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Applications and scheduled dates are available in our Seminar Sites & Applications page and directly from seminar leaders. Admission is on a rolling basis, and seminars typically fill quickly; early application is suggested.

Educators should send completed applications directly to the seminar leader of the location for which they are applying. Educators interested in enrolling in an NCTA seminar in other parts of the country should see the national project website at http://www.NCTAsia.org.

NCTA Seminars and Offerings

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NCTA Seminars and Offerings for Winter-Spring 2016

Through the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, NCTA entered its 19th year of programming in 2016. Nationally, NCTA offers a wide variety of professional development programming, including classic 30-hour seminars in classroom settings and online courses ranging from short webinars to full 30-hour courses.  For a full list of NCTA offerings, visit our NCTA website at www.nctasia.org.
 
The NCTA National Coordinating Site at the Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado is offering the following online opportunities for Fall 2016. All courses listed below are open to teachers throughout the United States. Grade level and teaching assignment priorities vary by course.

Four Online Courses are being offered in Fall 2016

> NEW! Online Film Group. The Journey Home: Three Contemporary Chinese Films. September 16 - November 3. Closed

> China Under Mao: Modernization, Mobilization, and Mass Campaigns. September 26 - December 19. Closed

> New! Japan: 20th-Century Legacies, 21st-Century Challenges. September 20 - December 12. Closed

> New! Online Book Group - The Great Wave: Japan through Children's Literature. September 30 - December 11. Closed

 

 

 

 

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Benefits of NCTA Participation

Benefits of participation in NCTA seminar and professional development courses include:

  • Quality instruction about East Asia from leading experts in the field;
  • Free course materials;
  • Professional stipend or resources upon completion of all seminar requirements;
  • Eligibility to apply to NCTA study tours to East Asia and NCTA summer institutes.

Eligibility

Highest priority is given to secondary teachers of world geography, world history, world cultures, art history, religion, economics, and language arts/literature. Other K-12 educators in a position to promote the sustained presence of Asia in the curriculum, such as media specialists and curriculum coordinators, are considered in accordance with the specific course and space availability.

TEA-Sponsored NCTA Seminar Sites and Applications

Join an NCTA professional development seminar in your area, offered by the NCTA National Coordinating Site at the Program for Teaching East Asia. All courses are open to teachers nationwide and are designed for teachers of specific grade levels and/or course assignments as indicated below.

Four Online Courses are being offered in Fall 2016

NEW. Online Film Group. The Journey Home: Three Contemporary Chinese Films. September 16 - November 3, 2016 (18 hours)
During chaotic times, Chinese filmmakers have returned to the concept of home and family in their films. Open to secondary teachers currently teaching about China, this discussion group will view and discuss three films -- The Blue Kite, Last Train Home, and Coming Home, exploring different "journeys" to reunite with family. The film group will be conducted through three asynchronous online modules, each consisting of film viewing and discussions of the works with colleagues and the course instructor.Participants are responsible for obtaining the three films for viewing and will be provided with a list of online locations for accessing the films through rental, purchase or free viewing in advance of the course start date. Participants may take part in "discussion only" or choose to complete the film group with "full participation for full benefits," which will include a stipend to reimburse for the cost of film purchase. Details and registration.
NEW. Online Book Group: The Great Wave: Japan through Children's Literature, September 30 - December 11, 2016 (15 hours)
Tsunami prone Japan and stories of survival are imagined in recent children's literature Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa and Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz. In this book group, intermediate and middle-school teachers will discuss these texts' literary forms and techniques, social studies connections and cross-curricular classroom applications. Participation in a live webinar with author Leza Lowitz (Dec. 7, 2016) is required. Registration deadline: Sept. 22 (or when course fills). Details and registration.
NEW. Japan: 20th-Century Legacies, 21st-Century Challenges. September 29 - December 12, 2016 (25 hours)
In this course, secondary classroom teachers will consider the 20th-century roots and current dimensions of four critical contemporary issues: Japan's demographic crisis, Japan's intra-Asian and security relations, the Japanese constitution at 70, and Japan's nuclear past and future. Participants in this course will be eligible to apply for a 10-day seminar in Tokyo in summer 2017 (pending funding). Details and registration.
China Under Mao: Modernization, Mobilization, and Mass Campaigns. September 26 - December 12, 2016. (20 hours)
Open to secondary classroom teachers nationwide who teach about modern China, this five-module online seminar examines the social, cultural, political, and economic changes in China under the leadership of Mao Zedong by looking at two of his most far-reaching and impactful mass campaigns: the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. The seminar will provide essential background, contemporary scholarship, and primary sources to better understand and more effectively teach the causes and effects of these campaigns. Details and registration.

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