BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Five College Center for East Asian Studies
(FCCEAS) at Smith College will sponsor a free, intensive 30-hour,
six-session seminar for middle and high school teachers in Western
The seminar, "East Asia Then and Now: China, Japan, and Korea in
New York State Schools" will be held beginning Dec. 8 at the
University at Buffalo, with academic and logistical support from
the UB Asian Studies Program. It will be one of at least 50 such
programs supported throughout the United States by the National
Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).
The seminar is intended for new and experienced teachers of
sixth-grade social studies, Global History I or II, AP World
History, or a course in social studies, art or literature in which
East Asia is an important part of the curriculum. Substitute
teachers are eligible as well.
It will explore East Asian geography, philosophies, religions,
history, literatures and art, as identified in the New York State
Participants will be given a series of stipends to assist their
study and teaching. They also will be eligible for college or
professional credit and for the opportunity to apply to travel to
East Asia through NCTA or other programs.
The application can be found online at the UB Asian Studies Web
For further information, contact Elizabeth Felmet at (716) 645-3474
ext. 1114 or email@example.com.
Enrollment is limited to 20 applicants; early application is
Completed forms must be sent to Terry Noonan, 8 Trailwood
Circle, Rochester, N.Y. 14618 by the Nov. 15 application
Seminar participants will meet on the UB North (Amherst) Campus
for six five-hour sessions on Dec. 8, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, March 15,
April 5 and May 3.
Instructors will include Asia scholars from UB, Niagara
University, Buffalo State College and other local campuses, and
master teachers from area school districts.
Those who finish the course will receive a $300 stipend, $200
worth of teaching materials and a $300 grant to purchase additional
materials for their schools. When it is verified that the materials
are in the school and the curriculum is being taught, participants
will receive an additional $200 stipend.
Participants also will be eligible for possible field study in
China, Japan or Korea (pending funding) and can apply for graduate
credit, professional development or in-service credit in keeping
with the policy of their home school district.
This will be the second time the seminar has been offered in the
In 2005-06, 19 local teachers completed the program. Although
the program asked a lot of them in terms of time and preparation,
participants say they found it invaluable in helping them introduce
their students to East Asian traditions as well as to the rapidly
expanding role East Asians are playing in world politics and
Several of the teacher-graduates have gone on to attend
additional workshops on East Asia and to travel to China, Japan and
Korea. Among them are Laura Widman of Kenmore West High School, who
traveled to Korea and Japan as part of the NCTA program.
Kristin Stapleton, director of the Asian Studies Program at UB,
has participated in the work of the national consortium for many
years. In the summer of 2007, she accompanied a group of teachers
who completed the seminar program on a follow-up study tour to
"Teachers who have experienced the NCTA seminar are fired up
about sharing their knowledge with their students," she says.
"When they get a chance to travel to East Asia, they are ready
to seize the opportunity to learn more and enrich their classes
still further by gathering materials, taking photos, and simply
experiencing life in this very dynamic part of the world."