As a National Resource Center, the Center for the Study of Global Change is proud to support K-12 teacher workshops and professional development opportunities. We can customize these opportunities for the needs of any given school district. Stay tuned for future workshop opportunities, and see below for past examples.
PreK - 12 Teacher Workshops
Register for K-12 Workshops
Institute for K-8 Educators: The UN Sustainable Development Goals
This online institute, run synchronously and asynchronously, aims to enhance K-8 teachers’ global competence so that they can create meaningful an d high impact global learning opportunities for their students. Through a focus on the the UN Sustainable Development Goals, participants will explore how today’s pressing global challenges are experienced in local communities around the world. Teachers will build knowledge and skills to infuse their classrooms with global content and perspectives, fostering student-led, project-based, standards-aligned teaching and learning.
Participants should have basic knowledge of the SDGs prior to participating in this workshop. For access to a video of an earlier SDG workshop, email Vesna Dimitrieska at Vdimitri@indiana.edu.
In this institute, participants will:
- Gain access to an online course including videos and other learning materials to learn at their own pace
- Participate in two or three synchronous sessions with other educators passionate about global education (2 required, one optional)
- Receive 15 Professional Growth Points
- Earn a $150 stipend, dependent on completing the entire course and participating in two synchronous sessions
In order to register for this Institute, you will need to create an IU guest account. Follow the instructions here.
How the Course Will Run
The course will be run in Canvas. You will be added to the Canvas page with your IU guest username the week of March 29. The Institute will run in three phases, as outlined below.
**Participants are also invited to join us for an optional synchronous session on Monday, April 19 at 4:30pm
- Monday, April 5 at 4:30 pm: Synchronous Session on Zoom
In this synchronous, virtual meeting held over Zoom, participants will meet each other and begin thinking about how they can use the SDGs in their classrooms. We will also review course logistics, including setting up Canvas, as needed.
- April 5-May 3: Asynchronous, Independent Work on Canvas
Participants will have four weeks to work through four modules on Canvas. Modules include short video lectures, texts to read, a discussion board, and materials for further research.
**Participants are invited to join us for an optional synchronous session on Monday, April 19**
Module 1: Introduction
This module introduces participants to the SDGs and a framework for using the SDGs in the K-12 classroom.
Module 2: People and the SDGs
In this module, participants will learn how countries in certain world regions are addressing issues of social sustainability
Module 3: Planet
In this module, participants will learn how countries in certain world regions are addressing issues of environmental sustainability
Module 4: Teaching with the SDGs
In this module, participants will hear how teachers around the world are incorporating the SDGs into their classrooms.
- Monday, May 3 at 4:30 pm: Synchronous Session on Zoom
In this synchronous, virtual meeting held over Zoom, participants will convene to brainstorm how to apply what they have learned in their own classrooms.
This Workshop is Presented By:
This workshop is presented by the IU Title VI National Resource Centers and the School of Education at Indiana University:
- African Studies Program (ASP)
- Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
- Center for the Study of Global Change (CGC)
- Center for the Study of Middle East (CSME)
- East Asian Studies Center (EASC)
- Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC)
- Institute for European Studies
- Russian and East European Institute (REEI)
- Teaching in Times of Crisis: Learning from Educators Around the World
For many educators in the United States, teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic was their first experience teaching in a crisis. Across the country, teachers rose to the occasion in a myriad of creative ways, yet often relied on trial and error to meet the complex challenges posed by providing high-quality education in an emergency. Many teachers felt alone in this work and lacked guidance on best practices; however, teachers around the world have been teaching in a range of crises for many years and we can learn from their experiences.
In this webinar series, K–12 educators in the United States heard from those who have been providing education in crisis for years. Educators from around the world shared their experiences, tools, and strategies for providing high-quality education in crisis settings. Replay the webinar video on Youtube.
- Indiana University's U.S. Department of Education designated National Resource Centers
- Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies
Webinar 1: Teaching in Times of Crisis - Challenges and Opportunities (July 17, 10 am - 12 pm)
In this webinar, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the role that education plays in emergency settings and hear how educators around the world experienced and responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will be introduced to global guidelines that articulate the minimum level of educational quality and access in emergencies through to recovery.
Facilitated by Bente Sandal-Aase, Global Specialist, and Natalie Brackett, Standards and Practice Coordinator for the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies
- Olena Statkevich, middle school English teacher in Kyiv, Ukraine
- Hadeel Kazim, English teacher in Damascus, Syria
- Kenzhegul Kadirova, middle and high school English teacher in Almaty, Kazakhstan
- Bruna Inglese, Italy
Webinar 2: Supporting Teachers in a Crisis - Teacher Well-Being and Self Care (July 24, 10 am - 12 pm)
In crisis situations, teachers put extensive time and energy towards supporting their students’ learning and growth, while simultaneously struggling themselves with the daily realities of living through a crisis. While the stress of teaching is often exacerbated during a crisis, little attention is given to supporting teacher well-being. In this webinar, educators from around the world will share their experiences and strategies for supporting their own mental health and well-being during a crisis situation.
Facilitated by Danielle Falk, Teachers College, Columbia University
- Moisa Saidu, Sierra Leone and New York
- Aguer Mayen, teacher in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
- Shakira Pietri Burgos, teacher and educational leader, Puerto Rico, with support from Carmen Medina, Associate Professor at Indiana University
Webinar 3: Supporting Students in a Crisis - Psychosocial Support and Social Emotional Learning (July 31, 10 am - 12 pm)
The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic combined with extensive time out of school has negatively impacted the mental health and well-being of many children. In this webinar, participants will learn about the value of psychosocial support and social emotional learning (PSS-SEL) in a crisis situation and hear the experiences of educators who have provided PSS-SEL in a range of emergency settings. Speakers will focus on ways to provide PSS-SEL through distance learning and in health crises.
Facilitated by Rachel Smith, Project Manager, Psychosocial Support and Social Emotional Learning at the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies
- Dr Wakil Bukar, Teacher Education Specialist, and Bem Tivkaa, Wellbeing Specialist with Save the Children/FHI360 in Nigeria
- Rana Alsharif, Technical Education Coordinator with NRC in Jordan
- Eeman Mazloum, Teacher for Plan International in Egypt
Webinar 4: Going Back to School: What it is Like to Teach in a Continuing COVID Crisis (August 6, 7 pm - 9 pm)
As fall quickly approaches, many uncertainties remain as educators prepare for their return to the classroom: What will it be like to teach in a socially distanced classroom? What sort of academic and emotional support will students need, and how can teachers ensure equity in providing it? How will students feel about returning to school? In this webinar, participants will hear from three teachers who have returned to the classroom following a coronavirus shutdown.
Facilitated by Chris Henderson, co-chair of the Teaching in Crisis Context Collaborative
- Felicity Powell, secondary teacher in New Zealand
- Kyungmin Lee, high school English teacher in South Korea
- Zengxian Mo, middle school English teacher in Suzhou, China
- Nourit Ben David Erez, special education English teacher in Ashdod, Israel
- Institute for K-8 Educators
Institute for K-8 Educators: The UN Sustainable Development Goals
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, this institute will be offered in two parts. Through this webinar, teachers will learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how they can be used to create meaningful and high-impact global learning opportunities. Teachers will build knowledge and skills to infuse their classrooms with global content and perspectives, fostering student-led, project-based, and solutions-driven teaching and learning.
- Part I: Sustainable Development Goals Webinar
- Part II: Sustainable Development Goals Institute
Participants will receive:
- Introduction to UN Sustainable Development Goals.
- Teaching and learning materials.
- Professional Growth Points.
- $100 stipend for every participant that completes a post-webinar reflection.
- Possibility to pre-register for two-day Fall Institute.
- Preparing Students for the Global Workforce
Preparing Students for the Global Workforce: Global Competencies for Career and Technical Education Programs
Professional Development for K-12 Teachers was offered this summer through free virtual workshops. The workshops taught the meaning of global competencies, and how to align them with Indiana's K-12 curriculum and Employability Skills Standards. Educational resources and strategies that easily adapt to classroom use were shared and discussed. Teachers have the opportunity to initiate a lesson plan. It was designed for educators in Indiana’s Career and Technical Education programs. This opportunity was provided by Indiana University's federally designated National Resource Centers.
Option I: Virtual Workshop in partnership with Hoosier Hills Career Center
June 17th-18th, 2020. 9 am-12:30 pm. Free, with the possibility to receive a stipend.
Option II: Virtual Workshop in partnership with McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology
July 1st, 2020. Full-Day. Free, with the possibility to receive a stipend.
- Resources and classroom materials for teaching global competencies.
- Global Indiana map.
- Professional Growth Points.
- $50 Stipend for participation and feedback.
- Global Competencies for Career & Technical Educational Programs
This was a free two-day-long workshop led by Heather Singmaster, Director in the Center for Global Education at the Asia Society, where she oversees the Global Cities Education Network and works on integrating global competence into Career Technical Education (CTE) programs.
This workshop covered the topics of Career and Technical Education and Global Employability skills, and was designed to assist educators with integrating global competencies into Employability Skills, CTE programs, and other disciplinary units (such as Economics and Social Studies). There were a mix of activities including an introduction to global learning and global skillsets, instructional resources, module development, dialogue, group work, and curriculum development. This workshop provided participants with a $200 stipend, professional growth points, lunch, and mileage reimbursement.
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- Language Teaching Workshop: Proficiency-Based Standards
The workshop for language educators covered What Does It Mean to be Proficient? (what the various levels of proficiency look like and what it takes to reach those levels) and Two by Two: Moving Along the Proficiency Continuum (examples of good pair activities and how to effectively implement them). Pair work is one of the most effective strategies in giving students the speaking ability they want. In addition to being a highly effective engagement strategy, it allows students to practice in a less exposed setting and provides them many more opportunities to speak than in a teacher-dominated environment. Attendees experienced several pair activities, and were directed to resources that can be accessed for use in their own classrooms.
- Internationalizing K-6 Education
This joint teacher workshop, "K-6 Internationalization Summer Institute: Fostering Global Readiness in our Students", featured experts from across IU’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies & School of Education. Objectives included infusing global perspectives into curricula that align with Indiana academic standards and learning about networks and resources that promote global learning. Partipants received training packets, classroom materials, and access to online resources.
- Reitz Memorial High School Workshop
The Global Center, with campus partners in the School of Education, offered a day-long workshop with follow-up check-ins on comprehensive internationalization to Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville, Indiana. The workshop was customized to address the unique concerns at Memorial and meet the needs of the interdisciplinary teachers.
These workshops are facilitated and funded by Indiana University’s Center for the Study of Global Change, a federally designated National Resource Center, along with partnering IU centers.