop is generously funded by the Freeman Foundation. It is part of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) program, a national provider for professional development on East Asia to K-12 teachers.


Participation Benefits

Set of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literary works covered in workshop (mailed to participants prior to workshop)

Free housing and at least one meal a day

Certificate of completion

Option to purchase three graduate credits from Indiana University

Book grant for purchasing East Asian literature for classroom use, provided upon completion of all requirements


Workshop Format

The workshop begins on Sunday, 7/7. Each morning, history professors lead lectures and discussions on specific facets of China, Japan, and Korea that are pertinent to the literary works covered. Topics discussed include history, religion, culture, family and gender, and language. Each afternoon literature professors discuss the short stories, novels, and poetry that participants have read prior to arrival at the workshop, focusing on universal as well as culture-specific aspects of the works. After the literature discussions, a high school world literature teacher with experience teaching East Asian literature acts as curriculum consultant, leading strategy sessions on how to teach the works at the high school level. Participants are also encouraged to attend Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cultural activities during the day and film viewings in the evenings.


Particpants are responsible for paying a non-refundable registration fee, covering their travel expenses to and from Bloomington, and the cost of up to two (2) meals a day. Particpants will also be required to participate in online discussions prior to the workshop and submit one (1) lesson plan within five (5) weeks of close of the workshop. 


For more information visit here or contact eascout@indiana.edu

To apply visit here   or at https://easc.indiana.edu/machform/view.php?id=12289

Participation is limited to 25 teachers.

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East Asia in the Early Modern World: A Summer Institute for Secondary Teachers

The Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) at the University of Colorado Boulder

July 7-11, 2019

Boulder, Colorado

Program Description: What do sources from and about merchants, pirates, diplomats, missionaries, soldiers, and artists tell us about early modern East Asia? Examining various transborder institutions, practices, and people that contributed to the formation of the interconnected East Asian world (1271-1842), this four-day institute offers secondary teachers an opportunity to work with scholars and specialists to consider East Asia as a system that included but transcended the collective national histories of China, Japan, and Korea. In this institute, teachers will gain an understanding of the political, economic, and cultural systems of the early modern East Asian world and reconsider narratives of encounters and conflicts with European imperialist powers.

Eligibility Requirements:

This TEA-NCTA 2019 summer institute is open to U.S. secondary social studies teachers (grades 6-12). The institute is designed as a professional development program of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA). NCTA alumni nationwide, as well as teachers who have not participated in an NCTA program previously, are encouraged to apply. Enrollment is limited to 20 teachers. Preference will be given to teachers who demonstrate the opportunity to apply summer institute content to their 2019-2020 teaching assignments.

Participation Benefits:

  • On-campus dormitories 
  • Meal Packages
  • Teaching materials
  • $350 stipend 

Participants are responsible for travel to and from the summer institute, though a stipend of up to $350 will be provided to each participant to defray the costs of travel. A $125 non-refundable registration fee is required of all teachers accepting a place in the institute.

For more information, contact Catherine Ishida at catherine.ishida@colorado.edu

Apply here: CU Boulder Summer Institute Application 

Application Deadline: March 18, 2019

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