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NCTAN seminars in 2018-19 in North Carolina :

Thursday, August 9, 2018

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Location:  UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington, and Webinar (Refer below for address and parking information)

Theme: China Now

Location:  UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Wilmington (see the top of this page for more details).
UNC Wilmington site will open if there are more than three teachers registered to attend at UNCW.

9:00 – 9:30     Registration

9:30 - 12:00

9:30 – 10:50 Dr. Yixin Chen
Dr. Chen will discuss China’s recent social changes generated by its rapid economic growth, E-commerce and transportation-centered infrastructure building.  It will also focus on China’s political problems and its issues in the US-China relationship.

11:00 – 12:20 Prof. Wenyang Sun
Prof. Sun will give a brief introduction of Chinese philosophy about teaching and learning, followed by  an overview and a discussion of the current K-12 education system in China.  A specific focus on the challenges and successes in designing curriculum, exploring new educational models, and addressing equity issues will be also discussed.  The North Carolina educators who participated in the World View study tour to China this summer will present their experiences and leanings in the afternoon.  In addition, the resource on teaching about East Asia will be provided to the teachers.

Born in China, Wenyang Sun is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include bilingual education, comparative education, Asian studies, and critical multicultural education.

12:30 – 1:30      Lunch   (provided by the program)     

1:30 – 3:00    Reports on World View Study Tour to China by North Carolina Teachers. 

What they learned and how to teach about China.


3:00 – 3:30     1:30 – 3:30  Resources on teaching about East Asia by Shuyi Lin (Outreach Coordinator at UNC-Chapel Hill) and Yoko Kano (NCTAN Director)


 Saturday, September 29, 2018

Registration at

Theme: How to prepare students for a study tour to Japan

9:00 – 9:30     Registration

9:30 – 12:00  Prof. Yuki Aratake and Prof. Yoko Kano

The session will discuss how to prepare students for your school trip to Japan.  A travel agent in North Carolina will also join us to answer your questions on travel arrangements.

Prof. Aratake is a Teaching Professor of Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  Since 2006, she has been the residential director of the Summer Tokyo Program.  This is a summer program where students stay in Japan with Japanese host families during June-July and study Japanese and Japanese culture. 

Prof. Kano has taken more than 250 teachers and high school and college students to do study abroad in Japan.  She is now teaching all levels of Japanese languages and culture courses at UNC-Wilmington.

 * Teachers who successfully complete the 30 hours by taking NCTA/NCTAN approved seminars and courses by Dec. 31st will be eligible to apply for an East Asia study tour 2018 offered by NCTA. More details and eligibility at 


Location and Parking

UNC-Chapel Hill:  

FedEx Global Education Center
301 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill NC 27599

Parking:   The participants can pick up the parking vouchers from the site managers below when they need to leave and redeem the vouchers with the parking attendants at the lot.

  • Morehead Planetarium Visitor Parking Lot: 250 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Raleigh Road Visitor Parking Lot, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Rams Head Parking Deck: 330 Ridge Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Site Manager: Mary Lagdameo  and Shuyi Lin   

Education Building 266  (EB on the map below)
970 Reynolds Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403

Interactive map at  
Parking: Lot U, T or S (around McNeill Hall)   Use Parking Lot tab near the top of the map to find it.  No parking tag necessary.
classroom, EB (Education Building 266, is on the second floor distance education room.   Use Building Directory tab near the top of the map to find it.   

Site Manager:
Yoko Kano,    



The link to the session will be e-mailed from “WebEx” prior to the seminar.     


Eligibility: Seminar is free (funded) for In-service K-12 teachers who teach about East Asia as a part of their curriculum. 

Please contact Yoko Kano (Director, NCTAN) at for questions.

After completion of all the above seminars in North Carolina and on-line assignments (total 30 hours), you will be eligible to apply for the summer study trip to East Asia.  Scroll down to the bottom for more information.  


Links and Resources:

A Whale of A Tale by Megumi Sasaki now available on DVD for schools $350.   Please contact:

Power Point presentation at World View conference (the links below will be available until Aug.1, 2018.  Since it is a large file, I cannot send it to you via e-mail.  Please download before Aug. 1, 2018)
Japanese Food& Food Education  

Japanese Education

More programs on East Asia (national site) at

NCTA Facebook at

Simulcast (live and archived) seminar at 

Resource on East Asia:

Asian Films:   Their news letter and more at


Summer field study trip to East Asia

Due to expanded programs now available through various NCTA sites, please keep track of your own attendance certificates to show that you have completed the required 30 hours.

Eligibility at 

Go to the following site for Application:     or

The past NCTAN attendees:

Past seminar attendants:  Please keep the attendance certificate.  If the total hours exceeds 30 hours, you are eligible for the study trip to East Asia.  You can also combine the hours of seminar you participated in the NCTA organized seminar at


Those who participated in the seminar at NCCAT in March, 2013:Please  watch additional three 2-hour (total 6 hours) on-line archived simulcast or NCTA organized seminar at


Those who participated in the seminar at NCCAT in March, 2012: please watch additional two 2-hour (total 4 hours) on-line achieved simulcast or NCTA organized seminar at


To view achieved simulcast, go to the "nationally offered seminars" at (Asia For Educator (AFE) and look through the list of the/span>Archived Simulcast Presentations and Study Modules.”   You need to register at the AFE site to view the simulcast.  Choose any of the simulcast of your interest from the list. 

Summer 2015 sturdy tour:  Those who are eligible for the NCTA study tour to Asia, application is at 



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