Through the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, NCTA entered its 22nd year of programming in 2019. 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 website. Add your name to the TEA mailing list to receive announcements of future online courses.

Fall 2019 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 2019, as well as a continuation of its workshop series in Northern Virginia. TEA’s NCTA online courses are open to teachers throughout the United States; the Northern Virginia series is open to area secondary social studies educators. 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.

Onsite in Northern Virginia. NCTA in Northern Virginia is offering three Saturday workshops to Virginia and DC area teachers during the 2019-2020 school year.

Northern Virginia and DC area social studies teachers: Get involved with NCTA through local Saturday workshops. Join us for one or all three of our planned 2019-20 school year workshops, to be held December 14, 2019 and February 29 and March 7, 2020. Registration for the first NoVa workshop on December 14, 2019 opens October 5. For more information, contact Lynn Parisi, NCTA National Co-director, at or Matthew Sudnik, NCTA NoVa Coordinator,







Fall 2019 Online Seminar: Chinese History through Its Dynasties, Part 1: Qin, Han, Song (Sept 29-Nov 15)

This 18-hour, seven-week online seminar introduces significant elements of China’s political, social, and cultural history through the examination of China’s dynasties covering the Qin, Han, and Tang Dynasties (221 BCE-907 CE). The course is open to social studies teachers of grades 7-12 who teach about China as part of their required curriculum. Priority will be given to contract teachers who are not enrolled in another NCTA online course offered by TEA for Fall 2019. This course has filled.

Fall 2019 Online Seminar: Cracking the Samurai Code: Separating Fact from Fiction (Sept 29-Nov 25)

From Hollywood to video games, samurai are among the most recognizable—and most misinterpreted—of Japanese historical figures. What does scholarship tell us about these warriors? How can this high-interest “hook” be used to effectively and accurately explore Japanese history and culture in the medieval and Tokugawa periods, as well as popular culture today? This offering is primarily a history course, with an emphasis on primary source readings and recent scholarship. A secondary focus is on strategies for teaching Japanese history through case studies of samurai over time. Join Japanese history professor and NCTA veteran seminar leader Ethan Segal for the return of this popular NCTA online seminar. Not open to teachers who have previously taken this course. Priority will be given to applicants who are not enrolling in other NCTA online courses offered through the NCTA national site at TEA. This course has filled.

NEW! Fall 2019 Online Book Group: Bullets and Opium (Sept 21-Oct 25)

 In Bullets and Opium: Real-Life Stories of China After the Tiananmen Square Massacre, award-winning writer Liao Yiwu offers a new look at how citizens and workers experienced the June 1989 events in China. Based on interviews with survivors of the massacre, the non-fiction accounts in this collection challenge us to rethink what we know and understand about this important historical moment and its aftermath. Join Chinese literature specialist Lynn Kalinauskas for an exploration of these classroom-applicable but disturbing stories that will increase our awareness of the complexity of events that shook China and the world. Open to high school literature, social studies, and Chinese language teachers. Admission is selective, with priority given to grade 9-12 contract teachers whose required curriculum in one of the above subject areas includes contemporary China and who are not enrolling in another fall 2019 NCTA course through TEA. This course has filled.

Fall 2019 Online Discussion Group: China in the News (Sept 29-Nov 16)

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to explore contemporary China with Eric Fish, author of the highly acclaimed China’s Millennials: The Want Generation. During this 12-hour, seven-week online discussion group, participants will explore stories that have made headlines, both in China and the United States, regarding the effects of China’s economic miracle on its people, including the generational and attitudinal shifts, changes in education, the aging population, the gender imbalance, and the rural-urban divide. Secondary social studies teachers nationwide are invited to apply. Preference will be given to contract teachers whose required curriculum includes China and who are not enrolling in another fall 2019 NCTA online course through TEA. This course has fillled.

Fall 2019 Online Seminar: Korea (1876-1953): Independence to Division

This 24-hour seminar explores the  impacts of imperialism and independence, political-economic and nationalist ideologies, and globalization on the development of Korea, 1876 to 1953. Participants will work with primary and secondary sources. Open to secondary teachers nationwide by application. Priority will be given to contract world history and geography teachers whose course assignments include the study of East Asia and who are not enrolled in another NCTA online course offered by TEA in fall 2019. Flyer and application.

Fall 2019 Online Book Group: The Great Wave: Japan through Children's Literature

In this 16-hour book group, participants will read and discuss Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa and illustrated by Ed Young and Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz and will consider and discuss these works’ literary forms and techniques, social studies connections, and cross-curricular classroom applications.  Open to elementary and middle school teachers nationwide by application. Priority will be given to contract teachers whose curriculum incorporates Japan and teachers who have not previously taken an online course with the University of Colorado’s NCTA or TEA programs.Flyer and application.