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Boulder, CO 80309-0595

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Center for Asian Studies
1424 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80309

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History and Mission

The mission of the Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) is to enhance and expand teaching and learning about East Asia in U.S. K-12 education. TEA was established in 1985 as the Rocky Mountain Japan Project. It became the Program for Teaching East Asia in 1998, with generous funding from the Freeman Foundation to undertake programs focusing on China as well as Japan. In 2001, TEA moved to the University of Colorado at Boulder. TEA is affiliated with the University's Center for Asian Studies (CAS).

TEA conducts national, regional, and state projects for teachers and students. TEA's main projects include the China Project, the Japan Project, the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), and Colorado state programs. These projects focus on curriculum development, professional development for teachers, and curriculum consultation and reform related to East Asia in K-12 education. Specific project activities include workshops, seminars, annual summer institutes, and study tours for teachers.

In addition to its projects, TEA also offers educators in the western United States a large curriculum resource center that includes teaching units for elementary and secondary levels; CD-ROMs; documentaries and feature films; a collection of Japanese woodblock prints; a collection of kamishibai (Japanese children's story boards); books of scholarship, literature, and children's literature; and artifact trunks. TEA staff are available for consultation on curriculum and materials selection.

TEA Faculty and Staff

The Program for Teaching East Asia is supported by a full- time staff of research faculty with expertise in Asian studies and K-12 education. Graduate research assistants and undergraduate interns also support projects such as the "It's Elementary" Service Project. TEA also works with academic faculty members from the University of Colorado at Boulder and from institutions across the country. Faculty offer scholarship on a variety of topics on East Asia at workshops, at summer institutes, and in association with study tours to Japan and China.

To contact TEA staff, visit our Contact page.

TEA Monthly E-Newsletter

TEA is pleased to offer a monthly e-newsletter detailing upcoming TEA programs, national professional development opportunities, and resources for teachers.

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Teaching East Asia is a part of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Our offices are located near CU-Boulder's main campus at 1424 Broadway, also known as the Institute of Behavioral Science No. 03 (IBS3).