National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (Ohio)


The East Asian Studies Center and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) present:

The Journey of East Asia: Adventures through Stories, Games, and Maps

Build or enhance your tool chest to teach about East Asia through this free, introductory seminar that will examine the major trends, global issues, and historic foundations that shape East Asian society through a STEAM lens.  Focusing on the regions that comprise present day China, Japan, and Korea, participants will engage with experts and other educators in the field to gain the knowledge and resources to incorporate East Asia in the classroom.

July 12 - 23, 2021 (Monday - Friday)

Lead Instructor: Professor Ann Marie Davis, The Ohio State University
36 hour virtual seminar includes (all EST):
  • Orientation session on June 9, 2021 (evening, online)
  • July 12-16 and July 19-23, 2021: daily 1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST) Online
  • Synchronous and Asynchronous sessions designed to optimize time together
  • Benefits: $200 stipend, $300 teaching materials, 36 contact hours
  • Graduate Credit: 2.0 hours graduate credit option available (extra fee)
  • Follow up session in Sept/Oct 2021 (Saturday, Online)
Applications received by May 31, 2021 (or when filled) will be given priority


Pull Quote
“I think everything is great. I think that the workshop could still be online even (if) health and safety is not a concern because there are so many benefits when it is done online.” NCTA 2020 Seminar Participant
Who is eligible?
  • K-12 educators from Ohio (and Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Lousiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and West Virginia) including 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 below for details).
  • Please note that although teachers from all 12 states are eligible for the NCTA Seminar in any of the states, they can only attend one of the introductory summer seminars.
Seminar materials sent in June, stipend and final resource materials sent upon completion of seminar requirements.


Pull Quote
“...virtual learning can be done successfully and collaboratively. People can work together and participate even when they are not in the same room… My teaching is forever changed and my students will reap the benefits from my change!" NCTA 2020

Lead Instructor and East Asia Overview: Dr. Ann Marie Davis, Assistant Professor, University Libraries and East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University

Seminar speakers:

  • East Asian Religions: Dr. Blake Michael, Swam-Collins-Allan Professor of Religion, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • East Asian History: Dr. Jeffrey Dym, Professor of History, Sacramento State University
  • East Asian Literature and Kamishibai: Dr. Tara McGowan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Research Associate at the American Philosophical Society Museum (Philadelphia, PA)
  • East Asian Puzzles and Games:  Karen Gaul, NCTA Alumni
  • East Asian Resources: Angie Stokes, NCTA Alumni
  • Interactive Maps and East Asia: Dr. Jim Brown, Professor Emeritus of History, Samford University
  • Korean Culture and Comics: Dr. Pil-Ho Kim, Assistant Professor in Korean, East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University
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:
  • $300 worth of teaching materials, including textbook and one-year subscription to Education about Asia journal ($200 worth at July seminar, $100 worth of materials after completion of seminar requirements)
  • $200 stipend upon completion of all coursework (summer seminar, lesson plan, philosophical essay, follow up event in Aug/Sept 2021- online)
  • 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 through The Ohio State University: