Lehigh University 2021

Pennsylvania K-12 educators may now apply for Summer 2021 Pitt NCTA Virtual Seminars.

Please click on the link below for a complete listing of our online summer foundational East Asia seminars across our region that you can apply to:


You may also apply to your local NCTA Virtual Seminar and join with educators in your area:

This seminar has reached capacity and is now closed to new applicants.

We encourage you to check back later for news and information about Fall 2021 upcoming seminars. 

Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA

East Asia Through the Lens of Visual and Material Culture

A Pitt NCTA Seminar for K-12 Educators

Offered to K-12 educators in states in the Pitt NCTA region: Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia 

Title: East Asia Through the Lens of Visual and Material Culture

Dates: July 19-31, 2021 (weekdays); Orientation on June 23 and August/September Follow-up class

Times: 1:00-4:00 p.m. EDT (12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Central Time)

Location: Synchronous on Zoom

Description: East Asia today represents a broad mosaic of ethnic, economic, geographic, and cultural diversity.  Even in our current period of rapid political and economic globalization, within which the region has played a major transformative role, East Asia retains its deep and rich cultural and artistic traditions and practices. Through interactive lectures and activities focusing on the visual and artistic material cultures of East Asia, K-12 educators will explore and integrate a wide range of strategies and resources supporting an enriched classroom learning environment.

K-12 educators may apply for more than one NCTA summer seminar but may only participate in one of these seminars offered by the Pitt NCTA. For other seminars offered this summer, see the webpages for Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

To apply: This seminar has reached capacity and is now closed to new applicants.

Application Deadline: June 11, 2021

Certificate of Completion (36 hours) will be given to all K-12 educators who complete the course requirements.

66 hours of Act 48 for PA teachers available through Lehigh University.

Learn how to engage your students with the wider world by incorporating East Asia into your curriculum. Meet standards in your state with the content and resources that you can use to enrich your teaching and broaden your students’ knowledge. Learn from scholars of East Asia and NCTA master teachers, and meet other educators like yourself.

A Pitt NCTA seminar will broaden your approach to the standards and issues of concern to students. Designed as an introduction to the cultures of China, Japan, and Korea, the course will encourage and facilitate K-12 teaching and learning about East Asia in World History, Geography, Social Studies, Art, and World Literature. Each seminar also touches upon topics such as diversity in world history, Asian cultural identities, geography in history and culture. Develop lesson plans for your current courses. Learn how to use NCTA online resources for in person, hybrid and online classes.

Benefits for educators who complete all seminar requirements

All Pitt NCTA 36 hour seminars provide:

$200 worth of materials for educators, including a textbook and subscription to Education About Asia journal

$100 mini-grant for additional teaching materials 

$200 stipend (after completion of all assignments and seminar meetings)

Certificate of Completion (36 hours)

Other Professional Development hours/credit possible, depending on the seminar site

NCTA alumni have access to alumni newsletters with updates on free programs, online resources, recommended books and films, and opportunities for travel to East Asia.

Some of the Standards Addressed in this Seminar

Discover how cultural differences impact personal perceptions 

Explain how individual artists impact cultural developments.

Arts and Humanities - Visual Arts - Analyze a work of art from its historical and cultural perspective and analyze how historical events and culture impact forms, techniques and purposes of works in the arts.

World History - Compare the role groups and individuals played in the social, political, cultural, and economic development throughout world history.


Geography - The physical and human characteristics of East Asia and the interaction between people and places


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