West Virginia

Shepherd University 2021

West Virginia 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:

East Asia—Art and Everyday Lives: A Seminar for K-12 Educators


A Pitt NCTA Seminar for K-12 Educators with Shepherd University, WV

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: Jun 14-25 (weekdays); May 15 Orientation; August 7 Follow-up Class

Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon EDT (8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central Time)

Location: synchronous on Zoom

Join Professors David Gordon and Jason Allen for this two-week online seminar explores the historical and cultural interconnections in East Asia between art and people's everyday lives using both ancient and modern viewpoints. Participants will experience artistic and other practices such as origami paper-folding and the abacus through a variety of speakers and hands-on experiences (using materials sent to participants' homes in advance), with an emphasis given on effective ways to incorporate the content into classroom curricula. 

To Apply: https://forms.gle/Ee3SwGs5i2i1w6LRA 

Application Deadline: May 14, 2021 at NOON 

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. For other seminars offered this summer, see the webpages for Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

PD: Certificate of Completion (36 hours) will be given to all K-12 educators who complete the course requirements. West Virginia teachers can apply for EDPD 699, Sec. 44 at Shepherd University. Act 48 will be provided to Pennsylvania teachers.

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.

To learn more, please check out the seminar syllabus by clicking here.

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 West Virginia Standards Addressed in this Seminar

Demonstrate an understanding of the ancient civilizations.

·       Identify the leaders and distinguish the basic principles and philosophies of the major religions in the world as they emerged and expanded.

·       Identify the contributions and influences of ancient civilizations and categorize the factors that led to their fall (e.g., philosophy, architecture, civics, literature, the arts, science and mathematics).

Geography: evaluate the effect of physical geography and the changing nature of the earth’s surface on transportation, culture, economic activities, and urban areas.

Demonstrate an understanding of the global political environment of the 16th through the 19th centuries.• Illustrate the significant political, commercial, and cultural changes that took place in China.

Discover how cultural differences impact personal perceptions 

Investigate, interpret, and draw in-depth conclusions about how art has existed through time and is affected by its creator, culture, style and/or time periods. 

Categorize historical or cultural contexts of artworks through characteristics and purposes. 

Differentiate meaning and style of specific art objects within various cultures, times and places. 

Explore themes and motifs from various cultures from past history. 

Research the meanings, functions, and uses of specific art in the media from various past and present cultures. 

Compare and contrast themes and motifs from various cultures in present time.


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