Illinois Summer Seminar 2020

University of Alabama at Birmingham Online Summer Seminar

Connecting Students to East Asia with 

Images, Maps and Texts

July 6-17, 2020

University of Alabama at Birmingham Online 

Seminar offered to Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina Teachers

Seminar also offered to teachers in the southern counties* of West Virginia.

Monday - Friday

8 am - 11 am CDT / 9 am - 12 pm EDT (M - F)

To apply: please complete our online application here.

This 30-hour summer seminar will explore the role of texts and images in shaping our understanding of histories and cultures in East Asia.  We will examine primary sources from China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam and investigate what they represent and how they are represented. Gain new insights into your subject, explore teaching resources, and write lesson plans you can use. 

Certificate of Completion (36 hours) will be given to all teachers who complete the course requirements.

LEARN from experts on Asian history, culture, art, etc.

EXPLORE resources about China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam for your lessons and classes

PREPARE lesson plans for your classes.

Earn Benefits:

  • $200 stipend upon completion of seminar requirements

  • $200 worth of teaching materials

  • 36 hours of continuing education credit will be offered for Alabama teachers.

  • Free textbook

  • Eligibility to participate in NCTA study tours to East Asia


Course Structure

  • Course Meeting Dates (online): July 6-17, 2020
  • Course Schedule (online): Monday - Friday (8 am - 11 am CDT / 9 am - 12 pm EDT)
  • Orientation meeting (online): Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 pm CDT/ 7:30 pm EDT
  • Follow-up (online): Thursday, October 1 (mid-autumn festival) 6:30 pm CDT/ 7:30 pm EDT


To apply: please complete our online application here.

Registration opened until seminar is filled.

*West Virginia Counties include Greenbriar, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming.




Online Seminar

Intersections: East Asia and STEAM

A Seminar for K-12 Educators in Ohio, Kentucky, Delaware and Illinois

This seminar will now be offered online. 

Introduction to East Asia to gain the knowledge, resources, and expert guidance needed to incorporate or enhance curriculum about East Asia in the classroom.  

June 15 - 26, 2020 
Taught by Professor Ann Marie Davis, OSU


New Online Format for 2020

This seminar will examine the major trends, global issues, and historic foundations that shape East Asian society. Focusing on the regions that comprise present day China, Japan, and Korea, the course will emphasize print media, visual culture, and archival collections whenever germane.  The course begins in the  eighth century with the rise of Buddhism, which promoted printed materials across borders and cultures, and it ends in the contemporary era, with a consideration of the role of new digital technologies and media in East Asia. 

The course will include an introduction to digital humanities scholarship and teaching in East Asia.  Drawing on diverse resources (readings, films, cartoons, and newspaper articles), special collections at  OSU Libraries, and the expertise of curators and scholars in Ohio, our course sessions will emphasize  collaborative, hands‐on learning experiences, and the development of K‐12 curricular tools.  
36 hour seminar includes:
  • Orientation: 1.5 hour session in May (evening, remote access available)
  • June 15 - 26, 2020 daily 1:00 pm - 4:00pm (online daily) 
  • Synchronous and Asynchronous sessions designed to optimize time together
  • Follow up: Aug/Sept 2020 (Saturday): Virtual option available

Applications received by April 30, 2020 (or when filled) will be given priority

Click here to apply

View our Flyer for more information


Who is eligible?
K-12 educators (pre-service and in-service teachers, librarians, administrators, others)
No previous background in East Asia is assumed for this free introductory seminar with many benefits (resources, follow up event, stipend -see website for details).
This seminar will now be offered online. Synchronous and Asynchronous sessions designed to optimize time together. We plan to have 2 hours synchronous and 1 hour asynchronous each day, though the asynchronous is a combination of work with several different group combinations or by themselves that could be done during the 1pm-4pm timeframe or at a different time.
In addition to the knowledge you will gain about East Asia, eligible teachers will also receive the following benefits upon completion of the program requirements:
  • $200 worth of teaching materials, including textbook and one-year subscription to Education about Asia journal ($100 worth at June seminar, $100 worth at follow up in Aug/Sept 2020)
  • $200 stipend upon completion of all coursework (summer seminar, lesson plan, philosophical essay, follow up event in Aug/Sept 2020)
  • access to nationwide NCTA programs, such as eligibility for discounted study tours of East Asia, online book clubs, summer institute opportunities, and teaching resources
University of Pittsburgh national coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) Asian Studies Center, University Center for International  Studies and a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to  the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University.
Coordinated in Ohio by the East Asian Studies Center at OSU.


Seminar state: 

Illinois 2019-2020

Online Summer Seminar

Traditional East Asia: 

Michigan State University Summer Seminar

June 15-19 & June 22-26, 2020

Online Summer Seminar

Open to all Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois K-12 teachers, librarians and educators

APPLY NOW for this content-rich seminar for K-12 educators. Designed as an introduction to the premodern histories and cultures of CHINA, JAPAN, and KOREA, the course will encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about East Asia in Geography, History, Social Studies, and World Literature. Media specialists, librarians, art teachers, and world language teachers are also encouraged to apply. There will be special emphasis on pedagogy, best practices, classroom applications, and resources.

This seminar will provide you with valuable content and resources to implement the study of East Asia into your curriculum in keeping with your state’s academic standards as well as geography and world history standards. No previous background in Asia is assumed. Teams of teachers as well as teachers in schools with NCTA alumni are strongly encouraged to apply.

Open to all Michigan Illinois K-12 teachers,  librarians and educators.


SEMINAR DATES: June 15-19 & June 22-26, 2020

with one six-hour follow-up session in the fall.


BENEFITS: Teachers who attend all classes and complete all requirements will receive:

- $200 stipend and certificate of completion

- $200 in teaching materials, include. a free textbook and year’s subscription to Education About Asia

- 30 SCECH hours (for Michigan teachers)

- Status as National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) alumni. Alumni status gives you eligibility to participate in a variety of NCTA programs and study tours.


New Online Format:

We originally intended to offer the seminar for one week on the beautiful Michigan State University campus in East Lansing. However, concerns and restrictions related to the spread of coronavirus have led us to move the seminar to an online format.

Both seminar leaders have extensive experience using educational technology and teaching online. Rest assured, we will create many opportunities for participants to ask questions and interact with the instructors and peers.

In addition, we have decided to spread the material out over two weeks so that we spend fewer hours each day in front of screens.


Apply online here:

Please check out our informational flier here.


Co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia and Michigan State University.


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Adam Coldren

Ethan Segal

Kyle Greenwalt



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