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How is 1990 Institute reshaping and relaunching its Teachers Workshop, adding arrows to teachers’ quivers?
By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
“[Former 1990 Institute director] Megs Booker had a relative who was a teacher and seemed to be missing teachers’ professional development opportunities on China,” said 1990 Institute Executive Board officer and program lead Sandra Pan.
From that initial idea, 1990 Institute began holding teachers workshops from 2013-2019, in person, over two days, with 60 to 80+ teachers attending. “Teachers came initially from the Bay Area,” said 1990 Institute Board President Grace Yu. “But over time, we had teachers from Hawaii and Southern California and other states. In the past, the workshop focused on Modern China, but in 2022, the workshop will be online and [will] focus on Asian Americans and on Modern China.”
With the new online format this summer, 1990 Institute hopes to reach more teachers across the entire nation to enhance their ability to teach these topics in the classroom, “sort of like adding arrows in their quiver,” Yu said.
The newly designed 2022 Teachers Workshop has two tracks, one on Asian Americans and one on Modern China. Each track has two sessions. Each session consists of a one-hour lecture by an invited speaker followed by a 30-minute interactive time where attendees may ask the speaker questions and discuss with each other how to structure a lesson plan around the materials.
“Our goal is to provide relevant information and expansive resources to teachers [who] can immediately apply the material in their classroom,” Pan said. “Like our previous workshops, our speakers are from different disciplines and backgrounds to provide a balanced perspective on the subject matter.”
The Asian American track will follow California’s ethnic studies requirements on Asian American history and include topics such as the Asian American experience and Asian American legal cases. The workshop is geared towards middle and high school history and social studies teachers but all students and parents who want to learn more are encouraged to attend as well. “We are working on getting our workshop [approved] this year so California teachers may earn CEU professional development credits again. We are also looking into getting our workshop qualified in other states,” Yu added.
“Our goal is to help teachers build the confidence they need to discuss subject matters that they themselves may not have learned before,” Pan said. “Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in America [and] China is a rising superpower. Both of these [points] cannot be ignored for students in the 21st century. Our goal is to prepare our youth with the knowledge base to face issues in the future.”
Teachers recognize the impact of this content on their students.
“I believe it is very important for my students to walk out of my classroom with more tools to understand the real world they live in,” said San Lorenzo, CA social studies teacher Eunjee Kang who has attended several 1990 Institute teachers workshops. “It is very crucial to empower our young scholars. And one of the most effective and positive ways is to have them learn about their own communities, including themselves, their classmates, and their neighbors. Ethnic studies is definitely an effective tool to teach our learners to navigate this learning journey in this multi-layered society.”
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- TEACHERS WORKSHOP IS BACK FOR SUMMER 2022 – Across the U.S. there is increasing interest in ethnic studies, Asian American studies in particular, and in learning more about how China impacts the world. This year, we are expanding our Teachers Workshop program and are offering two sessions on Asian American studies in addition to two sessions on Modern China. Middle/high school teachers and the general public are invited to this upcoming series of FREE, ONLINE sessions that offer professional development for teachers and valuable resources for all. Two tracks are available on separate days and we welcome you to register for one or both tracks on July 30 and August 6. Interactive sessions with the speakers and educators are included. Attendees will be provided with resources and lesson guides. Find more information at our 2022 Teachers Workshop event page.
- Track 1: Missing in History: The Asian American Journey
Saturday, July 30, 2022, 8:00-11:30 am PT (11 am-2:30 pm ET)
- Asian American history is part of American history. This workshop will address key issues on Asian Americans and follow an ethnic studies framework and curriculum requirements.
- Session 1: The Making of Asian Americans, 8:00 am PT with Lok Siu, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
- Session 2: Major Asian American Legal Cases that Changed America, 10:00 am PT with John Trasviña, former California Executive Director of Generation Citizen and former Dean of the University of San Francisco School of Law
- Track 2: The China You Should Know: Past and Present
Saturday, August 6, 2022, 9:00 am-12:30 pm PT (12 pm-3:30 pm ET)
- As an emerging superpower, what impact will China have globally, both economically and politically? This track will focus on Modern China and its impact on the U.S and on the world.
- Session 1: China’s Past Is Always Present, 9:00 am PT with Thomas Gold, former Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley
- Session 2: Headline: China, 11:00 am PT with Clay Dube, Executive Director, U.S.-China Institute, USC
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