Interdisciplinary Global Educators Working Group

Monday, June 21, 2021 - 10:00am to Friday, June 25, 2021 - 2:00pm

Have you wished for the opportunity to work with colleagues at your school to globalize a unit, lesson, or module? Are you looking for an opportunity to have your students examine political, economic, social, cultural, ecological questions from multiple lenses? Then this is a great chance to draw on the expertise of your colleagues, collaborate (and model collaborative learning for your students!), and produce a truly unique and inspired lesson plan. At the University Center for International Studies, we are excited to offer you the space and resources in this paid opportunity to do such work! 


Science and French teachers might team up to offer a lesson on global warming in the francophone world; or Art, English, and Social Studies teachers might develop a unit on responses to the global refugee crisis in art and literature. We are looking forward to hearing your ideas!



10:00AM – 10:30AM: Welcome and Introductions, Teams introduce their projects (2 min each)

10:30AM – 11:15AM: Michael Goodhart, Director, Global Studies Center

11:15AM – 11:45AM: Maura Doyle, Oakland Catholic School Team

11:45AM – 12:00PM: Q&A

12:00PM – 12:30PM: LUNCH

12:30PM – 1:55PM: Teams work in their breakout rooms

1:55PM – 2:00PM: Closing remarks and prep for Wednesday workshop



10:00AM – 10:05AM: Welcome

10:05AM – 10:45AM: Cindy McNulty, Global Studies Educator

10:45AM – 11:15AM: Holly Mawn, Jessica Nolan & Jennifer Lakin, The Ellis School Team

11:15AM – 11:30AM: Q&A

11:30AM –1:55PM: Teams work in their breakout rooms (with working lunch)

1:55PM – 2:00PM: Closing remarks and prep for Friday workshop



10:00AM – 10:05AM: Welcome

10:05AM – 12:00PM: Teams work in their breakout rooms

12:00PM – 12:30PM: LUNCH

12:30PM – 1:30PM: Teams work in their breakout rooms

1:30PM – 2:00PM: Brief “final” presentations by Teams

2:00PM: Closing remarks


What educators will receive:

  • Time, space, and material support to gather with like-minded colleagues and (re)design an interdisciplinary, global unit or lesson.
  • Act 48 credit hours and a $300 stipend.
  • A mini-grant (up to $200) for your team to purchase curricular materials to teach your new lesson/unit.

What Pitt’s Graduate and Undergraduate Teacher Education Students will receive:

  • An opportunity to observe and contribute to (re)designing an interdisciplinary, global lesson/unit.
  • Tuition remission for 1-credit course during Summer I term is available upon request.



  • Workshop Dates: June 21, 23, 25, 2021, 10:00am – 2:00pm (lunch break from 12:00pm – 12:30pm), and new content must be taught in the 2021-2022 academic year. *Attendance at all sessions is required.
  • Working Group for K-12 educators: Apply as a team of 2-4 teachers from different subject areas at the same school. This opportunity is open to elementary, middle, and high school teachers. At each meeting, you will work 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.
  • Graduate and Undergraduate Teacher Education students: This opportunity is open to current Graduate and Undergraduate Teacher Education students. You will be assigned to a team of K-12 educators currently teaching in a school working on (re)designing an interdisciplinary, global lesson/unit based on your interest in the topic/theme/discipline of available projects.


Application Deadline EXTENDED: May 24th - Please refer to the Registration tab for the application

Accepted applications will be notified by May 28.

*Any further questions? Direct them to Maja Konitzer.*


University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Goodhart is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also holds secondary appointments in Philosophy and in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Dr. Goodhart is a Director of Pitt’s Global Studies Center and co-President of the Association for Political Theory. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles. Some of Dr. Goodhart’s published works include the monographs such as Injustice: Political Theory for the Real World published by the Oxford University Press in 2018, and Democracy as Human Rights: Freedom and Equality in the Age of Globalization published by Routledge in 2005. In addition, some of the edited collections include Social Movements and World-System Transformation (with Jackie Smith, Patrick Manning, and John Markoff). New York: Routledge, 2017 and Human Rights: Politics and Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, 2012, 2016 – amongst other published works.
Oakland Catholic
Maura Doyle is a teacher in the Social Studies Department at Oakland Catholic and teaches primarily Modern World History in addition to several elective courses. She has participated in a wide variety of UCIS, Global Studies, and NCTA programming, including a 2019 study tour to China. Last Summer, Maura participated in the Interdisciplinary Global Educators working group with her coworker Heidi Rinkacs, which resulted in the creation of an interdisciplinary unit teaching the enduring impact of colonialism through literature.
Cindy McNulty recently retired after 44 years of teaching English and Social Studies, most recently AP Human Geography and Intro to Global Studies. She has worked with several centers within UCIS, but most closely with the Global Studies Center and the National Consortium for Teaching Asia. Her association with the Global Studies Center is extensive, having attended book groups, mini-courses, and a Fulbright-Hays Study Tour to Egypt, which resulted in a curriculum unit examining the range of possibilities for Egypt after the Arab Spring. She has also made curriculum implementation presentations for several GSC/NCTA mini-courses, most recently on the topic of the global water crisis. For three summers she served as one of the core instructors for the Governor's School for Global and International Studies and in the 2018-19 school year she piloted the College in the High School course, Intro to Global Studies. She also created and directed a Global Competence certificate program, the Global Competence Initiative, at Oakland Catholic High School.
The Ellis
Holly Mawn, Jessica Nolan and Jennifer Lakin are lower school teachers at The Ellis School in Pittsburgh. Jessica teaches fourth grade reading, writing, and social studies. Jen teaches third grade math, Holly teaches third grade reading, and both Jen and Holly teach third grade writing and social studies. The team came together last year to examine the social studies units on immigration that span both grades.
Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh
Maja Konitzer