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Professional Development Seminar for Teachers of Russian

Join a community of high school Russian teachers and make further connections as you share your classroom culture, communicate across many topics, and compare best practices, creative ideas, innovative techniques and practical solutions.

American Councils, ACTR/ACCEL, will offer a fall weekend workshop which will focus on standards-based and proficiency-based curriculum planning across all levels, with the final goal being the Prototype AP® Russian Program and articulation into college level language programs. Special attention will be made to incorporate local conditions into the design and implementation, while working within the context of online delivery systems and online materials (Russnet).

A special session will focus on the Prototype AP® Russian Program and Examination. Upon completion of this special session, teachers will be certified to administer the Prototype AP® Russian at their home schools.

Where: Washington, D.C.
When: October 5-8, 2012
Registration: $200
Travel and accommodations are participant’s responsibility.
Application Deadline: August 31, 2012
Contact: Camelot Marshall (marshall@americancouncils)


Posted in: Teacher Development

Lead Instructor and Guest Lecturers for IREX Teachers for Global Classrooms program

About IREX

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, women and youth.

Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $70 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide. IREX employs field-tested methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and locally-driven solutions with our partners in more than 100 countries.

Position Summary

IREX seeks candidates for a lead instructor and guest lecturers to administer an online global education professional development course.

The Teachers for Global Classrooms program, a program of the Department of State and administered by IREX, strives to build capacity for globalizing U.S. classrooms and core curriculum by providing American secondary educators with intensive training in skills, techniques, and methodologies that would facilitate this process. The online professional development course objectives include, but are not limited to:

·Defining and analyzing the term global education for secondary education;
·Identifying and characterizing global competencies and best practices in secondary education;
·Adapting and integrating global competencies into core curriculum and standards;
·Reflecting on professional application and practice;
·Developing and refining unit plan(s) with global perspective; and
·Creating or expanding tools for assessing student work with a global education lens. Continue reading →

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Summer Institute: Slavic and Eurasian Languages–Acquisition, Techniques, and Technologies

July 16-18, 2012
Duke University
Durham, NC

The Duke Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center will host a summer institute from July 16-18 for instructors (K-12 and university faculty) and language program coordinators in Slavic and Eurasian languages.

Speakers from Duke University, the U.S. Department of Defense, the University of Arizona, and other leading institutions will present on topics including

· Teaching language and culture through film

· Specialized language instruction at the advanced and superior levels

· The use of technology in the language classroom

· Integrating heritage students in the language classroom

· Addressing the needs of differently-abled students

· Using computer technologies to create pedagogical materials

· The role of grammar in proficiency-based instruction

· Popular culture and language instruction

· Web resources for Slavic and East European language teachers

Cost: There are NO registration or tuition fees to attend the SEELRC Summer Institute. However, participants must pay for their own travel expenses, accommodations, and food. Lunches and one dinner will be provided. Depending on the availability of funds, SEELRC may award partial stipends to defray travel costs to qualified applicants.

Lodging: SEELRC staff will assist participants in making housing arrangements. Accommodations will be either on the Duke campus or within walking distance to Duke.

Attendance for the summer institute is limited to 20 people.

Interested language instructors should contact Michael Newcity at for further information.

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Fully Funded Summer Teaching Seminar – STARTALK

Lesnoe Ozero at Concordia Language Villages has announced a fully-funded opportunity for teachers of Russian to receive 4 graduate credit hours for two weeks of study in the field of Russian pedagogy which includes seminars, observation and hands-on training at Lesnoe ozero, in the Minnesota Northwoods. There is also a travel stipend for attendees. This is the 3rd summer Lesnoe ozero has received STARTALK funding to support Professional Development programs for Teachers of Russian. There are 2 spots still open. This opportunity is open to any primary or secondary teacher, college graduate interested in teaching Russian, graduate student or college professor. Please share this with any one in who might be interested. For more info and to apply

Posted in: Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.), Teacher Development

Summer Teacher Institute: Feeding the World

Challenges to Achieving Food Security
Summer Teacher Institute

June 25-27, 2012

The University of Chicago
Swift Hall, 3rd Floor
1025 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

This interdisciplinary 3-day institute will explore the concept of global food security. We will discuss the challenges to providing all people with physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, nutritious food.

18 CPDUs offered for 3-day attendance

More information can be found here:

Posted in: Teacher Development

Summer Teacher Institute: The US in Afghanistan

2012 Chicago Summer Institute

The U.S. in Afghanistan: History and Civic
Engagement in the Classroom
June 20-22, 2012
The Newberry Library – Chicago, IL

More information and an application can be found at
Applications are due by Monday, April 9, 2012

The Choices Program

Brown University’s Choices Program invites teachers to apply for a 2012 Summer Institute
focused on engaging students in critical examination and dialogue on the U.S. role in

The Institute will be co-led by two Chicago area classroom teachers who are Choices
Teaching Fellows. The goal of this Summer Institute, as well as our work in the Chicago
area as a whole, is to build a community of educators who are dedicated to collaborating
with each other in teaching about contested international issues, and who wish to develop
their students’ skills and habits of active civic engagement. The 2012 Chicago Summer
Institute will mark the beginning of this Chicago-based initiative. Activities and mentoring
will continue throughout the 2012-13 school year and beyond.

Posted in: Teacher Development

Teacher Workshop, The Common Core: Getting There Globally

University of Chicago Teacher Workshop

The Common Core: Getting There Globally
A professional development workshop designed to provide resources for globally-minded educators.

Monday, May 14
University of Chicago
Pick Hall, Room 105
5828 South University Avenue
Chicago IL, 60637

The Common Core’s skill-based standards provide ample opportunity – and encouragement – for educators to engage with global content and cultures. What they don’t offer is practical ideas about how to do so. In this workshop led by Primary Source, we will explore the range of global literary and informational texts and learn about ways to find such texts for different grade levels and pair or cluster them to support different Common Core skills. Activity ideas for various grade levels will be featured in breakout sessions, and participants will leave with specific ideas and resources for addressing the Common Core reading and writing standards while enhancing students’ global knowledge and engagement.

Designed for K-12 teachers and administrators of the humanities subjects.

2 CPDUs offered

Registration required.
Register at:

Attendees will receive a copy of “Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our Youth to Engage the World.”

If you are unable to attend this workshop, but would like to learn more about Primary Source. Please visit their webpage at or contact Deborah Cunningham at or 617.923.9933 x29

Posted in: Teacher Development, University of Chicago Events

Heritage Language Teacher Workshop

Heritage Language Teacher Workshop
July 16-20, 2012

The UCLA National Heritage Language Resource Center and STARTALK will offer a 5 day summer workshop for heritage language teachers. The workshop is open to instructors at all levels (K-16), including community schools, public and private.

This workshop is designed to address issues at the heart of heritage language teaching, including the differences between teaching L2 and HL learners, differentiated instruction, learner strategies, assessment, using the 5 Cs in heritage instruction, and more. Workshop participants will create and present a final group project for their language.

There is no charge for the workshop. A limited number of stipends will be available to cover travel and accommodations for out-of-state and non-local participants.

For more information on this program and on past workshops go to

The online application is due by April 15, 2012.

Questions? Please contact us by email at

Startalk funding will support instructors of Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu.
NHLRC will support other instructors of other languages.
Come and be a part of this wonderful experience!

All replies should be sent to

Posted in: Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.), Teacher Development

Teacher Workshop, Stereotyping Islam: Imagining the Muslim Enemy

Stereotyping Islam: Imagining the Muslim Enemy

This teacher workshop will provide the educator with a deeper understanding of the roots and influences of common stereotypes associated with Muslims and the Middle East. All sessions will be led by Alex Barna, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago.

April 13, 2012
Pick Hall, Room 105
5828 South University Avenue
Chicago IL, 60637

8:30AM Registration
9:00AM-10:30AM “The Origin and Purpose of Negative Stereotyping” (Presentation I and Discussion)
10:45AM-12PM “Faces of the Muslim Enemy” (Presentation II and Discussion)
12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch (not included)
1:00PM-2:00PM “Comparing Anti-Semitic, Anti-Catholic, and Anti-Islamic Images and Discourse” (Presentation III)
2:00PM-2:45PM Curriculum Discussion
2:45PM-3:00PM Program Conclusion/Evaluation

Register at:

Intended for 6th-12th grade teachers, but open to all interested individuals

5 CPDUs offered Continue reading →

Posted in: Chicago Events, Teacher Development, University of Chicago Events

Teacher Workshop: “Islam and Identity in Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia”

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
University of Chicago
Franke Institute for the Humanities
(1100 E 57th St, JRL S-118)
Cost: $0

Teachers will recieve 3.5 CPDUs for attending. Registration is required. Please email to register/

At this workshop teachers will hear presentations that provide a foundation for teaching about the Islamic world and its diversity to their students. The focus will be on two edges of the Islamic world: Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia. Speakers will provide comparisons between Islamic religion and culture in these two regions and will also discuss how they compare with Middle Eastern Islam. The latter half of the workshop will emphasize pedagogy and teachers will have the opportunity to discuss strategies for incorporating new content and developing new lessons.

Please see the following pdf for more details: Islam and Identity in SE Asia and SE Europe_Flier (final)

Posted in: CEERES Events/News, Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.), Teacher Development, University of Chicago Events