Through the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, NCTA is now in its 23rd year of programming. Nationally, NCTA offers a wide variety of professional development programming, including workshop series in classroom settings and online courses ranging from short webinars to full 30-hour courses. For a full list of NCTA offerings nationwide, visit our NCTA websiteAll NCTA courses and webinars offered by TEA at the University of Colorado provide a certificate of completion for professional development contact hours. TEA-NCTA courses over 10 hours also provide a small participant completion award. Add your name to the TEA mailing list to receive announcements of future online courses.

Fall Offerings 

The NCTA National Coordinating Site at the Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado is offering online courses, book groups, and "pop-up" classes, open to teachers throughout the United States during Spring-Summer 2021. In addition, in Fall 2021, NCTA at TEA will be offering an in-person workshop as part of our Iowa NCTA program. Grade level and teaching assignment priorities vary by course. Please link to each course flyer for specific details of class size, contact hours, and eligibility. Courses below are national unless otherwise indicated.

Fall 2021 Seminar: Women in East Asia. October 7 - December 1, 2021

Online seminar: Women in East Asia. October 7 – December 1, 2021. Applying history and geography lenses, this three-module course for secondary social studies teachers explores women in China, Japan, and Korea with respect to Confucianism; socialism and capitalism; and contemporary social, economic, and political trends. Features three live webinars with a specialist in women, family, and legal history of modern East Asia. Flyer and application.

Fall 2021 Seminar: Chinese Literature through History, Part I: Yuan, Ming, Qing. September 22-November 10. 2021

Tthis online course will examine literary writings from China’s Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties (1271-1911). Participating teachers will become acquainted with important pieces of literature that reflect the time periods and offer important windows into Chinese society and culture. The course is open to secondary (6-12) teachers who teach about China as part of their required curriculum. Applications open August 10, 2021. Flyer and application


Fall 2021 Book Group: Reading "Tiananmen1989: Our Shattered Hopes. "September 14-October 18, 2021

This course will focus on close reading and analysis of this nonfiction graphic novel published in 2020 and recipient of the Freeman Award 2020 Honorable Mention for Young Adult/High School Literature. Lun Zhang teams up with Adrienne Gombeaud and Ameziane to create this first-hand account of the events 30 years ago that led to the Tiananmen. Application opens August 10, 2021. Flyer and application

Fall 2021 Seminar: Modern Japan, Part I: Meiji through World War II. September 19 - November 22

This two-part seminar returns for a second year. Part I, offered in Fall 2021, covers the Meiji period through World War II.  The fall course consists of  four modules exploring significant elements of Japan’s political, social, and cultural history from 1868-1945. The course includes academic video lectures, primary and secondary source readings, and exemplary websites for instructional use. Participants will discuss contemporary scholarship on the period as well as classroom applications. Open to secondary social studies teachers who teach about Japan as part of their required curriculum. Flyer and application opens August 10.


Fall 2021 Online Book Group: "Land of Big Numbers": Linking Literature and Current Issues. October 2 – November 6, 2021

The New Yorker described Te-Ping Chen’s Land of Big Numbers (2021) as containing “the unadorned clarity of the very best newspaper writing and the inspired, weird, poetic inventions of fiction.” This group will read selected short stories from Land of Big Numbers to explore the lives of individuals navigating the complexities of life in contemporary China. Themes include opposing the state, examining historical memory, and the inequalities within China’s booming economy. Each story will be accompanied by non-fiction background reading to establish context. Flyer and application open August 10.

Fall 2021 Book Group: Teaching Korea through Children's Literature. September 17-November 15, 2021.

Through three two-week asynchronous online modules and two live webinars with a Korean folktales expert and a children’s book author, K-8 teachers will examine children’s books and consider teaching that integrates literacy and social studies strategies and Korean geography, history, and culture. Flyer and application.

Iowa NCTA 2021

A day prior to the Iowa Council for the Social Studies Conference, NCTA in Iowa is hosting an in-person workshop, “Teaching Japan through Geographic and Historical Lenses,” October 3, 2021, 9 am – 4 pm. The workshop will feature presentations on Japan’s geography and early modern Japan’s domestic and foreign policies (mid-16th to mid-19th centuries), as well as curriculum demonstrations that integrate content outcomes and skills development, per Iowa Social Studies standards. Open to Iowa Social Studies teachers, grades 6-12. Flyer and registration.

Viirginia NCTA 2021

Check back in Fall 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year program for Northern Virginia.







Online Virtual Workshops: China’s and Japan’s Approaches to Modernization and Responses to Imperialism.

Through academic presentations and curriculum demonstrations, examine key events and domestic situations in 19th-century China and Japan and consider internal debates and reforms regarding imperialism, industrialization, and modernization. Due to popular response, this workshop may be offered again in fall 2021. Please check back in August 2021 for our fall menu of courses and workshops.