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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Japanese Women at War and Peace: Gender on the Homefront and Occupied Japan


Saturday, March 12; Saturday, March 19; and Saturday, April 2, 2022

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

When it comes to Japan’s World War II period, there is no dearth of resource material covering military campaigns, imperial policy, or “MacArthur’s Occupation—but what were Japanese women doing in those three decades? Join Dr. Julie Oakes for a six hour online mini-course that will take a look at how Japanese women navigated the home front while their husbands and sons were off to war. What did they do to maintain their families? How did they contribute to the imperial cause? The first two sessions will focus on these domestic efforts by analyzing material culture, first-hand accounts, and critical secondary sources. The final class will center on the early days of the Occupation, informed by a close read of Goto Yumi’s Those Days in Muramatsu: One Woman’s Memoir of Occupied Japan, as well as discussion gendered policies in the Japanese Constitution and beyond. By the end of this course, participants will have a greater understanding of the ways in which women participated in both war and peace alongside their male counterparts. 


Registration limited. For more information and to register: https://forms.gle/73mUcaHXcCeVzBqh7 


Participating K-12 educators will receive a complimentary copy of the book Those Days in Muramatsu: One Woman’s Memoir of Occupied Japan. Educators who complete all six hours of the program will receive a Certificate Completion; Pennsylvania teachers will receive six Act 48 hours.


Dr. Julie Oakes is a historian of Japan and serves as the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Retention in the Honors College at the University of Maryland Baltimore Country. She a former high school teacher of American history and Japanese history, and a regular seminar leader for the University of Pittsburgh NCTA region.


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Things Left Behind: Integrating Social Emotional Learning into the Classroom


Things Left Behind: Integrating Social Emotional Learning into the Classroom

A Film Screening and Workshop for K-12 Educators

"Things Left Behind" Trailer from Linda Hoaglund on Vimeo.

Saturday afternoon, January 29, 2022 

1:00-3:30 p.m. (EASTERN TIME)


Online and Synchronous Workshop


Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is receiving increased focus in schools due to the pandemic. Participants in this free film screening and workshop for K-12 educators will learn about lessons based in the humanities that encourage reflection, empathy, and an understanding of others. Participants will be given access to LindaHoaglund’s film, Things Left Behind, to view prior to the program. Things Left Behind confronts the tragedy of Hiroshima through the photographs of renowned Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako. Viewers travel with Ishiuchi to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial archive as she selects artifacts to photograph for her exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, Canada. Notably, this was the first major international art exhibition devoted to the atomic bomb. Ishiuchis large-scale images of clothing and objects left by those who perished in the explosion take the historical event and distill it to human proportions, enabling viewers to focus on a single person and the impact of their loss. Viewers experience the exhibition through the creation of the photos, the installation, display in Vancouver, and the attendee's reaction to the photographs.   


We welcome K-12 educators of all disciplines to join Dean David Kenley of Dakota State University and author of Teaching About Asia in a Time of Pandemic and educators Kachina Leigh and Michele Weaver who have co-taught at Muhlenberg High School in Laureldale, PA and currently teach art and psychology, respectively, to discuss how to bring this film into the classroom. Filmmaker LindaHoaglund will also be joining us to discuss the making of Things Left Behindand answer questions. All participants will be given a copy of the film as well as have access to a series of lessons appropriate to teachers of art, history, and literature as well as ideas on how to bring this film into other courses of study.   


Links to the film online will also be sent to registered participants two weeks in advance, and you will be asked to watch the film prior to the workshop. Participants in the January 29 workshop will receive a complimentary DVD of the film after the workshop.


For more information and to register: https://forms.gle/mTh9Gz2MBSbwkQmVA


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Exploring Manga, Science, Peace, & Politics: The Path of Snakes and Ladders

Exploring Manga, Science, Peace, & Politics: The Path of Snakes and Ladders

Saturday, February 19, 2022.

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)

To view the event flier, please click here.

Join us along with The Ohio State University as we explore a historical Japanese game that teaches children both the basics of physical science and world history through manga with Dr. Ann Marie Davis and NCTA alumni-educator Angie Stokes!

Entitled “Atomic Sugoroku: Comics for Science Education,” this 1949 "snakes and ladders” board game has a colorful cast of characters personifying the traits of protons, electrons, and neutrons. As players race to the final goal (in this case, World Peace), they learn how these particles act in the context of atomic science and post-war Japan. Participants in this seminar will not only explore the game of sugoroku (a centuries-old game that is still popular today), but also learn about the global history of peace politics, science, and the Nobel Prize.

In addition, workshop facilitators will share relevant teaching tools and discuss ways to incorporate these topics into wide ranging and cross-curricular classrooms.


To register, please click on the link here.

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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.


Past Sessions of From Our Classroom to Yours


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

with Matthew Sudnik (September 21)


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)


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

with Stephanie Rizas (November 16)


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


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




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



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



From Our Classrooms to Yours: Dynasty Smackdown with Matthew Roberts (April 14)



From Our Classrooms to Yours: Creating Connections: Engaging Students Through a New Screen with Kamishibai with Angie Sokes and Mary Rice (May 5)



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