The GSC outreach program draws on the outstanding resources available at Pitt in order to provide resources and sponsor activities that enrich the intellectual and cultural life of K-12 students and teachers, university/college faculty, local business groups, and the Pittsburgh community in general. The GSC outreach program offers six different types of resources:
- Professional development
- Act 48 Credit
- Lending library and resources
- Speakers bureau
Workshops can be held on Pitt’s main campus for those who want to incorporate global studies into their curriculum or practice. Workshops typically feature presentations given by faculty from disciplines such as anthropology, political science, history, music, sociology, education, and others. Past workshops include: Free at Last? Pittsburgh’s Place in the Atlantic World; Understanding Islamic Frameworks in a Global Context; How to Teach the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 45 Minutes; and Materials Development for the Less Commonly Taught Languages.
GSC sponsors a variety of professional development activities for those who wish to improve their teaching/practice and understanding of critical global issues. These events are free and can be hosted at Pitt or a local venue. Opportunities include day-long workshops each semester; certification/development points; lectures on global issues; and funding support for K-12 teachers. Funding permitting, GSC also offers experiences overseas for K-12 teachers and area faculty during the summer. In 2009, GSC was awarded a Fulbright Hays Short-Term Study Tour for Educators, which permits GSC to take twelve K-12 teachers to Egypt for four weeks. From this experience, teachers develop lessons plans and materials pertinent to their professional needs and interests.
Act 48 Credit
GSC and the University Center for International Studies offer Act 48 credit for workshops and professional development opportunities, which satisfy the development point requirements of public school systems in the Pittsburgh area.
Lending Library and Resources
Educators, students, and community members have access to the growing GSC lending library. The collection includes books for all ages; instructional videos; culture kits; films; and other materials related to global issues. A variety of lesson plans can also be downloaded from our Web site for free.
GSC facilitates access to speakers and guest lecturers. University faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students are available to speak at schools and other venues about various topics of interest related to global issues.
GSC sponsors at least one, and often up to three, lectures on campus in any given week during the academic year. All lectures are listed on our events calendar on the GSC Web site. These events last one to two hours and cover all aspects of global issues. Presenters range from policy makers to academics to non-profit sector leaders.