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2024 Global Children's Literature Teacher Fellowship Program: Call for Applications

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Application Form
: December 4, 2023

The Michigan State University College of Education, in partnership with the African Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, and the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, is excited to announce this opportunity for K-12 teachers. This fellowship brings together classroom teachers with a team of MSU faculty and graduate students to connect local and global ideas through children's literature.

Program Dates:

  • Feb 3, 2024: 9am-4pm ET in person (MSU campus)
  • Feb 17, 2024: 9:30am-12:30pm ET, Zoom
  • Mar 2, 2024: 9:30am-12:30pm ET, Zoom
  • Mar 16, 2024: 9:30am-12:30pm ET, Zoom
  • April 6, 2024: 9am-4pm ET, in person (MSU campus)

Benefits for Teacher Participants: All participants who complete the requirements of the program will receive a $500 stipend, funding to purchase some children's books, option for 21 SCECH hours, and participant-developed teaching materials (e.g. lesson plans, reading list) for your classroom.

Eligibility: To be considered for this fellowship, applicants must be a K-12 educator. Teachers of all subject areas are encouraged to apply. We are seeking a diverse group of educators. Before applying, we ask that you review the dates and times of the fellowship and check your schedule. Please direct any questions to Dr. Jiahang Li at jiahang(at)

For registration, please complete the registration form by clicking on the following link:

Asian Language Teacher Workshops

We offer annual workshops for four Asian language (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean) to local and national K-16 educators. 

Collaborations with College of Education

Global Education Cohort Program

We work with the Global Education Cohort Program (GECP) to incorporate more Asia content into the course curricula and provide more learning experiences for GECP students to learn about Asia. 

Global Children’s Literature Teacher Fellowship

We collaborate with MSU College of Education, the African Studies Center, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) to offer a Global Children’s Literature Teacher Fellowship program. This program will provide content and pedagogical knowledge training to K-12 teachers about how to select and use global children’s literature in their classrooms. Lesson plans and resources will be shared.

Community-based Heritage Language School

We work with the College of Education faculty in providing Asian languages to heritage language speakers in the local community.

Online Chinese Program

We collaborate College of Education and Michigan Virtual to offer a total of nine levels of credit-bearing online Chinese courses to secondary-level students in the U.S. Details about the course offerings can be found here.  

Collaborations with National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA)

We collaborate with NCTA at the University of Pittsburgh on K-12 teacher workshops focusing on teaching about Asia.

Resources will be shared.

Global DEI through Art Project

We collaborate with MSU Broad Art Museum and offer a teacher fellowship program that brings together classroom teachers with a team of MSU faculty and museum educators to connect local and global ideas through art.

Projects and resources will be shared.

Global Graphic Novel Project

We collaborate with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Michigan and will offer a series of programs and workshops for K-12 teachers focusing on teaching about Asia using graphic novels. 

2023 MSU NCTA Workshop Series on Contemporary East Asian Art: Living in Place

Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University (MSU), we will offer two workshops for K-12 educators with a focus on contemporary East Asian art.


Contemporary East Asian Art: Living in Place.

Join the NCTA at Michigan State University for a program that will bring educators together in close conversation around artworks by Chinese artist Guanyu Xu and Korean artist Won Kim. Designed to encourage dialogue around global issues, this program will continue to expand on ways of knowing about and understanding art. Participants can attend one or both of the workshops, but registration is required. Michigan teacher can receive SCECH professional development for the program. Attendees of the August 9 program will receive complimentary materials and books. Guanyu Xu will join the Zoom session on August 16.

Dates and Times:

Session 1: August 9th, 2023, 10 am-1 pm EST
In-person sessions at MSU Broad Art Museum (547 E Circle Dr, East Lansing, MI 48824).
We can only accept a maximum of 16 participants for the in-person workshop.

Session 2: August 16th, 2023, 10 am-12 pm EST
Remote sessions through Zoom. Guanyu Xu will join the Zoom session.


Megjan Zanskas
Broad Art Museum Educator

Dr. Jiahang Li

Dr. Jiahang Li is an Assistant Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University. He oversees an online Chinese program designed for secondary level students in the U.S. With a Ph.D. in Reading education from University of Maryland College Park, his research interests include educational technology, social media, online language teaching and learning, and world language teacher education. He has published many book chapters and journal articles and serves as editorial board members and reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals, including Computers & EducationEducational Researcher, and Foreign Language Annals.


Guanyu Xu
Beijing, China

Guanyu Xu’s work provides a unique opportunity for educators to consider many ways an environment can be reimagined to create freedom from oppression. As educators often work within prescribed environments, we will explore ways to disrupt classroom environmental norms to be more inclusive and celebratory of students’ lived experiences.

He received international recognition through his 2018 series Temporarily Censored Home, in which he photographed temporary photography installations inside his parents’ home in Beijing. Working from his perspective as a Chinese gay man from a conservative family, his work explores relationships between personal freedom and politics through the power of photography and installation. His more recent work includes an ongoing series Resident Aliens, which will be featured at the MSU Broad Art Museum from June 10-Dec 17, 2023.

Won Kim
South Korea (photos taken in Japan)



For registration, please complete the registration form by clicking on the following link:

After submitting your registration form, you will see the confirmation message with detailed information for the Zoom meeting link and passcode. We appreciate it if you could share this workshop with people who might be interested. Thank you so much in advance!

We offer State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) for Michigan K-12 teachers who attend the workshops (2 SCECHs for each workshop).

2023 MSU NCTA Teaching East Asia Foundational Seminar: Art & Literature

In this free, in-person, and content-rich seminar for K-12 educators, you will learn about, engage with, and experience aspects of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art, literature, and history. Those who teach Art (studio and history), World Literature or Culture, AP Art or Literature, and/or English may find this year’s themes especially appealing but we also encourage teachers of History, Social Studies, Languages, Librarians, and more to apply. Applicants must be a K-12 educator from the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The seminar will provide East Asia-specific content and historical background as well as hands-on art projects, analysis of literary works, classroom applications, and recommended resources.


All participants who complete the requirements of the program will receive a $300 stipend, $250 worth of free teaching resources, option for 30 SCECH hours (pending approval), and qualify as an alum for future NCTA short courses and study tours. We have limited funding to support lodging for participants who live more than 30 miles away from MSU East Lansing campus.

Kick-off Event: June 13 (Tuesday) 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. EST
Full Week Seminar: August 7 (Mon) to August 11 (Fri) 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST (lunch included on most days)
Six-Hour Follow-up Session in the Fall

For any questions, please contact the seminar leader, Dr. Ethan Segal (segale(at) or Dr. Jiahang Li (jiahang(at)


2023 Workshop for Teachers of Chinese

The 2023 Annual Workshop for Teachers of Chinese hosted by the College of Education at Michigan State University will be offered on August 5th and 12th, 2023, 1-4pm EST. The workshop will be delivered via Zoom. This workshop is free to attend, but registration is required.

Workshop 1: August 5th, 2023. 1-4pm EST. Zoom session


Chengzhi Chu
Topic: Fundamental Considerations on the “E-Writing” Transformation in Chinese L2 Education

Chengzhi Chu teaches Chinese language and linguistics at the University of California, Davis, and serves on its Graduate Faculty of Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. He is also a Guest Professor or Honorable Professor at six universities and a former President of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA. His many publications span areas of Chinese linguistics, cognitive semantics, corpus linguistics, Chinese L2 pedagogy, technology in Chinese teaching, and intercultural communication.

Phyllis Zhang
Topic: Sound-Driven Typing: Empowering Sustainable Hanzi Learning and Proficiency Development

Phyllis Zhang (张霓) teaches Chinese at George Washington University (GWU), Washington, DC. Her expertise lies in applied linguistics, with a focus on technology-enhanced language learning, instructional design, and textbook development.  Her research interests include pedagogical grammar as well as L2 Chinese proficiency development and assessment.

Ninghui Liang
Topic: Unlocking the Power of E-Writing: Enhancing Chinese Language Instruction at the Intermediate Level

Ninghui Liang is a Senior Lector II in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University, where she has been teaching Chinese since 2002. From 2016 to 2020, she served as the coordinator of the Chinese Language Program. Currently, she serves as a board director of the Chinese Language Teachers Association in the US and is a certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Tester. Her research interests include the integration of technology into language curriculum, language pedagogy, intercultural competence, and task-based language learning.

Workshop 2: August 12th, 2023. 1-4pm EST. Zoom session


Qian Wang & Hsiang-ning Wang
Topic: Implementing e-writing based Chinese pedagogy and its impact: an introduction to the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s experience 

Qian Wang (王蒨) is an Associate Professor of Teaching and the Director of Chinese Language Program in the Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Qian’s research interests include language program curriculum development and renewal and project-based language learning. Her most recent projects include aligning Learning Outcomes with assessments in language courses and language program Indigenization. 

Hsiang-ning Wang (王祥寧) is an Associate Professor of Teaching and the Coordinator of Chinese Language Program in the Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Hsiang-ning’s research interests include Chinese language curriculum and pedagogy innovation, teaching and learning of heritage speakers and teacher training, as well as community-based and service learning.  

Matt Coss
Topic: Writing Assessment in the E-Writing Approach: Research and Practice

Matt Coss is a PhD student in Second Language Studies at Michigan State University. He has taught Spanish and Mandarin to students from age 3 to age 80 from Novice to Superior proficiency levels in elementary school, secondary school, and university contexts for 12 years. Matt holds a Masters degree in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Maryland and a BA in Hispanic Linguistics and Chinese. Matt’s research focuses on the connections between research and practice, with particular focus on task-based language teaching and assessment, language program design and evaluation, and educational psychology.

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