“East Asia and the West: Historical Comparisons and Contemporary Challenges”
Thursday, June 23rd, and Friday, June 24th, 2022
A Professional Development Opportunity for Middle and High School Social Studies Teachers, Educational Leaders, and Teachers in Related Fields
Sponsors: The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
To apply for the program, visit this link
“East Asia and the West: Historical Comparisons and Contemporary Challenges” will take place on Thursday, June 23rd, and Friday, June 24th, 2022 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The US and its allies face unparalleled challenges from the People’s Republic of China, as well as the constant problem of interacting with North Korea. It is important for middle and high school students to understand East Asia and the West in history and learn more about contemporary global issues that involve the US and East Asia.
Participants in the two-day institute will receive complimentary Key Issues in Asian Studies books, print copies and digital access to the teaching journal Education About Asia, and a $400 stipend. Tennessee and North Georgia middle and high school social studies teachers, educational leaders, and teachers in related fields interested in learning more about East Asia (especially those interested in comparing and contrasting East Asia and the West) are eligible to apply.
Institute participants will focus upon learning and teaching about Japan, North and South Korea, China, and Taiwan. Particular attention will be given to cultural comparisons and critical contemporary issues. Institute faculty include university professors with expertise on Asia and the West who’ve regularly worked with teachers, as well as outstanding middle and high school educators recognized as stellar classroom teachers. Examples of institute topics include “Physical and Human Geographies: East Asia and the West,” “East Asian Economic ‘Miracles’: Government Planning or Private Entrepreneurs?,” “Comparing East Asia and Western Belief Systems,” “East Asia and the West: Historical Interactions,” “Communist China: From Mao to Xi Jinping,” and “The US, China, and Taiwan.” Participants who complete the institute qualify for 30 hours of NCTA credit or (if already alumni) advanced NCTA certification.
Accepted participants will be expected to attend the complete two-day institute. A complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for both days. Participants will also receive digital background readings in advance of the institute. Upon completion of the summer institute, participants will be paid $200 stipends. Participants will also complete brief final follow-up online work related to the institute that includes pedagogical applications of institute content suitable for the fall and/or spring semesters and earn the additional $200 stipend.
About the sponsors:
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. NCTA alumni frequently have subsequent Asia institute and travel opportunities. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Asia Program (Lucien Ellington: Director) is a partner site of NCTA and conducts teacher professional development programs in Tennessee, North Georgia, and Mississippi.
To apply for the program, please fill out an application by on or before Wednesday, June 1st2022 at https://forms.gle/XFFNpE9xEo59Mz2N8. Spaces are limited for the institute so early applications are encouraged.
For more information about the program, contact Jeffrey Melnik at [email protected] or 423-425-2118.