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NCTA - The Silk Roads; Yesterday and Today

An NCTA seminar for middle and high school teachers, offered in both Seattle and Tacoma.

The Silk Road was not one road but a great network of trade routes, which linked China to Europe and all the lands in between. Products were traded, but ideas and beliefs, techniques and works of art were also transmitted – helping to shape the civilizations that flourished along the way. During this seminar, we will not only follow the ancient footsteps of merchants, monks and warriors, but we will also study history being made todayfollowing contemporary Silk Road “explorers” such as Yo-Yo Ma and President Xi Jinping.  China’s president has recently proposed a $900 billion “new Silk Road” trade/investment plan.

Choose to attend in Seattle or Tacoma. Receive 20 OSPI clock hours or two college credits, China resources and a $100 stipend!

Seattle Dates: Thursdays, February 1, March 1, March 15, April 19, 2018

Tacoma Dates: Wednesdays, January 31, February 28, March 14, April 18, 2018

Time: 4:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m.

Seattle Location: Roosevelt High School   Tacoma Location: Stadium High School

In order to cover this enormous topic in 20 short hours, we will first cover the major themes of Silk Road history and analyze its significance today. Topics will include:

  • The role of merchants, monks, and warriors
  • Significance of trade
  • Spread of religions
  • The development of powerful military forces and empires
  • Diffusion of technologies and artistic motifs
  • Geopolitics today
  • China’s new Silk Road Economic Belt

Through readings, movie clips, class discussion and lesson plans, you will gain the knowledge necessary to support your students as they grapple with the historical and continuing significance of the great Silk Road. Join us as we explore the Silk Road from its ancient camel routes to its 21st-century high-speed train tentacles. Tese Wintz Neighbor, China specialist and long-time teacher seminar leader, will facilitate.

The seminar is open to current K-12 in-service and pre-service teachers. Space is limited to 20.  Choose your location below.



Priority application deadline: December 1, 2017.

Teachers who finish the seminar will receive a $100 stipend, 20 OSPI clock hours (free) ortwo 400-level UW credits (for a fee of approx. $225), and a subscription to Education about Asia.

This seminar is sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington with funding from a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).

Earlier Event: October 21
NWTSJ Conference