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June 13, 2007

Fall Seminar For Secondary School Teachers Focuses On East Asia

Secondary school teachers interested in gaining more knowledge about East Asian world history, geography and literature are invited to participate in a fall seminar through the University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS).

The Seminar on East Asia for Secondary World History, World Geography and World Literature Teachers will take place at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Sept. 8 and 22, Oct. 6 and 20, Nov. 3 and 17, and Dec. 1. Teachers may register for the fall series on a first-come, first-served basis until the seminar is filled. The seminar is sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) State Partner Site at CAPS.

Teachers eligible to participate in the education series teach a world geography, world history or world literature course in middle school, junior high or high school that requires the inclusion of China or Japan. Teachers must plan to continue in education for at least two years after participation.

NCTA alum Randy Brown, a teacher in the Iowa City Community School District, will lead the seminar and provide curricula expertise. Guest scholars from across Iowa will provide knowledge in the areas of Chinese and Japanese history, language and culture.

Brown will facilitate the semester-long class, which is a 35-hour seminar on Chinese and Japanese history and culture. Classic readings and primary sources of Chinese and Japanese history, literature and culture will be used to support presentations and participant discussions.

"This is an incredible opportunity for educators to gain knowledge about this region of the world from expert scholars who can provide new insights for them to share with their students," said Rebecca Kessler, CAPS program assistant and seminar organizer. "In addition, teachers receive instruction in the use of multiple curriculum materials, including online resources."

After successful completion of the fall seminar, participants return for two spring 2008 follow-up meetings. Participants receive $700 in financial and material support incentives and their schools receive $200 in exemplary curriculum materials. Graduate credit as well as licensure renewal credit through the Grant Wood AEA is available.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. To register, contact Rebecca Kessler at 319-335-0159 or

The seminar is conducted in collaboration with the NCTA National Coordinating Site at the Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado, with funding from the Freeman Foundation.

CAPS is affiliated with UI International Programs, which enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

PROGRAM CONTACT: Rebecca Kessler, CAPS, 319-335-0159,

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelli Andresen, 319-335-2026,