East Asia Summer Institute for High School Teachers

Stanford high school teacher professional development
East Asia Summer Institute for High School Teachers

Application period closed

The application period for the 2021 institute has closed. 

Due to funding reductions, we will not offer the East Asia Summer Institute for High School Teachers in 2022. We plan to offer it again in 2023. Please check back in spring 2023 for the next application period. Thank you for your understanding.

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2021 Virtual SPICE/NCTA East Asia Summer Institute for High School Teachers

July 26–30, 2021
9:30am–12:00pm PDT

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) is offering a virtual professional development summer institute for high school teachers. Over the course of five days, this virtual summer institute will provide 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) institute sessions on Zoom will take place over five mornings (9:30am to 12:00pm), from July 26–30, 2021. This institute is offered in collaboration with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).

As a seminar participant, you will be expected to actively engage in all online synchronous sessions and complete pre-assigned readings. Additional asynchronous discussions and resource sharing will take place online via Canvas, our learning management system.



Seminar Description:

This institute 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. 


Institute 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 Summer Institute for High School Teachers is open to all grade 9–12 teachers, 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 of the summer institute, complete pre-assigned readings, and participate in group discussions and activities. 

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 $350 professional stipend upon completion of all summer institute 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:

Sabrina Ishimatsu, Event Coordinator
SPICE, Stanford University
P: 650-723-2410

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



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