External Professional Development Opportunities

These professional development opportunities encourage educators to explore current issues in international studies through conferences, seminars, short courses and faculty presentations and learn strategies for integrating global topics into existing curriculum.

As always, preservice educators can attend any of our professional development for educators institutes and workshops free of cost.

Questions? Contact Deborah Jane at outreach@umn.edu  612-624-7346.

Date: October 26, November 16, December 14, 2016

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Place: 614 Social Sciences, West Bank UMN

CEUs: 6

Cost: $75 (includes parking vouchers and a copy of all books) Pre-service educators can attend free of cost but still must register.

Registration deadline: October 13, 2016

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Join us for a once a month lively discussion about teaching global identities. Reading strategies will be shared along with a special guest speaker each month on topic related to the book of the month.  This book club also includes a tour of the Weisman Art Museum Pan American Modernism, an exhibit of avant- garde art in Latin America and the United States.

  We will read and discuss the following books:


Date: October 4, 2016

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Place: youthrive (http://youthrive.wix.com/youthrive)   Banks Building, 615 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis

CEUs:2

Cost: $25 (includes dinner and resources).

Registration deadline: September 23, 2016

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This workshop will use theater and arts literacy activities to build community and cultivate safe spaces for students addressing social justice issues. Jan Mandell, a high school educator known for her work with the Black Box Theater at Central High School in St. Paul, as well as youth members of the Irreducible Grace Foundation will facilitate the session.

Sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies and the Office of Equity and Diversity Transformation Award

Date: October 17 and 21-25, 2016

Place: West Bank, University of Minnesota

Registration Deadline October 1, 2016

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Cost: Free

CEUs: 2 CEUs

Questions?  Call 612-624-7346 or email Deborah Jane

This program, offered by the Center for German and European Studies (CGES) at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), which is a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Center of Excellence, offers  up to 10 German educators (both primary and secondary) the opportunity to visit Minnesota, while encouraging participants to refine their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of student identities in the classroom through structured collaboration with Minnesota educators.

 Migrations are changing our classrooms and students are struggling with managing multiple identities in a complex global world.  German teachers will collaborate with Minnesota teachers to discuss the challenges brought to the classroom from global migration. We will talk about questions such as how does having students from multiple backgrounds affect our classrooms in both good and challenging ways?  In order to help students capture their own stories of migration, German teachers will have the opportunity to learn about digital storytelling and learn technical skills to use free online resources.   German teachers will also have the opportunity to tour culturally important places in Minnesota as well as spend several days staying with a host teacher and visiting area schools.

 What do we need from you?

  • In order to make this program a success, we need Minnesota teachers who are willing to host a German teacher for Friday night, October 21 through Tuesday evening October 25th.  Minnesota teachers will pick up the German teacher from a hotel near the University of Minnesota West Bank Friday, and bring them back Tuesday evening, October 25th for the workshop on Social Movements and Identity.
  • Minnesota host teachers must
    • Attend a welcome dinner Monday night, October 17, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the University of Minnesota.
    • Pick up the German teacher from Days University Hotel  Friday, October 21, 2016 (MEA weekend).

o   Bring visiting German teacher to your school Monday-Tuesday, October 24-25, 2016.

    • Bring German teachers to youthrive office Tuesday, October 25, from 5:30-7:30 for workshop on Social Movements and Identity and stay for whole workshop (dinner will be included).

In return, host teachers will receive 2 CEUS, 2 awesome dinners,  an Amazon.com gift card in appreciation of volunteer services, parking vouchers for University of Minnesota ramps during dinner and workshops, and most importantly, will enjoy the opportunity to develop meaningful, professional friendships with educators from Germany.

 Register here to be a host for Global Migrations, to attend the Welcome Dinner and to attend the workshop on October 25th.

Date: October 25, 2016

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Place: youthrive office, Banks Building, 615 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis

CEUs:2

Cost: $25 (includes dinner and resources).

Registration deadline: October 11, 2016

Register here

This workshop will offer a summary by UMN faculty on global social movements, the importance of addressing these in the classroom, followed by several hands-on activities to increase student voice and identity in the curriculum while improving student self image.  All presentations integrate discussions relevant to addressing issues of social justice in the classroom.  Facilitated by UMN faculty, the Minnesota Writing Project Staff, and the Institute for Global Studies staff.

 This workshop is funded by


Date: November 5, 2016

Time: 9:30-3:00 pm

Place: 1210 Heller Hall, West Bank UMN

CEUs: 5

Cost: $25 (includes lunch, parking and resources).

Registration deadline: October 21, 2016

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Five licensed teachers who attended the African Studies Initiative week long June 2016 summer institute, Africa in the Classroom, first noted areas of deficits commented on by institute attendees, then spent two weeks developing lesson plans and resources which will be shared during African Curriculum in the K-12 Classroom.

 Presentations include:

  • Unpacking African Stereotypes (Michael Prellwitz)
  • Social Media and Africa Representation (Justine Clark)
  • Economics of Africa (Tracy Townsend)
  • Ripple Effects: How Access to Water and Sanitation Impact Standard of Living (Sara Damon)
  • Ghanaian Fantasy Coffins (Sara Damon)
  • Kibera Walls for Peace (Samantha Ross)

This workshop is funded by the African Studies Initiative

Date: November 10, 2016

Time: 5:30-8:30 pm

Place: 1210 Heller Hall, West Bank UMN

CEUs: 3

Cost: $25 (includes dinner, parking and resources).

Registration deadline: October 25, 2016

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In this workshop, educators will have the opportunity to explore how the concept of the American Dream, what Professor Moin Syed (University of Minnesota Psychology professor) calls the “Master Narrative,’ informs identity and  how it creates barriers to success when one does not fit into that narrative.  After Professor Syed’s presentation, attendees will learn about the Immigration History Research Center’s new free online tool which increases the capturing of student voices  and affirms diverse identities in the classroom.

Facilitated by the Institute for Global Studies, with presenters from the Immigration History Research Center, and Dr Moin Syed.

This workshop is funded by


Date: October 2016-May 2017

Time: see individual workshops

Place: see individual workshops

CEUs: 30 (for full program including spring ‘Local Voices’ project in classroom)

Cost: $150 (save $50 off of separate registrations)

Registration deadline: October 14, 2016

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In an increasingly globalized world, two opposing trends come together.  On one hand, there is a tendency towards global homogeneity.  In a  ‘flat’ world, globally diverse voices, voices from other cultures and ethnicities, are not heard.  At the same time this ‘flat’ world is a smaller world. These suppressed voices are voices that we can hear in our neighborhoods and cities.  The Global Stories, Local Voices project aims to bring those suppressed diverse voices to the classroom. Studies repeatedly show that students are more successful if they see themselves represented in school curricula. This means that educators must understand intercultural competencies and be trained to be globally literate as well as how to integrate diverse student voices into the curriculum.

This program will allow educators to attend a variety of fall workshops aimed at affirming  student identity, increasing student voice, and learning about global voices which can supplement both social studies and language arts curriculum.  In the spring, educators will have the opportunity to design a ‘Local Voices’  project with their students . Educators will have  the help of the University of Minnesota’s Scribe for Human Rights MFA student, Roy Guzman on these ‘Local Voices’ projects.

Workshops included in this package

  • Social Movements and Identity (fall 2016)
  • Local Voices Exploring Identity through Digital Storytelling (fall 2016)
  • Latin America Book Club for K-12 Educators (fall 2016)
  • Middle East Book Club for K-12 Educators (spring 2017)
  • ‘Local Voices,” (spring 2017) a project for their students that educator attendees develop with help from of Scribe for Human Rights

This workshop is funded by


Date: January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27, May 25, 2017

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Place: 614 Social Sciences, West Bank UMN

CEUs: 6

Cost: $75  (includes parking vouchers and a copy of all books)  Pre-service educators can attend free of cost but still must register.

Registration deadline: January 12, 2017

Register here 

Join us for a once a month lively discussion about teaching global identities. Reading strategies will be shared along with a special guest speaker each month on topic related to the book of the month.

We will read and discuss the following books:

This workshop is funded by

Making the Road (MTR) is a US-based educational project aimed at making in-person links across national, ethnic, and racial borders, generations, and mental “silos,” to foster progressive analysis and activism on different axes of racial, social, cultural, and economic justice.

Each seminar highlights both the history of social justice movements and the challenges of today’s struggles in the countries visited as well as in the United States and globally.

Dates: June 6-21, 2017

Places: Washington, DC; Johannesburg, South Africa; Cape Town, South Africa; Windhoek, Namibia.

Partners: Howard University African Studies (orientation and debriefing), AfricaFocus Bulletin (on-line educational resources).

For more information click here.