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

An NCTA Seminar for Teachers of Grades 2-8


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 examined three different genres with frameworks to support students’ critical thinking and inquiry. These books included, but were not limited to, Where’s Halmoni?, Are You an Echo? and The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball. For educators of grades 2 to 8. 

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


July 23-27, 2018
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. (Friday)
University of Washington, Seattle


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


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

  • 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