NCTA provides advanced study for selected NCTA seminar alumni by organizing study tours in East Asia.  In addition, NCTA hosts yearly summer institutes in the U.S. for NCTA alumni and other interested teachers. 

The NCTA National Coordinating Site at Columbia University and Partner Sites

Summer 2014
NCTA Field Study Opportunity in East Asia for NCTA alumni in the states of:

Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York (lower), North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South  Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas

Itinerary & Dates

China and Japan:   June 29 - July 16, 2014
 Tokyo, Nara, Kyoto, Osaka, Beijing, Taiyuan, Pingyao, Xi'an, Shanghai
 Cost ($2000 check and $150 in cash for tip fund to be collected at Departure Orientation)

Study Tour Goals
The goal of the Study Tour experience is to provide individual educators with professional development opportunities that will help expand their understanding of East Asia. As a professional development opportunity for educators, the Study Tour is designed to provide a pivotal experience. It is the culmination of a period of classroom study (NCTA seminar or NCTA online offering) during which educators have acquired new professional expertise on East Asia. The Study Tour provides them with a practical experience helpful in utilizing this new expertise. The Study Tour will prepare educators to strengthen curriculum on East Asia in their school districts.

Study Tour Prerequisites

  • A total of 30 hours in NCTA-sponsored professional development programs; these can be face-to-face seminars and workshops in their state, on-line 30-hour courses, on-line mini-courses, on-line simulcasts, or any combination thereof.
  • Taught full-time for two years.
  • Currently teaching or supervising curriculum areas with significant Asia content.
  • Plan to teach or supervise full-time for the academic year following the Study Tour.
  • If you have traveled previously on a NCTA Study Tour, you are NOT eligible to apply in 2014.

Application deadline: February 7, 2014
** Click here for more details and to download application packet.   

The NCTA National Coordinating Site at the University of Colorado

The Program for Teaching East Asia announces two NCTA-sponsored summer institutes, one for elementary and one for secondary teachers. Each institute is limited to 20 eligible teachers to be chosen through a selective application process. Participants will receive travel allowance, room and board, materials, and stipend.

Citizens, Society & the State: Adaptation and Transformation in Contemporary China, July 7-11, 2014
Application deadline: March 21, 2014. This four-day residential program will examine the rapidly changing social and political dynamics of contemporary China, with special attention to the emerging roles of citizens, including ways in which individuals and groups respond to and enable social and political change through protests, political participation, and self-organization. See complete details and application.

Texts and Contexts: Teaching Japan through Children’s Literature, June 22-26, 2014
Application deadline: March 14, 2014. Using children’s literature, elementary teachers can guide students in explorations of other cultures while helping them develop literacy skills and knowledge of their world. This institute for K-5 teachers will introduce several exemplary works of children’s literature as building blocks for teaching an integrated unit on Japan. Participants will have a unique opportunity to work with scholars of Japanese culture and children’s literature. See complete details and application.

The NCTA National Coordinating Site at Indiana University

NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop, July 6-11, 2014.
Application deadline: March 3, 2014. Indiana University's East Asian Studies Center sponsors this workshop annually on the university’s Bloomington campus. The workshop is based on the belief that studying East Asian literature helps high school students to develop an appreciation of other cultures, allowing them to participate more fully as informed members of the world community. Participating teachers work with history and literature professors to explore Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature; a master world literature teacher leads curriculum sessions. For more information and to apply, click here.

The NCTA National Coordinating Site at the University of Pittsburgh

The NCTA coordinating site at the University of Pittsburgh is teaming up with Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) to run a summer Study Tour to Japan July 26-August 6, 2014.  This study tour is open to K-12 teachers, and NCTA alumni from across the USA are especially encouraged to apply. The tour, “NCTA Backroads of Japan,” will be led by Dr. David Kenley of Elizabethtown College, a popular leader of previous NCTA study tours.  Dr. Kenley will be working in conjunction with a member of the GEEO team to give you content and context for the tour sites.   On this study tour you may bring a “guest” (a colleague, a spouse/partner, an adult child over the age of 18).
Some of the highlights of the tour:  a walking tour of Tokyo, and a visit to the Japanese Alps city of Nagano. The tour will spend time at the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Matsumoto, followed by a visit to the traditional alpine market town of Takayama. The tour will conclude with two nights in Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan.
The cost of the trip, not including airfare, is $3,419.99 (there is a 5% discount to this price if you book before January 31st).  You may want to check if your school or district will help to defray some of the costs of this study tour (the “Very Useful Information” tab of the GEEO website also lists some potential sources of alternate funding for teachers).
Space for this Study Tour is limited and applications will be accepted in order of receipt.
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