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2009 Summer Residential Seminar at USC

Nine-day residential professional development seminar for K-12 educators employed outside of the greater Los Angeles area.

July 27, 2009 12:00am to August 6, 2009 12:00am


"East Asia Since 1800"

USCI/NCTA 2009 Summer Residential Seminar
July 27 to 31 and August 3 to 6, 2009


The USC U.S. – China Institute (USCI) and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) are offering a nine-day residential summer seminar for K-12 educators employed outside of the greater Los Angeles area.

***To be eligible to apply, you must teach at a school located more than 30 miles from USC. Enrollment is limited to 24 participants and priority will be given to high school world history and language arts teachers, though all K-12 educators are invited to apply. 

The deadline for application acceptance is Friday, June 26, or until the seminar is full.  We will begin reviewing applications and admitting participants in early June.

Sessions will meet at the USC Davidson Conference Center from 9 am to 3 pm from Monday, July 27 to Friday, July 31 and Monday, August 3 to Thursday, August 6, 2009. For these meeting days, participants will be provided with housing and parking at the USC Radisson Hotel, as well as breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

One seminar meeting day (TBD) will be devoted to an all-expenses-paid field trip to Asia-specific cultural sites around Los Angeles.

♦  Seminar Content

Focusing on helping teachers address the California history, social studies, and language arts standards, we will offer presentations on the history and culture of East Asia, as well as discuss how case studies can be used to explore a variety of issues.

Sessions include discussions of revealing primary source materials as well as literature and film recommendations.

Among the topics covered will be:

Geography / Premodern China, Japan, and Korea
(philosophy, social structure, key institutions)

19th Century Domestic and External Challenges

War, Revolution, and Nation-Making

Economic Development and Social / Cultural Change

Relations with the United States

21st Century Challenges and Opportunities

Web Research / Web Collaboration


♦  Seminar Benefits

Individuals who successfully complete the seminar and its follow-up requirements receive:

⇒  $200 in East Asian reference and teaching materials

⇒  $200 East Asia-focused resource materials for use in the classroom

⇒  Six USC Rossier School of Education Continuing Education Units (CEUs), processing fee applicable

⇒  Eligibility to apply for a subsidized study tour to East Asia (tentatively set for summer 2010)

♦   Seminar Location

 University of Southern California (USC)
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Campus information


DOWNLOAD the USCI/NCTA 2009 Summer Residential Seminar Application Form in:

In addition to the completed application form
, you will need to submit:

  1. A short 1-2 page resume (curriculum vita) that includes a list of your educational and work experience
  2. A letter from your school principal confirming your teaching assignment
  3. A refundable deposit check for $50, made payable to "University of Southern California," to hold your registration; the check will be returned to you at the conclusion of the seminar

Submit application materials:

USC U.S.-China Institute
Attn: Miranda Ko
3535 S. Figueroa St., FIG 202
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1262

(213) 821-2382



Friday, June 26, 2009, or until seminar is full

We will begin reviewing applications and admitting participants in early June


Contact Miranda Ko at (213) 740-1307 or