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NCTA Programs in Asia and Summer Institutes

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Summer Study Tours and Institutes

Teachers who have taken part in an NCTA seminar sponsored by TEA or other NCTA partner sites are eligible to apply to NCTA study tours and summer institutes.


2016 NCTA Alumni National Study Tours

For Summer 2016, NCTA offered three study tours.

➢ Two two-week study tours to China and Japan, offered to NCTA alumni nationally. These two study tours are coordinated by the NCTA national site at Asia for Educators, Columbia University.

➢ “Voices of Peace and Reconciliation: Messages from Japan to the United States.” June 28–July 12, 2016 (tentative). The NCTA national coordinating site at the Five College Center for East Asian Studies conducted this study tour for NCTA alumni. The study involved participants in listening to the voices of Japanese people involved in peace and reconciliation activities, visiting related peace sites, and implementing what they learned in their classrooms. For more information, visit the FCCEAS website.

NCTA Summer Institutes

2016 Summer Institutes

For 2016, TEA offered two NCTA residential summer institutes on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. These summer institutes were offered as enrichment programs for NCTA teacher alumni and also qualified as 30-hour seminars for those new to NCTA, thus fulfilling the prerequisite for applying for future NCTA study tours to East Asia.

Japan’s Olympic Challenges: 20th-Century Legacies, 21st-Century Aspirations. July 10-15, 2016. Open to secondary social studies teachers nationwide, this five-day institute explored the impact of enduring issues on contemporary Japanese society, government, global and intra-Asian relations as Japan prepares to present itself as a 21st-century leader at the 2020 Olympics.

This institute was funded by NCTA and the United States-Japan Foundation as part of “Olympic Opportunity: Re-prioritizing Japan in the Classroom.”


Korea’s Journey into the 21st Century: Historical Contexts, Contemporary Issues. July 24-28, 2016. In this four-day institute, 20-secondary teachers considered modern and contemporary North and South Korea’s history, geography, intra-peninsular and international relations, and transnational cultural transmissions (e.g., K-pop, film, design). Participants worked with specialists to learn about the Korean peninsula beyond media coverage, drawing on Korean narratives and texts to enrich their teaching. This institute was funded by NCTA, the Korea Foundation and the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies.