East Rock Institute’s Teacher Conference

Korean Culture Curricula and Professional Development for Teachers

An Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Approach to Enhance Cultural Competency

Since 2006, East Rock Institute (ERI) has developed curricula focused on Korean society and East Asian cultures for professional development conferences to high school teachers in Connecticut. Col-lectively, these programs provide a rich source of instructional material for use in public and independ-ent schools.

ERI’s interdisciplinary approach to cultural exploration is a rich tool to enhance the educators’ under-standing about Korean and East Asian cultures and to provide them with materials for use in their class-rooms. The TKC approach to learning about Korean culture serves as a benchmark for the teaching of other cultures as well.

Printed materials accompany all years of TKC and are available to teachers and institutions for use in their classrooms.

TKC Measurable Outcomes

  1. To develop lessons and activities that will engage students to learn about one’s self (cultural identity) by studying and experiencing life different from their ow
  2. To learn about the influence of culture in human development and to inspire students toward a Purposeful
  3. To explore the tools that will make students aware of and to gain appreciation of viewpoints, values, customs and rituals broader than one’s ow
  4. To explore the notions of cultural competency and multiculturalism within an East Asian frame-wor
  5. To understand the importance of and to be able to demonstrate the influence of US foreign policy in the lives of Koreans since 1900, over 115 years!


  1. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking, Creativity and Innovation: Develop new ways to cele-brate life cycle rituals to suit a modern need. For example, as our population ages and longevity increases, our culture can learn values and practices from other diaspora cultures related to mid-life values and care.
  2. Accessing and Analyzing Information Initiative, Self-Direction and Accountability, Citizenship and Responsibilit For example, Inquiries related to US as a major power in the world. What are the responsibilities of future American leaders within the context of and with respect to other cultures?

Past Teach Korea Corps

2017      Harmony and Order: Lessons from the Korean Peninsula

2016      Enhancing Cross-Cultural Understandings: Korean Culture within East Asian Context 2013Korean Culture and History for Educators

2012      Korean Culture Curriculum Development for the Digital AGe

2011      New Perspectives on Korean Culture through Literature, Film, and Oral History (7th An- nual)

2010      Ancient Roots and Emerging Trends in Korean Culture: Language, Literature, Clothing, and Music (6th Annual)

2009      Korean Culture through Language, Diaspora, Life Cycle Rituals, Foods and Clothing: A Comparative View, June 30 – July 2nd, 2009 (5th Annual)

2008      Korean Culture through Language, History, and Life Cycle Rituals within the East Asian Context (4th Annual)

2007      Korean Culture and History within the East Asian Context (3rd Annual)

2006      Korean Culture and History through Film, Literature, and Arts (2nd Annual)

2005      Bridging Cultures: Trailblazers and Visionaries; East Rock Institutes 50th Anniversary Conference

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