Teachers from both Chattanooga and Nashville attended two Tennessee summer institutes on Teaching about East Asia in 2008. The institutes, conducted by the UTC Asia Program, are sponsored by the Freeman Foundation's National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and the East Asian Curriculum Project of Columbia University.
The purpose of these institutes is to increase knowledge of the histories and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea. Librarians, administrators, elementary, high school, and middle school educators learn about East Asia history and culture seminars for the courses they teach in World History, World Geography, World Literature, and Art.
To complete requirements of the institute, educators develop curricular plans for their schools. They had two curricular plan options: (1) develop one lesson plan and one action plan that explains how they will implement East Asia content into their classes, or (2) develop three lesson plans: