Through the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, NCTA is now in its 24th 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. 

Winter-Spring 2023 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 Winter-Spring 2023. 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. Registration for Winter-Spring 2023 courses opens November 30, 2022.

The Mao Era in Chinese History. January 12-March 2.

Through the exploration of primary and secondary sources, online videos and live Zoom sessions, participants will examine this critical historical period. The course includes five specific modules – The Rise of Mao, Establishing the People’s Republic of China, The Great Leap Forward, The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and Looking Back at the Mao Era – that will provide readings and materials for teachers to use in their classrooms. Application. This course is full and no longer accepting applications. 

Book Group: The Death of Woman Wang. January 19-March 8

This book group engages secondary teachers with historian Jonathan Spence's classic, The Death of Woman Wang. Explore the lives of the non-elite in 17th-century China's Qing Dynasty as they face climatic catastrophes, famine, banditry, and more. Through the lenses of peasants and the illiterate, learn about the daily struggles of those history often fails to record, with a special focus on women. The book and course interweave Spence's historical writing with tales from the 17th-century writer Pu Songling. This course is full and no longer accepting applications.

Contemporary Issues Mini-Course: China's Search for a Green Future: Clean Energy, Air and Water. January 23-February 18

 China has committed to becoming a leader in renewable energy technology, but air pollution, water scarcity, and overall environmental degradation continue to impact the health of local people and challenge China's continued economic growth. Through three weekly case studies, participants will examine how the Chinese government and citizen activist groups are responding to these challenges. Application available November 30.

Contemporary Issues Course: What's Happening to China's Uyghurs and Why It Matters. January 27-February 14 and March 4.

Contemporary Issues Course: What's Happening to China's Uyghurs and Why It Matters. China's Uyghur ethnic minority/indigenous people offer a case study for exploring issues of contemporary genocide, a topic mandated by numerous state social studies standards. Through three weekday evening webinars and a Saturday morning virtual workshop, this course examines the historical and political context of the Uyghur conflict in China; analyzes current events, resources,and research on this evolving crisis, and more. The Saturday workshop will provide participants with the 2022 revised Brown University Choices unit on genocide. Open to secondary teachers nationwide, with priority for Colorado social studies teachers. This course has filled.

Religion in East Asia: Diversity and Diffusion. January 12-March 1

This three-module course for secondary teachers of world history and world religions builds “religious literacy” by engaging participants with the religious and philosophical traditions, practices, and experiences of the diverse belief systems in East Asia. The course will also consider the diffusion and co-existence of these traditions in East Asia over time and across societies. Features three live webinars with specialists in religious and philosophy studies of China, Japan, and Korea.  This course has filled.

Book Group: Japan through Children’s Literature: Picturebook Biographies. January 19-March 8

This book group for K-8 teachers will discuss the possibilities of biography in the integration of social studies and literacy curriculum about Japan, through a consideration of three picturebook biographies of a Japanese inventor, artist, and composer. Application opens November 30.