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Programs for Teaching About East Asia

January 14, 2014
Lynn Parisi


The New York Geographic Alliance wants to make your aware of programs that will help you teach geography. Here is a great opportunity!

National Online Book Group for Secondary Educators: March Was Made of Yarn: Writers Respond to Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown, February 9 – March 22, 2014. Registration deadline: February 1, 2014 (or when course fills). Published in summer 2012, March Was Made of Yarn, a collection of short stories, non-fiction, poetry, and manga, was one of the first artistic efforts focusing on the “Triple Tragedy” of March 11, 2011. Writing while the effects of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster were still unfolding, the diverse authors represented examine not only the immediate devastation and people’s responses, but hopes and fears for the future as well. The book group will occur through three asynchronous online modules. Book reimbursement and completion stipend provided. Offered by TEA in cooperation with the University of Washington East Asia Resource Center through the J-OPP project. Co-sponsored by NCTA at TEA. Click here to find out more information.

Announcing NCTA 2014 Summer Institutes on University of Colorado Campus. The Program for Teaching East Asia announces two NCTA-sponsored summer institutes, one for elementary and one for secondary teachers. Each institute is limited to 20 eligible teachers to be chosen through a selective application process. Participants will receive travel allowance, room and board, materials, and stipend.

Citizens, Society & the State: Adaptation and Transformation in Contemporary China, July 7-11, 2014. Application deadline: March 21, 2014. This four-day residential program will examine the rapidly changing social and political dynamics of contemporary China, with special attention to the emerging roles of citizens, including ways in which individuals and groups respond to and enable social and political change through protests, political participation, and self-organization.

Texts and Contexts: Teaching Japan through Children’s Literature, June 22-26, 2014. Application deadline: March 14, 2014. Using children’s literature, elementary teachers can guide students in explorations of other cultures while helping them develop literacy skills and knowledge of their world. This institute for K-5 teachers will introduce several exemplary works of children’s literature as building blocks for teaching an integrated unit on Japan. Participants will have a unique opportunity to work with scholars of Japanese culture and children’s literature.

You can register for either of these institutes from the Teaching East Asia website, or you can email Lynn Parisi, the director of the program, and she will be glad to help you out.