University of Vermont

Asian Studies Outreach Program

Workshop on Award-winning Children’s Books on China’s Forbidden City at UVM on March 14

Free Professional Development Workshop for Vermont K12 Teachers

An exciting partnership between the China Institute of NYC and the Asian Studies Outreach Program will bring the award-winning book, "We All Live in the Forbidden City", and workshop to the University of Vermont as a free professional development opportunity for Vermont K12 teachers. The We All Live in the Forbidden City series, originally developed in Chinese by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation and Hong Kong-based Design and Cultural Studies Workshop (CnC), seeks to widen appreciation of Chinese culture and heritage globally.

The We All Live in the Forbidden City books, website, events and educational programs have been co-developed by New York-based China Institute in America, an organization fostering cross-cultural relations, and CnC, in consultation with the Palace Museum in Beijing. The We All Live in the Forbidden City website ( features games and educational resources based on the books. Resources for teachers include an interactive map of the Forbidden City, historical timeline, essays about the Forbidden City and lesson plans. Further web materials and activities are planned for release in 2015, including advanced games, video lectures and events.

The Forbidden City housed the imperial families of China from the 1400s until the early 20th century. It was considered the embodiment of Chinese culture and power, and attracted scholars, officials, and dignitaries. Today it is the largest museum in China, attracting visitors from China and abroad.

Mr. Matthew Turner, the professional development consultant for the China Institute, will host the free workshop for K12 teachers at the University of Vermont on Saturday, March 14. The workshop is a unique opportunity for K-12 educators wishing to deepen their understanding of China and bring that knowledge into the classroom. Participants will learn about, and discuss, aspects related to the Forbidden City including but not limited to: architecture, philosophy, politics, Chinese history, and the transition from palace to museum. We will also discuss how to integrate China and Forbidden City-related topics into the classroom, learning strategies for doing so, and provide take-home resources to all participants.

For information on how to register for this workshop, please contact Jacqueline Drouin at in the Asian Studies Outreach Program.

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