The Program for Teaching East Asia announces the first year of J-OPP West, a new project to provide expanded professional development courses and resources for teachers in the Western United States. The project is a joint project with the University of Washington East Asia Resource Center (EARC) and targets the states of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, and Nebraska. Teachers from other western states are welcome to take advantage of online course offerings. J-OPP West is funded by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.
During the 2012-13 school year, J-OPP West will offer online courses in collaboration with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and with activites of the TEA and EARC outreach programs.
J-OPP State Resource Pages
Online: Teaching about Contemporary Japan through Art (National)
This free, four-module, asynchronous online course will run from February 16 through late April 2013. Led by art historian Melanie King, the course will develop the skills of reading artwork through considerations of the historical roots of contemporary Japanese art, post-World War II visual art, the world of "superflat" artwork, and artistic responses to the "Triple Tragedies" of March 2011. Teachers receive a modest stipend and readings. This course has filled. To receive announcements about future courses sign up for our mailing list.
Online: Teaching about Pre-modern Japan. Heian and Medieval Society and Culture (National)
Offered by NCTA and J-OPP. Open to middle and high school teachers of world history nationwide, this 16-hour course provides an introduction to Japan’s premodern era—the Heian period of “peace and calm” (794-1185) and the medieval period of warfare (1185-1600). These two periods saw the development of a unique Japanese culture encompassing social practices, literary genres, aesthetic ideals, and religious beliefs that endure to the present. Seminar flyer
. For more information, contact Lynn Parisi, TEA Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
. This course is closed
Cultural Encounters: Japan's Diverse Past and Present
Designed for world history teachers, this 30-hour online seminar provides an in-depth consideration of episodes in Japan's interactions with the world, from the Nara period through today. Teachers who successfully complete the seminar may apply to the Program for Teaching East Asia 4-week Fulbright-Hays Group Project in Japan, June-July 2013. More info
. This seminar is now closed.