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K-12 Resources

May 19, 2022

USCI's Teaching about Asia discussion forum

The public portions of the forum offer a wealth of teacher-supplied resources and evaluations of resources. You can also learn about workshops, grants and other opportunities to learn more about Asia and how to bring it to your students. Everyone is welcome to read the thousands of film, website and museum reviews contributed by teachers and to browse other resources. Educators are welcome to join the conversation. Send your name, email address as well as information about what and where you teach to to gain access.

USCI's Teaching about Asia Facebook Group

This private group is open to educators only. Please answer the required questions to join. You can follow the institute at its public Facebook or Instagram pages.

Education about Asia

Published three times a year by the Association for Asian Studies, EAA is an essential resource with feature articles, curriculum guides and reviews of books and other resources. The print edition is available for $20-30/year. As a service to teachers everywhere, the Association has made the more than 1,500 articles from the magazine's vast archive available for free download. Search for resources by keyword, culture or theme. You can also sign up for the magazine's email newsletter and follow it on Facebook.

National Consortium for Teaching about Asia

USCI is proud to be part of NCTA. The consortium is funded by the Freeman Foundation. At NCTA's website you can learn about course offerings and tap into resources such as the Freeman Book Awards for Children’s and Young Adult Literature on East and Southeast Asia.

Asia for Educators 

This is an initiative of our NCTA partners at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Resources include a huge pool of lesson plans, primary source materials and microsites focusing on particular topics (e.g., the Song dynasty and Mongols in world history) AFE also has a Facebook page.

East Asian Gateway for Linking Educators

A project of our NCTA partners at the University of Pittsburgh. The site boasts a large collection of lesson plans and more. You can register to join the community. 

Program for Teaching East Asia

Our NCTA partners at the University of Colorado support this site, which includes resources including lesson plans and guides to topics such as "Imaging Japaanese History."

Five College Center for East Asian Studies

This NCTA partner's website offers a collection of recorded webinars as well as a collection of curriculum materials such as the "Walking the Tokaido" unit.

East Asia Resource Center

Our NCTA partners at the University of Washington maintain the resources at this site. Among its offerings is a vetted collection of recommended online resources.

Stanford Program on International and Cross-cultural Education

SPICE is a NCTA partner and produces many of the most widely-used curriculum guides on East Asia. Some of the materials, including videos, are available online without charge.

Indiana University Teacher Resources

Our NCTA partner has long specialized in programs on East Asian literature and has many teacher-created lesson plans exploring a variety of genre, periods and concepts.

MIT Visualizing Cultures

Visualizing Cultures image-driven scholarship and learning resources. All included images are available for classroom use. Topical units focus on Japan in the modern world and early-modern China.

Share My Lesson 

With this wealth of prek-12 digital resources, you and your students can explore the remarkable contributions that AAPI Americans have given to history, culture, the sciences, industry, government and more.

Journey in Films

This site transforms entertainment media into educational media by designing and publishing cost-free, educational resources for teachers to accompany carefully chosen feature films and documentaries while meeting mandated standards in all core subjects. 

FOCUS on Geography

This is a peer-reviewed, interactive digital publication that includes articles, photo essays, and geo-quizzes that are applicable in the classroom. 

Teaching About Asia (2007-2016) 

USCI newsletter for educators. 

Past Seminars (2007-2012)

A list of seminars the U.S.-China Institute has hosted over the years with the support of the Freeman Foundation.