Korean War Legacy Project

Teacher Network

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The World History Digital Education Foundation and the Korean War Legacy Foundation are pleased to sponsor the KWLF Teacher Network. The purpose of the network is to provide teachers who are interested in teaching about Korea the opportunity to interact and connect with each other. As a group, we seek to share lesson ideas, expand our own knowledge of Korean history and modern Korean society, and advocate for the inclusion of Korean history in our curriculums. All educators who have an interest in Korea are invited to join the network, but our main focus is to connect educators who have participated in the various educational activities hosted by the Korean War Legacy Foundation and the World History Digital Education Foundation.

For any questions on the teacher network, please contact Shannon Pugh: spugh@WorldHistoryDE.org.

How to get involved:

  1. Sign up for emails and like the “Teaching About Korea” FaceBook page
  2. Participate in lesson plan contest
  3. Interview a Korean War veteran for our archives
  4. Transcribe interviews with your students
  5. Apply for a Mapae Grant – see details below

Mapae Award

The World History Digital Education Foundation and the Korean War Legacy Foundation are honored to have a cadre of dedicated educators sharing information about Korea and the Korean War to teachers throughout the United States. To recognize the outstanding work of these teachers, we created the Mapae Award.

The Mapae medal is based on the medallion used by officials of the central government during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The King’s hand-picked special officials, called “Eosa” (literally meaning the official dispatched by the King) traveled through regional areas on public duties and primarily prosecuted corrupt officials in the provinces. In most instances, the King secretly appointed Eosa, who were often the first prize awardee in Joseon’s national civil service examination called Gwageo. Eosa were given a medal, the Mapae, which identified their special status as the King’s appointed secret prosecutor and gave them the right to conscript horses for transportation to the provinces. Eosa with Mapae were allowed to have a special access to saddle horses kept at government-run post stations upon presenting their Mapae medal. The bearer of the medal, which was issued by a government agency called the Sangseowon (Office of Seals and Badges), was entitled to use the number of horses carved on the badge and was typically accompanied by a station attendant who guided him to the next station approximately 16 kilometers away. The attendant returned to his home station with the horse under his charge, while the traveler continued on his journey via other stations to his final destination.

Similar to the Joseon officials, teachers who have been awarded the medal will be provided resources, based on the number of horses on their medal, to help them share knowledge throughout the United States about Korean history, South Korea’s simultaneous rapid economic development and democratization, and the Korean War.

Mapae Application

Mapae Grant Report

One Horse

One Horse Medal

Qualification

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Two Horses

Two Horse Medal

Qualification

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Three Horses

Three Horse Medal

Qualification

Available Resources

Four Horses

Four Horse Medal

Qualification

Available Resources

Five Horses

Qualification

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Mapae Application