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Winter 2023 professional development courses on East Asia

  • 1.  Winter 2023 professional development courses on East Asia

    Posted 12-19-2022 03:45:00 PM

    TEA NCTA announces free online professional development programs for Winter 2023. Registration open at

    Book group: The Death of Woman WangJanuary 19-March 8, 2023. This book group engages secondary teachers with historian Jonathan Spence's classic, The Death of Woman Wang. Explore the lives of the non-elite in 17th-century China's Qing Dynasty as they face climatic catastrophes, famine, banditry, and more. Through the lenses of peasants and the illiterate, learn about the daily struggles of those history often fails to record, with a special focus on women. The book and course interweave Spence's historical writing with tales from the 17th-century writer Pu Songling.

    Book Group: Japan through Children's Literature: Picturebook Biographies. January 19-March 8, 2023. This book group for K-8 teachers will discuss the possibilities of biography in the integration of social studies and literacy curriculum about Japan, through a consideration of three picture-book biographies of a Japanese inventor, artist, and composer.

    Contemporary Issues Mini-course: China's Search for a Green Future: Clean Energy, Air, and Water. January 23- February 18, 2023. China has committed to becoming a leader in renewable energy technology, but air pollution, water scarcity, and overall environmental degradation continue to impact health and challenge China's continued economic growth. Through three weekly case studies, participants will examine how the Chinese government and citizen activist groups are responding to these challenges.

    Contemporary Issues Course: What's Happening to China's Uyghurs and Why It Matters. January 20-March 4, 2023. China's Uyghur ethnic minority/indigenous people offer a case study for exploring issues of contemporary genocide, a topic mandated by numerous state social studies standards. Through three weekday evening webinars and a Saturday morning virtual workshop, this course examines the historical and political context of the Uyghur conflict in China; analyzes current events, resources, and research on this evolving crisis, and more. The Saturday workshop will provide participants with the 2022 revised Brown University Choices unit on genocide. Open to secondary teachers nationwide, with priority for Colorado social studies teachers.

    Seminar: The Mao Era in Chinese History. January 12- March 2, 2023.Through asynchronous discussion of primary and secondary sources, online videos, and live Zoom sessions, participants will examine this critical historical period through five modules: The Rise of Mao, Establishing the People's Republic of China, The Great Leap Forward, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, and Looking Back at the Mao Era. Open to teachers nationally.

    Seminar: Religion in East Asia: Diversity and Diffusion. January 12-March 1, 2023. This three-module course for secondary teachers of world history and world religions builds "religious literacy" by engaging participants with the religious and philosophical traditions, practices, and experiences of the diverse belief systems in East Asia. The course will also consider the diffusion and co-existence of these traditions in East Asia over time and across societies. Features three live webinars with specialists in religious and philosophy studies of China, Japan, and Korea.

    Catherine Ishida
    Japan & Korea Projects Coordinator
    Boulder CO