As part of EASC’s mission to inspire life-long learning of East Asia and its impact on the world and to fulfill the absolute priority of EASC’s Title VI National Resource Center grant, the East Asian Studies Center actively trains K-12 teachers on area studies and pedagogical approaches to teaching about the region. OSU’s land-grant mission, to build “a culture of engagement and collaboration involving the exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of reciprocity with the citizens and institutions of Ohio, the nation, and the world,” underscores the university’s commitment to this type of outreach and engagement. Through one-day content workshops, multi-day seminars, and long-term professional development programs, EASC faculty share their expertise with K-12 teachers who subsequently bring a global focus to the education of thousands of K-12 students.
Beyond the teacher training seminars themselves, EASC faculty and staff, as well as teacher training participants, create a plethora of instructional materials related to various aspects of East Asian studies. These lesson plans and resource guides are made available to educators worldwide.