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NCTAN/NCTA seminars in 2013-14 in North Carolina:

Date:  March 1-2 and April 5-6, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. (8:30 on March 2 only) – 4:45 p.m.
Locations: UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC-Charlotte (each location will be filled first-come-first serve basis.)
Eligibility: The priority will be given to in-service K-12 teachers who teaches about East Asia.

Click here (PDF) for tentative seminar schedule.

Click here (PDF) for the flyer.

Click here for application. (Sorry.  All the site is full. We no longer accept applications.).

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Please contact Yoko Kano at for questions.

After completion of all the above seminars of four days, you will be elibible to apply for the study tour 2015.  

Summer filed study trip 2014 to East Asia

Note on Study Tour Eligibility: Teachers who successfully complete the requirements by June 1, 2013, will be eligible to apply for a NCTA study tour 2014. *To qualify for study tours, however, teachers must also be teaching in the states of NY, NJ, NC, SC, GA, FL, AR, TN, MS, TX, KS, or OK. (Teachers who have traveled to Asia previously on a NCTA tour are not eligible to apply a second time, however.) Those who participated the seminar at NCCAT, seee below.

Those who are eligible for the NCTA study tour to Asia 2014, application is below:

Those who participated the seminar at NCCAT: Please view additional on-line archieved simulcast (see below) and turn in the one-page reflection paper for each seminar and send it to Yoko Kano at by May 1st of the year to become eligible for the study tour of the following year.  If you have participated in March, 2013, view three on-line archieved simulcast; If you have participated in the NCTAN/NCCAT seminar in April, 2012, please view two on-line archieved simulcast.  To view archieved simulcast, go to the "nationally offered seminars" at (Asia For Educatior (AFE) and look through the list of theArchived Simulcast Presentations and Study Modules.”   You need to register at the AFE site to view the simulcast.  Choose any of the simulcast of your interest from the list.  Also, you can choose the simulasts from below. 

Here is 2013-2014  nationally offered simulcast series and the semester on-line course information:


Free On-line courses and simulcasts from NCTA for K-12 educators

Columbia University (on-line simulcasts):

*Asia For Educators Spring NCTA-Sponsored Simulcasts*
AFE is pleased to announce 10 new simulcasts! Educators can earn 2.5 professional development hours for each live multi-media presentation they view. The simulcasts can be found at our course site, <>.

Thu, Jan 23   The Silk Road
7-9 p.m. EST [6 CST/5 MST/4 PST]  Speaker: James Millward, Georgetown

Sat, Jan 25  Literature and Art in Medieval Japan: A Question of Taste
10 a.m.-12 p.m. EST [9 CST/8 MST/7 PST]  Speakers: Frank and Linda Chance, University of Pennsylvania

Tue, Feb 11  Meiji Japan: From Feudalism to Modern Imperial State
7-9 p.m. EST [6 CST/5 MST/4 PST]  Speaker: Elyssa Faison, University of Oklahoma

Tue, Feb 25  Religions of the Silk Road
7-9 p.m. EST [6 CST/5 MST/4 PST]  Speaker: Johan Elverskog, Southern Methodist University

Thu, Feb 27   Languages of East Asia: China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam
7-9 p.m. EST [6 CST/5 MST/4 PST]  Speaker: Jonathan Lipman, Mount Holyoke College

 Wed, Mar 5  Ink Art in China: What's Chinese about Contemporary Chinese Art? 
6-8 p.m. EST [5 CST/4 MST/3 PST]  Speaker: Maxwell K. Hearn, Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Thu, Mar 6  1919: Turning Points for Korea (Mar 1) and China (May 4)
7-9 p.m. EST [6 CST/5 MST/4 PST]  Speakers: Jeffrey Kyong-McClain, University of Arkansas and Michael Sprunger, Hendrix College

 Wed, Mar 19  Connecting Classrooms to East Asia: An Applied Learning Tech Seminar
7-9 p.m. EDT [6 CDT/5 MDT/4 PDT]  Speaker: Yoko Kano, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

 Thu, Apr 10 Music of Japan and East Asia 
7-9 p.m. EDT [6 CDT/5 MDT/4 PDT]  Speaker: Anne Prescott, Five College Center for East Asian Studies

 Tue, Apr 22  Japanese Popular Culture
7-9 p.m. EDT [6 CDT/5 MDT/4 PDT]  Speaker: William Tsutsui, Southern Methodist University

*Dec 2-Feb 28/Course IV*
*East Asia & the West: 1750-1919* (5 sessions over 10 weeks w/break, 2 weeks on each session)
Review Sessions/Register Here<>

 *Mar 3-May 23/Course V*
*Modern East Asia: 20th and 21st Centuries*(6 sessions over 12 weeks, 2 weeks on each session)
Review Sessions/Register Here<>


Free On-line course from NCTA for K-12 educators

University of Colorado (on-line):

 The NCTA National Coordinating Site at the University of Colorado is offering two online NCTA seminars beginning in September  2013. Each course is open to secondary teachers nationwide.

Ø  Teaching about China’s Political System. Co-developed by political scientists with expertise on China in consultation with AP comparative government teachers, this 25-hour asynchronous online seminar addresses instructional objectives of the AP Comparative Government course and provides essential background to all teachers who cover contemporary China in their courses. See full details and registration instructions.  Enrollment closes September 4 or when course fills.

Ø   Ø  Cultural Encounters: Japan’s Diverse Past and Present. This online course for middle and high school teachers of world history examines episodes in Japan's international and intercultural relations from the Nara period to the present, with special attention to Japanese approaches and responses to cross-border movement of peoples, ideas, and materials. Content will address the World History Content Standards and AP World History Course Guidelines.  This course is co-sponsored by NCTA and the J-OPP project. The course is open to 25 teachers nationwide. See full details and registration instructions.

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