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East Asia and New Media in My Classroom

January 1, 2007
Los Angeles Unified School District Seminars

UTLA Building (Feb. 6 - June 5, 2007)
San Fernando Valley (Jan. 30 - June 9, 2007)

The USC U.S. – China Institute is offering two 36 hour seminars for Los Angeles USD teachers this spring. Priority in enrollment will be given to world history and language arts teachers, though others may apply. One seminar will be held at the UTLA building at 3303 Wilshire, and the other seminar will be in the San Fernando Valley. Enrollment is limited to 25 teachers per seminar.

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

Participating teachers will also learn how to use the internet to conduct research and to present information to their students and how to design lessons and units that require students to use the internet to gather information, to collaborate with others to evaluate and synthesize this data, and to share their conclusions. By the end of the program, participating teachers will have developed lesson websites and East Asia-focused and web-based units to use with their students.

Teachers who successfully complete the seminar and its follow-up requirements receive:
• $500 stipend for each participant for satisfactory seminar participation and completion of requirements
• $200 in East Asian reference and teaching materials for each participant
• $300 school library grant (per participant) for acquisition of East Asia-focused materials
• all graduates become eligible to apply for a subsidized NCTA trip to East Asia (tentatively set for summer 2008)

Teachers meeting all seminar requirements can receive either two LAUSD salary points (multicultural, specific) or six USC Rossier School of Education continuing education units. LAUSD salary points are issued without charge. There is a fee for the USC continuing education units.

Among the topics covered in the seminar:

• Geography/Early East Asia
• Web Research/Web Collaboration
• Chinese Philosophy
• Using Poetry
• Cosmopolitan East Asia
• Web Page Design
• Classical and Warrior Japan
• Japanese Literature
• Late Imperial China
• Web Page Design
• The Meiji Restoration
• Women in East Asian History
• East Asia Since 1900

2007 Schedule


Date Time
Tuesday, February 6th 5-8pm
Saturday, February 24th 9am-3:30pm
Tuesday, March 6th 5-8pm
Saturday, March 24th 9am-3:30pm
Tuesday, April 10th 5-8pm
Tuesday, April 17th 5-8pm
Saturday, May 12th 9am-3:30pm
Tuesday, May 22nd 5-8pm
Tuesday, June 5th 5-8pm

*Assignments (lesson plans, web page) due July 31, 2007
**Follow-up session: September 18, 2007

UTLA Building
3303 Wilshire Boulevard, 9th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010

SF Valley

Date Time
Tuesday, January 30th 5-8pm
Tuesday, February 13th 5-8pm
Tuesday, February 27th 5-8pm
Saturday, March 3rd 9am-3:30pm
Tuesday, March 13th 5-8pm
Saturday, April 14th 9am-3:30pm
Tuesday, April 24th 5-8pm
Tuesday, May 15th 5-8pm
Saturday, June 9th 9am-3:30pm

*Assignments (lesson plans, web page) due July 31, 2007
**Follow-up session: September 11, 2007

Robert A. Millikan Middle School
5041 Sunnyslope Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

How to Apply

The UTLA and San Fernando Valley sessions are full. We are not accepting any more applications.

Complete the application for one location (UTLA or San Fernando Valley) and return it to Kami Holman at the USC U.S. - China Institute ( or fax 213-821-2382).

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

A short résumé (curriculum vita) of 1-2 pages that provides contact information and lists your educational background and teaching experience.

A letter from your school principal confirming your teaching assignment.
A check for $35, made payable to "University of Southern California," to hold your registration slot. If you enroll and are participating in the seminar, your registration deposit will be returned to you after the third seminar meeting.

For more information, please contact Kami Holman at or 213-740-1307.


This seminar is held in cooperation with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and is made possible with generous funding from the Freeman Foundation