KCTA works with school districts in Kansas, western Missouri and the Dakotas to prepare their students to be successful by enhancing instruction about East Asia throughout the curriculum, especially in world history, social studies, and geography classes. KCTA endeavors to help teachers and school librarians develop an understanding and appreciation of China, Korea and Japan, to provide knowledge about this vital part of the world and to promote informed analyses of its interdependence with our 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.
KCTA offers "East Asian History and Culture for Teachers," a 24-contact hour course for K-14 educators in the spring, and the “Teachers’ Workshop on Japan” in the fall. Follow-up activities include lectures, book discussions, and international study tours. The KCTA E-News listserv, which announces East Asian related events for educators locally and nationally, is archived on FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/kansas.consortium.teaching.about.asia/) along with other resources from KU’s Center for East Asian Studies. The goal is to help educators create a permanent place for East Asian content in their curriculum.
KCTA is located at:
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 201
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045