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 Spring 2018 workshops and events.

Additionally, the GSC can provide funding support for K-12 teachers and other educators. For more information about funding/ grant opportunities for educators, please contact Lisa Bromberg:

Upcoming Workshops & Events for Spring 2018

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.

The Farming of Bones (1998) by Edwidge Danticat

Date & Time: February 6, 2018 5-8pm

Location: 4130 Posvar Hall

Prof. Felix Germain (Pitt, Africana Studies) will lead the discussion. Books, dinner, parking and  Act 48 hours provided. Online registration closed, please contact Lisa Bromberg.

Antigone by Sophocles

Date & Time: March 6, 2018, 5-8 pm

Location:  4130 Posvar

Prof. Jacques Bromberg (Pitt, Classics) will lead the discussion. Register here by February 9.

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Date & Time: April 4, 2018, 5-8 pm

Location:  4130 Posvar

Prof. Jeanette Jouili (Pitt, Religious Studies) will lead the discussion. Register here by March 12.

Interdisciplinary Global Working Group for educators

Date & Time: March 3, April 7, and May 5, 9am-12pm

Location: Posvar Hall

What does it mean for a course, module, or lesson to be "global'? In part, it means looking at a question from multiple lenses-whether political, economic, social, cultural, ecological, or other. What better way to approach global curriculum planning (and to model collaborative learning for our students!) than to partner with colleagues from other disciplines in the same school? The University Center for International Studies at Pitt is offering a new program that will provide teachers with the time, space, and material support to gather with like-minded colleagues and (re)design an interdisciplinary, global unit or lesson.
We are currently accepting applications from teams of 2-4 teachers. We will meet three Saturday mornings (3/3, 4/7, and 5/5) from 9-12noon, and new content must be taught in the 2018-2019 school year. At each meeting, you will work intensively with your teammates, receive feedback from other participants, and learn about strategies for interdisciplinary teaching. We welcome teams that include teachers, librarians, curriculum development specialists, and/or administrative personnel. Ideally, each member of the team should interact with the same group of students.
Benefits to you: Free parking, Act 48 credit hours, $300 stipend, and a mini-grant (up to $200 for your team) for curricular materials of your choosing
To apply, send a word document with the following to Lisa Bromberg by February 6th:
1.)   Your school name
2.)   A list of people working on the project, including their departments and titles, and each person's contact information
3.)   Your project proposal (1-2 pages), which must address:

a.     The global nature of your proposed topic

b.     The role of each person in teaching the material to the same group of students

c.     How many lessons, days, or weeks the project will last

d.     When you anticipate teaching it

e.     How many students will be impacted

Please contact Lisa Bromberg with any questions.

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

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