Current Site – Summer 2020

National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) presents:

East Asia: A Seminar for K-12 Educators

Introduction to East Asia to gain the knowledge, resources, and expert guidance needed to incorporate or enhance curriculum about East Asia in the classroom.  
June 15 – 19, 2020 
Taught by Professor Ann Marie Davis, OSU
36 hour seminar includes:
  • Orientation: 1.5 hour session in May (evening, remote access available)
  • June 15 – 19, 2020 daily 8:30 am – 3:30pm on the OSU campus (travel support available)
  • Follow up: 4.5 hour session on OSU campus in Aug/Sept 2020 (Saturday)
Who is eligible?
K-12 educators (pre-service and in-service teachers, librarians, administrators, others)
No previous background in East Asia is assumed for this free introductory seminar with many benefits (resources, follow up event, stipend -see website for details).
Lunch and parking tokens provided daily; limited travel support for out of town participants availabe. Stipend and resource material upon completion of seminar requirements.
Applications received by April 15, 2020 (or when filled) will be given priority
Application link: online link

This seminar will examine the major trends, global issues, and historic foundations that shape East Asian society. Focusing on the regions that comprise present day China, Japan, and Korea, the course will emphasize print media, visual culture, and archival collections whenever germane.  The course begins in the  eighth century with the rise of Buddhism, which promoted printed materials across borders and cultures, and it ends in the contemporary era, with a consideration of the role of new digital technologies and media in East Asia.

The course will include an introduction to digital humanities scholarship and teaching in East Asia.  Drawing on diverse resources (readings, films, cartoons, and newspaper articles), special collections at  OSU Libraries, and the expertise of curators and scholars in Ohio, our course sessions will emphasize  collaborative, hands‐on learning experiences, and the development of K‐12 curricular tools.
In addition to the knowledge you will gain about East Asia, you will also receive the following benefits upon completion of the program requirements:
  • $200 worth of teaching materials, including textbook and one-year subscription to Education about Asia journal ($100 worth at June seminar, $100 worth at follow up in Aug/Sept 2020)
  • $200 stipend upon completion of all coursework (summer seminar, lesson plan, philisophical essay, follow up event in Aug/Sept 2020)
  • access to nationwide NCTA programs, such as eligibility for discounted study tours of East Asia, online book clubs, summer institute opportunities, and teaching resources


University of Pittsburgh national coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) Asian Studies Center, University Center for International  Studies and a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to  the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University.
Coordinated in Ohio by the East Asian Studies Center at OSU.