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Spring 2013
NCTA 36-Hour Seminars

The Silk Road: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching about East Asia

Dates — The weeks of ...

February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17, 24
and May 1, 8, 15, 22
Final projects due June 4


Online (asynchronous) at asiaforeducators.org

Registration Deadline


Course Description

The “Silk Road” refers to a series of routes that crisscrossed Eurasia from the first millennium BCE through the middle of the second millennium CE. The best know segment of the Silk Road began in the ancient Chinese capital of Chang’an (Xi’an), diverged into northern and southern routes in Central Asia with branches going further south to India, the main branch crossed the Iranian plateau, and ended on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean in the cities of Antioch and Tyre. Music, art, technology, belief systems, and stories were carried along this ancient trade route.

This course will knit geography, economics, history, art, and music into an interdisciplinary exploration of Asia — its diversity and interdependence. The course is formatted to help teachers consider how the course material can be adapted for all styles of learning encountered in their classrooms. Learning styles and needs that are addressed include: English Language Learners, Gifted and Talented or higher achieving students, students with disabilities, and students in special education classrooms.

Along with discussions of content with experts, teachers will share ideas about assessment and differentiated instructions. Weekly class pedagogy postings and discussions will highlight effective classroom use of available online and printed resources, as well as investigate how these materials are consistent with student outcomes and meet Common Core standards and the Danielson Framework.

This seminar is being held in conjunction with the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA), with support from the Freeman Foundation.

NCTA Seminars

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminars provide educators with an enriched background in the history and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam as well as the exchanges among these cultures and with the larger world. Topics will closely follow the New York Social Studies Standards, the Children First Report, and Professional Development Standards for teachers.

The seminar consists of 15 online sessions.

Seminar requirements

Course Benefits

This course is offered by the Asia for Educators Program at Columbia University, as part of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA). Each participant will receive:

Required Course Materials

After registration all participants are required to purchase the “Along the Silk Road” curriculum guide developed by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) and The Silk Road Project. The curriculum guide includes a wall map, DVD, and Audio CD and can be purchased from the SPICE website: http://spice.stanford.edu/catalog/along_the_silk_road/

Fees & Eligibility

This course is open to all full-time teachers. There is no fee for materials, but participants are required to purchase their own curriculum guide (see paragraph directly above).

Enrollment is on a first-come first-served basis.

Registration & Enrollment

To register, first create an account at asiaforeducators.org, then go to the Spring 2013 Silk Road Course Page and click Yes when the system asks you to confirm your enrollment.

Registration is now closed.


For more information, please contact:
Karen Kane, Asia for Educators Program
Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
(212) 854-9007 | kak13@columbia.edu

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