Initiated in 1997, Teaching East Asia: China seeks to promote and facilitate effective instruction about China in K-12 classrooms by offering professional development opportunities to teachers, as well as curriculum consultation to school districts.
In alternating years, TEA offers one-week summer institutes on topics in Chinese studies. Institutes are held on University of Colorado's Boulder campus and are open to teachers from across the country.
TEA's China summer institutes are generally targeted to secondary teachers of world history, world literatures, Asian studies, and international relations, but teachers of other subjects such as U.S. history and English are also welcome to apply.
At the institutes, participants work with scholars from CU-Boulder and other leading institutions and develop plans for revising their own curriculum related to the topic of the institute. TEA covers lodging, meals, and the majority of travel expenses. In addition, participants receive institute texts, relevant curriculum resources, and, upon completion of follow-up responsibilities, a final stipend. Teachers may elect to take the institute for graduate credit through the University of Colorado.
Citizens, Society, & State: Adaptation and Transformation in Contemporary China, July 27-31, 2015. Eighteen secondary teachers joined TEA and NCTA staff and faculty Jessica Teets and Orion Lewis for a four-day exploration of the rapidly changing social and political dynamics of contemporary China. Participants explored the complex and interrelated issues of economic development, social welfare, government role and the growth of civil society.
TEA will offer its next China summer institute in Summer 2017.
Colorado teachers can take advantage of TEA's annual program of workshops on China throughout the school year. Recent workshop topics have included "China's 21st Century Transformations," "China as an Emerging Global Leader," and "China's Enviornmental Challenges." For information about upcoming workshops, please see our Upcoming Workshops page. You can also sign up for the TEA mailing list.
TEA's China Resource Center includes videos, curriculum units, an academic library, and artifact trunks. Click here for full details. Most materials are lent free of charge to teachers in the western United States; artifact trunks rent for a nominal fee.
Visits to Boulder Elementary Schools. In a local service project, TEA works with undergraduate interns from the University of Colorado's Asian studies and Asian languages programs to offer Asian language (Japanese, Chinese, and Hindi) and culture activities to Boulder Valley School District's elementary classrooms. CU students are available for one-day and longer assignments to classrooms, where they assist by teaching simple language, culture, and education lessons. For more information, please see our Classroom Outreach page.