University of Pittsburgh Fall 2021


University of Pittsburgh Fall 2021

Shattering Myths: Teaching About the Diversity of East Asia in the K-12 Classroom

A Free Online Seminar for K-12 Educators

A National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) seminar, funded by the Freeman Foundation and presented by the NCTA at the Asian Studies Center, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Fall online seminar is available to K-12 educators in Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia

Thank you for interest in our upcoming University of Pittsburgh Fall 2021 NCTA Seminar: Shattering Myths: Teaching About the Diversity of East Asia in the K-12 Classroom. We are currently not accepting applications, but please contact Dr. Patrick Hughes if you wish to be added to our wait list at

Application Deadline is September 1, 2021

“All Asia is [NOT] One.” East Asia is a culturally diverse and historically rich region. This seminar will enhance your classroom’s curriculum by providing content and resources for teaching about diversity through the window of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. The seminar is designed for all K-12 educators, and will provide you with a basic “East Asia 101” course with emphasis on the theme of diversity (cultural, geographical, political, ethnic, and religious). Sessions include presentations by scholars and master teachers, hands-on activities, and discussions of resources and teaching strategies, including tools for online learning.

Seminar Leaders: Dr. Brenda G. Jordan and Dr. Patrick W. Hughes

Program Assistant: Stephen Wludarski

Dates: Wednesday, September 8

Tuesday, September 14 

Wednesday, September 29 

Wednesday, October 13

Tuesday, October 26

Tuesday, November 9 & November 16

Wednesday, December 1

Tuesday, December 7 & December 14

Time:  5:30-8:30 p.m. Eastern Time (4:30-7:30 p.m. Central Time) 

An additional Follow-up Session(s) (6 hours total) required in the Spring of 2022 (date to be decided with your input).

LocationOnline via Zoom [Participants need to be able to use the Chat function and also should be willing to turn on their video as there are numerous group discussions, Q&A sessions, and interactive sessions.]

Benefits for Participants

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

  • $200 worth of teaching materials for your classroom, including the course textbook, a one-year subscription to the journal Education About Asia, additional hands-on materials.
  • $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 the seminar leaders about this early in the course.)
  • $200 stipend at the completion of all requirements.
  • All seminar participants will receive a Certificate of Completion (36 hours)
  • Pennsylvania educators will receive 2 continuing education/in-service credits (60 Act 48 hours) and 6 additional Act 48 hours for the follow up session.
  • Those who complete all of the requirements of this seminar are eligible to apply for NCTA GEEO study tours to East Asia, and may also apply for small grants, 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 NCTA email newsletter with information about free professional development programs and teaching resources.

Seminar Requirements 

Expressed commitment to integrating East Asia into your curriculum.

In addition, to complete the seminar and receive the benefits, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all online sessions (36 contact hours, with 30 hours in the fall 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 “philosophical essay” 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. Each week there will be a short writing assignment or some other short assignment based on the readings for that class. Instructions will be given in class as well.
  • Use of a laptop or desk computer with camera and mic are important for full participation in the class. If you only have an iPad, a keyboard is recommended. Please be willing to turn on your video. Only use a cell phone camera as a last resort (if you don’t have access to a laptop, for example).

2021-22 SCHEDULE

  • Wednesday, September 8: Geography and Climate Matters               

  • Tuesday, September 14: Chinese Thought Systems and the Chinese Writing System

  • Wednesday, September 29: Buddhism for the Unenlightened; Dynasty Smackdown

  • Wednesday, October 13: the Shinto faith; the Art of Origami

  • Tuesday, October 26: The Silk Road; the Joy of Tangrams 

  • Tuesday, November 9: Women Authors in the Imperial Court

  • Tuesday, November 16: Cracking the Samurai Code; the Concept of Play in the Tokugawa Period  

  • Wednesday, December 1: Teaching About Korean Culture—film

  • Tuesday, December 7: The Korean Language; Minorities in China and Japan 

  • Tuesday, December 14: Vietnam


Application Deadline is September 1, 2021

Please Click Here to Apply

Seminar state: 

Lehigh University 2021

Thank you for your interest in NCTA seminars at Lehigh University. Please check back later for full information about upcoming online and in person seminars near you.


In the meantime, you are welcome join us for our Fall 2021 Short Programs focusing on various aspects of East Asia in the Classroom.

Seminar state: 

University of Pennsylvania 2021


Thank you for your interest in NCTA seminars at the University of Pennsylvania. Please check back later for full information about upcoming online and in person seminars near you.

In the meantime, you are welcome join us for our Fall 2021 Short Programs focusing on various aspects of East Asia in the Classroom. 



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