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East Asia Seminar for Middle School Teachers

East Asia Seminar for Middle School Teachers

East Asia Seminar for Middle School Teachers

East Asia Seminar for Middle School Teachers

Accepting Applications

November 14, 2016 - December 10, 2017

Apply by December 10, 2017. Download the application and reference form.


In an effort to infuse Asian studies in the social studies and literature curricula, SPICE is offering a professional development opportunity at Stanford University, in cooperation with the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA). SPICE is a non-profit educational outreach program of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University. SPICE supports efforts to internationalize elementary and secondary school curricula by linking the research and teaching of FSI to the schools. NCTA is an initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about Asia in world history, geography, social studies, and literature courses around the country.

SPICE, in cooperation with NCTA and with support from the Freeman Foundation, is offering a series of seminars for middle school social studies, world literature, and language arts teachers. The objectives of the program are to enrich the teaching of East Asia in the secondary school curriculum, develop a professional cross-district dialogue, and foster a community of inquiry among educators interested in Asian studies.



2018 Seminar Schedule

Full-day Wednesday sessions (8:30am–3:30pm): January 17, February 14, March 14, and April 18
Half-day follow-up session (8:30am–12:00pm): May 16



Participants will:

  1. Gain a deeper understanding of the geography, history, culture, religion, literature, and art of China, Japan, and Korea.
  2. Design curriculum that integrates content knowledge about China, Japan, and Korea with effective, thoughtful, and engaging instructional approaches.
  3. Be provided with instructional materials about China, Japan, and Korea appropriate for their classrooms.
  4. Become a community of learners committed to a long-term engagement in the exploration of Asian studies.



Murphey, Rhoads. East Asia: A New History.

*Additional books and articles will be provided.



Teachers are required to attend all sessions, complete assigned readings before each session, develop and submit a lesson plan and a reflection plan, and participate in group discussions.

Lesson plan and reflection/implementation plan assignments are 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.


Fellowship Coordinator

Encina Hall East, C333
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6060

(650) 725-1480 (voice)
(650) 723-6784 (fax)

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