Teachers who have taken part in an NCTA seminar sponsored by TEA or other NCTA partner sites are eligible to apply to NCTA study tours and summer institutes. Teachers who have not participated in an NCTA program previously, are invited to apply to annual TEA-NCTA summer institutes.

2021 Summer Programs

TEA-NCTA 2021 Virtual Summer Institute: Considering Early Modern East Asia through Maritime History, July 6-16, 2021.  

From the 14th to 19th centuries, the countries of East Asia were engaged in rich economic, diplomatic, and cultural exchange. While land-based connections are the focus of textbook narratives, this region also was linked closely by sea. The seas carried diplomats representing their states in the tributary system. Commercial cargo ships transported Confucian texts, porcelain, silver and more. Pirates navigated the waters smuggling, raiding ports, and instigating rebellions. And Japanese, Korean, and Chinese soldiers sailed into battle in the largest war in the 16th-century world.

Using the lens of maritime history, this online institute offered 21 secondary social studies teachers an opportunity to work with scholars and specialists to re-center historical studies of early modern East Asia from national histories of China, Japan, and Korea to narratives focusing on the sea-based, transborder people, institutions, and practices that connected the region. In this two-week virtual institute, teachers gained an understanding of the political, economic, and cultural systems of the early modern East Asian world and reconsidered narratives of encounters and conflicts with European imperialist powers.

NCTA 2021 Study Tours. NCTA study tour information will be available in January and February 2021. Please check back.