Teaching East Asia: Japan has been providing services to K-12 educators and schools since 1985 through grant-funded projects that sponsor summer institutes, study tours, one-day workshops, and classroom visits. Current grants funding Teaching East Asia: Japan activities are the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, funded by the Freeman Foundation and Olympic Friendships: Elementary Education for Global Competency in Japan and the United States, funded by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. For details on specific offerings, follow the links below.

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Japan Summer Institutes

Japan Summer Institutes

TEA Japan hosts intensive summer institutes on Japanese history and contemporary issues at the University of Colorado Boulder. Typically, our Japan Institute alternates every other year with TEA’s China Institute.

TEA’s Japan summer institutes are open to teachers from around the country and 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, art, and English are also welcome to apply.

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 all follow-up responsibilities, a final stipend. Teachers may elect to take the institute for graduate credit through the University of Colorado.

Recent Japan Summer Institutes

2017 TEA-NCTA Seminar in Japan: “Tokyo: Imagining and Reimagining the Nation through Its Capital.” June 26-July 10, 2017. Ten NCTA alumni from around the country participated in a two-part seminar between April and July 2017. Entitled “Tokyo: Imagining and Reimagining the Nation through Its Capital,” the program was funded by the US-Japan Foundation and the Freeman Foundation. Participants first completed a 30-hour online seminar during spring semester, then embarked on a 10-day experiential seminar in Tokyo, examining themes of national and global identity from the Meiji period to Tokyo’s current campaign to prepare for the 2020 Olympics. Through fall semester 2017, participants will develop and share lessons based on their experience.

2016 TEA-NCTA Summer Institute: “Japan’s Olympic Challenges: 20th-Century Legacies, 21st-Century Aspirations.” July 10-15, 2016. Open to secondary social studies teachers nationwide, this five-day institute explored the impact of enduring issues on contemporary Japanese society, government, and global and intra-Asian relations as Japan prepares to present itself as a 21st-century leader at the 2020 Olympics. This institute was funded by NCTA and the US-Japan Foundation as part of “Olympic Opportunity: Re-prioritizing Japan in the Classroom.”


Workshop Series

Colorado teachers can take advantage of an annual program of school year workshops on Japan. Past workshop topics have included: “Reinventing Japan: The Postwar Years 1945-1989,” “Hands-On Japan: A Mini-Workshop for Elementary Teachers,” and “Art of the Edo Period: New Resources for Teaching Japanese History through the Arts.” See our Upcoming Workshops page for more information about current and upcoming workshops.

Japan Resource Center

Built with support from the Japanese Consulate, the US-Japan Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, and contributions from teachers and publishers, TEA’s Japan Resource Center offers teachers in the western United States an extensive collection of curriculum resources on Japan. Most materials are lent free of charge to teachers within commuting distance of the TEA offices; artifact trunks rent for a nominal fee. Please see our Japan Resource Center page for full details.

Japanese Woodblock Print Collection

TEA offers a collection of 30 late-Edo period (1800-1850s) woodblock prints for instructional use to educators at all levels. See sample prints and learn how to borrow the collection for use in your own classroom.

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. For the 2019-2020 academic year, this program is on hiatus. More information on TEA community outreach is available on  our Classroom Outreach page.