The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA)
In 1998, TEA joined with the University of Washington's East Asia Resource Center, Indiana University's Asian Studies Program, Columbia University's East Asia Curriculum Project, and the Five College Center for East Asian Studies to undertake this national, multi-year initiative to encourage and facilitate curriculum improvement in Asian studies at the secondary level. In 2008, these institutions were joined by the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center and the University of Southern California US-China Institute.
Each year, NCTA supports 30-hour seminars and other professional development courses for teachers throughout the country. NCTA's seminar format encourages a community of inquiry among educators who have a responsibility to teach about Asia. Seminar participants receive stipends, materials, and the opportunity to apply for continuing study through NCTA-sponsored study tours to China, Japan, or Korea. Over 15,000 teachers have participated in NCTA seminars around the country since the start of the program.