Minnesota 2021

Minnesota 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:


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

We encourage you to click on the link above to to learn more about our other seminars currently accepting applicants (Lehigh University, Shepherd University, and University of Pennsylvania).

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

East Asia Through History and Art: a Collaborative Seminar with the Minneapolis Institute of Art

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 

Dates: June 21-July 1 (weekdays); Orientation May 20; Follow-up to be decided with the class

Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon CENTRAL Daylight Time; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT

Location: Synchronous on Zoom except for a three hour asynchronous assignment

Description:  This seminar introduces K-12 educators to the history, art, culture, literature, and politics of East Asia, with a particular focus on the resources available via the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia).  Join Dr. David Kenley for this online seminar that will include a mix of lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities utilizing experts from Mia and various universities.  Teachers from all disciplines and grades are invited and encouraged to participate.

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

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021

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, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Shepherd, West Virginia.

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.

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

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

Visual Art Standards:

·      Discover how cultural differences impact personal perceptions

·      Understand how cultural factors affect what contemporary artists create

·      Explain how individual artists impact cultural developments.

Social Studies: World history and Geography

·      Diffusion of World Religions – evaluate the impact of the diffusion of world religions and belief systems on social, political, cultural, and economic systems.

·      Power and Resistance, Global Conflict, Genocide in the 20th Century, and Technological, Scientific, and Cultural Exchanges

Social Studies: World Studies from 750 BC to 1600 BC

·     Improvements in transportation, communication and technology have facilitated diffusion among peoples of the world.

Social Studies: World History and Contemporary Studies

• Compare the political actions of actions of European, Asian, and African nations in the era of imperial expansion European, Asian, and African nations in the era of imperial expansion.

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