Institute for Global Studies
214 Social Sciences
267 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-624-9007
Fax: 612-626-2242
E-mail: igs@umn.edu

Professional Development Programs

Professional development opportunities encourage educators to explore current issues in international studies through conferences, seminars, short courses and faculty presentations.

Workshops and institutes challenge teachers to combine experience in applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills to international issues with the knowledge and materials needed to engage their students. To prepare our students for global citizenship in the 21st Century, the Institute for Global Studies and the European Studies Consortium are working to strengthen international studies in K-16 education.

The Teacher Summer Institutes combine lectures by University of Minnesota faculty and guest speakers, small group discussions, course readings, fieldtrips and teaching resources to explore international issues and learn strategies for integrating global topics into existing curriculum. The Summer Institutes are funded by a Title VI grant from US Department of Education.

The Institute for Global Studies professional development for educators addresses the following global competencies (as defined by the United States Department of Education) that students gain through disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies:

  • Students investigate the world beyond their immediate environment.
  • Students recognize their own and others' perspectives.
  • Students communicate their ideas effectively with diverse audiences.
  • Students translate their ideas into appropriate actions to improve conditions.

 

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2016 Spring Workshops for Educators

Africana Book Club for Educators

Date: January 28, February 25, March 31, April 28, May 26, 2016

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Place: 614 Social Sciences, West Bank UMN

CEUs: 15

Cost: $50 (includes parking vouchers and a copy of all books)  Pre-service educators can attend free of cost but still must register.

Registration deadline: January 21, 2016

To register contact Deborah Jane outreach@umn.edu or 612-624-7346

Join us for a once a month lively discussion about an award winning book for middle and high school level.  You will receive a free copy of the book and other resources.   We will read and discuss the following books:

  • Abina and The Important Men: A Graphic History
  • The Red Pencil
  • Africa Is My Home : A Child of the Amistad
  • Cape Town : A Novel
  • Once Upon a Time in Ghana : Traditional Stories Retold in English

 

Teaching the History of the Gold Coast with a Graphic Novel

Date: May 17, 2016 6:00-8:00 pm

Place: 355 Peik, East Bank UMN

CEUs: 2

Cost:  $25 for beginning educators.  Includes copy of Abina and the Important Men (Free for pre service educators. Pre service educators can attend free of cost but still must register)

Registration deadline: May 1, 2016

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During this short workshop, educators will learn about using graphic novels as a way to introduce the history of the Gold Coast into the classroom.  We will be focusing on Abina and the Important Men, a graphic novel which has won the American Historical Association's James Harvey Robinson award. The purpose of this workshop is to give educators knowledge and resources through interdisciplinary studies about African issues to bring back to their classrooms so their students can become globally competent as defined by the US Department of Education. 

Experienced high school teachers will be facilitating this workshop.

The Zika Virus: What is It and How do We Teach About It?

Date: May 31, 2016

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm

Place: 1210 Heller Hall

CEUs: 1

Cost: Free but registration required (Parking vouchers will only be given to registered participants)

Registration deadline: May 16, 2016

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Educators and community members are invited to come  learn about the Zika virus. Zika virus infections represent a new and emerging global health crisis. Zika virus, first discovered in 1947 in Uganda, has undergone a dramatic geographic shift in distribution, and now - for the first time - is in the Western Hemisphere. The infection can be transmitted by mosquito bites, and person-to-person, making infection control measure complicated. Most significantly, Zika can infect the developing fetus, leading to severe birth defects including microcephaly and permanent neurological disability. The current epidemiology and disease manifestations of Zika will be reviewed, along with a discussion of the prospects for transmission and attendant disease in North America. 

Faciliated by Dr. Mark Schleiss, Division Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Co-Director, Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Translational Research (CIDMTR), University of Minnesota.

2016 Summer Institute for Educators

Minnesota’s Migration and Digital Storytelling

Date: June 13-16, 2016

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Place: 614 Social Sciences, West Bank UMN

CEUs: 30

Cost: $100 (includes parking, resources, and lunches during institute)

Registration deadline: June 1, 2016

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In this four-day institute, 9th-12th grade and community college educators will learn about Minnesota's migration history in the context of major global migrations. Educators will develop the technical skills necessary to create a digital story and instruct their students in creating short personal videos with images, text, music, and audio.  Global Minnesota will provide funding to support five nights of lodging for up to five 9th-12th grade educators traveling to the workshop from communities more than 45 miles away from Twin Cities Metro Area.

If you are an educator from more than 45 miles away from the Twin Cities Metro Area, and wish to apply for the lodging stipend, please also fill out this form here

Facilitated by staff from the Immigration History Research Center

 

Teaching about Genocides in Africa Rwanda and Darfur

Date: June 20-23, 2016

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Place: 609 Social Sciences, West Bank UMN

CEUs: 30

Cost: $100 (includes parking vouchers and resources).  Pre service educators can attend free of cost but still must register

Registration deadline: June 13, 2016

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This week seminar, sponsored by the African Studies Initiative Title VI grant, will take a comparative approach to the genocides in Rwanda and Darfur. Participants will gain content knowledge about the origin and legal ramifications of the term genocide, and how various groups, such as the United Nations and the Media, addressed the two genocides. Each session will include engaging activities that can be used in secondary and post-secondary classrooms. By the end of the semester, participants will have a collection of materials for their classrooms, including resources, teaching methods, and teaching units

Institute leads: James Wahutu, PhD Candidate in Sociology UMN and Nancy Ziemer, high school teacher

Africa in the Classroom

 Date: June 27-30, 2016

Time: 9:00-4:00 pm

Place: 609 Social Sciences, West Bank UMN

CEUs: 30

Cost: $100 (includes lunch, parking vouchers, field trip, and resources).  Pre service educators can attend free of cost but still must register

Registration deadline: June 6, 2016

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Disparities in water, food, health and migration: all of these play a very important role in Africa historically and today.  But how do we teach these sensitive global issues?  And what about all the rich cultural heritages in Africa? This institute is designed to help educators better integrate Africa into their curriculum in culturally appropriate ways and to give current educators an opportunity to share and learn from each other how to 'teach Africa.'

Some of the presentations and discussions include

  • How Worldview Influences our Teaching
  • How to Help African Immigrant Students Be Successful in the Classrooms
  • US Policy towards Africa
  • Are We There Yet? A Focus on Tanzania and Zanzibar
  • Exposing Slum Reality Through GIS: Kibera Slum
  • Why did so many people migrate from Somalia to Minnesota? A mapping migration
  • Model Use and Africa
  • Being the Change (youthrive's approach to supporting young leaders) Leymah Gbowee: Brokering Peace in Liberia
  • Integrating Art: A visit to the MIA's  Art of Africa
  • The Choices Program (Brown University) Colonization and Independence in Africa
  • Teaching about Regions of Africa through Film

Experienced high school teachers will be facilitating this institute along with expert UMN faculty and staff from the African Studies Title VI Resource Center.

Area K-12 and community college educators from ANY discipline who have taught lessons plans related to Africa are invited to submit a proposal for a 1 hour lesson plan (s) presentation to share during this institute.  If the proposal is accepted, those educators presenting will attend the institute free of cost AND be paid a modest $100 for their time.  Please submit proposal here.

PAID CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

IN CONJUNCTION WITH AFRICA IN THE CLASSROOM

Area high school teachers have a paid opportunity to develop  resources and lesson plans around African content for two weeks following the summer institute. Participants will be working with other educators to complete this task. Participants will be given a $1000 stipend.

Position Requirements

  • Must be a licensed K-12 or community college educator
  • Must be eligible for employment
  • Must be available from June 27-June 30 (Africa in the Classroom institute), July 5-8, and July 11-14.
  • If possible, be available during Saturday in October or November to share your developed resources with other local educators.  Apply here.


 

2015 Spring Workshops for Educators

 

World War I at Home and Abroad

Date:  April 25, 2015, 9:00am-3:00,, Heller 1210, West Bank U of MN
Instructors:Dr. Gary Cohen, Dr Alejandro Baer, Dr Patricia Lorcin,

Cost: $25 includes parking, resources, 6 CEUS, and lunch. Free for pre-service educators

Registration deadline: April 12, 2015

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CANCELLATION DEADLINE:If you need to cancel, write to Deborah Jane outreach@umn.eduby April 12, 2015. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.

This day workshop will start with an historical overview of the beginning of World War 1 and be followed by break out sessions on the War in Africa, Asia, and the Armenian Genocide.  Participants will be able to choose sessions of interest.  Participants will receive lunch, parking, resource lists and a book. Faculty members from the Center of Austrian Studies, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Department of History from the University of Minnesota will be leading the sessions.

2015 Summer Institutes for Educators

There are a limited number of Travel Scholarships available for those educators coming from outside the Twin Cities metro area for the Teaching African Identitites through Film institute. Please email outreach@umn.edu if interested in one of the Travel Scholarships.

Register here for all summer institutes and optional housing.

Holocaust Education in a Global Context

Date:June 15-18, 2015

Time:9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Place:Room 1210 Heller Hall, West Bank UMN

CEUs: 30 (2 optional graduate credits available for extra fee)

Cost: $100

Optional on campus housing:$300 (includes lodging and parking for Sunday night through Friday)

Registration deadline:June 1, 2015

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The genocide of the Jews during World War II has become a global reference point to raise awareness about state violence and human rights abuses. This summer institute will explore the opportunities and challenges of Holocaust education and memorialization in diverse cultural contexts, particularly in heterogeneous classrooms in which students have no connection with the history of the Jewish people and Nazi crimes.

The institute will address the historical and sociological significance of the Holocaust in a comparative genocide framework (Native American, Armenian, Cambodian and Rwandan genocides) and provide hands on activities - with survivor testimony, literature, art and film - designed to help educators create activities and lessons accessible to all learners that they can incorporate into their classrooms.

CANCELLATION DEADLINE:If you need to cancel your registration, a refund minus $20 will be issued to you if you cancel in writing to Deborah Janeoutreach@umn.eduby June 1, 2015. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.

Instructors:Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Understanding African Global Migration through a Historical Lens (special permission required)

Date:June 19, 22-25, 2015

Time:9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Place:Room 1210 Heller Hall, West Bank UMN

CEUs: 30 (2 optional graduate credits available for extra fee)

Optional on campus housing:$300 (includes lodging and parking for Sunday night through Friday)

Registration deadline:June 8, 2015

Register:Please register here or email Deborah Jane REGISTRATION RESTRICTED TO TEAMS OF CLASSROOM TEACHERS, AFTER SCHOOL YOUTH WORKERS, and HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS from same school

This course brings together teams of educators, youth workers and East African high school students to engage in an exploration of migration patterns that is both global and local. Teams will have the opportunity to understand reasons for migration out of the Horn of Africa through the experiences of East African students, their families, and their communities. The goals of this institute are to better understand the historical and colonial causes of conflict in the region, personalize these larger sociopolitical and historical events, and connect the experience to classroom and out-of-school learning opportunities in an action plan.

Participants in the institute will:

  • Understand pre-migration circumstances (conflict, trauma, displacement, refugee camp schools).
  • Link pre-migration circumstances to larger sociopolitical and historical events/processes (colonialism, civil war, Diaspora influences).
  • Understand how educational contexts post-migration compare to pre-migration learning (expectations of role of educators, changing gender roles).
  • Link learning to self and future actions.

CANCELLATION DEADLINE:If you need to cancel your registration, a refund minus $20 will be issued to you if you cancel in writing to Deborah Janeoutreach@umn.eduby June 5, 2015. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.

Instructor:Dr. Martha Bigelow, College of Education and Human Development

Sponsors:Institute for Global Studies, African Studies Initiative

Water, Health, and the World's Cities

Date:June 29- July 2 , 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Place: St Paul Campus, TBD

CEUs: 30 (2 optional graduate credits available for extra fee)

Cost: $100

Optional on campus housing:$300 (includes lodging and parking for Sunday night through Friday)

Registration deadline:June 15, 2015

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How does the state of our water resources affectenvironmentalhealth? What can cities do to improve human health by improving their water infrastructure, and how dothese challenges differ between the global north and south? Tackle these challenges with water experts using case studies from North and South America.

CANCELLATION DEADLINE:If you need to cancel your registration, a refund minus $20 will be issued to you if you cancel in writing to Deborah Jane by June 15, 2015. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.

Lead Instructor: Barrett Colombo, Institute on the Environment, U of MN

Sponsors: Institute for Global Studies, Institute on the Environment

Teaching African Identities through Film

Date:July 27-30, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Place: 1210 Heller Hall, UMN West Bank

CEUs: 30 (2 optional graduate credits available for extra fee)

Cost: $100

Optional on campus housing:$300 (includes lodging and parking for Sunday night through Friday)

Registration deadline:July 13, 2015

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In this institute, we're trying to accomplish many and complex goals. We want to reach educators who use African films in the classroom by networking with others who have similar tasks. This Institute for Global Studies Summer Institute is intended to be for educators and scholars of any discipline who are interested in an increased understanding of African identity and who would like to consider ways of connecting film to their teachings. Through listening to presentations, viewing films, and participating in discussions, educators in this week-long institute will have the opportunity to examine core themes that are essential to increasing understanding of African cultures, both globally and locally.

Dr. Njeri Githire, University of Minnesota (institute lead)

Dr. Anthony Adah, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Dr. Florence Martin, Goucher College, Marlyland

Dr. Cherif Keita, Carleton College, Minnesota

Dr. Samuel Imbo, Hamline College, Minnesota

CANCELLATION DEADLINE:If you need to cancel your registration, a refund minus $20 will be issued to you if you cancel in writing to Deborah Jane by July 13, 2015. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.

Sponsors: Institute for Global Studies, African Studies Initiative