ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LS-07-110

Date Created : 04/02/2007


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Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Laura Bednar, Assistant Commissioner
Arkansas Teacher Seminar on East Asian History and Culture

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Dr. Ellen Treadway

Phone Number:


The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia and the East Asian Curriculum Project of Columbia University are sponsoring an Arkansas-based seminar this summer on China, Japan, and Korea, funded by the Freeman Foundation. The purpose of the seminar is to increase the level of knowledge concerning the culture and history of China, Japan, and Korea for teachers of World History, World Geography, World Literature, and World Art.

Participants will attend seven sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with an hour off for lunch, on the following dates: June 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, and 29. The June dates are on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule, plus a closing session on Saturday, November 17, 2007, (9:00 a.m. Noon on this day only). All sessions will be at the Fort Smith School District campus in the Rogers Center at 2901 Kinkead Avenue (30th and Kinkead).

Each participating teacher will receive a $500 stipend distributed in two installments and books on China, Japan, and Korea worth $200. After teachers complete all seminar requirements, each participant and respective school librarian will collaborate in choosing materials on China, Japan, and Korea from a 60-page bibliography. The school library will receive a $300 check to order those materials.

Monday, May 7, 2007, is the deadline to submit the attached registration form. The number of participants is limited to twenty and qualified applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.


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