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Spring 2012 "East Asia from Origins to 1800" Seminar at Pasadena

Professional development opportunity open to interested K-12 educators.

December 3, 2014

Thanks to generous Freeman Foundation support, the USC U.S. – China Institute (USCI) and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) are offering a NO-COST professional development opportunity open to all interested K-12 educators.

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. Sessions will meet at Pasadena Unifed School District's Education Center (see address below) on seven Monday evenings from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and two Saturday sessions. Free parking and refreshments are provided.

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

  • $200 in East Asian reference and teaching materials
  • $500 stipend OR Two (2) PUSD/LAUSD multicultural salary points OR six (6) USC Rossier School of Education Continuing Units (CEUs), fee applicable

Among the topics covered in the seminar:


  • 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

To Apply, please Download the USCI/NCTA Spring 2012 "East Asia from Origins to 1800" Seminar at Pasadena application form.

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

  • A short 1-2 page resume (curriculum vita) listing your educational and work experience
  • A letter from your school principal confirming your teaching assignment
  • 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

*Still Accepting Applications for Session #2 (April 16, 2012)
Please join us in Pasadena on April 16 at 4:00 PM if you are interested!

For additional information, please contact 213-821-4382 or <>.



Pasadena USD's Education Center
Lower Level Conference Room (LLC)
351 S. Hudson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
***A map of the location can be found here.

Parking Information:

The LLC is located on the basement level, at the south end of the building.  Best parking is in the southwest lot, with entrances on Oak Knoll.

Seminar Schedule (Tentative):

Session #1: Monday, April 9, 2012 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Session #2: Monday, April 16, 2012 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Session #3/4: Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 8:30am to 12:30pm
(this session will be held at USC)

Session #5: Monday, April 23, 2012 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Session #6: Monday, April 30, 2012 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Session #7: Monday, May 7, 2012 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Session #8: Monday, May 14, 2012 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Session #9/10: Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 8:30am to 4:00pm

Session #11: Monday, May 21, 2012 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm