2019-2020 NCTA Regional Teacher Workshops

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NCTA Regional Saturday half day small group workshops with accompanying digital activities are currently being planned for various locations in Tennessee in fall 2019 and spring 2020. NCTA workshops and related activities will particularly focus upon the new Tennessee Social Studies Standards. Interested participants who complete the regional 2019-2020  workshop and digital pedagogical programs will learn about East Asia, receive stipends and earn either NCTA alumni or receive additional NCTA credit if they are current alumni. The 2019-2020  program will also enable teachers to utilize fourteen NCTA teaching modules recently developed by seven Tennessee NCTA Faculty Fellows. Over 2,000 educators have already utilized these modules.

Workshop 1

Professional Development for 6th  and 7th  Grade World History and Geography Teachers

“Teaching East Asia in the New Tennessee Social Studies Standards”

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

8:30 am – 2:30 pm

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Hunter Hall, Room 208

Teachers who attended the workshop and wish to complete further NCTA digital work for addtional NCTA credit, a $200 stipends, and eligibility for future Asia-related professional development opportunities, please see the below documents.

Form 1 Digital NCTA Middle School Discussion (Sixth Grade)

Form 2 Digital NCTA Middle School Discussion (Seventh Grade)

NCTA Middle School Modules and Assignment

NCTA Short Application

Sponsored by the Hamilton County Department of Education, the UTC Asia Program, the UTC Center for Global Education, the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia*, and the UTC School of Education.

This professional development is exclusively for HCDE teachers. Every workshop session is directly related to 6th grade-7th grade Tennessee social studies standards. The workshop will take place on the UTC campus. HCDE will fund substitutes for the first 25 middle school teachers who register. All participants will receive complimentary pedagogical materials (including excerpts from the award-winning Understanding China Through Comics series) and learn about a variety of digital pedagogical resources including Tennessee master teacher-authored East Asia digital modules.

All workshop participants will receive certification letters for completing 5 NCTA credit hours. Ten teachers who complete the workshop and are interested in doing further East Asia professional development activities are eligible for $200 stipends upon completion of additional work and will be designated NCTA alumni. 


8:30 am–8:45 am: Welcome and Introductions

8:45 am–10:00 am: “Teaching and Learning About Confucius,” Lucien Ellington, UTC Asia Program Director

10:00 am–10:15 am: Break

10:15 am–11:15 am: “Shinto and Samurai: Past and Present,” Takeo Suzuki, Executive Director, Center for Global Education, UTC

11:15 am–12:30 pm: “China and International Interactions: The Tang and Ming Dynasties,” Lucien Ellington

12:30 pm–1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15 pm–2:15 pm: “Digital Pedagogical Resources for teaching the Ming Voyages, Chinese influences on Japan, and the Mongols,” Jane Hill and Lucien Ellington (?)

2:15-2:30 Conclusion and Evaluations

*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 elementary and secondary schools nationwide. NCTA is a premier provider of professional development on East Asia.

If potential applicants have any questions, please call or email both Jeffrey Melnik at edast@utc.edu and Lucien Ellington at Lucien-Ellington@utc.edu or call the UTC Asia Program office at 423-425-2118.