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Professional Development for Educators
These professional development opportunities encourage educators to explore current issues in international studies through conferences, seminars, short courses and faculty presentationsand 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 atoutreach@umn.edu612-624-7346.
Spring 2016
Summer 2016

Teaching the History of the African Gold Coast through a Graphic Novel
Date: May 17, 2016
Time:6:00-8:00 pm
Place:355 Peik, East Bank UMN
CEUs: 2
Cost:$25 for beginning educators. Includes copy ofAbina 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
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 onAbina 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
Educators and community members are invited to comelearn 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 byDr. Mark Schleiss, Division Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Co-Director, Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Translational Research (CIDMTR),University of Minnesota.
Minnesota's Migration and Digital Storytelling
an Institute for Teachers
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
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 creatingshort 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 fromTwin 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 formhere
Facilitated by staff from the Immigration History Research Center

Teaching about Genocide 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
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 contentknowledge about the origin and legal ramifications of the term genocide, and how various groups, such as the United Nations and the Media, addressed thetwo genocides. Each session will includeengaging activities that can be used insecondary and post-secondary classrooms. By the end of thesemester, participants will have a collection of materialsfor their classrooms, including resources, teaching methods, and teaching units.
Institute leads: James Wahutu, PhD Candidate in Sociology UMN and Nancy Ziemer, high school teacher

AFRICAAfrica in the Classroom
A Summer Institute for Educators
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
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'sArt 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 proposalhere.

Area high school teachers have a paid opportunity to developresources 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 fromJune 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.

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