Summer Institutes


Taking Action: Acting Locally Linking Globally

Date: June 18-21, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Place: TIES Building,1667 Snelling Ave N, Falcon Heights, MN 55108
CEUs: 30
Cost: $100 

Are you a K-16 educator interested in incorporating action into your course of study?  Wanting to relate civic engagement to global competencies? Interested in the role of youth voice in the process? Curious about related readings that might foster empathy? Join educators steeped in these areas for an immersive experience in preparing students to become active in their communities and world.

Participants will...

  • Experience activities that are replicable in the classroom

  • Understand how to incorporate students into the development and implementation of action plans

  • Receive tools and templates

  • Develop an academically-aligned unit plan including rigorous assessments

Daily international lunches, field trips, related readings, and experiential activities included. Institute presenters include Maddy Wegner, Elizabeth Koenig, and Sue Root of the National Youth Leadership Council, Julie Bascom of Edina Schools, and Deborah Jane of the Institute for Global Studies. (There are a limited number of $750 stipends available for educators attending this institute and interested in adapting their African-related curriculum to include community action the following week, June 25-29, 2018  Taking Action Curriculum Development)

Taking Action Curriculum Development 

Date: June 25-29,2018
Time: 9:00-4:30 pm
Place: TIES Building, 1667 Snelling Ave N, Falcon Heights, MN 55108
CEUs: 40
Cost: free (but must be registered for Taking Action: Acting Locally Linking Globally summer institute)
Registration deadline:  until full.  (Stipends will be awarded in a rolling basis starting January 15, 2018 until all funding has been used)
Register here to be considered

The African Studies Initiative is pleased to announce a paid opportunity for experienced K-14 teachers working with African content who are attending the summer institute Taking Action: Acting Locally Linking GloballyJune 18-21, 2018. During the week following the summer institute, from June 25-29, those educators accepted to the program will work alongside other K-14 teachers and pre service teachers to develop African related curriculum linked with taking action.

Position Benefits

  • Professional Experience - develop curriculum on African content for Institute for Global Studies web resource page
  • Teach - share your global perspectives and experiences
  • Paid position: earn stipend of $750

Position Requirements

  • Must be a currently licensed teacher
  • Must be eligible for employment
  • Must develop curriculum with lesson plans linking African content and taking action
  • Must be available from 9;00-4:30 from June 18-21 (must be registered for Taking Action: Acting Locally, Linking Globally summer institute) and June 25-29,2018 (during curriculum development institute).


June 18-21,2018  participate in Taking Action: Acting Locally, Linking Globally summer institute
June 25-29, 2018 participate in Taking Action Curriculum Development


Develop complete lessons and units containing African content and taking action steps which will be shared at Institute for Global Studies Educator Resources

Gender and Genocide: Uncovering Absent Narratives in Mass Violence and Human Rights Education

Date: June 25-28, 2018
Time: 9:00-4:30
Place: Room 415 Blegen, West Bank UMN
Cost: $100
CEUs: 30
Gender matters. Gender matters in our curriculum and classrooms, yet too often gendered experiences are left unacknowledged, unexplored, and untaught. How can educators bring such absented narratives into their classrooms to provide more-balanced perspectives, especially around issues of mass violence and human rights, and help students draw connections between content and their lived experiences?
In this weeklong seminar for K-16 educators, we will examine various topics related to gender and genocide, such as the experiences of women and girls and LGBTQ2 communities in the context of mass violence, rape and sexual violence, and legal and humanitarian responses to such human rights abuses. The seminar will feature interactive presentations from expert guest lecturers, as well as discussions about ways to transform the latest academic research into engaging lesson activities and unit plans for students. The workshop will invite reflection on the challenges of presenting painful and sensitive issues and materials in classroom-appropriate ways. Participants will work together with fellow educators and guest experts, utilizing the resources of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) and Human Rights Program (HRP), to create and modify unit and lesson plans to bring the content of the workshop to their classrooms. Educators will have the opportunity to earn $100 for creating lesson materials to be made available on the CHGS website.


Madagascar Study Tour


Dates: July 27-August 10, 2018
Deborah Jane, from the University of Minnesota African Studies Initiative,  has been invited by Boston University staff to help facilitate the academic portion of the Global Exploration for Educators Organization trip to Madagascar this summer.  A few openings for educator participants are still available.  In addition to the organized educational trip itself, participants will receive CEUs, country-specific lesson plans and teaching resources, and post-trip curriculum development support.  Join Deborah and others on an amazing trip this summer.  

See Boston University program flyer here with information about available stipends for educators coming from Minority Serving Institutions.

See trip information here.