Summer Institutes

$500-$1250 Stipends for High School and Community College Teachers of African Languages

Deadline: April 1, 2017 (Stipends will be awarded in a rolling basis starting January 15, 2017 until all funding has been used)

The African Studies Initiative at the Institute for Global Studies and CARLA are collaborating to offer $500-$1250 stipends for educators of African Languages (including Arabic and Portuguese) in order to attend a CARLA summer institute. Any K-14 educator who teaches an African language, including Arabic and Portuguese, is eligible to apply. Minneapolis/St Paul area educators are eligible for the $500 stipend.  Educators taking an online course are eligible for the $500 stipend.  Educators who travel more than 100 miles to attend a CARLA institute are eligible for the $1250 stipend. (Note: University of MN instructors are not eligible for this stipend; they may apply for the U of MN LCTL Teacher Scholarship listed above.)

The full line-up of institutes can be found on the CARLA summer institute website.

To apply:

  1. Fill out the Online Google Application Form
  2. Submit a one-page resume and a one-page letter of introduction in which you address how the stipend will aid your professional development and how the Summer Institute will aid your teaching of the African less commonly taught language.  Please email the resume and letter of introduction to Deborah Jane at outreach@umn.edu or send to                             

Deborah Jane
Institute for Global Studies
University of Minnesota
214 Social Science Building
267-19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

You will be notified of your application status two weeks after you submit your application.

Please note: You will be required to register and pay for the institute ahead of time. The $500-$1250 stipends will be processed following the conclusion of the institute. Payment is typically received within 3-4 weeks.

Questions about the application process? Contact Deborah Jane or 612-624-7346

Questions about the CARLA summer institute program? Contact the CARLA office

Stories of Conflict and Hope: African Literature in the High School Classroom

Date: July 10-14, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Place: 1210 Heller Hall, West Bank UMN
CEUs: 30
Cost: $100 

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The value of comprehending the humanity, history, and lives of others from different contexts is increasingly significant in our globalized world. In an ongoing effort to foster a representative understanding of these areas in Africa, the Children's Africana Book Award recognizes quality K-12 books published in the United States on Africa. Each winning title has been vetted by an awards jury which is composed of African Studies and Children’s Literature scholars. During this institute, participants will read, discuss, and plan how to use some of these award winning books in their classroom, as well as delve into a greater understanding of how to read the world through literature. 

There is an optional program running alongside Stories of Conflict and Hope African Literature in the High School Classroom which will offer two licensed teachers who attend the institute an opportunity to work with four preservice teachers to develop curriculum based on institute books.  Participants of this special curriculum development session, June 19-29, will earn $1000 stipend. 

All participants of the institute will receive a free copy of the book and other resources.  

Registration will cover a copy of all the books, resources, lunch and parking.

We will read and discuss the following books:

  • Teaching Globally Reading the World through Literature
  • Black Dove White Raven (Ethiopia)
  • Far From Home (Zimbabwe)
  • Nelson Mandela The Authorized Comic Book
  • Aya Life in Yop City (Ivory Coast)
  • Mzungu Boy (Kenya)
  • Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope (South Africa)
  • The Red Pencil (South Sudan)

Africa in the Classroom, part II

Date: June 19-22, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Place: 1210 Heller Hall, West Bank UMN
CEUs: 30
Cost: $100 (includes lunch, parking vouchers, field trip, and resources).  Pre-service educators can attend free of cost but still must register
Registration deadline: June 5, 2017

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Disparities in water, food, health and migration: all of these play a very important role in Africa historically and today. But how do we teach these sensitive global issues while reflecting a balanced view of Africa? This institute is designed to help educators better integrate Africa into their curriculum in culturally appropriate ways and to give current educators an opportunity to share and learn from each other how to 'teach Africa.'

Curriculum Development for African Literature in the High School Classroom

Date: July 17-20, July 24-27, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Place: 614 Social Sciences, UMN West Bank
CEUs: 60
Cost: NA

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Two licensed, currently employed, high school teachers will work with 4 pre-service teachers to develop curriculum and resources for the literature from the summer institute Stories of Conflict and Hope, African Literature in the High School Classroom, June 12-15, 2017.  In return, the licensed teachers and the preservice teachers will each receive $1000 stipend.

The requirements are as follows:

  • Participants must attend the Stories of Conflict and Hope African Literature in the High School Classroom summer institute, June 12-15, 2017.
  • Participants must be available from 9:00 am-3:00 pm June 19-22 and June 26-29 to work as a team on campus to develop the curriculum and resources.
  • If possible, participants will share their lessons during fall of 2017 on a Saturday workshop with area educators.  (Additional stipends will be given for this.)
  • All parking costs/ metro passes will be covered during the institute AND during the curriculum development session.
  • Lunch will be provided during the Stories of Conflict and Change summer institute but NOT during the curriculum development session.
  • Licensed and pre-service teachers can be either from Social Studies or English/Literacy discipline.

Books from the summer institute Stories of Conflict and Hope include:

  • Teaching Globally Reading the World through Literature
  • Black Dove White Raven (Ethiopia)
  • Far From Home (Zimbabwe)
  • Nelson Mandela The Authorized Comic Book
  • Aya Life in Yop City (Ivory Coast)
  • Mzungu Boy (Kenya)
  • Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope (South Africa)
  • The Red Pencil (South Sudan)