Program Details:

Center for Asian Studies K-12 Outreach

The Center for Asian Studies (CAS) on the Boulder campus of the University of Colorado brings together faculty, students, and community members to encourage and support Asian scholarship across disciplinary and college boundaries.

Through its three principal K-12 outreach programs, CAS annually offers opportunities for teachers ranging from Saturday workshops to credit-bearing professional development courses to summer study tours. An annual program of elementary and secondary classroom visits complements CAS offerings to professional K-12 educators.

CAS K-12 outreach programs work in collaboration with faculty from departments across the university, drawing on a broad range of disciplines, including Asian Languages and Civilizations, Fine Arts, Religious Studies, History, Film Studies, Theater and Dance, Anthropology, Political Science, Economics, Geography, Sociology, Music, Journalism, and Education.

The Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) at the Center for Asian Studies conducts national, regional, and state projects designed to enhance and expand teaching and learning about East Asia at the elementary and secondary school levels. Specific projects focus on curriculum development, professional development for teachers, and curriculum consultation and reform related to Asia in K-12 education. Current outreach projects include:

-The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), which offers online and classroom-based 30-hour professional development courses for secondary teachers in a 10-state region;
-The Japan and China Projects, which sponsor a series of one-day workshops for Colorado teachers, annual summer institutes and study tours to East Asia, and a monthly electronic newsletter; and
-Middle Kingdom in the Middle School, which conducts a professional development program for secondary Chinese language teachers.

TEA also provides teachers in Colorado and other Western states access to teaching resources through a 10,000-volume teacher resource center. TEA publishes curriculum on East Asia for K-12 teachers, which is available free online at our website.

Details for all TEA programs can be found at the TEA website (

South, Southeast and West Asia Outreach Program (SSEWA)

The SSEWA program provides a platform for CU faculty, K-12 educators, and community members to interact and share knowledge about the South, Southeast and West Asian regions. SSEWA organizes professional development workshops for Colorado teachers and conducted a summer study tour for teachers to India in 2009. It provides participating educators with tools and resources to teach effectively about these regions in their classrooms. A teaching resource library is open to educators and local community members. In addition to K-12 outreach, SSEWA also seeks to promote knowledge of South, Southeast and West Asia in our local communities in the Front Range, including local businesses, government personnel, and the general public.

Details for all SSEWA programs can be found at the SSEWA website (

Elementary and Secondary Classroom Outreach Program

Through this program, CAS connects CU students studying Asia with Denver-Boulder metro area K-12 classrooms.

-Elementary Service Learning Project: Each year, CU-Boulder undergraduates enroll in this service learning course designed to provide them with opportunities to share their knowledge of Asia with primary-grade students in Boulder Valley Schools. CU students undergo training, develop introductory lessons on aspects of language and culture, and are teamed with Boulder first- and second-grade classrooms as they conduct their units of study on Japan, China, and India. It's Elementary offers school visits in BVSD from February through April.
-CAS Secondary Classroom Outreach: CU-Boulder student interns and graduate assistants are available on a limited basis to visit Denver-Boulder area middle and high school classes to make presentations on special topics in Chinese, Japanese, and Indian history or contemporary culture.

For details, please visit the outreach website (

The Center for Asian Studies K-12 outreach programs serve students in the Colorado Front Range and K-12 teachers in Colorado and nationwide.

CAS K-12 outreach includes both public and closed programming. More information can be found at the CAS website (

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • Science Learning Laboratory
  • Center for Asian Studies

In Colorado

  • Boulder

Outside Colorado

  • Nationwide

Online Resource

  • Yes

Sponsoring Units

Arts & Sciences, College of

  • Asian Studies, Center for

Program Contact

Lynn Parisi
Teaching East Asia Director

Program Categories


  • Art History
  • Film
  • Foreign Languages/Civilizations
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Teacher Renewal & Enhancement
  • World Studies

Program Types:

  • Classroom Instruction
  • Conference/Institute
  • Online Resources
  • Professional Development - Other
  • Professional Development - Teacher
  • Service Learning Course
  • Summer Program - General Public
  • Workshop


  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - High School
  • Students - Homeschooled
  • Students - Middle School
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - High School
  • Teachers - Middle School

We do our best to accurately represent CU Boulder’s outreach programs and services, but they are subject to change and may no longer be active in a community. Please contact the program directly for current information.