UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES to learn and teach more about East Asia:

1.  Thursday, May 31st: 2018 Olathe School District Summer Conference, the premier teaching conference in the Kansas City metro area will be held from 8 AM to 4 PM on May 30-June 1 at Olathe East High School, 14545 W 127th St., in Olathe, KS.  Non-district teachers may register for $375 for all three days or $150 for a single day.  Optional graduate credit or professional development points available.  Details at https://www.olatheschools.org/Page/6581.   Nancy Hope, KCTA outreach coordinator, will be presenting on “Teaching China: America’s Friend or Foe” on May 31st, (12:30-4:00 PM) in room #317.  This workshop will focus on the economic, social, environmental and creative reasons that make teaching about China and increasing students’ global competencies so essential in the 21st century. Resources to teach more about this increasingly powerful country and how it got so rich will be introduced.
2.  Friday, June 1st:  FREE Summer Improvement Conference on Teaching in a Digital & Diverse Space (www.soe.ku.edu/strategies) sponsored by KU’s school of Education, KSDE and KSAAE to be held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.   Nancy Hope, KCTA outreach coordinator, will be presenting on “China: America’s Friend or Foe” at the 2nd session (1:20-2:10 PM) in the Jayhawk room 5th floor of KU’s Student Union Building.  Register at
3.  Fall and Spring Semesters: Professional Development on China, Korea and Japan
East Asian topics provide good case studies for investigating how societies are shaped by beliefs, ideas and diversity (Kansas SS Standard #3), and how societies experience continuity and change over time (Kansas SS Standard #4).  They also provide content to help ensure students learn basic and higher-order skills, including problem solving and critical thinking (Missouri Learning Standards for the Social Studies). KCTA offers professional development sessions for K-14 educators conveniently held in the participants' school or district at NO COST to the school or district.  Each session will cover one of the topics listed below and resources available for teaching about them. Suggestions on additional topics are welcomed too.
Knowing more about China, Korea and Japan is increasingly important for all Americans given the global realities of today. While sessions primarily accord with curriculum standards for social studies, they will benefit teachers of all grades and subjects areas especially art and the humanities.  Educators who host a presentation with about ten participants will receive $100 worth of books on East Asia of their choosing for use in their own classroom or school library.
Social Studies Presentations
1.  Using Art as Primary Source Documents: Japanese Prints as a Case Study
2.  Geography of China
​3.  Cultural Foundations: Rice, Silk, Language, and Treasures of the Chinese Scholar
​4.  Chinese Traditional Beliefs: Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism
​5.  Terracotta Army and Great Wall
​6.  Silk Road From Marco Polo to Now
​7.  Mongols Rule 
​8.  Trading Stories: Voyages of Zheng He, Porcelain, and the Opium Wars
​9.  How China Got So Rich: From Backwater to International Power in Just 25 Years
10. Early Japan: Cultural Roots, Language, Shintoism
​11. Samurai: Men of War, Men of Peace
12.  Meiji: The Modernization of Japan
13.  21st Century Japan : Population and Economic Pressures, Creative and Military Responses 
​14. Korea at a Glance: Continuing Traditions and Contemporary Themes in the North and South
Art and Humanities Presentations
1.  Using Art as Primary Source Documents: Japanese Prints as a Case Study
2.   Traditions of Chinese Art, Architecture and Gardens
3.  Chinese Painting
​4.  Chinese Architecture
5.  Chinese Gardens
​6.  Japanese Painting
7.  Japanese Woodblock Prints (Ukiyo-e)
​8.  Japanese Architecture
​9.  Japanese Gardens
For more information or to schedule a session, contact Nancy Hope at nfhope@ku.edu 



1.  Friday, April 6th, 12:45 -1.30 PM: ATE-K conference presentation on "Teaching China: Friend or Foe of Kansas" at Emporia State University Student Union, Emporia, Kansas.

2.  Saturday, Feb. 3rd at 4:30 PM, Room #126A in the Carlson Center at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS.  “Four Keys to the Culture of China” will benefit educators in all grades and subject areas by providing content and additional resources needed to enhance teaching about this increasingly important country.  East Asian topics provide good case studies for investigating how societies are shaped by beliefs, ideas and diversity (Kansas SS Standard #3), and how societies experience continuity and change over time (Kansas SS Standard #4).  They also provide content to help ensure students learn basic and higher-order skills, including problem solving and critical thinking (Missouri Learning Standards for the Social Studies). The presentation is followed by the Kansas City Chinese Association (KCCA) Cultural Showcase and Stage Performance plus a VIP reception with food and drinks!  Cost of the presentation, the Stage Performance and the VIP reception for twenty educators will be paid by KCTA in association with KCCA.  Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis, so don't delay.  Email your name, your school, grade and subject(s) taught to Nancy Hope at nfhope@ku.edu to reserve your place, or contact her with any questions.

2. Kansas City Japan Festival Teachers Workshop and Course

During the fall semester, KCTA offers an East Asian history and culture for teachers workshop and course focused on Japan.  This is a 12-contact hour professional development opportunity for K-14 educators in conjunction with the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival.  This workshop in the blended format provides both content and resources to enhance the global competencies of students in all grades and subject areas by learning about a particular aspect of Japan. Instruction is via face-to-face lecture and discussion as well as multi-media presentations online. Topics and educational resources that correspond to state social study standards #3 and #4 are emphasized, but will benefit teachers of all subject areas including language arts, gifted education and the arts.   Following formal instruction in the morning, participants attend for FREE the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival, which offers a variety of presentations and demonstrations throughout the day on traditional Japanese practices such as the tea ceremony, martial arts, and Zen gardens. Benefits for successful completion of the workshop include educational resources, copies of PowerPoint presentations, and 12 PD hours towards eligibility for subsidized study tours to East Asia through the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. Option for one graduate credit also is available through Baker University Graduate School of Education as detailed in the syllabus.  Cost to participants for the credit is $70.

Topic for 2017: Japan Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Contemporary challenges facing Japan and their importance for America including those in population, sustainability, technology, popular culture, income distribution and military alliances.   Location and dates: At Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS.  For more information or to register, contact Nancy Hope at nfhope@ku.edu. ​








National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA)

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia provides an array of resources for educators teaching about China, Korea and Japan.  Click here to reach the NCTA homepage.

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