East Asia Middle School World History and Geography Teaching Modules Request for Proposals

All proposals must be completed and submitted by on or before October 25th, 2017

Required documents with guidelines may be downloaded here.

Sponsored by the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, The National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA), and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Asia Program.

We seek 10 exemplary 6th and 7th grade World History and Geography teachers to work collaboratively with the UTC Asia Program and the Tennessee Geographic Alliance on the creation and digital publication of 20 East Asia teaching modules that will appear as a digital edited volume and be distributed for no charge in Tennessee and throughout the nation. The topic of each module will encompass East Asia content that is present in both current Tennessee social studies standards and the new social studies standards approved by the State Board of Education in summer 2017. Although the current state standards are lengthier than the new state standards, all 6th-7th grade East Asia topics included in the recently approved state standards are also included in the current standards.

Eligibility: The competition is limited to 6th and 7th grade social studies/world history/geography teachers.

The 10 teachers chosen as lead authors for the project (November 5th 2017-August 20th 2018) will be named as 2017-2018 UTC Asia Program Faculty Fellows and will receive $1,000.00 total in stipends upon successful completion of two teaching modules.

Modules: The topic of each module should focus upon the geography and/or history of China, Japan, and/or the Korean peninsula. Completed modules will have been first field tested by authors in the classroom, revised based upon field tests, and subsequently edited and formatted by UTC Asia Program staff*. Each module should encompass a total of 2-3 hours of classroom learning and outside assignments. Teacher authors will be expected to create classroom modules that reflect their content and pedagogical knowledge of East Asia while utilizing existing exemplary digital pedagogical resources into their modules.

Proposal forms: In order to be eligible for selection, interested applicants should access proposal instructions and required forms or directly contact Jeff Melnik and request proposal forms via email. In order for a proposal to be completed, applicants must sign a Memorandum of Agreement and submit a proposal narrative of no more than four double-spaced pages.

*(Field testing–the ideal and preferred situation is that prior to this announcement, teachers have not yet taught the East Asia topics in their classes that they are interested in developing into modules. If teachers have already taught the topic(s) this school year, field-test alternatives are available if the initial proposal submitted is judged strong enough to be selected as one of the top ten entries).