The NCTA National Coordinating Site at TEA is offering both seminars and book groups beginning in September. All offerings are free and open to teachers nationwide, with particular courses designed for teachers of specific grade levels. http://www.colorado.edu/ptea/

  • NEW—Online Book Group: China’s Millennials: The Want Generation with Author Eric Fish. September 22 – December 11, 2017. Application deadline: Monday, September 11 or when course fills. Take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore the lives and challenges of China’s “millennials” with author Eric Fish. Fish, a millennial himself, will guide participants through a first-hand look at young Chinese, termed “the want generation,” their impact on society, and society’s impact on them. (16 contact hours.) Details and application.
  • Online Seminar: Issues in Contemporary China. September 26 – December 11, 2017. Application deadline: Monday, September 11 or when course fills. In this online seminar, participating secondary teachers will investigate some of the key issues that are making headlines and demonstrate China’s changing nature. Topics include President Xi Jinping’s recentralization of power, territorial disputes with Taiwan and about the South China Sea, foreign policy strategy in the context of China’s rise, demographic changes, and environmental impacts. (20 contact hours.) Details and application.
  • Seminar: Japan in the World: Cultural Encounters, 16th 19th Centuries. September 28 – December 11, 2017. Application deadline: Monday, September 18 or when course fills. This four-module online course will explore Japan’s often-overlooked international relations with Asia and its encounters with the West before, during, and after the Tokugawa era (1600-1868). Participants will investigate teacher-developed lessons and primary sources to use in their middle and high school world history classrooms. (24 contact hours.) Class limit: 20. Details and application.
  • NEW—Online Book Group: Stories from China’s Post-Mao Reform Era. September 29 – November 20, 2017.  Application deadline: Tuesday, September 12 or when course fills. Acclaimed writer Liao Yiwu captures the impact of the Deng Xiaoping reform era of the 1980s and ‘90s through vivid interviews with a range of Chinese citizens, capturing the impact of a new government’s new directions and goals on Chinese society and individuals. (16 contact hours.) Class limit: 20. Details and application.
  • NEW—Online Book Group: Japan through Children’s Literature: Kamakura, A Seaside Town. October 6 – Early December 2017. Application deadline: Monday, September 25 or when course fills. The city of Kamakura offers an engaging window into Japan, past and present. In this book group, participants will consider two Kamakura-based books by author Holly Thompson—The Wakame Gatherers and Falling into the Dragon’s Mouth—to explore history, geography, traditional and contemporary culture, and the lives of children today. Open to elementary and middle school teachers. Features a live webinar with the author. (15 contact hours.) Class limit: 20. Details and application.