Wednesday, March 18, 2015

And even more professional development....

PRIMARY SOURCE Summer Institutes 2015

Face-to-face COURSES

Teaching for Global Understanding in the 21st Century

Dates: July 13 - 17
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Online orientation dates: Approx. 6 hours, completed between June 20 and July 13
Location: Regis College (Weston, MA)
Follow-up session: October 2015
PDPs/Credits: 67.5 PDPs; 3 graduate credits available ($300)

Educators are increasingly aware that the challenges of our changing world will require students to think and learn in new ways. In addition to teaching core academic content, our schools need to cultivate key skills: global awareness, critical thinking, media literacy, collaboration, intercultural communication, technological ability, and civic engagement. This course will explore the importance of such skills and will build a case for re-envisioning how we prepare students for an interconnected world. Participants will examine the global economy, the environment, health, social justice, and peace & conflict resolution. Interested participants should be willing to take on a leadership role in their districts and to be advocates for global education across disciplines and grade levels.  Open to all K-12 teachers and administrators

Native America Across Five Centuries

Dates: July 20 - 24
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Online orientation dates: Approx. 6 hours, completed between June 17 and July 15
Location: Primary Source (Watertown, MA)
Follow-up session: October 2015
PDPs/Credits: 67.5 PDPs; 3 graduate credits available ($300)

Join us as we explore the diversity of cultures, histories, and experiences of North America's indigenous peoples, past and present. From the Wampanoags and Abenakis of New England to the Sioux and Navajos in the West to the Aztecs of present-day Mexico, we'll challenge stereotypes about native peoples by looking at the different ways in which indigenous North Americans lived and shaped the history of the continent from the 15th through 20th centuries. We'll discuss war, removal, reservations, and other familiar topics in Native American history, but we'll also highlight native peoples' participation in major events throughout U.S. history, from King Philip's War and the American Revolution to the New Deal and civil rights movements.

Finally, we'll survey the contours of Native America today and speak with some of the men and women who are leading their communities into the next century.  Open to all K-12 educators

Modern African History: Colonialism, Independence and Legacies

Dates: July 27 - 31
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Online orientation dates: Approx. 6 hours, completed between June 24 and July 22
Location: Primary Source (Watertown, MA)
Follow-up session: October 2015
PDPs/Credits: 67.5 PDPs; 3 graduate credits available ($300)

The "scramble for Africa" has been told in the past as a story of outside powers and actors. Western colonialism played a profound role in shaping the modern history of the continent. But so too did the actions and aspirations of African people, from leaders to ordinary individuals. This course will probe African history from multiple perspectives and consider the legacies of colonialism and independence down to our own time. Case studies of key countries and situations will help us grasp the complex history of a diverse continent. Literature and film of major writers and regions will allow us to delve more deeply into the mindset of colonial and post-colonial societies. The week will round-out with a look at some of Africa's most pressing issues today and their possible solutions.  Especially for educators of grades 6-12


Changing China: History and Culture Since 1644   

Dates: June 17 – August 11
PDPs/Credits: 45 PDPs; 2 graduate credits available ($200)

What has driven the dramatic transformation of China over the past 350 years? What should students know about this economic and cultural powerhouse? The complex history of modern China and its unique place on the world stage will be the central focus for this online course, which will explore the period from the Qing Dynasty and the decline of dynastic China to the present day. In addition to the materials presented in Primary Source's sourcebook China Since 1644: A History Through Primary Sources, this course will make use of readings, videos, and web-based resources to engage educators in some of the most current scholarship and thinking on China's development as a nation state. Topics will include the early republic, communist China, economic and political changes, internal migration, arts and literature, and China's future in an era of globalization.

This course will be offered completely online and will require a basic comfort level and interest in the use of computer technology as a medium for learning. The time for completing each week's work is approximately 3-5 hours. Especially for educators of grades 6-12

Engaging Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students & Families in Secondary Schools

Dates:  July 8 – August 4
PDPs/Credits: 22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit available ($100)

This online course provides a theoretical and practical foundation for culturally responsive teaching of English language learners in the secondary school setting. We will examine immigrant teenagers and their experience of schooling; the demographic and diversity profile of Massachusetts districts; cross-cultural communication and its implications for teaching and learning; and effective strategies for secondary schools to engage immigrant and refugee families. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your own teaching practice, apply course skills and strategies, and receive feedback from peers and instructor.

This course will be offered completely online and will require a basic comfort level and interest in the use of computer technology as a medium for learning. The time for completing each week's work is approximately 3-5 hours. Especially for educators of grades 6-12

Thinking Like a Historian: Immigration History Through Primary Sources

Dates: July 8 – August 4
PDPs/Credits: 22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit available ($100)

Through online resources about immigration history, educators will learn how to incorporate and use primary sources in the elementary and middle school classroom. Teachers will explore materials from the Library of Congress collection and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, deepen their understanding of primary sources, and consider how K-8 students can benefit from observing and analyzing them.

This course will be offered completely online and will require a basic comfort level and interest in the use of computer technology as a medium for learning. The time for completing each week's work is approximately 3-4 hours.  Especially for educators of grades K-8

Windows to the Islamic World: Art, Architecture and Music

Dates:  July 8 – August 4     
PDPs/Credits: 22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit available ($100)

Participants in this course will learn about the key features of Islamic art, Arabic calligraphy, "Arts of the Book," Islamic architecture, and the music or "soundscapes" of Islam. Using online resources and readings, expert videos, and interactive discussion forums, participants will work together to expand their thinking about the history and influence of Islamic art and explore ways to integrate the study of Islamic art into their curriculum.

Windows to the Islamic World is a four-session, asynchronous online course. Each week will include content readings, videos, web-based activities, and a facilitated asynchronous discussion — one that happens in a group discussion forum but at a time convenient for each individual over the weeklong session. The time for completing each session is approximately 3-4 hours.
Open to all K-12 educators

To REgister
Please email the contact person for your district and note the program(s) you are interested in taking. Upon approval, you will be notified of your enrollment.
Registration deadline is Friday, April 24

Questions? Contact Abby Detweiler at

MORE! MORE! More Professional Development!

Here are some MORE wonderful professional development opportunities.  Some are free, some have cost involved, some give you generous stipends and many involve travel to fantastic places! 

Each one of you work so it's your turn to play hard! 

Get involved and spend some of your free time taking up one of these opportunities that are sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

 1. Full-time teachers grades 7-12: The National World War I Museum Teacher Fellowship program is really good -I did it! It's also FUNDED. BTW, the museum is in Kansas City, not DC. The fellowship dates are June 24-27, but the application deadline is Apr. 5 (and there are a lot of parts to it). For more information, go to:

2. Full-time middle school and high school teachers (with at least 3 years of teaching experience): The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a FUNDED week-long summer program (July 13-18) as part of their Bridging Cultures Initiative. U.S. teachers will get the chance to interact with foreign teachers from 20 different countries in order to enhance your ability to infuse your curriculum with multicultural perspectives. The program, accommodations, and some meals are provided, as well as a small stipend and some travel costs, if necessary. But space is limited. To find out more and to apply, go to: 

3. This one is for high school students: an intensive 6-day course at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from June 14-15, on ""Sustainable Futures: Sustainability in a Global Context." Students get to live on campus, attend programs, and get 1 college credit for doing it. The cost is $1000; however, there are need-based scholarships available. For more information, go to: (and click on all the links). 

4.Framingham State University is the host of a day-long science extravaganza for learners of all ages.
The on-street From the Earth to the Universe exhibit of breathtaking astronomical images will guide visitors to family-friendly science and engineering explorations scattered across the university's green, leafy campus.Activities include hands-on experiences in biology, chemistry, physics, food science, robotics and engineering. Featured presentations and talks from FSU faculty and invited scientists, conversations and performances that explore the interaction between science and the arts, and stunning HD planetarium programs are also on the schedule.

April 25, 2015
If you have questions please contact:

Evan Pagliuca
Education Programs Manager
Christa McAuliffe Center
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701
Framingham State University Campus
5. Christa McAuliffe Center, Framingham State University presents:
In a nod to April Fool's Day, we will be discussing various astronomy hoaxes and misinformation, such as the face on Mars, the yearly "Mars will be as big as the Moon" hoax, Vulcan, Nibiru, Comet Halley scare of 1910, Planet X, 2012 and other doomsdays, etc.
March 27, 2015
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
A tour of the night sky will be intertwined with the hoaxes.

Run time: 60-75 minutes
This presentation is designed for university students, adults and families with children 12 years old and older.
If you have questions please contact:

Evan Pagliuca
Education Programs Manager
Christa McAuliffe Center
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701

Fantastic Opportunities: Some will even give you a stipend!

Here are some wonderful professional development opportunities for teachers.  Some are free, some have cost involved, some give you generous stipends and many involve travel to fantastic places!  You work so it's your turn to play hard!  Get involved and spend some of your free time having an opportunity that will create memories that will last a lifetime.

The Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado Boulder

  TEA News
March 2015
Featuring opportunities for educators,
updates, and resources

The Program for Teaching East Asia
University of Colorado Boulder
595 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
(303) 735-5122
TEA National Programs
Last Call for NCTA 2015 Summer Institutes for Secondary Social Studies Teachers on University of Colorado Campus! Deadlines are approaching for two NCTA-TEA summer institutes on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Participants will receive travel allowance, room and board, materials, and stipend:
Korea�s Journey into the 21st Century: Historical Contexts, Contemporary Issues. July 13-17. Application deadline: March 13. In this four-day residential summer institute, secondary teachers will consider modern and contemporary South Korea�s distinct history, geography, intra-peninsular and international relations, and transnational cultural transmissions (e.g., K-pop, film, and design). Participants will work with specialists to learn about the Korean peninsula beyond the media coverage, drawing on Korean narratives and texts to enrich their teaching about contemporary South Korea in the classroom. Additional funding is provided by the Korea Foundation. A detailed flyer and application are available here.

Citizens, Society & the State: Adaptation and Transformation in Contemporary China. July 27-31. Application deadline: March 18. This four-day residential program will examine the rapidly changing social and political dynamics of contemporary China, with special attention to the emerging roles of citizens, including ways in which individuals and groups respond to and enable social and political change through protests, political participation, and self-organization. A detailed flyer and application are available here.
TEA Announces 2015 STARTALK Program: Chinese Language Instruction in the Digital Age: A STARTALK Program on Incorporating Learner-Centered Technology Tools in the Chinese Language Curriculum. June 23-July 1, 2015. Application deadline: June 1, 2015. This residential program for secondary Chinese language teachers nationwide will provide a thorough understanding of and practical experience with effective learning technologies appropriate for the middle and high school Chinese language classroom. Program participants will work with language technology specialists, experienced Chinese language curriculum designers, and master teachers to gain competency in using a variety of technologies in effective and engaging lessons. See complete details and application on the TEA website. Contact Jon Zeljo at for more information.
National Opportunities
The East Asia Resource Center and NCTA Invite Applications to Two Summer Institutes to Be Held on the University of Washington Campus:
Tokugawa Japan: Multiple Voices, Multiple Views. July 13-17. Priority application deadline: April 10. This summer institute for teachers in grades 3-8 will be presented by veteran K-12 educators Patricia Burleson, Oralee Kramer, and Mary Roberts. Participants will work with colleagues to address standards as they learn about the period known as the 200 years of peace in Japan (1603-1868). Find more information and an application here.
Reading Spaces and Places: Exploring East Asian Cities through the Visual and Literary Arts. July 27-31. Priority application deadline: April 10. Presented by Melanie King, art history faculty at Seattle Central College, this institute will examine the literary and visual characteristics of major cities in China, Japan, and Korea across different eras to witness the emergence of these political and cultural centers. Find more information and an application here.
Previously Announced National Opportunities 

East Asian Studies Center Announces Spring Webinar Series. The East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University is offering two free 90-minute webinars in March and April. No registration is required. For each, go to the link provided for that webinar below; to enter as a guest, type �FULLNAME/AFFILIATION� as your username and then click �Enter Room.� The two webinars are:
Spirits of the Mind: Gods, Ghosts, and Meditating Monks in Chinese Buddhist Art. Monday, March 16, 7 pm EST. Presenter: Phillip Bloom, Assistant Professor of Art History at IU Bloomington. No registration required; join the webinar here and follow the directions above to enter as a guest.

Yokai: Monsters of Japanese Folklore. Monday, April 20, 7 pm EST. Presenter: Michael Dylan Foster, Associate Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, IU Bloomington. No registration required; join the webinar here and follow the directions above to enter as a guest.
2015 Study Tour to Japan for Middle and High School Educators. June 28 � July 18. Application deadline: Thursday, March 12. The Japan Society New York offers this opportunity for teachers, school librarians, and school administrators nationwide. The program includes an intensive pre-departure orientation and a three-week study tour in Japan for the cost of $1,200. Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to foster and sustain education about Japan. For more information and an application, visit the Japan Society New York website

Applications Now Available for the 2015 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop. July 12-17. Application deadline: Monday, March 9. The East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University is now accepting applications for its 17th annual workshop for high school teachers of English and world literature. The workshop, held on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington, features scholarly presentations on the literature and history of China, Japan, and Korea, as well as strategy sessions led by master teachers. For questions, contact Cathy Gao. Access more information and an application here.

Choices Program Offers Summer Institute on The Middle East in Transition. July 13-17. Application deadline: Monday, March 16. This Choices Leadership Institute will immerse participants in the Choices approach to teaching contested international issues and provide opportunities to exchange ideas with teacher colleagues. For more information and an application, visit the Choices website

U.S. Department of State and IREX Announce Availability of Applications for the 2015 Teachers for Global Classrooms Program. Application deadline: Wednesday, March 18. Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is a year-long professional development program designed to help experienced elementary and secondary teachers prepare students for the globalized world. The program includes an online course, a symposium in Washington, DC, an international field experience, and more. Access more information and an application here.

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) Offers Summer Study Tour of China. June 28 � July 18. GEEO is offering a three-week travel program to China, open to all educators. The tour includes Beijing, Xi�an, and other cities, as well as the Panda Research Center, Tiger Leaping Gorge, and other sites. For more information, including costs, visit the GEEO website.

The Five College Center for East Asian Studies Offers Webinar on The Great Wave of Hokusai and the Great Wave of 3-11: Japanese Artists� Responses to Nature. Wednesday, April 15, 7:00-8:00 pm EDT. This webinar will be presented by Willamarie Moore of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Registration is available here

Colorado Programs
Workshop Rescheduled: The Choices Program, in Collaboration with TEA and NCTA, Is Offering a Workshop on Engaging Students in International Issues: The Choices Approach. Saturday, March 14, 8:30 am � 3:30 pm. This workshop, presented by Choices Teaching Fellows Michelle Van Sickle and Rebekah Nesbitt, will engage teachers in learning the Choices approach to teaching about contested international issues through work with two Choices units: China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.S. Response and U.S. Immigration Policy in an Unsettled World. Cost for the program is $145; a limited number of scholarships are available for preservice teachers. Enrollment is limited. More information and a registration form are available here.

Center for Asian Studies Announces Events of Interest to Teachers. CU�s Center for Asian Studies hosts a variety of Asia-related events each month. Two upcoming events of potential interest to teachers are listed below. Both will be held in Humanities 250 on the CU Boulder campus. More information is available on the CAS website.
Steampunk-ed Kung Fu: Transnational Modernity in Hong Kong Director Stephen Fung�s Tai Chi Films. Friday, March 6, 5 pm. Kenneth Chan of the University of Northern Colorado will present on the amalgamation of kung fu and steampunk films in the work of Stephen Fung.

Genghis Khan and the Mongols: Barbarians or Harbingers of Global History. Wednesday, March 11, 4 pm. Most people perceived the thirteenth-century Mongols as plunderers, rapacious, and murderers. Over the past two decades, specialists have challenged this depiction of the Mongols and of Genghis Khan, focusing instead on the Mongols� contribution to trade, relations between East and West, and cultural, religious, technological, and artistic diffusion. This slide-illustrated presentation describes and assesses Genghis as an individual and the Mongols as a group. Professor Morris Rossabi of the City University of New York, a leading scholar on Islam in China, will present this lecture.
How Japan Sees America�s Role in the Asia-Pacific. Wednesday, March 11, 11:30 am. The Consulate General of Japan in Denver and the Japan America Society of Colorado are sponsoring this presentation to be held at the Brown Palace Hotel. The presenter will be Professor Toshihiro Nakayama of Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. For tickets, visit the Japan America Society�s website

From the Shadows of Wartime: Three Japanese American Artists. Friday, March 20, 2015, 5:30 pm reception, 6:30 pm lecture. Dr. Barbara Johns, art historian and former curator at the Tacoma Art Museum, will present this lecture focusing on three painters incarcerated in Idaho during World War II. The program, sponsored by the Asian Art Association and Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, will be held in the Sharp Auditorium at the Denver Art Museum. The program is free but reservations are required: call 720-913-0130 or visit this site.

NCTA State and Local Opportunities

NCTA Seminar to be Held in Bridgewater, MA, Spring 2015. The Five College Center for East Asian Studies has recently added a spring NCTA seminar focused on Human Landscapes of East Asia. The seminar will run from April 8 � May 9 and be held on the campus of Bridgewater State University. More information is available here.
See listings for East Asia Resource Center Summer Institutes and 2015 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop under National Opportunities for additional NCTA programs currently accepting applications.
Featured Resource
He Defied the Tide of Time is a 29-minute documentary about Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat stationed in Lithuania during World War II. By issuing Japanese visas to more than 6,000 Jews, Sugihara saved them from the Holocaust. Written and directed by Suzanne Concha Emmrich, the film is available in Japanese and English. Email the director for more information:

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Dear Teachers,
The snow is melting and Patriots' Day is just around the corner. What better time to highlight an exciting new exhibition, professional opportunities for educators and programs coming up this Spring and Summer at the Leventhal Map Center!
We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence
May 2 through November 29, 2015
Boston Public Library
Paul Revere's rendering of the Boston Massacre, 1770
On May 2, the Leventhal Map Center opens a major exhibition that commemorates the 250th anniversary of Britain's Stamp Act. The exhibition will feature maps, documents and three dimensional objects from the library's own collection as well as items from other major cartographic collections, some rarely seen.
This is an excellent opportunity to introduce students to the story of the American Revolution. You can book a free tour and program for "Mapping the American Revolution" HERE.
Professional Opportunities for Teachers
Summer 2015 Teacher Fellowships
The Leventhal Map Center is offering two teacher fellowships to public and/or private school teachers and library media specialists starting in the summer of 2015. The fellowships are funded by the Library of Congress, Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University.
A $2000 stipend will be paid to each fellow.
Full information and how to apply can be found HERE.

Summer 2015 Teacher Institute: "Mapping Boston's Role in the American Revolution "
July 13 - 17, 2015
Teacher Workshop: "Visualizing the American Revolution"
In partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
July 28 & 29, 2015

For more information or to register for any of these workshops visit
Education Programs
We welcome class visits to the Leventhal Map Center. Students engaged in any of our Map Lab programs are introduced to how to read and think about maps followed by small group activities where students engage with historic maps from the Map Center collection. All programs include a scavenger hunt of our current gallery exhibition, "Literary Landscapes: Maps from Fiction"

For further information contact Michelle LeBlanc, Director of Education at 617-859-2294 or