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Case Studies in Teaching about China and Japan: A Summer Institute for K–8 Educators Closed
June 27–July 1, 2011
Visual Cultures of China and Japan: An East Asian Art History Seminar
July 25–28, 2011 Closed
From Mao to Now, East to West: A China Summer Institute
August 1–5, 2011 Closed
Teachers in grades K–8 are invited to spend an intensive week at the University of Washington this summer, immersed in discussion, reading, lectures, and classroom activity development. The institute focuses on high-interest topics drawn from history, the arts, and contemporary life that are readily applicable for use across the curriculum. Each topic will be examined as a case study, starting with the questions of why this information merits attention in the classroom and how it can be taught in ways that respond to current national and state standards and priorities.
For each topic, participants will receive brief background readings in advance, learn about available online and print resources, and collaboratively explore strategies for adapting the ideas and materials for use in their classrooms. With strong arts and language arts components, lessons will appeal to a wide variety of students and grade levels. The presenters will include university faculty, elementary and middle school teachers, and institute leaders Mary Bernson and Patricia Burleson.
A grant from the Freeman Foundation to the East Asia Resource Center makes it possible to offer this institute at no cost to participants other than a registration fee of $150. All participants will receive course materials, some meals, and the option of free Washington clock hours, Montana OPI renewal units, or a certificate of participation. Please be prepared to commit to full participation, from Monday morning, June 27, through Friday noon, July 1. Rooms and meals in university dormitories will be provided to educators from other areas so that they can participate, although transportation costs will be their own responsibility. A housing deposit of $100 is required for participants who request a dorm room, but will be reimbursed after the successful completion of the institute. (Available on a space-available basis. $100 deposit, due upon acceptance, and refunded after institute completion.)
For educators with a strong knowledge base about East Asia or for those without one, this institute for K–8 educators is a chance to gain new perspectives and connect or reconnect with powerful ways to teach about it. Teachers may apply to more than one EARC summer institute.
More than art appreciation, art history offers educators a set of tools to draw on again and again in teaching history and culture: critical thinking skills needed to evaluate, compare, and contrast visual images of different styles and periods; vocabulary for observing and discussing visual arts; and methods for “reading” images as primary sources of the historical periods in which they were created. Educators interested in developing or enhancing a visual arts component of their teaching about East Asian history and cultures will be thrilled with the opportunity to gain skills and resources to do so in this seminar aimed at middle- and high-school educators.
Educators are invited to join the East Asia Resource Center and instructor Melanie King (MA, Art History) for an exploration of the visual cultures of China and Japan from the Golden Ages to the present. Starting in the golden ages of Chinese and Japanese art, we will use painting as our focus to explore the flourishing artistic traditions of these cultural icons. Moving forward through time, we will trace the evolution of visual culture through the Imperial period in China and up to the Meiji era in Japan. In this course, art will take the center stage as we follow the historical, literary, and visual development of these fascinating cultures. In the modern and contemporary periods, art of both cultures will be considered in conjunction as new generations of artists express and respond to the changing world around them.
The class will meet during the week of July 25–28 at the University of Washington, Seattle. Teachers will not want to miss an opportunity to delve into the world of Chinese and Japanese art history. The course is open to K–12 educators who have the opportunity to apply course content to their history, social studies, art, and other relevant courses. Substitutes and others who do not currently hold a teaching position are not eligible for this course. The seminar is offered free of charge thanks to the Freeman Foundation. Educators must commit to attending all sessions of this grant-funded course. Participating teachers will be asked to do reading and short written assignments as part of their participation in this seminar. Twenty-six free Washington State clock hours, Montana OPI renewal units, or a certificate of completion are available upon successful completion of all sessions and assignments. UW dormitory housing and meals will be provided for a limited number of out-of-town participants; The fee for dorm guests is $100, due upon acceptance.
This summer the East Asia Resource Center will offer a week-long China summer institute on the UW Seattle campus in early August, aimed at secondary educators, and funded through the generosity of the Freeman Foundation, the UW East Asia Title VI Center, and the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington.
Darrin Magee, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Melanie King, Instructor of Art History, Seattle Central Community College, will lead the institute and introduce themes and sources for teaching about China’s ever-changing social, cultural, economic, and demographic landscapes. From the Mao era to present day, the institute will examine what’s fueling China’s growth and change through multiple lenses. This intensive institute will feature lecture-discussion sessions led by Professor Darrin Magee and pedagogical sessions with art historian Melanie King that will introduce accessible resources and tools for teaching about our themes, with a particular focus on the art and images from the periods that will be covered.
Teachers will be asked to do reading assignments, prior to and during the institute, and also complete written assignments using the University of Washington’s online course management system, Catalyst. The final assignment will be due on August 15.
he registration fee is $150. At no additional charge, participants will receive course materials; housing and meals in the UW dormitory (out-of-town participants); and two 400-level credits, Washington State clock hours, Montana OPI renewal units, or a certificate of completion. A housing deposit of $100 is required for participants who request a dorm room, but will be reimbursed after successful completion of the institute. A limited number of dorm rooms are available. Teachers may apply to more than one EARC summer institute.
|East Asia Resource Center|
|University of Washington|
|302 Thomson Hall|
|Seattle, WA 98195|