Since 2007, Teaching East Asia: Korea has been promoting effective instruction about Korea in K-12 classrooms through professional development programs such as one-day workshops, summer institutes, online seminars, and special projects.
Through presentations by Korea studies professors Sungyun Lim (University of Colorado), Suzy Kim (Rutgers University), and Dafna Zur (Stanford University) and curriculum sessions with TEA staff, participants explored political ideology, economic development, and national identity on the divided Korean peninsula using Korean narratives and multimedia primary sources. During this one-day workshop, teachers from middle and high schools in Colorado considered strategies for developing critical thinking and media literacy skills through study of contemporary North and South Korea and the topic of reunification. Offered thanks to the support of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea at San Francisco, Freeman Foundation, and Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. Flyer.
As part of its NCTA online programming, TEA from time to time offers “Korea in the Modern World,” a 20-hour online course for secondary (6-12) teachers nationwide. Examining primary and secondary sources, participants consider the impacts of global themes of imperialism and independence, political-economic and nationalist ideologies, and globalization on the development of the Koreas, 1895 to the present.
In summers 2015 and 2016, with the support of the Freeman Foundation, Korea Foundation and Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, TEA offered summer institutes on modern and contemporary North and South Korea’s history, geography, intra-peninsular and international relations, and transnational cultural transmissions (e.g., K-pop, film, design).
Built with support from the Korea Foundation and contributions from teachers and publishers, TEA’s Korea Resource Center offers teachers a growing collection of curriculum resources on Korea. Print materials are lent free of charge to teachers within commuting distance of the TEA offices; audiovisuals require a $35 deposit. Please see our Korea Resource Center page for full details.