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.

Winter 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 winter 2020, 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 two 2020 workshops in its 3-part 2019-2020 academic year program. These Saturday workshops are open to secondary Virginia and DC area teachers. Registration is now open.

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 is now open for February 29 (Japan and Korea at the Freer|Sackler) and March 7 (Contemporary Japan, Pop Culture, and the Olympics).  Flyer and Registration. For more information, contact Lynn Parisi, NCTA National Co-director, at or Matthew Sudnik, NCTA NoVa Coordinator,







Winter-Spring 2020 Online Seminar: Chinese History through Its Dynasties, Part 2: Tang, Ming, Qing (January 17-April 3)

This 20-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 Tang, Ming, and Qing Dynasties (618 1911 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 Winter 2020. This course has filled.

Winter-Spring 2020 Online Film Group: China's City Dreams: Urbanization, Demolition, and the Chaos of Reality (January 15-March 6)

This 16-hour, 7-week course examines key issues in contemporary China through three films, each of which explores China’s explosive urbanization in an unconventional and provocative way. These films explore the consequences of rapid urbanization and help us understand that for many living in China today, the rise of the city as a beacon of progress is an illusion hiding the chaotic reality that unchecked urbanization has rendered upon people’s lives. This course has filled.

NEW! Winter-Spring 2020 Online Book Group: Bullets and Opium. Reflections on China 30 Years After Tiananmen. (January 16-February 26)

 This book group will do close readings of specific chapters of the 2019 book Bullets and Opium to offer participants a deeper understanding of the events surrounding the Tiananmen protests, their repercussions, and their place in Chinese history. This semester’s book group will focus on the stories in Part II of the book.. This course has filled.

NEW! Winter-Spring 2020 Online Book Group: Factory Girls: Then and Now. (January 25-March 13)

Factory Girls explores the lives of young factory workers in China as part of what has been called the “largest migration in human history.” A groundbreaking work and New York Times Notable Book when it was published in 2008, Factory Girls has new relevance in 2020 in the context of China's slowing economy and U.S.-China trade frictions. In this 16-hour, 7-week NCTA course, we will delve into stories of China’s migrant factory workers and consider how domestic and global factors impact the lives of China’s industrial workforce. The book discussion will be organized around three themes—rural to urban migration, labor rights and manufacturing economies, and women’s rights. For each theme, selections from the book will be paired with relevant current news stories from China. Flyer and application available November 22, 2019.

New Online Seminar: East Asia in the Early Modern World. (January 23 - April 13, 2020)

In this 24-hour seminar, secondary teachers will gain an understanding of the political, economic, and cultural systems of the early modern East Asian world and reconsider narratives of encounters and conflicts with European imperialist powers. The course examines East Asia’s overlooked international relations (1350-1850) through primary and secondary sources.  This course has filled.

New! Winter-Spring 2020 Online Book Group: Japan through Children's Literature: Dreaming of Noodles

In this 16-hour book group, participants will read and discuss A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata and illustrated by Julia Kuo and Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang and illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz.  Themes of post-war history (1945-1958), minorities and identity in Japan, and food culture and classroom applications for language arts and social studies will be discussed. 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.  This course has filled.