Workshops

Spring 2017

Expanding Visions/ Building Traditions African Curriculum in the Social Studies Classroom

Date: February 7, 2017
Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Place: 614 Social Sciences, West Bank UMN
CEUs: TBD
Cost: Free
Registration deadline: February 6, 2017. Register here 

Want a free trip to the National Council of Social Studies Teachers Conference in San Francisco November 17-19, 2017?  The African Studies Initiative is funding 3-5 K-12 educators to attend the NCSS conference and present lesson plans they have developed on African content. 

Requirements include:

  • Must be a current K-12 educator
  • Must attend an planning  session on February 7 and bring lesson plan (or idea of one) that has African content
  • Must work with colleagues to submit individual or collective proposal of one of the designated presentation types at the NCSS Call For Proposals (due February 27, 2017)
  • Must have proposal accepted
  • Must share your accepted lesson plan for feedback from other educators during the Africa in the Classroom, II institute, June 19-22, 2017 (You are not required to attend the whole institute unless you wish to.)
  • Must commit to working 4 hours in the African Studies Initiative booth in the exhibit hall at NCSS as well as presenting accepted proposal

In return you receive:

  • NCSS Conference Registration ($250 value)
  • Shared room at Conference Hotel with another person from our team
  • Airfare from MSP to San Francisco during conference
  • One spectacular celebration dinner in San Francisco 

This opportunity is funded by the African Studies Initiative

Refugees in Our Classroom

Date: March 1, 2017
Time: 4:30–8:00 p.m.
Place: TBA, West Bank UMN
CEUs: 3
Cost: Free but registration required
Registration deadline: February 1, 2017. Register here 

In conjunction  with the Human Rights Program, the Center for New Americans, the Human Rights Center, the Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Institute for Global Studies is offering an educator training in association with the event Seeking Refuge in a Changing World. In order to receive 3 CEUs, educators will attend both the talk by Ms. Nazario followed by immigration experts from the Advocates for Human Rights and the Center for New Americans.

Humphrey School, University of Minnesota West Bank
March 1, 2017

4:30–6:00 p.m.
Sonia Nazario, "Refugees at our Border"
Ms. Nazario is a Pulitzer Prize winning author who documented "Enrique's Journey," her story of a Honduran boy's struggle to find his mother in the U.S. which was published as a series in the Los Angeles Times. Ms. Nazario will address the issues facing Central American migrants who continue to seek refuge at the southern borders of the United States. Ms. Nazario is well known in in Minnesota for her work, having received the Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award from the Advocates for Human Rights in 2015.

6:30–8:00 p.m.
"Refugees in our Classrooms"
Teacher training on the challenges facing immigrants and refugees who are fleeing mass atrocities and coming to Minnesota under a new federal administration. Immigration experts from the Advocates for Human Rights and the Center for New Americans will facilitate this workshop.

This workshop is funded by the African Studies Initiative, the Institute for Global Studies, and the Ohannesian Fund

After Ebola A Public Health in Africa Workshop for K-12 Educators

Date: March 7, 2017
Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Place: 1210 Heller, West Bank UMN
CEUs: 2
Cost: FREE (includes parking and resources)
Registration deadline: February 5, 2017. Register here

This workshop for K-12 educators will provide an overview of the Ebola epidemic of 2013-2016 in West Africa, and then will focus on what has happened in the aftermath of this epidemic. What was done well? What could have been done differently? What innovations are emerging as a result of the epidemic in terms of science, public health, or policy?  Presented by Dr. Susan Craddock. Funded by the African Studies Initiative.

Colonialism and Health Care, a Public Health in Africa Workshop for K-12 Educators

Date: April 4, 2017
Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Place: 1210 Heller, West Bank UMN
CEUs: 2
Cost: FREE (includes parking and resources)
Registration deadline: March 31 , 2017. Register here           

Educators will learn about the impact of colonialism on healthcare in Africa and engage in discussions on how to teach these topics without perpetuating stereotypes. Workshop is facilitated by Dr Michael Westerhaus, UMN Department of Medicine,and Aarti Bhaat, Medical Resident at UMN Medical School. 

Economies of Africa

Date: April 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Place: 135B Ruttan Hall, St. Paul Campus
CEUs: 5
Cost: $25 includes all resources, lunch and parking
Registration deadline: April 8, 2017. Register here 

In collaboration with the Carlson School of Management and the Minnesota Council of Economic Education, the African Studies Initiative is offering a five hour workshop on April 22, 2017, from 10 am-3:00 pm for educators wishing to learn how to integrate more African content into their economics curriculum. UMN faculty expert Dr Tade Okediji from the Department of Applied Economics will provide an overview of the economies of sub Saharan Africa, followed by a short presentation by the Minnesota Council for Economic Education Board Chair, Tim Bodin, who will speak how to stimulate East Africa agricultural development.  Most of the day will be an in depth session led by Minnesota high school teacher, Tracy Townsend, who developed a lengthy unit on Economies of Africa in the summer of 2016. Educator participants will be required to bring a laptop. 

This workshop is funded by the African Studies Initiative, the Institute for Global Studies, the Carlson School of Management and the Minnesota Council for Economic Education

Inclusive Education, a Public Health in Africa Workshop for K-12 Educators

Date: May 9, 2017
Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Place: 1210 Heller, West Bank UMN
CEUs: 2
Cost: FREE (includes parking and resources)
Registration deadline: May 2, 2017. Register here

Driven by international calls for "Education for All" and the children's rights to education, many countries across Africa are endeavoring to educate a broader range of children in public schools than ever before. This presentation will report on some of the policy drivers of inclusive education across Africa, then focus on inclusive education efforts at the  in Lesotho, Southern Africa, by examining policy, teacher development efforts, and classroom implications for inclusive education. Dr Chis Johnstone will be facilitating this workshop.