K-12 Educator Opportunities

 

The GSC sponsors a variety of professional development activities for those who wish to improve their teaching/practice and understanding of crucial global issues. Such opportunities include day-long and evening educator workshop for continuing education credit; Global Issues Through Literature Series; Global Literary Encounters book discussions; Mini Courses; Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies book discussions; Global Studies Educator Certificate, and various funding opportunities. If you have questions about educator programming, please contact Program Manager Maja Konitzer.

 

Current Opportunities 

Global Issues Through Literature Series (GILS) is a reading group for K-12 educators that explores literary texts from a global perspective. This year’s theme is Graphic Novels in Global Context: Social Justice through Illustration and Text. Content specialists present the work and its context, and participants brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Books and three Act 48 credit hours for each session are provided. 

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Global Literary Encounters Book Discussions are pre-lecture discussions that align with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures “Ten Evenings” series. Global Literary Encounters put prominent world authors and their work in global perspective in order to provide additional insight on writers and engaging issues. 

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Micro-Courses are offered each semester by the Center, in partnership with Carnegie Melon University, to provide in-depth learning experiences on specific topic over the course of a weekend. Interested students from Pitt or CMU can enroll and receive 1 academic credit, and K-12 educators can enroll and receive Act 48 credits. Previous topics include “Cities and Social Justice,” “Muslims and Migration,” and “Global Health and Climate Change.” The upcoming Fall 2022 micro-course is titled Technology, Humanity, and Social Justice. Educators may register until November 4th, 2022.

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Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS) is a collaboration of academic, non-profit, and religious organizations in the tri-state area (Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia). CERIS facilitates program development and disseminates information on Islamic Studies to students, faculty, and communities at large. Programming includes conferences and book discussions, including the upcoming CERIS Fall 2022 Book Discussion on “The Meursault Investigation,” written by Kamel Doued and facilitated by Anouar Rahmani.

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