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Touchstones: Teaching East Asia Foundational Seminar

Touchstones for Teaching East Asia is a free, online foundational seminar that introduces participants to East Asian history, culture, politics, and society. Touchstones emphasizes the ideas and characteristics that make East Asia a distinct region, with particular attention paid to China and Japan. The seminar is designed for K-12 educators who want to enhance their teaching of East Asian topics. Media specialists, librarians, art teachers, and world language teachers are also encouraged to apply. Daily sessions include in-depth lectures by scholars, hands-on activities, and group discussions on teaching strategies and resources. By the conclusion of this 36-hour seminar, teacher-participants will have a better understanding of the key ideas, individuals, and events that shaped East Asian civilization and be equipped with new approaches to teaching students about the region. Participants will receive free materials and Certificates of Completion for full participation in the course.

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