Summer Institute on China Explores Dunhuang's Mogao Caves

From June 26 to July 17, 2015, twelve competitively-selected California middle and high school teachers participated in the 8th annual Summer Institute on China. After spending three days in Los Angeles attending lectures by scholars and experts at UCLA, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Huntington Gardens, the teachers flew to China where they spent three weeks visiting key cultural and historic sites in Shanghai, Suzhou, Xi'an, Dunhuang, and Beijing. While learning about and carefully documenting their experiences at the many museums, palaces, gardens, and historic sites that they visited in their daily blogs, Summer Institute participants also received intensive training in pedagogical best practices and effective lesson planning, which they applied to creating their own lesson plans based on their newly acquired knowledge and experiences. This year's program focused on China as a cultural crossroads--the multifaceted cultural exchange along the historic Silk Road as well as the art and preservation of the Mogao Caves at Dunhuang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the end of the program, teachers presented their lesson plans to their peers and program leaders, who gave them feedback and suggestions for improvement. 

Learn more about the Summer Institute on China and this year's program

Read the 2015 participants' travel blog

See photos from this year's program

View and download finalized lesson plans