Program Details:

Teaching East Asia

The Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) offers a wide range of educational and professional development programming for K-12 schools, educators, and students, both statewide and nationally. TEA's work is supported by private foundation and federal funding. TEA has been affiliated with CU-Boulder's Center for Asian Studies since 2001.

TEA's mission is to enhance and expand teaching and learning about East Asia in U.S. K-12 education. To that end, TEA conducts professional development courses for K-12 teachers, including one-day workshops as well as credit-bearing summer institutes, seminars, and study tours. Several TEA programs link CU students with K-12 classrooms through internships and service learning projects.

Colorado Programs for Teachers.
TEA offers an annual program of one-day workshops for Colorado K-12 educators. Each year, the school-year menu of workshops touches on themes and significant curriculum topics in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean history, current events, arts, and literature. Workshops are open to all Colorado teachers; a small registration fee is required for each workshop. Colorado teachers may subscribe to the TEA E-News and the Colorado Teacher Listserve to receive regular updates about TEA and other entities offering educational programming on Asia.

Colorado Programs for Elementary Classrooms.
TEA sponsors informational presentations for Boulder Valley School District first- and second-grade classrooms through "It's Elementary." This service learning project offers undergraduate students studying East Asia the opportunity to apply their learning through internships that place the students in primary grade classrooms to present on aspects of language and culture. CU students receive service learning credit. Boulder Valley teachers may apply for a student intern by contacting TEA at

National Summer Institutes and Study Tours for K-12 Teachers.
TEA conducts annual summer institutes on special topics designed to provide teachers with in-depth study of China and Japan. Each year's program is announced in January and is open to teachers through competitive application. Recent summer institute topics have included "China's Century? Global Issues, Classroom Applications," "Visualizing Japan in Modern World History," and "China's Transformations on the Eve of the Olympics." TEA study tours, conducted annually, enable teachers to spend 14 to 21 days in China or Japan during summer months. Recent study tour topics include "What Is Modern China? Exploring China's Southern Edge and Beyond" and "Cultural Encounters: Japan's Diverse Past and Present."

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.
Through this national professional development program, TEA offers five to ten 30-hour seminars on East Asian studies each year. The seminars, open to secondary teachers, are delivered in conventional classroom and online venues and offer graduate credit. TEA partners with institutions and professional organizations in 10 states to offer these programs. Detailed information and seminar sites for the current academic year are available at

TEA E-News for Educators.
TEA publishes a monthly online newsletter designed to alert K-12 teachers to TEA programs as well as other state, regional, and national programs for elementary-secondary teachers and students. Separate sections of the E-News highlight Colorado events and opportunities, national events and opportunities, TEA programs, and recommended teaching resources. Teachers may subscribe to the TEA E-News at

TEA Resource Library for K-12 Educators.
Educators in the western United States may take advantage of TEA's extensive curriculum resource center,, which includes teaching units for elementary and secondary levels; CD-ROMs; documentaries and feature films; a collection of Japanese woodblock prints; and artifact trunks. TEA staff are available for consultation on curriculum and materials selection.

Special Programming.
TEA regularly receives funding to conduct additional programming that meets emerging needs and/or audiences in the field of K-12 Asian studies education. Recent examples include an online curriculum development project, "Imaging Japanese History," and an NEH-funded summer institute designed to encourage secondary teachers to integrate online resources into their teaching.

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

  • Center for Asian Studies

In Colorado

Outside Colorado

  • Nationwide

Sponsoring Units

Arts & Sciences, College of

  • Asian Studies, Center for

Program Contact

Lynn Parisi

Program Categories


  • Art History
  • Education (Adult)
  • Education (K-12)
  • Foreign Languages/Civilizations
  • History
  • Social Sciences
  • Teacher Renewal & Enhancement
  • World Studies

Program Types:

  • Community Event
  • Conference/Institute
  • Exhibition
  • Online Resources
  • Professional Development - Teacher
  • Summer Program - General Public
  • Workshop


  • Adult Learners
  • Teachers - Early Learning
  • 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.