World Region Resources

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) is a collaboration between seven East Asian Studies program, including Asia for Educators, to support primary and secondary teachers through workshops, seminars, book groups and other programs. See NCTA's resources page and the Freeman Book Awards in addition to the listings below.


Asia Society: Education and Learning |

ASIANetwork |
A consortium of more than 150 North American colleges working to strengthen the role of Asian Studies within the framework of liberal arts education.

The East West Center |
Featuring training, analysis, and news, the East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue.

Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburg |
In addition to other services for educators, the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center is developing the "East Asian Gateway for Linking Educators (EAGLE)". EAGLE is an online resource of materials for teaching about Asia, and a portal where teachers can share teaching materials and their own ratings and reviews of materials. The site is open to all for viewing and downloading of materials or photos. You will find a database of teaching materials, along with ratings and reviews of those materials, accompanying culture notes, and sample lessons for your use. There is a gallery of photos taken by fellow educators for your use. You can also scroll through study tour blogs, where there are first hand accounts by teachers about their trips to East Asia. Teachers are free to make use of all these resources.

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) |
The AAS is the largest society of its kind in the world — a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia. The AAS Web site offers information on the organization's publications, conferences, and meetings, as well as listings of study programs, grants and fellowships, and other Asian Studies links and resources. See in particular the link to the on-line archive of their journal for educators, Education about Asia, which is highly recommended. Subscribe or have your school library subscribe to keep abreast of current issues. See the excellent resource list associated with AAS and EAA Resources and Opportunities for Educators.

East Asian Studies Center (EASC), Indiana University |
Programs for teachers, including their annual summer residential workshop on Teaching East Asian Literature in High School.

EngageAsia |
Founded by leaders in international education and experts in U.S.-Asia relations on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, EngageAsia's aim is to utilize education to facilitate understanding between and among American and Asian teachers and students with a mission of fostering peace through education.

Expanding East Asian Studies (ExEAS) |
Columbia University's Expanding East Asian Studies (ExEAS) website features innovative and easy-to-use materials for teaching about East Asia at the undergraduate level.

Five College Center for East Asian Studies |

Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER), Yale University |
Programs and school support on all world areas, but see in particular their section on East Asia.

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad |
The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad for educators offers funded summer programs.

Franklin R. Buchanan Prize |
The Franklin R. Buchanan Prize is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding pedagogical or curriculum publication on Asia designed for any educational level, elementary through university. Any format is acceptable, including print and digital formats. Submissions that address underrepresented regions of Asia, as defined by the Association for Asian Studies, are encouraged. The prize includes a $1,000 monetary award and a one-year membership to AAS.


China Institute |
A nonprofit, non-partisan educational and cultural institution that promotes the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of traditional and contemporary Chinese civilization, culture and heritage, and provides the cultural and historical context for understanding contemporary China. Go to Programs for Educators for curriculum materials, information on courses and study tours, and visits to the China Institute Gallery in New York City.

National Committee on United States-China Relations |
The National Committee on United States-China Relations promotes understanding and cooperation between the United States and Greater China in the belief that sound and productive Sino-American relations serve vital American and world interests. The National Committee carries out its mission of creating opportunities for informed discussion and reasoned debate about issues of common interest and concern to the U.S., the P.R.C., Hong Kong S.A.R. and Taiwan via conferences and fora, professional exchanges and collaborative projects, public education programs, internships, and publications.

Taiwan Foreign English Teacher Program |
Taiwan Foreign English Teacher Program (TFETP) was launched by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to recruit foreign English teachers and teaching assistants to create more opportunities for Taiwanese students to learn English in schools nationwide. Application procedures and benefits are available on the site.


JAPAN: Places, Images, Times: An Online Curriculum Project (U of Pittsburgh) |
Produced by the Japan Studies faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the Asian Studies Center, this site offer excellent modular articles, images and more, divided by subject area—history, culture, society, language—exploring how Japan has influenced and been influenced by Asia and the world.

Keizai Koho Center Study Tour to Japan |
Since 1980, more than 700 social studies teachers have taken part in the KKC Study Tour to Japan. The program aims to deepen participants' understanding of Japan and contribute to international mutual understanding across the Pacific. Their experiences and findings in Japan have significant value to their students, who will build future ties with Japan. This Study Tour to Japan for North American Middle and High School Teachers in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS).

Keizai Koho Center Study Tour to Japan |
Connect with fellow students and future leaders from the United States and Japan this summer with the Japan Society Junior Fellows Leadership Program (Summer Program: for High School Students in U.S). Ten selected US high school students live with a host family and attend a high school in the Tokyo metropolitan area for approximately three weeks.

New Perspectives: Japan (Laurasian Institute) |
A three-phase program centered around a 16-day study tour to Japan. Students and teachers participate in the program as a group, sharing insights and reflections to enhance the overall experience. The program begins the second semester of the academic year - several months prior to actual departure for Japan - with classroom lessons on a theme related to Japanese language and culture upon which the particular group chooses to focus.

The Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) |
JOI sends Japanese nationals to communities, including school systems, to provide outreach programs on Japan. Co-sponsored by the Laurasian Institute and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.


African Studies Center, Boston University |
The African Studies Center at Boston University, established in 1953, was one of the first graduate programs in the United States to offer a multidisciplinary African Studies curriculum.

Center for African Studies, University of Illinois |
Established in 1970, the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois is one of the leading African studies programs in the United States. See their page forK-12 & Post-Secondary Educators

Exploring Africa, Michigan State University |
Includes a five-unit curriculum of study, as well as classroom activities, country overviews, and current events reports.

Center for African Studies Howard University |
The Outreach Program, is an integral part of the Title VI Center for African Studies at Howard University that focuses on reading, teaching and learning about Africa. The target audience includes K-12 schools, community and four year colleges, civic and faith-based organizations as well as the media and general public. Lesson plans and classroom modules offered.

H-AfrTeach, Michigan State University |
Part of MSU's H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences Online) network of listservs. H-AfrTeach's mission is to provide a stimulating forum for considering the possibilities and problems involved with teaching about Africa. H-AfrTeach is intended for a wide audience, encompassing educators, students and others with an interest in teaching about Africa at all educational levels.

Latin America

Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida |
The University of Florida (UF) Center for Latin American Studies has offered Latin American is recognized as one of the top-ranked centers in the world for Latin American studies. The Center offers collections of lesson plans and primary source materials for the secondary level.

Tulane University – Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies |
The Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane offers online courses, summer workshops, and arranges webinars on award-winning books for K-12 teachers.

Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) |
A great resource for K-12 resources on Latin America.

H-LatAm |
An international forum within “Humanities and Social Sciences Online initiative offers online syllabi, contributed by members of the forum.

Middle East

Middle East Outreach Council |
A collaboration of Middle East Studies Centers, this group offers lists of excellent K-12 books on the Middle East as well as lesson ideas.


The History Channel, A&E |
See especially the Classroom section, which includes study guides, teaching ideas, online exhibitions, and more.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project |
Collections of public-domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented without advertising for educational use. See especially, the Internet East Asian History Sourcebook.

Library of Congress |
Featuring a Learning Page for K-12 educators.

National Center for History in the Schools, University of California at Los Angeles |
Since 1988 the National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS) has nurtured ties between the historical profession and classroom teachers. Through publications, professional development, and community engagement, NCHS links UCLA to teachers and students across the United States. See especially World History for Us All.

National Council for the Social Studies |
See especially the Classroom Resources section.

National Geographic |
See especially the Education section and search by topic.

Primary Source |
Primary Source is a nonprofit professional development organization for K-12 teachers. See especially the Online Curriculum section.

Smithsonian Learning Lab |
Subject-relevant resources for educators, curriculum developers, learners and more.

Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) |
Based at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, SPICE has produced more than 100 supplementary curriculum units on Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the global environment, and international political economy. Find free lesson plans on the SPICE Web site, as well as a searchable online catalog.