2 East Asia Resource Center Summer Workshops

East Asian Philosophies and Religions: A Visual and Literary Introduction will explore the key philosophical and religious traditions that underlie East Asian belief systems, historically as well as in the present. Our course of study will focus on the emergence of Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto within their original contexts, but will also consider how these traditions evolved as they moved across space and time. We will examine art and literature to familiarize ourselves with each tradition’s associated doctrines, objects and places of worship, and practices. As we analyze these sources, we will pay special attention to the impacts of cultural transmission, both on the traditions themselves and East Asian cultures they influenced.

July 24 – 28, 2017
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m (Friday)
The University of Washington in Seattle

Neighborhoods in Japan will use stories, videos, and images to build an understanding of community life in Japan today. The seminar’s guiding question will be “How can we introduce our students to diverse stories of life in Japan?”  In addition to exploring a rich variety of resources, the week will focus on adapting content and materials for use in your grade 2-8 classroom.

July 10 – 14, 2017
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
The University of Washington in Seattle

Posted on February 8, 2017 .

Sixth Annual Judicial Institute for Secondary School Teachers: July 10, 11 and 12, 2017​​​​​​​

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in collaboration with the Seattle University School of Law is offering secondary school teachers a unique opportunity to learn about the U.S. Constitution, federal judiciary, and issues of civil rights, federal-state courts, and federal criminal law. The institute is highly interactive.

Posted on February 8, 2017 .

NCSS Technology Community: Winter Webinar

Join the NCSS Technology Community winter Webinar on January 31st at 7:30pm EST where DC Vito will present MediaBreakers Studios, which allows students to edit media legally (#fairuse) to point out things such as media bias and connects students who are working on similar ideas so they can critique one another. The focus of this webinar will be how to use this tool to address the issue of fake news. 

Posted on January 25, 2017 .

Summer Seminar: Civil Rights in Washington from the 1960s to the Present

The Munro Institute for Civic Education will be offering this one-week 3 credit hour summer course geared for Social Studies teachers from June 25 to 30, 2017.  The course is built around the civil rights history in the State of Washington and will include lectures on the campus of Western Washington University as well as tours of sites of past and contemporary movements for civil rights. 

Posted on January 23, 2017 .

Have a Great Lesson to Brag About?

As we gear up for a new year, we at WSCSS would love to get a glimpse of what’s happening in your classrooms through a share out of lesson and project ideas.  Given that we are about to inaugurate a new President and it is the month of the Civic Summit, we would like to make a special call out for any CIVICS & GOVERNMENT lessons you would like to share.  

Posted on January 6, 2017 .

Registration for the Spring Conference in Chelan is now open!

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Get ready for three great days of high quality Social Studies sessions, keynotes, and dinner conversation with teachers from across Washington State!  Connect with others at Campbells resort the weekend of March 3rd, 4th, and 5th as you explore this year's theme of Advocacy and Allyship. 

Keynote speakers will discuss historical and current issues that highlight courageous actions by those who stand with and for others, like Carl Wilkins (the only American to remain in Rwanda during the genocide in 1994). 

Breakout sessions will deepen your content knowledge in civil and human rights issues (past and present) and meaningful ways to encourage allyship and advocacy in your students. Extended Saturday workshops will get participants up and moving to explore local case studies. 

Remember, if you can find three more teachers from your district to come with you, we'll let you register AT COST!  Plus, you can find out what really makes them tick on the drive to Chelan.  Fire up those grant applications, because it's time for the Spring Conference!

Posted on December 15, 2016 .