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 2020 National Online Seminars and Book Groups; Virginia Workshop Series

The NCTA National Coordinating Site at the Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado is offering online seminars and book groups during fall 2020. Our plans for our NoVa workshop series are under development and we tentatively plan to offer synchronous and asynchronous offerings to Northern Va/DC educators--stay tuned for more information in mid-fall.  TEA’s NCTA online courses are open to teachers throughout the United States. 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.

Northern Virginia. NCTA plans a hybrid live and asynchronous workshop for NoVa in late fall 2020. Check back for more details.








NEW! Fall 2020 Online Seminar: Modern Japan, Part I: Meiji through WWII. September 20-November 21, 2020

Join historian Ethan Segal for this four-module, eight-week  online seminar focusing on Japan's story of becoming a modern nation and an imperialist and global power, from the Meiji Restoraton through WWII. The course will introduce participants to current historical interpretations by leading scholars as well as classroom applicable readings and primary sources. Priority will be given to contract teachers who are not enrolled in another NCTA online course for Fall 2020. This course qualifies for a completion certificate for 30 professional development contact hours.Part II of the Modern Japan seminar will be offered in Winter-Spring 2021 and will cover the period of the Occupation through the 2011 Triple Disaster. Application opens August 18: See flyer for more details and link to application.

NEW! Fall 2020 Online Seminar: Chinese Literature through History, Part I: Yuan, Ming, Qing. September 23–November 10, 2020

This seminar examines literary writings from China’s Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. 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 and are not enrolling in another NCTA online seminar for fall 2020. Application opens August 18: Flyer and application.

NEW! Fall 2020 "Short Course:" Hong Kong on the Brink: Linking Book Discussion and Current Issues. September 28-November 21, 2020

The political situation in Hong Kong changes daily as citizens struggle to preserve democratic rights and freedoms. In this six-week, 18-PD hour, NCTA course, participants will join with China speclalist Lauren Collins to explore the evolution and current status of the Hong Kong democracy movement from the origins of the 2014 Umbrella Movement to today. With China scholar Jeffrey Wasserstrom’s February 2020 book Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink as a foundation, the class will also consider essays by China specialists, investigative news reports, and podcasts. The course also features a live discussion with author Wasserstrom, offering an opportunity for discussion of breaking news. The course will take a one-week break Election Week, Nov.1-7. Application opens August 18. Flyer and application.

New! Fall 2020 Online Book Group: Japan through Children’s Literature: World War II Picture-book Biographies. September 25-November 30, 2020

This 16-hour book group will discuss the integration of biographies in social studies and literacy curriculum about wartime Japan and human rights. We will consider three picture-book biographies that depict respectively a Japanese diplomat, an atomic bomb survivor and a staff person in the Occupation General Headquarters. Includes a live author webnar. Application opens August 18: Flyer and application.

NEW! Fall 2020 Online Seminar: Korea in the Ancient and Early Medieval World (1st c. BCE -1170 CE). October 1-December 20, 2020

 This 24-hour course for secondary teachers (6-12) considers how the Korean peninsula developed into a distinct state and its contributions to the greater East Asian region (1st c. BCE -1170 CE). This study across four periods of Korean history will focus on historiography and examination of archaeological, artistic, and written primary sources for classroom application. Application opens August 18: Flyer and application.