Professional Development for Educators

The GSC and Professional Development for Educators

The GSC sponsors a variety of professional development activities for those who wish to improve their teaching/practice and understanding of critical global issues. Such opportunities include day-long workshops; certification/ development points; lectures on global issues etc.

See the schedule below for our upcoming Fall 2017 workshops and events.

Additional the GSC can provide funding support for K-12 teachings and other educators. For example, the GSC offers oversea experience for K-12 teachers and are faculty during the summer. In 2009, the GSC was awarded a Fulbright Hays Short-Term Study Tour for Educators, which permits the GSC to take 12 teachers to Egypt for 4 weeks. This experience enables teachers to develop lesson plans and materials pertinent to their professional needs and interests.

For more information about funding/ grant opportunities for educators, please contact Lisa Bromberg:

Upcoming Workshops & Events for Fall 2017

Global Issues Through Literature 2017-2018 

Authors Under Authoritarianism

Sponsored by: The Global Studies Center

Contact: Lisa Bromberg, 

What is life like under authoritarian regimes, especially for writers, artists, and other creative thinkers whose aim is to loosen, bend, and even break the rules? Do harsh regulations constrict or condone innovative artistic practices? How can authors subvert authoritarianism through writing? What happens if they get caught? This year’s Global Issues Through Literature series, a reading group designed for K-12 educators to learn and use new texts in the classroom, will travel the world through the eyes of authors writing under authoritarianism to try to understand the role of literature as document, commentator, and critic of restrictive regimes.

  • Night Birds and Other Short Stories (1993) by Khet Mar

Date & Time: October 27, 2017 5-8pm

Location: 4130 Posvar Hall

Khet Mar is a Burmese writer and political activist who was  persecuted, tortured, and imprisoned in her home country. She is currently living at City of Asylum in Ithaca, NY as an exiled writer-in-residence. Her short novel about two oppressed teenagers speaking  to each other through their apartment windows was, in her  words, “a fictional way to  express what happened to me in jail.” Yet, the Burmese censors read the plot as  metaphor and banned the novel. Khet Mar will lead the discussion herself, in person. We  will conclude with ideas for using the texts in the classroom. Books, dinner, parking and  Act 48 hours provided. Register here by September 25.

  • The Teeth of the Comb (2017) by Osama Alomar

Date & Time: November 6, 2017, 6-8 pm

Location:  City of Asylum (40 W. North Ave)

Osama Alomar is a prominent Syrian writer of al-quisa al-quasira  jiddan, or what has  been called “flash fiction.” These extremely short  stories (sometimes only one or two  sentences) have the appeal of a fable. Currently an exiled writer-in-residence at City of  Asylum in Pittsburgh, Alomar will be conducting this session himself at City of Asylum  (40 W. North Ave). Participants are asked to watch a 45-minute long dialogue between  Prof. Uma Satyavolu (English) and Lisa Bromberg (Global Studies Center) prior to  attending, to glean interesting background information on Alomar's innovative form and  ideas for classroom use. Books and Act 48 credit hours provided. Dinner TBA. Register here by October 1.

Pittsburgh's World Language Connections Day

Date & Time: November 7, 2017, 9am-2pm

Location: Fox Chapel Area High School, 611 Field Club Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Fox Chapel Area High School is proud to announce this year's Pittsburgh World Language Connection Day, with Keynote speaker Professor Richard Donato. This is a great opportunity for world language teachers to learn about new pedagogies. Bring along your principals, curriculum directors, and administrators to learn about how to enhance your school's international programs through meaningful and fun community connections. For more information see the Eventbrite website here. To register click here.

Past Workshops: For an archive of past workshops, please visit this link.

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