Summer Institute on International Affairs for High School Educators

*Dates for the 2016 Summer Institute on International Affairs are: August 1-5, 2016.*

To register for the 2016 Summer Institute on International Affairs, you must fill out the application, due by July 1, 2016.

The Summer Institute on International Affairs is a week-long seminar event that facilitates conversations between educators and experts in the fields of politics, international development, and the social sciences. The Institute aims to provide teachers with the tools to build a global education for their students. Key to this goal is the time allotted daily for teachers to work in small groups developing lesson plans or curriculum of their own related to the week’s theme, Technology's Role in our Global World.           
Last year’s 25th annual Institute’s new components included offering 3 graduate credits from Marymount University, as well as a hands-on afternoon with Wanda Gray, a representative from Crayola LLC, on using art to bring global issues into the classroom.

The event kicked off on June 22 in the penthouse of the Bank of America with a stunning backdrop of the White House and monuments, lending a sense of political grandeur to the week. Monday focused on demographic trends and changing attitudes, and speakers included Dr. Rachel Permuth from Sodexo, Hon. Joseph Duffey, and Lora Jane Berg from the German Marshall Fund. Tuesday’s focus on human flows and migration highlighted experts from the Fund for Peace, WAC-DC, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Refugees International, and the Embassy of South Africa.

Wednesday dawned with Amanda Ottaway of the Pulitzer Center and Dr. Matthew Shank from Marymount University, before teachers enjoyed a creative afternoon of coloring, painting, and brainstorming with Wanda Gray. Thursday brought a wide spread of speakers from the National Democratic Institute, American Institutes for Research, International Youth Fund, and the Catholic University of America. The day’s events led into an evening panel discussion about the origin and future of the extremist group ISIS with experts from the Brookings Institution and CSIS. Friday concluded the Institute with teachers’ presentations of the lessons and curricula they built in breakout groups over the week.

In addition to the personal and professional contacts they had forged, teachers left the Institute with electronic resources such as articles, podcasts, videos, maps, and interactive tools related to the week’s subjects, the curricula built by their colleagues, and a strengthened capacity for incorporating global issues and identities into their classes. 
The World Affairs Council - Washington, DC would like to extend a warm thank you to Bank of America, Crayola LLC, and EarthEcho International for their generous support of the Institute and of teachers’ efforts to strengthen global education nationwide.

Check out the rest of the photos from last year's Summer Institute!


Teaching in a Time of Transition

Past Institutes Include: Narratives of Identity: Exploring the Intersection of Culture, Migration & Globalization