East Asia Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers

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East Asia Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers

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2024 Virtual SPICE/NCTA East Asia Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers

June 24 – June 27, 2024
9:30am–12:30pm PDT

In an effort to infuse Asian studies 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 virtual professional development summer institute for middle school teachers on East Asia. Over the course of four days, this virtual summer institute will highlight the geography, cultures, religions, history, literature, and arts of East Asia, with a focus on ancient Chinese dynasties, feudal Japan, and the Silk Road. The synchronous (live) institute sessions on Zoom will take place over four mornings (9:30am to 12:30pm), from June 24 to June 27, 2024.



Institute Goals and Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Gain a deeper understanding of the history and culture of East Asia.
  2. Be provided with instructional materials about China, Japan, Korea, and the Asian American experience for classroom use.
  3. Design lessons that integrate content knowledge about East Asia and/or Asian American experiences with effective, thoughtful, and engaging instructional approaches.
  4. Become a community of learners committed to a long-term engagement in the exploration of East Asian studies.



The Virtual SPICE/NCTA East Asia Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers is open to all grade 5–8 teachers in California and is designed to be most relevant for social studies and language arts 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 $200 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:

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

Jonas Edman, Seminar Coordinator
SPICE, Stanford University
P: 650-725-1480


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