The Ohio State University


Crossroads of East Asia:

Movement through Time and Place

A Summer Foundational Seminar for K-12 Educators

Monday, July 15 — Friday, July 19, 2024

A Free, Online Foundational Summer Seminar for K-12 Educators featuring Synchronous & Asynchronous Portions


Presented by The Ohio State University and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia at the University of Pittsburgh


Offered to all K-12 Educators in our 11 State Region of Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia


Join us for a virtual journey that will introduce East Asia’s diverse cultures and environment while building and enhancing your tool chest of teaching resources for the classroom. Focusing on the regions that comprise present-day China, Japan, and Korea, participants in this free online seminar will engage with experts and other educators in the field to explore major trends, global issues, and historic foundations that shape East Asian society. Through hands-on activities, films, lectures, and discussion, the cohort will learn about East Asia’s diverse cultures to enhance teaching resources in the classroom. A broad range of innovative teaching materials will be shared, engaging social-emotional learning (SEL), education in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), social studies, ELA, and other cross-curricular approaches to society and culture.

Seminar Dates & Tentative Schedule

  • Synchronous Online Orientation: May 2024, Evening, Online, Synchronous (Exact Date to be Determined)
  • Asynchronous Module Seminar Portion: June - July 2024 (asynchronous, online)
    • Modules can be done at your own pace
    • Synchronous and Asynchronous sessions designed to optimize time together
  • Full Week Synchronous Seminar Portion: July 15 - 19, 2024 (daily, synchronous, online) 9:00am - 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Follow-up Session: Fall 2024, Online, Synchronous (Exact Date to be Determined)

Application Deadline: May 1, 2024 or until course fills



Benefits for Participants 


Each participant who completes the course and course requirements will receive: 


  • $230 worth of teaching materials for your classroom, including the course textbook, additional educational materials, and a $100 mini-grant for purchase of approved materials for your classroom. (The purpose of the mini-grant is to get teaching materials into “brick and mortar” schools. Due to the increasing variety of our seminar participants, not all participants may be able to receive a mini-grant. Please consult with us about this early in the course.) 
  • $300 stipend at the completion of all requirements including attendance at the follow up classes.
  • Graduate credit: 2.0 hours graduate credit option available (extra fee/application).
  • Certificate of Completion (36 hours) K-12 educators will receive a Certificate of Completion for 36 hours of professional development after completing all requirements of the seminar.
  • NCTA alumni are eligible to apply for NCTA GEEO study tours to East Asia and are also eligible for small grants such as the Marie Wanek Fund, travel subsidies for conferences, and other benefits that we offer from time to time; NCTA alumni are also often given priority preference in competitive applications for summer institutes, Fulbright-Hayes study tours to East Asia and other programs. Our office also writes letters of recommendations for alumni who apply to competitive study tours and summer institutes. All alumni will receive a weekly NCTA email newsletter with information about free professional development programs and teaching resources. 


Seminar Requirements  

  • Expressed commitment to integrating East Asia into your curriculum.
  • Attend and participate in all sessions (36 contact hours), including the follow up classes. 
  • In addition, to complete the seminar and receive the benefits, you must fulfill the following requirements: Attend and participate in all sessions (36 contact hours, with 30 hours in the fall/winter and 6 hours in the spring)  Complete all assignments and requirements, including designing a lesson plan that incorporates East Asian material into your curriculum, writing a “reflection paper” and completing a mini-grant form for your teaching materials. (A full list of assignments will be posted on our website.)


  • Each participant is expected to come to class prepared to participate in class discussions.


Application Deadline: May 1, 2024 or until course fills





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