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Fall 2008 Seminar - LAUSD at UTLA (Los Angeles)

July 31, 2008

"East Asia and New Media in My Classroom"

September 9 - December 13, 2008

The USC U.S.-China Institute is offering a 36-hour East Asia-focused professional development seminar for K-12 teachers and other educators in the LAUSD, surrounding school districts, and private/parochial schools.

Priority in enrollment will be given to World History and Language Arts teachers, but all interested K-12 teachers and education professionals are encouraged to apply.  Enrollment in the seminar will be limited to 20 participants. Sessions will meet on six alternating Tuesday evenings from 5 to 8 pm, with three Saturday sessions from 9 am to 3:30 pm. 

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.  Among the topics covered will be:

Geography/Early East Asia
East Asia Since 1900
Cosmopolitan East Asia
East Asian Poetry
Women in East Asian History
Late Imperial China
Chinese Philosophy
Classical and Warrior Japan    
The Meiji Restoration
Japanese Literature
Korea's Historical Development
Web Research/Web Collaboration

Teachers who successfully complete the seminar and its follow-up requirements are eligible to 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 in East Asia-related library resources for participant (for school library use)
⇒  Two LAUSD salary points OR six USC Rossier School of Education continuing education units (CEU)LAUSD salary points are issued without charge. There is a $180 fee for the USC continuing education units.
⇒  All graduates become eligible to apply for a subsidized NCTA trip to East Asia (tentatively set for summer 2010)

♦  Fall 2008 Seminar Schedule

Date    Time
Tuesday, September 9
5 - 8 pm
Saturday, September 20
9 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday, September 30 5 - 8 pm
Saturday, October 11
9 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday, October 14 5 - 8 pm
Tuesday, October 28
5 - 8 pm
Tuesday, November 4
5 - 8 pm
Tuesday, November 25
5 - 8 pm
Saturday, December 13
9 am - 3:30 pm
Follow-up session:
January 13, 2009

5 - 8 pm

♦   Fall 2008 Seminar Location

 UTLA Building
3303 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(Free parking in adjoining structure)


Please complete the seminar application form (available below in three formats) and return, along with:

1.  A short résumé (curriculum vita) of 1-2 pages that provides contact information and lists your educational background and teaching experience.
2.  A letter from your school principal confirming your teaching assignment.
3.  A check for $50, 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 halfway through the course.

Download the Fall 2008 LAUSD/UTLA "East Asia and New Media in My Classroom" seminar application:

Send completed applications, along with supporting materials, to:

K-12 East Asia Seminar
USC U.S.-China Institute

3535 S. Figueroa St., FIG 202

Los Angeles, CA 90089-1262

Fax: (213) 821-2382




Please e-mail or fax us your application by Friday, September 5, 2008 to ensure a place in the seminar.  Resume, principal letter and check can be brought to the first session.


Call (213) 740-1307 or email