K-12 & Community Engagement

Outreach/Engagement Opportunities: Bring East Asia to life in your community and your classroom!

CEAPS is devoted to the enhancement of teaching and learning on East Asia and to engagement programming on East Asia for educators, the public, media, and business professionals. To better serve our C-U community members and enhance the educational experience, CEAPS is always open to engagement opportunities with organizations that will contribute to the richness of the East Asian content and resources. 


K-12 Enrichment & Community Support:

Educational activities associated with improving the East Asian intellectual, professional and personal development of K-12 students and educators. Here are some engagement highlights.


Big History Museum Programs

CEAPS and the Spurlock Museum work closely with the 6th-grade teachers and students at Champaign’s Edison, Franklin, and Jefferson Middle Schools—a partnership that began more than a decade ago. The new curriculum "Big History" has led to exciting changes. The multi-disciplinary classroom activities of ancient civilizations are designed to build critical thinking skills in students. By visiting the classrooms of all 6 social studies teachers in the Champaign middle schools, 750 students were taught about once a month. Since November 2019, the Big History collaboration included the sixth-grade classes from Urbana Middle School, and the programs reached over 1,100 students!

Acknowledgment: The project is developed by the Spurlock Museum in partnership with College of Education and co-sponsored by CEAPS, CGS, EUC, and REEEC.


Korean Festival

Thanks to faculty affiliate Jeeyoung Ahn Ha’s efforts, CEAPS was a proud sponsor of the inaugural Champaign-Urbana Community Korean Festival in 2019! Over 300 people of diverse backgrounds attended this family-friendly event on Saturday, September 19, at Jefferson Middle School. Organized by a committee of parents, teachers, and school administrators, the event featured delicious Korean dishes, interactive exhibits as well as Taekwondo and traditional fan dance demonstrations by CU students. UIUC’s very own Korean traditional percussion group GRMD (Gah Rahk Mah Dahng) also performed at the event. CEAPS hosted a table to promote CEAPS programs and connect with members of our community. We’re excited to be a part of this year’s celebration and look forward to many more opportunities to honor and celebrate Asian heritage and cultures with our community!

People in traditional, colorful wear performing with pink fans


Lunar New Year Outreach in Champaign-Urbana Elementary Schools

CEAPS works closely with the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) to provide education to several Champaign-Urbana Elementary Schools educating children from pre-school to 5th grade about Lunar New Year. We worked with each school to provide the educational materials including lesson plans and supplies for crafts/activities. We also help schools to coordinate a Lunar New Year celebration with performances such as a lion and dragon dance. This past Lunar New Year in 2020, we worked with 10 schools reaching out to 3,000 children.


K-12 Professional Development Programs

CEAPS works with the University of Illinois area studies centers, our institutional partners, and other educational institutions to provide K-12 teacher professional development programs, such as Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS) teacher seminar and professional development hours (PDH).


If you have unique engagement ideas and are interested in exploring partnership opportunities with CEAPS, please contact us at ceaps@illinois.edu.