Integrating Japan and East Asian Regional Studies into Tennessee and North Georgia Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Honors, and Liberal Arts Curricula

*Due to winter weather conditions, workshop 1 of the 2016 Japan and East Asia PD has been postponed to Saturday, February 6*

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Sponsored by the National and Tennessee Consortia for Teaching About Asia, the UTC Asia Program, the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, and the Belmont University Asian Studies Program (support also expected from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership).

December 2015-March 2016

We are seeking 20 outstanding Tennessee Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Honors teachers as well as educators who have a strong commitment to liberal arts for a unique professional development opportunity. East Asia is one of the most important regions in the world and Tennessee and Georgia are the site of extensive Japanese and East Asian investment. This program will assist teachers of high-achieving students with content, curriculum resources, and pedagogical strategies that will better position them to teach about East Asia and its regional and global relationships. Program instructors include:

Ronald Kalafsky, University of Tennessee Department of Geography

Kurt Butefish, Tennessee Geographic Alliance Coordinator

Lucien Ellington, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Asia Program and School of Education

Laura Nenzi, University of Tennessee History Department

Ronnie Littlejohn, Belmont University Asian Studies Program

Kimiyo Murata-Soraci, Belmont University Asian Studies Program

Caleb Clark, International Baccalaureate Teacher, West High School (Knoxville, TN)

Aaron Pickering, Advanced Placement Teacher, Oak Ridge High School (Oak Ridge, TN)

Collectively, the instructors for this professional development program have conducted Asia-related professional development programs for several thousand teachers.

Teachers who are selected to participate and successfully complete this professional development program will receive stipends and curriculum materials. Participants who complete the professional development program will also earn enough credits to qualify as National Consortium for Teaching About Asia Alumni.

The National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA), funded by the Freeman Foundation, is a multi-year initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about East Asia in world history, geography, social studies, and literature courses. Launched in October 1998, this nationwide program is a collaboration of the East Asian Studies programs of five national institutions: Columbia University, the Five College Center for East Asia Studies, Indiana University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Washington. More than 17,000 teachers have participated in NCTA seminars since the program began. The UTC Asia Program is a Columbia University NCTA partner site.

Becoming an NCTA alumni has several benefits. First and foremost, you learn more about East Asia but as an alumni, you are also positioned to compete for national and other study tours of China, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula. Also, NCTA has a national reputation for excellence and many NCTA alumni are accepted for prestigious summer Asia institutes both in East Asia and in such places as Boulder, CO and Los Angeles, CA based on their NCTA alumni status.

Who is eligible for this professional development program?

Any public or private school Tennessee/North Georgia history, social science, and humanities teacher of high-achieving students who is not an NCTA alumni is eligible.

What are the expectations of participants?

Accepted participants will be expected to complete digital short readings and assignments for the professional development program. Participants will attend two, one-day workshops conducted at Belmont University in Nashville, TN on Saturday, February 6 (originally January 23; workshop postponed due to weather) and Saturday, February 20th. 

Before March 24th, all participants are expected to prepare two lessons based upon what they learned from the readings, websites, and two workshops. Upon successful completion of the lesson plans, participants will be certified as NCTA alumni.

How do I obtain an application and what is the deadline for application?

Applications are available here.

Because of the chance to become an NCTA alumni and earn stipends, we expect more applicants than spaces available. The final deadline for receiving applications is January 4, 2016. Qualified applicants will be selected on a first come-first served basis.