The Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia (KCTA) works with public and private schools in Kansas, western Missouri and the Dakotas to prepare their students for success by enhancing instruction about East Asia across the curriculum, especially in social studies classes. KCTA endeavors to help teachers and school librarians develop an understanding of and appreciation for the history and culture of China, Korea and Japan, to provide knowledge about this vital part of the world, and to promote informed analyses of its interdependence with the local area. This is especially important in the twenty-first century when natural resources, business policies, political affairs, and cultural events around the world affect Americans in many ways.
During the fall semester, KCTA offers the "Teachers’ Workshop on Japan" in conjunction with the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival. This a 12-contact hour course for K-12 educators focused on a specific topic involving Japan such as samurai, J-pop, or the disasters of March 11, 2011 in addition to exploring the presentations, demonstrations and performances of the Festival.
KCTA also offers throughout the year 2-hour professional development sessions at public and private schools on selected East Asian topics and the resources available to teach about them.
Follow-up activities include lectures, book discussions, and international study tours. The KCTA E-News listserv, which announces East Asian related events and resources for educators locally and nationally, is also published on the KCTA FaceBook page. The goal is to help educators create a permanent place for East Asian content in their curriculum.
KCTA is located at KU's Center for East Asian Studies
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 201
Lawrence, KS 66045