Educator Programs

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Educator Workshops

Educator workshops at Asia Society Texas Center combine a two-hour workshop with a performing or visual arts experience. Designed for K-12 and university instructors, these trainings give educators a greater understanding of Asian art, culture, economics, government, music, and theater. Following presentations, participants will tour the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery or attend a workshop-related event in The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater. Participants will also receive applicable G/T hours from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT).

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School Tours

We invite students and teachers in the Houston area to visit Asia Society Texas Center. School tours facilitated by Education Department staff provide educationally rich interactive opportunities for students to learn about Asian art, culture, and traditions.

These free tours are open to all public, private, charter, alternative, and home schools. Visits take place on weekday mornings, Tuesday through Friday, for one to three hours.

Education Department staff and docents work together to develop materials and tours that fit Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and district curriculum standards. They may include:

  • Docent-led tour of exhibitions in the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery
  • “Introduction to Asia” PowerPoint Presentation highlighting essential information about Asian art, culture, geography, and politics
  • Guided tour of the Texas Center and discussion of its unique architecture
  • Art-making activities in the Edward Rudge Allen III Education Center

Tour Tips

  • At least two weeks notice is required for school tours and additional advance notice is requested for groups larger than 25.
  • School tours are free of charge and limited to groups of 85 visitors or less, including chaperones. A chaperone to student ratio of 1 to 10 is requested.
  • Many of the objects on view are delicate. In order to preserve the artworks for generations to come, we ask that visitors respect the art and remain at least three feet away.
  • School groups bringing lunches should keep food on designated buses.
  • We ask that chaperones avoid mobile phone use and completing school work, such as grading papers, while accompanying students during field trips. This allows Asia Society Texas Center staff and docents to fully focus on the quality of the tour and create the best possible experience during a school visit.
  • We encourage all bags to be left on the bus. If bags must be removed from bus, Asia Society Texas Center will designate a secure area.

Registration is required. For more information, please contact Paul Pass, Community Outreach & Family Programs Manager, at [email protected] or 713.496.9915.

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Educator Resources

Asia 101
A collection of interesting and need-to-know information about Asia. Many of these essays have lesson plans.

Lesson Plans
Learn about Asia and the world through our free lesson plans. These lessons include rich material resources, and are typically short formative activities that take no longer than one to three class periods.

Mapping the Nation
Mapping the Nation is a new interactive map that pulls together demographic, economic, and education indicators—nearly one million data points—to show that the United States is a truly global nation.

How-To Guides
Schools are doing very innovative things to prepare students for the global innovation age. Asia Society found some great models, and shares them with you.

Asia Society's publications analyze big ideas in education reform today. Download them for analyses, models, and advice on how to reform schools for the global innovation age.

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