National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (Ohio)


National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) presents:

The Journey of East Asia: Adventures through stories, games, and map
A Seminar for K-12 Educators

Build or enhance your tool chest to teach about East Asia through this introductory seminar. Participants will gain knowledge, resources, and expert guidance on incorporating East Asia in the classroom by engaging with experts and other educators in the field.

July 12 - 16 and July 19 - 23, 2021
Taught by Professor Ann Marie Davis, OSU
36 hour virtual seminar includes:
  • Orientation session in May (evening)
  • July 12-16 and July 19-12, 2021: daily 1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST) Online
  • Synchronous and Asynchronous sessions designed to optimize time together
  • Follow up session on OSU campus in Aug/Sept 2021 (Saturday)
Who is eligible?
K-12 educators from Ohio, and Kentucky (pre-service and in-service teachers, librarians, administrators, others).
No previous background in East Asia is assumed for this free introductory seminar with many benefits (resources, follow up event, stipend -see website for details).
Stipend and resource material upon completion of seminar requirements.
Applications received by April 30, 2021 (or when filled) will be given priority
Application link: online link
Flyer: forthcoming

Description:This seminar will examine the major trends, global issues, and historic foundations that shape East Asian society.  Focusing on the regions that comprise present day China, Japan, and Korea, participants will not only learn about how to incorporate East Asian content in the classroom in a fun, engaging way, they will also learn how to modify templates and create their own materials to explore other countries or subjects. The course begins in the eighth century with the rise of Buddhism, which promoted printed materials across borders and cultures, and it ends in the contemporary era, with a consideration of the role of new digital technologies and media in East Asia. Drawing on the expertise of scholars and diverse materials (readings, films, games, stories, maps, and other primary source materials), our course sessions will emphasize  collaborative, hands‐on learning experiences, and the development of K‐12 curricular tools. 

In addition to the knowledge you will gain about East Asia, eligible teachers will also receive the following benefits upon completion of the program requirements:
  • $200 worth of teaching materials, including textbook and one-year subscription to Education about Asia journal ($100 worth at June seminar, $100 worth at follow up in Aug/Sept 2020)
  • $200 stipend upon completion of all coursework (summer seminar, lesson plan, philosophical essay, follow up event in Aug/Sept 2020)
  • access to nationwide NCTA programs, such as eligibility for discounted study tours of East Asia, online book clubs, summer institute opportunities, and teaching resources
University of Pittsburgh national coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) Asian Studies Center, University Center for International  Studies and a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to  the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University.
Coordinated in Ohio by the East Asian Studies Center at OSU.


Background about NCTA: 
The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), funded by the Freeman Foundation, is a multi-year initiative to foster a permanent place for the teaching and study of East Asia at the middle and secondary school levels. The objectives of the program are accomplished through a lifelong approach to professional development: Teaching about Asia seminars, curriculum development, texts and resources, continuing education programs and study tours to East Asia. Since 2004, The Ohio State University has collaborated with other colleges and universities around the state of Ohio to offer Teaching about Asia seminars in Akron, Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Marietta, Toledo and Wooster. These thirty-hour seminars have given the teachers who participated a strong background in Chinese, Japanese and Korean history and culture, which they have passed on to Ohio middle and high school students. The Ohio State University has also led program graduates on study tours to China, Japan and Korea, and maintains a bank of East Asia lesson plans created by program graduates. The NCTA-Ohio 2020 seminar is coordinated in Ohio by the East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh NCTA coordinating site, which is a Freeman Foundation funded program. For further information on NCTA programs around the country, see

For links to information about NCTA in Ohio and Kentucky: