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National Consortium for Teaching About Asia

This spring the East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University will hold National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) Teaching about Asia seminars in Chicago, IL; Louisville, KY (also serves Indiana teachers); Sorrento, LA, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.

Generously funded by the Freeman Foundation, the NCTA seminar is a no-cost professional development program for educators who are interested in learning about East Asian history and cultures. This 11-week/33-hour seminar provides a broad overview of the history and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea and gives participants the opportunity to discuss classroom applications and resources.


Those who complete the program will receive:

     • a solid foundation for teaching about East Asia;
     • texts and resources on East Asia ($200 value);
     • the option to purchase three graduate credits from Indiana University;
     • a certificate of participation;
     • a $300 grant to your school for the purchase of East Asian resources; and
     • a $500 personal stipend.


First priority is given to middle- and high-school teachers who are in the strongest positions to teach East Asia in their classes, but elementary educators may also apply. Highest priority is given to teachers of world geography, world history, world cultures, religion, economics, and language arts/literature. Media specialists, art teachers, world language teachers, guidance counselors, and Gifted and Talented teachers who are in a position to promote the sustained presence of Asia are also eligible to participate. In-service educators must be employed half-time or more in a K-12 public or private school to be eligible.
The application form is available online at
The application deadline is December 17, 2012 or until the seminar is full. For more details, see