Initiated in 1997, Teaching East Asia: China seeks to promote and facilitate effective instruction about China in K-12 classrooms by offering professional development opportunities to teachers, as well as curriculum consultation to school districts.


China Summer Institutes

China Summer Institutes

In alternating years, TEA offers one-week summer institutes on topics in Chinese studies. Institutes are held on University of Colorado’s Boulder campus and are open to teachers from across the country.

TEA’s China summer institutes are generally targeted to secondary teachers of world history, world literatures, Asian studies, and international relations, but teachers of other subjects such as U.S. history and English are also welcome to apply.

At the institutes, participants work with scholars from CU-Boulder and other leading institutions and develop plans for revising their own curriculum related to the topic of the institute. TEA covers lodging, meals, and the majority of travel expenses. In addition, participants receive institute texts, relevant curriculum resources, and, upon completion of follow-up responsibilities, a final stipend. Teachers may elect to take the institute for graduate credit through the University of Colorado.

2017 China Summer Institute

Critical Issues in Contemporary China. July 10-14, 2017. This five-day institute explored some of the most critical issues facing China’s leaders and people today, from political reform to environmental issues to foreign policy. Participants worked with China specialists to develop a well-rounded understanding of contemporary China and gain exemplary resources to use in the classroom.

Workshop Series

Colorado teachers can take advantage of TEA’s annual program of workshops on China throughout the school year. Recent workshop topics have included “China’s 21st-Century Transformations,” “China as an Emerging Global Leader,” and “China’s Environmental Challenges.” For information about upcoming workshops, please see our Upcoming Workshops page. You can also sign up for the TEA mailing list.

China Resource Center

TEA’s China Resource Center includes videos, curriculum units, an academic library, and artifact trunks. Most materials are lent free of charge to teachers within commuting distance of the TEA offices; artifact trunks rent for a nominal fee.

Visits to Colorado Classrooms

Visits to Boulder Elementary Schools. As a local service project, TEA has offered an outreach program to Boulder Valley elementary classrooms by TEA-trained undergraduate interns from the University of Colorado’s Asian studies and Asian languages programs. This program is on hiatus for the 2017-2018 academic year. For general information on local outreach by TEA, please see our Classroom Outreach page.