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Welcome to the MSUxNCTA Outreach Hub! We are dedicated to fostering connections and collaborations between Mississippi State University (MSU) and the National Center for Technology Advancement (NCTA). Explore our website to learn more about our outreach initiatives, engage with our vibrant community, and stay updated on the latest developments in tech advancement and education. Join us in shaping the future of technology together!

Upcoming Programs

2024 MSU NCTA Teaching Modern East Asia Summer Foundational Seminar

The Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia at the University of Pittsburgh are thrilled to offer the 2024 Teaching Modern East Asia Summer Seminar. This no-cost professional development opportunity is perfect for K-12 educators eager to infuse their curricula with the modern histories and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea. Participants will benefit from a $300 stipend, $230 in educational resources, SCECH hours (specific to Michigan teachers), and future NCTA opportunities. This enriching program is designed for educators in various subjects who are based in select states. For more details, interested applicants are encouraged to check their availability against the seminar dates and contact Dr. Ethan Segal or Dr. Jiahang Li with any questions.

Childhood in Asia: Multiple perspectives through children’s literature

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Explore childhood across Asia in this workshop, examining three captivating children's books. Delve into cultural beliefs, historical events, and character dynamics through thoughtful analysis. Discover age-appropriate nonfiction resources for classroom integration. Suitable for educators of all grades, with a focus on K-6 teachers. Featured selections: "Morning Sun in Wuhan" (China, ages 8-12), "The Library Bus" (Afghanistan, ages 5-8), and "Inside Out and Back Again" (Vietnam and USA, ages 9-12)

Past Programs

2023 MSU NCTA Workshop Series Contemporary East Asian Art

Michigan State University's NCTA program previously brought educators together for engaging discussions centered around the artworks of Chinese artist Guanyu Xu and Korean artist Won Kim. The aim was to encourage dialogue on global issues and enhance understanding of art.

The program offered two workshops, allowing participants to attend one or both sessions with prior registration required. Michigan teachers had the opportunity to earn SCECHs for their participation.

Attendees of the August 9 session received complimentary materials and books, while the Zoom session on August 16 featured a special appearance by Guanyu Xu.

2023 MSU NCTA Teaching East Asia Foundational Seminar

This seminar, held from August 7 to August 11, 2023, was an enriching experience for K-12 educators from specific states, focusing on the arts, literature, and history of East Asia, particularly China, Japan, and Korea. It offered an in-depth exploration through hands-on art projects, literary analysis, and historical insights, alongside practical classroom applications and valuable resources. Educators who completed the program were rewarded with a $300 stipend, $250 in teaching materials, the option for 30 SCECH hours (subject to approval), and eligibility for future NCTA courses and study tours, enriching their teaching arsenal and fostering a deeper understanding of East Asian cultures.