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East Asia and New Media in My Classroom

January 1, 2007
Palos Verdes Peninsula USD Seminar

(Dec 4, 2006 - April 9, 2007)
The USC U.S. – China Institute is offering a 36 hour seminar for Palos Verdes Peninsula USD teachers this spring. Priority in enrollment will be given to world history and language arts teachers. 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:
• $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 PVPUSD-sponsored trip to East Asia (March 31, 2007- April 14, 2007)

Interested teachers who have satisfied all seminar requirements can receive six continuing education units from the USC Rossier School of Education. There is a fee for these 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

2006-2007 Schedule

Palos Verdes

Date Time
Monday, December 4th 3:30-6:30pm
Monday, December 11th 3:30-6:30pm
Monday, January 8th 3:30-6:30pm
Saturday, January 20th 9am-3:30pm
Saturday, February 3rd 9am-3:30pm
Monday, February 26th 3:30-6:30pm
Monday, March 5th 3:30-6:30pm
Monday, March 19th 3:30-6:30pm
Monday, March 26th 3:30-6:30pm
Monday, April 30th 3:30-6:30pm

*Assignments (lesson plans, web page) due July 2, 2007
**Follow-up session: September 17, 2007

Palos Verdes High School Library
600 Cloyden Rd.
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

How to Apply

Complete the application 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.

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 Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District and the Freeman Foundation