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Doors to the World Summer Institute 2017: East Asia

Doors to the World: East Asia
Teaching China, Japan, and Korea with Global Children's Literature
July 9-14, 2017

New applications will be reviewed, decided upon, and applicants notified on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. To apply, complete and submit the application form below. Non-refundable participation fee of $100 is payable upon acceptance.

Institute Overview

This summer institute studies diversity and representation in global children’s literature about and/or from China, Japan, and Korea. Participants will consider the histories and cultures of these nations to contextualize selected children’s books. They also will engage in dialogue with children’s book authors and illustrators, and children’s literature, culture, and pedagogy specialists to design multimodal learning experiences offering opportunities for children to engage with the themes, words, and images of the books. The institute will culminate with teacher-designed mini-units to support classroom inquiry.


PreK-grade 3 teachers, librarians and literacy coaches nationwide may apply. Grades 4-5 educators may be given consideration to the extent their application addresses how they use picture books in their grade level teaching. We welcome applications from educators who have previously participated in National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminars, institutes, or other programs. Limited to 25 educators.

Dates and Hours

  • Sunday, July 9-Friday, July 14, 2017
  • Arrive Sunday, July 9, by 5:00 pm for opening dinner and orientation; July 10-13, daily sessions 9:00 am-4:30 pm, with some additional required evening activities; institute concludes July 14 at 1:00 pm.
  • Lodging provided Sunday-Thursday nights. Local participants do not need to stay on campus, but must participate in all sessions including evening sessions.


  • Hampshire College will host the institute with the collaboration of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, both in Amherst, Massachusetts. Housing will be provided at Hampshire College in single dorm-style rooms.
Benefits of Participation
  • $250 worth of classroom resources, including 12 children’s picture books about East Asia, plus a one-year subscription to Education about Asia
  • Certificate of completion (30 contact hours)
  • Lodging and most meals provided
  • Participants who live farther than 150 miles from Amherst receive a travel subsidy of up to $500
  • Local participants will receive a commuting subsidy of $50
  • Expanded knowledge of the histories and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea
  • Enhanced critical multicultural literacy practices and skills
  • Create mini-unit plans for specific children’s picture books to use in your own classrooms, with opportunity to refine the plan for publication on the Doors to the World website
  • Participants who submit completed mini-unit plans will receive a completion stipend of $200

Questions?  Contact Marla Solomon.

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