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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 2015

Through the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, NCTA entered its 17th year of programming in 2014. 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 Winter-Spring 2015. All courses listed below are open to secondary teachers throughout the United States, with specific eligibility requirements noted on the full flyers linked below. Check details in each course flyer for more specifics of each course.

-Winter-Spring 2015 Online Book Group: Connections and Disconnection: Japanese Short Stories for High School Literature and History (January 9-February 28; 16 hours) Register now!

-Winter-Spring 2015 Online Seminar: Cracking the Samurai Code: Separating Fact and Fiction in Teaching about Samurai in Japanese History and Culture (January 9-February 28; 20 hours) Register now!

-Winter-Spring 2015 Online Seminar: China Under Mao: Modernization, Mobilization, and Mass Campaigns (January 26-April 27; 20 hours). Registration opens December 12, 2014.

-Winter-Spring 2015 Seminar: Japan in the World, Cultural Encounters 16-19th Centuries (January 29-April 2; 20 hours) Registration opens December 12, 2014.

 

 

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 coursebooks and materials;
  • Professional stipend 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 and its local and state coordinators.

NCTA Winter-Spring 2015 Offerings

Registration/application opens November 13, 2014 for the following:

-NCTA/J-OPP National Online Course: Cracking the Samurai Code. Separating Fact and Fiction in Teaching about the Samurai in Japanese History and Culture (January 9-February 28, 2015; 16 hours). This three-module course draws on contemporary scholarship and primary sources to examine the myths that have developed about Samurai and the historical reality behind these myths. The course focuses on Samurai in the medieval and Tokugawa periods and on portrayals in popular culture today. Click here for flyer and application information. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by January 5 at the latest. Limit: 20 teachers.

-NCTA/J-OPP National Online Book Group: Connections and Disconnection: Japanese Short Stories for High School Literature and History (January 9- February 28, 2015; 16 hours). Open to high school literature, World History, and Asian studies teachers nationwide, this book group will examine selected short stories from a classic collection, The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories (2010 edition), edited by Theodore W. Gossen. Stories selected for the book group cover the late 19th to late 20th centuries, exploring themes and topics appropriate to high school study of Japan, including cultural traditions change and modernity, Buddhism, war, and social relationships. Through a book group guided discussion, participants will read and discuss six short stories and share ideas for using the stories in the classroom. Click here for flyer and application information. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by January 5 at the latest. Limit: 20 Teachers.

Register beginning December 12, 2014 for the following:

-NCTA National Online Seminar: China Under Mao: Modernization, Mobilization, and Mass Campaigns (January 26-April 27, 2015; 20 hours). This four-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. Beginning December 12: Click here for flyer and application information. Limit 25 teachers.

-NCTA-TEA National Online Seminar: Japan in the World: Cultural Encounters, 16th-19th Centuries (January 29-April 2, 2015; 20 hours). This online course for secondary teachers explores Japan’s often overlooked international relations with Asia and its encounters with the West before, during, and after the Tokugawa era (1600-1868). Beginning December 12: Click here for flyer and application information.