University of Maryland Baltimore County 2021

Maryland 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:

Travel and Mobility in East Asian History

A Pitt NCTA Seminar with the University of Maryland Baltimore County

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 14-25, 2021 (weekdays); Orientation June 11 and Follow-up session in August

Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m. EDT; 3:30-6:30 p.m. Central Time

Location: Online via Zoom

Description: Coming a year after the start of the pandemic, this seminar will focus on something we have all been yearning for: travel! In particular, the upcoming 2021 NCTA Baltimore Seminar will foreground travel and mobility as a way to survey the broader themes of East Asian history and culture. Each session will begin with a brief background lecture to set the context, followed by the highlighted presentation; after that, we will close out the day discussing how the material can be incorporated into your curriculum. Our presenters (all UMBC faculty) will utilize a wide selection of written and visual primary sources, making our seminar perfect for K-12 history and social studies educators, art teachers, librarians, and world language educators. We hope you can join us!

To Apply:  

Application Deadline: May 31, 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

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

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

·      Global Revolutions, Worldwide Migrations and Population Changes, and Increasing Global Interconnections

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

·      Illustrate the significant political, commercial, and cultural changes that took place in China.

·      Geographic factors promote or impede the movement of people, products

and ideas.



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