2010 Summer Teacher Institute - Water: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the World's Most Essential Resource

"Climate change and over-use of water will mean that nearly one in every two people will live in water-stressed areas by 2030. Households, industry and agriculture will increasingly compete for water, leaving little to sustain ecosystems." 
— Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 12 March 2010

This interdisciplinary three-day institute explored global water issues, including those that affect the Great Lakes region. Daily topics addressed included: water scarcity, effective water management, and water issues in politics, sanitation, agriculture, and economics. Faculty and staff from the University of Chicago and other educational institutions from around the world spoke each day, interspersed with discussions of K-12 curriculum development.

Intended primarily for elementary through community college educators, the Summer Teacher Institute is open to all interested parties. Attendees earned up to 18 professional development credits by completing all three days of the Institute. Instructional resources for curriculum building and K-12 lessons aligned to Illinois State Standards were developed based on presentations made at the Institute.



K-12 Lesson Plans

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JUNE 28 • Global Fresh Water Issues
JUNE 29 • Fresh Water Politics
JUNE 30 • Water in Society
JULY 1 • Curriculum Development Day
JULY 2 • Chicago Water Infrastructure Field Trip

The 2010 Summer Teacher Institute was co-sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Center for International Studies, Program on the Global Environment, Center for East Asian Studies, Southern Asian Language and Area Center, Center for East European and Russian Eurasian Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Center for Latin American Studies.