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Meet the Masters: Discover how to find and evaluate books on East Asia for your classroom

Update: This summer institute now has a waitlist and the application is closed.

An NCTA Seminar for Teachers of Grades 2-8

July 23-27, 2018
Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. with one extended afternoon activity
Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Seminar leader: Mary Roberts with guest segments led by authors, librarians and EARC master teacher, Oralee Kramer

This seminar is sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC), University of Washington, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).


Hear from authors, librarians and fellow teachers and make children’s and young adult books on East Asia a part of your teaching tool kit.   Discover how authors do research for their books and how book titles and cover illustrations are selected.  Gain confidence in making close readings and exploring character motivations with your students.   Find out how to authenticate the reliability of the material and learn about new databases on children’s literature.  Using three separate books on East Asia, including Freeman Award winners, teachers will examine three different genres with frameworks to support students’ critical thinking and inquiry. These books will include, but are not limited to, Where’s Halmoni?, Are You an Echo? and The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball. For educators of grades 2 to 8. 



Participants will be required to complete assigned readings before the seminar starts. During the seminar, participants must commit 1-2 hours per day outside of seminar sessions to writing about how they might apply that day’s content and activities to their teaching situation. These written descriptions will be refined, edited, and submitted as a final project for the seminar. Final projects will be shared within the group.

Seminar benefits
Aside from the registration and housing fees, this seminar is offered free of charge thanks to the Freeman Foundation NCTA grant to the East Asia Resource Center. Seminar benefits include:

  • 40 Washington State OSPI clock hours (free) OR two 400-level UW credits for a fee of approximately $230
  • A certificate of completion
  • All course materials provided
  • $100 for the purchase of additional teaching materials
  • A one-year subscription to Education about Asia
  • Morning snacks and lunches
  • Dormitory housing, meals, and partial travel stipends of up to $300 for a limited number of out-of-town participants

Seminar requirements
The above benefits are available to educators who attend all class sessions and complete all of the assignments. Participating teachers will be asked to do out-of-class preparation, including readings and viewing online resources, and complete a culminating assignment during the seminar week for use in their own classrooms.

The seminar application is open to all grade 2-8 educators who plan to apply the content in their classes. Preference will be given to educators who are currently employed full-time in a public or private school based in the United States. Pre-service educators must be currently enrolled in a teacher education program. Substitutes are not eligible to apply. Applications will be evaluated on potential classroom impact, which you will have a chance to discuss in your application.

This program is offered free of charge thanks to a grant from the Freeman Foundation. However, there is a $150 registration fee for all participants, due upon acceptance, and an additional $100 housing fee for out-of-town dorm guests. Participants who successfully complete the seminar will receive a $100 stipend for the purchase of teaching materials related to East Asia. Registration and housing fees are non-refundable.

Dormitory housing and travel stipends for out-of-town participants
UW dormitory housing and meals will be provided for a limited number of out-of-town participants. The fee for dorm guests is $100 (in addition to the $150 registration fee), due upon acceptance. Dormitory housing is limited to enrolled applicants only; no friends or family may stay in the dorm room with participants.

Participants accepted to stay in the dorm will receive a travel stipend of up to $300.

Credit options
40 Washington State OSPI clock hours (free) OR two 400-level UW credits for a fee of approximately $230

Applicants received an application decision by March 26th. Accepted applicants will be asked to confirm their attendance by April 16th and pay the registration fee by May 7th. After March 11th, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Mary Roberts' general booklist for Meet the Masters Summer Institute (PDF)

East Asia Resource Center

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle WA, 98195-3650