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K-12 Educators & Students

We are committed to meeting the professional development needs of teachers and to promoting the study of East Asia among K-12 students. We offer many classroom resources as well as enriching programs. To stay up-to-date with our offerings, subscribe to our K–12 Listserv to receive our K-12 East Asian Connection Newsletter and other important programming announcements.



IU-Hiroshima University Global Exchange Project: Global Explorations in Art (2015-)

CJK Pedagogy Workshops (1992- )

Annual workshops for K-12 teachers of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Exploring East Asia through Stories (2003- )

A storytelling program that helps children (Preschool–Grade 6) explore East Asia through folktales and crafts.

Geography and History of the World Workshops (2007- )

A series of workshops throughout the state of Indiana that train high school teachers in the new Geography and History of the World standards.

NCTA Teaching about Asia Seminars (1999- )

A 30-hour seminar for middle and high school teachers interested in incorporating East Asia into their curriculums.

NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School workshop (1999- )

A one-week residential workshop for high school English and world literature teachers.

NCTA Study Tours (2002-2008; 2017- )

EASC Resources

Bibliography of Resources on East Asia (PDF or Word)

A selected bibliography of primary and secondary sources and curricular resources to assist in teaching about East Asia at the K-12 level.

East Asian Box Lessons

Themed boxes containing cultural artifacts and activity plans to assist in teaching East Asian cultures to young students.

East Asian Literature Lesson Plans

Selected lesson plans developed by participants in our annual Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop.

East Asian Loan Words: A Crossword Puzzle (PDF)

A crossword puzzle of English words that are of Chinese and Japanese origin.

Japanese Art Program for Grades 3-6 (PDF)

Seven Japanese art lesson plans: Daruma Doll, Kamon, Kimono, Hanko, Kotowaza and Emaki designed for 3rd to 6th graders. These lessons facilitate understanding of Japanese culture through art in relation to American culture.

Japanese Children’s Art

A collection of 20 prize-winning artwork created by children in the 71st National Exhibition of Art in Education in Japan. These 20 works of art were made possible for viewing by the Society for the Promotion of Art in Education in Japan along with the special help of Indiana University Professor Marjorie Cohee Manifold (Art Education Program, Curriculum & Instruction).

Japanese National Standards Learning Scenarios (PDF)

These standards-based lessons were created by 12 Japanese language teachers in Indiana and one in Iowa. It was supported by the United States-Japan Foundation, Earlham College, and the East Asian Studies Center.

Monsters and the Monstrous in Japanese History and Culture

Text, film, and online resources for teaching and learning about Japanese monsters and ideas of the monstrous.


Step-by-step instructions for using Photovoice, a teaching methodology based on photo-sharing, to connect students across cultures.

Teaching East Asia in the Middle Schools (TEAMS) Lesson Plans

Lesson plans developed by middle school teachers, based on the National Council for the Social Studies themes.

Tibet and China Lesson Plan

Developed by a curriculum specialist and a China specialist, this lesson plan addresses Standard 7 (Conflict and Cooperation) of the Geography and History of the World standards for Indiana high schools through a case study of the conflict between Tibet and China.

Video Lending Library

Videos on China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea with a mail-out lending service available to all K-12 teachers in the United States outside of the Bloomington area.

Other Resources

Asia for Educators (AFE), Columbia University
In conjunction with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), AFE provides on-line professional development courses on Asia for K-12 teachers.

Asian Learning Center of Indiana (ALCI)
An extensive lists of curriculum resources for Asian Studies in K-12 schools compiled by the ALCI.

Expanding East Asian Studies (ExEAS)
This program of Columbia University offers innovative courses and teaching materials for the undergraduate East Asian studies curricula, many of which can be used at the secondary-school level.

Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities.

LinkAsia, a program of LinkTV, brings viewers a 30-minute news program each week, covering everything from “the official state news from Asia ’s top television networks to the trends and conversations rising through Asia's blogs and social media.” The free, online program provides news about Asia - from Asia.

Maps Online
This map collection is contributed by Australian National University (ANU) College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP). Focused on Asia and the Pacific, it holds over 25,000 maps, and includes topographic, cadastral, bathymetric, aeronautical, geological and tourist maps, plus a range of atlases, gazetteers and historical wall maps. All base maps are available for downloading in raster (png) format for non-commercial use.


Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA), University of Colorado
In conjunction with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), TEA provides on-line professional development courses on Asia for K-12 teachers.

Visualizing Cultures—Images, Essays, Curriculum
Visualizing Cultures is a prize-winning multi-media Web site on East Asia that combines images, video, and text into innovative interactive curriculum units. It is directed by MIT Professors John Dower and Shigeru Miyagawa.
A genealogy and dictionary of Chinese characters developed by Rick Harbaugh, an EASC faculty member and assistant professor of business economics and public policy at the IU Kelley School of Business. The Web site graphically demonstrates the close interconnections between more than 4,000 Chinese character.