K-12 East Asian Connection
Every year, EASC coordinates NCTA Teaching about Asia seminars for K-12 teachers in the Midwest and South. Generously funded by the Freeman Foundation and taught by expert faculty, these seminars are designed to help teachers become more knowledgeable about East Asia and to assist them with developing strategies to pass that knowledge on to their students. Participants receive free books, school resources, and a personal stipend upon successful completion of the program. NCTA Teaching about Asia seminars will be held in the following locations in 2013:
On July 14-19, 2013, EASC will hold its 15th annual NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop at IU Bloomington. Generously funded by the Freeman Foundation, this workshop’s intention is to immerse teachers in East Asian literature and history; thereby providing them with the background and materials necessary to introduce an East Asian component into their curriculum. Participants will develop classroom-ready lesson plans as the culmination of an intensive week of lectures, discussions, teaching strategy sessions, and cultural activities. Upon successful completion of the workshop, participants’ schools will receive a $300 grant for the purchase of East Asian resources for the classroom. Participation is limited to 25 teachers. For more information, see the Web site, or contact outreach coordinator Cathy Gao.
Four alumni of EASC’s National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) Seminar program will join the 2012 Chinese Bridge Delegation for a weeklong educational tour to China this November. Hosted by Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters), the program aims at helping educators start or strengthen their institutions’ Chinese language and culture programs, and facilitate ongoing China-related exchanges. Participants will have an opportunity to experience China firsthand through school visits, cultural activities and educational workshops in Beijing and one or two regional cities in China. The four EASC NCTA alumni who will participate in the study tour are Freida Hall (AP Studio Art/ AP Art History, Ramsay High School, Birmingham, AL), Nicole English (World History, Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL), Richard Sasso (ELL Director, Hinsdale South High School, Darien, IL), and Alexis VanLoon (Social Studies, Bangor Middle School, Bangor, MI).
November 16–18, 2012, Seattle, Washington
Teachers who plan on attending the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference this fall in Seattle, Washington will have the opportunity to choose from a number of Asia-focused clinics, sessions, and other activities. Some of the East Asia sessions at NCSS include the following:
• Friday, November 16, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Mao to Now: What Students Need to Know about China by Tese Neighbor
• Saturday, November 17, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Exploring Asia through Performing Arts by Mary Cingcade and Tikka Seas
• Saturday, November 17, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Create Curiosity with Images as Windows to Historic Events by Mary Bernson and Pat Burleson
NCTA alumni and teachers new to NCTA will want to stop by the NCTA booth in International Alley section of the exhibition hall to learn about new resources and opportunities with NCTA.