Virtual East Asia Seminar for High School Teachers in California

Stanford high school teacher professional development
Virtual East Asia Seminar for High School Teachers in California

Application period closed

The application period for the 2023 program has closed. 

SPICE will not offer the Virtual East Asia Seminar for High School Teachers in California in 2024. We plan to offer it again in 2025. Please check back in late 2024 for the next application period. Thank you for your understanding.

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2023 Virtual SPICE/NCTA East Asia Seminar for High School Teachers in California

In an effort to infuse Asian studies and perspectives in the social studies and language arts curricula, the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), in cooperation with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), is offering a professional development seminar for high school teachers. Over the course of five sessions, this virtual seminar will present content lectures and curricular resources highlighting the geography, cultures, politics, economics, history, and literature of East Asia, including a special focus on U.S.–Asia relations, the Asian diaspora in the United States, and the diversity of the Asian American experience.

The synchronous (live) sessions will take place on Zoom on the following Tuesdays, 4:00–5:30pm Pacific Time:

  • January 31 (4:00–6:00pm Pacific Time)
  • February 28
  • March 21
  • April 18
  • May 16



Seminar Description:

This seminar is designed to offer a comprehensive overview of the geography, history, and culture of East Asia. The hope is that the participants will incorporate what they learn in the seminar into their own curriculum in an effort to teach more about East Asia in their classrooms. Session topics are designed to address the California State History/Social Studies Standards. The content of lectures is intended to increase participants’ knowledge of East Asia and Asian American studies as well as to provide information that can be taught or modified for classroom use. Teachers will also have an opportunity to share their ideas for integrating Asian studies into their curricula. 


Goals and Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Gain a deeper understanding—both historical and contemporary—of China, Korea, Japan, U.S.–Asia relations, and the Asian American experience.

  2. Be provided with instructional materials about China, Japan, Korea, U.S.–Asia relations, and the Asian American experience for classroom use.

  3. Design lessons that integrate content knowledge about China, Japan, Korea, U.S.–Asia relations, and/or the Asian American experience with effective, thoughtful, and engaging instructional approaches.

  4. Become a community of learners committed to a long-term engagement in the exploration of Asian and Asian American studies.



The Virtual SPICE/NCTA East Asia Seminar for High School Teachers is open to all grade 9–12 teachers in California but is designed to be most relevant for social studies, world literature, and world language classrooms. Enrollment is limited to 20 teachers.



Teachers are required to attend all synchronous sessions, complete pre-assigned readings, and participate in synchronous and asynchronous group discussions. 

Resource sharing and collaborative discussion time is designed to help participants absorb the new information and to think about how to apply it to their own classrooms while the information is still fresh in their minds. 


Professional Stipend:

Participants will receive a $300 professional stipend upon completion of all seminar requirements.


Stanford Continuing Studies Credit:

Upon completion of all seminar requirements, participants are eligible to receive three quarter credits (3 units) from Stanford University Continuing Studies. There is a fee of $75 ($25/unit of credit) to receive the credits. 


Contact Information:

Naomi Funahashi, Manager, Teacher Professional Development
SPICE, Stanford University
P: 650-724-4396



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