Dr. Paul Crutcher receives grant to host National Consortium for Teaching about Asia for Arkansas teachers

Dr. Paul Crutcher of the Department of English at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a grant from the Freeman Foundation to teach the Consortium for Teaching about Asia program to Arkansas teachers.

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) is a multi-year initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about East Asia in elementary and secondary schools nationwide. NCTA is a premier provider of professional development on East Asia.

Arkansas NCTA has been active for about 15 years, and has hosted week-long workshops around the state along with day-long seminars at many of Arkansas’ Education Service Cooperatives. They have also participated in national online professional development courses, both asynchronous courses and live webinars. Arkansas NCTA has received over $15,000 to host the program.

Dr. Crutcher collaborated with Dr. Jeff Kyong-McClain, building on their shared experiences in China and East Asia and teaching in the Donaghey Scholars Program, and lead professional development sessions throughout July 2017.

“I’m delighted to show Arkansas teachers, staff, and administrators how Japanese cosplay relates to Confucius, how the Deathnote manga relates to Buddhism, or how bushido impacted contemporary border disputes in East Asia,” Dr. Crutcher said. “Thus the NCTA mission is one I wholly endorse.”

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