Online Professional Development on East Asia

15 Weeks Covering the Silk Road Online    

Take Our Silk Road Course This Spring!   

This spring AFE is again pleased to offer our popular Silk Road course! The 36 credit hours earned in the course will allow qualifying educators to apply for a summer study tour in 2014 or teachers in New York City may register through the NYC After School Professional Development Program for 36 hours of credit from ASPDP. 
Feb 6-May 30   

The Silk Road: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching about East Asia

The "Silk Road" refers to a series of routes that crisscrossed Eurasia from the first millennium BCE through the middle of the second millennium CE. Music, art, technology, belief systems, and stories were carried along this ancient trade route. This course will knit literature, geography, economics, history, art, and music into an interdisciplinary exploration of Asia's diversity and interdependence.


15  Weeks & Postings: Weekly asynchronous sessions with three postings due per week - one each on content, pedagogy, and response to others' postings.   


Faculty: Karen Kane, Columbia University and experts on nomadic cultures, art, and music.


Credit: 36 professional development hours and qualification to apply for a study tour in summer 2014.

Deadline for Registration and Enrollment: February 20th for both AFE or the ASPDP (optional for NYC teachers).


Details, Texts, and Registration Here! * 



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Why is this program free?
The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) is generously funded by the Freeman Foundation as a multi-year initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about East Asia in elementary and secondary schools nationwide.


NCTA is a premier provider of professional development on East Asia. Asia for Educators (AFE) receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education and from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership for simulcast programs on Japan and East Asia.

This program has been specifically created for educators with literature and art experience.
We will be hosting other free simulcasts tailored to different fields.

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Professional Development Hours & Study Tour Eligibility


Feb 6-May 30 | 15 Weeks 

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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching about East Asia
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*Please note: You will be required to first create a Moodle account and verify the account by email. Then you will have access to all of the simulcast materials and information.

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