The K-12 outreach program of the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies is dedicated to providing primary and secondary school teachers and students in the Pittsburgh region and beyond with resources to promote understanding of the cultures, languages, histories, politics and societies of the nations of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, through school visits, the Pitt Model United Nations program, resource collections, and professional development seminars for teachers. Thanks to the support of a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the US Department of Education, most REEES outreach services are offered free of charge to the schools.
REEES provides outreach programs to K-12 schools in the following formats:
School Visits Program
This program gives Pittsburgh-area teachers the opportunity to enhance students’ educational experiences and enrich the curriculum by bringing experts on, and visitors from, the REEES region to speak at the schools. School visitors may speak on a wide variety of topics related to Eastern Europe, Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union, including language, culture, history, current issues and the arts. Lessons on the Russian alphabet and basic phrases, Ukrainian egg decorating, etc. are available. Faculty at colleges in the Pittsburgh region also may request speakers. Visits are free of charge to the schools, although REEES requests at least three weeks’ advance notice. To schedule a school visit for your classroom, please contact REEES.
Visit the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) Outreach website for access to educational resources developed for collaborative events held by Pitt’s international studies centers, including REEES.