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2021 Korean History and Culture Seminar for Educators – Webinar

June 28, 29, 30 & July 6, 13, 20  | 

National Korean Studies, the Sejong Cultural Society, Korean Cultural Center LA, University of Indiana, and the National Consortium for Teaching Asia (NCTA) co-coordinating site are offering two free webinars for K-12 and college educators, administrators and librarians. The Korean history and culture webinar will be offered on June 28, 29, and 30. This webinar will include lectures on Korean history and culture, the Korean American experience, and California Ethnic Studies model curriculum.  The second webinar on July 6, 13, and 20 will provide instruction for teaching Chinese, Japanese, and Korean poetry (sijo) and a lecture on Korean literature. Educators may attend both webinars or they can select just one. Teachers who are currently employed to teach in K-12 classrooms in the United States are eligible to receive a $100 stipend upon attending both webinars and completing homework assignments. LAUSD salary point or Continuing Education Units from the University of Southern California are other possible options. The three days of the June seminar will be recorded and made available for viewing, but participation will only count if you join the webinar synchronously. Recording upload date is to be determined. 

Online Registration:

  • Eligibility: K-12 and college educators, administrators, and librarians
  • Registration: FREE for all eligible participants. Registration deadline: June 10, 2021

 Basic Details:

  • The “Korean History and Culture Webinar for Educators” hosted by NKS will be held on June 28, 29 and 30 from 1 pm to 4 pm PST. It will consist of 9 hours of lectures via Zoom plus 20 hours of outside-of-webinar-hours homework assignments. 
  • The Sijo Webinar hosted by Indiana University, NCTA and the Sejong Cultural Society will be held on July 6, 13 and 20 from 1 pm to 3 pm PST. Overall, it will consist of 6 hours of lectures via Zoom plus 10 hours of outside-of-webinar-hours homework assignments.


  • Educators who are currently employed to teach in K-12 classrooms in the USA are eligible for a $100 stipend upon completion of both webinars (15 hours of lectures) and 30 hours of homework including creating lesson plans or adapting lessons from the NKS e-book on our website.
  • Participants may earn Professional Development credits and receive a certificate for attending both webinars and completing homework assignments. Individuals may choose one of the following options: 
  • Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) – One Salary Point 
  • University of Southern California – Four Continuing Education Units ($180 fee paid to USC)
  • Educators who complete both webinars and homework will be eligible for reference books for their classes. Contact Lucy Park:
  • Participants who complete both webinars and homework will receive a Certificate of Completion for 15 contact hours provided by the Indiana University NCTA Coordinating Site free of charge. 
  • Participants who write outstanding sijo and lesson plans will be asked to present their work on July 20, 2021 during the webinar and will be awarded $25 and $50 Amazon gift cards. 

Homework: All homework must be submitted to by July 30. 

Webinar Directors and Advisor:

  • Sung Kim, Director, National Korean Studies Seminar, California
  • Lucy Park, Executive Director, Sejong Cultural Society, Illinois
  • Theresa Kang, Director of the NCTA coordinating site at Indiana University
  • Jini Shim, Assistant Director, National Korean Studies Seminar, California
  • Mary Connor, Advisor National Korean Studies Seminar, California

Webinar Sponsors and Organizers:

  • Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL
  • Korean Cultural Center at Los Angeles, CA 
  • National Consortium for Teaching About Asia Coordinating Center at Indiana University. Bloomington, IN
  • National Korean Studies, Los Angeles, CA
  • Sejong Cultural Society, Chicago, IL

For registration and the schedule:
If you have questions after viewing information on our website, please contact Mary Connor, Advisor, National Korean Studies, Author and Educator  –