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K-12 East Asian Connection

Volume XIII, Number 1

FALL 2008

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jiang3 [at] indiana [dot] edu (Qiong Jiang)
Outreach Coordinator
kvenit [at] indiana [dot] edu (Katie Venit )
Assistant Outreach Coordinator

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Upcoming Events

National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) Networking Opportunities

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
November 14–15, 2008, Houston, TX
NCTA staff, seminar leaders, and seminar alumni will conduct numerous sessions on East Asia at the NCSS annual meeting, and NCTA will host an exhibit booth. NCTA alumni and those interested in learning more about NCTA are encouraged to stop by. NCTA will also contribute the SPICE curriculum unit 10,000 Shovels: China’s Urbanization and Economic Development for the International Alley door prize drawing.

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
November 21–23, 2008, San Antonio, TX
NCTA will host an exhibit booth. All are welcome to stop by.

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NCTA 2009 Seminar Sites

Every year EASC coordinates semester-long NCTA Teaching about Asia seminars throughout the Midwest and South, taught by regional faculty. Generously funded by the Freeman Foundation, these seminars are designed to help teachers become more knowledgeable about East Asia and to pass that knowledge on to their students. Texts are free for all participants, and school resources and stipends are provided to those who successfully complete the seminar. Seminar alumni are eligible to apply for the annual NCTA Study Tour to East Asia. Teaching about Asia seminars will be held in the following locations this year:

Talladega, AL
Chicago, IL
Normal, IL
Muncie, IN
Richmond, KY
southeastern Michigan (site TBD)
Minneapolis, MN
Granville, OH
Oxford, OH

For more information, please visit EASC’S NCTA Web site, or contact outreach coordinator jiang3 [at] indiana [dot] edu (Qiong Jiang).

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Geography and History of the World Workshops

EASC, along with other Title VI area studies centers here at Indiana University Bloomington, provides workshops to help Indiana high school teachers familiarize themselves with the new Geography and History of the World state standards for Indiana. This fall, the workshops will focus on Standard 10: States, Nations, and Nation-States. Subject-matter specialists will present content related to this topic, and a teaching methods specialist will provide creative teaching ideas. Coordinated by IU’s Center for Social Studies and International Education (CSSIE), these workshops are offered in collaboration with the African Studies Program, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and the Russian and East European Institute.
Fall workshops will be held on the following dates:

• November 6: Indiana Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
• November 12: Wilson Education Service Center, Charlestown, IN
• December 3: West Central Indiana Education Service Center, Greencastle, IN

Spring workshops will focus on Standard 7: Conflict and Cooperation.

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China Exchange Initiative

EASC, in association with China Exchange Initiative (CEI) and the Indiana Association of School Principals, will organize an orientation in Indianapolis on November 20 for Indiana school administrators who are participating in this year’s U.S.-China Principal Shadowing Project. The orientation will help participants learn how to host principals from the cities of Anshan and Shenyang, who will visit Indiana schools in early February 2009.

The U.S.-China Principal Shadowing Project is co-sponsored by CEI and the China Education Association for International Exchanges in China’s Ministry of Education. The project provides a unique opportunity for school administrators to learn about and observe one another’s educational systems close up. Every year principals from China visit schools in the United States. After attending a series of lectures on American education, they shadow school administrators on the job, live with host families, visit classes, and participate in a variety of school and community events. The American administrators reciprocate with visits to their counterparts in China several months later.

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Next Steps to Building School Partnerships Seminar

On November 21 in Indianapolis, EASC, in association with Global Indiana and the China Exchange Initiative, will offer a Next Steps to Building School Partnerships Seminar to NCTA China study tour participants and administrators and teachers who have visited China through Global Indiana Key Educational Leader Trips sponsored by Global Indiana and the U.S.-China Principal Shadowing Project sponsored by the China Exchange Initiative. Guest speakers and study tour participants will discuss next steps in building relationships with Chinese partner schools. For information on how to attend, please contact jiang3 [at] indiana [dot] edu (Qiong Jiang).

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