In this webinar, study tour leader John Frank will discuss the background of K-12 teacher's study tours to East Asia, recap tour accomplishments, and explore ongoing classroom applications of study tour experiences.
John Frank is a social studies teacher at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana where he has taught Advanced Placement United States History, World History, and United States Government since 1987. Previously, he taught for ten years at two other Indianapolis area schools. Since studying about East Asia as an undergraduate at Indiana University, John first traveled to East Asia in 1992 as a participant in a Fulbright-Hays study tour to Japan.
Throughout the 1990s, he assisted the growth of his school’s Japanese language program. In 2002, three years after attending the first National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminar for teachers offered in Indiana, he participated in a summer teacher Study Tour to Japan and Korea, sponsored by the East Asian Studies Center of Indiana University. For six subsequent summers, John was “Curriculum Consultant” for that center’s study tours to Japan/Korea or China. For the 2010 Study Tour to China, in addition to a serving as curriculum consultant, he was the study tour leader. Also during these same years, John acted as the K-12 outreach curriculum consultant for Indiana University’s East Asian Studies Center, evaluating East Asian literature seminar teacher lessons, developing curriculum materials for the Center’s semi-annual K-12 East Asian Connection newsletter, and assisted NCTA Teaching about Asia seminar leaders with their participant’s curriculum implementation plans. Last summer, John was the curriculum coordinator for the Five College Center for East Asian Studies’ Peace Education in Japan study tour. In addition to his travels in China, Japan, and Korea, he has also completed trips to the Philippines and Vietnam.
John takes particular satisfaction in the fact that a number of his former students have gone on to university study and professions associated with East Asia.
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