West Virginia

Shepherd University 2024


Sports and Leisure in East Asia

A Summer Foundational Seminar for K-12 Educators


June 17-21 & June 24-28, 2024

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


Presented by Shepherd 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


What do people in East Asia do for fun?  If you’ve ever wondered about this, join us for a survey of the history and cultures of East Asia while exploring the leisure activities of each country.   These include tai chi, mahjong, baseball, gardening, K-pop, watching Godzilla, reading Astro Boy, and so on.  We’ll push back against the idea that East Asian life is all work and no play!  We’ll also cover the sorts of topics a foundational seminar usually addresses, such as Confucian philosophy, Vietnamese history, Buddhism, and the role of Taiwan in East Asia. 
 Participants who complete all requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion, free materials for the seminar, a mini-grant for your classroom and a stipend for completing the course. 

Seminar Dates & Tentative Schedule

  • Synchronous Online Orientation: Sunday, May 5, 2024, 2:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time, Online, Synchronous
  • Online Synchronous Seminar: June 17-21 & June 24-28, (daily, synchronous, online) 9:00am - 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Follow-up Session: Saturday, August 17, 9:00-12:00 AM Eastern Time, Online, Synchronous

Application Deadline: May 4, 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.
  • Teacher Professional Development Credit: 3.0 hour credit option available (extra fee/application) through Shepherd University.
  • 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 4, 2024 or until course fills




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