2016 Summer Teacher Institute - Global Issues in Local Contexts: Turning International Journalism into Teachable Lessons

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Conflict and international migration. Consumption and waste. Environmental degradation and conservation. No matter where we live, these issues affect our lives. But how do these issues manifest differently around the world? How do global issues connect to local contexts? How are contemporary challenges handled in different places around the world? And how can we present these important topics to students in ways that will both engage them and connect them to the larger world?

This two-day professional development workshop brought together award-winning journalists supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and digital educational resources created by Pulitzer Center and UChicago to address the incorporation of current global issues in the classroom. The program included a combination of presentations and hands-on curriculum building activities. Participants acquired tools to incorporate new content into their classes, as well as connections to journalists working on these issues.

Intended for elementary through community college educators (K–14), the Summer Teacher Institute was open to all interested parties. Attendees earned up to 12 professional development hours by completing the Institute.



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9:00–9:15 AM
Welcome, Alexander Barna, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago

9:15–9:45 AM
Introduction and Welcoming Activities, Fareed Mostoufi, Senior Education Manager and Lauren Shepherd, Outreach Coordinator, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

9:45–10:30 AM
Violence and the Lives of Youth in Mexico and Honduras, Dominic Bracco II, Journalist

10:30–10:40 AM

10:45–11:30 AM
The Impacts of Climate Change on the Arctic, Eli Kintisch, Journalist

11:35 AM–12:15 PM
The Global Impacts of the Things We Consume
11:35–11:55 Australian Mining Companies in Africa, Eleanor Bell, Journalist
11:55–12:15 Food Waste in DC and South Korea, Karim Chrobog, Journalist

12:15–1:15 PM

1:15–1:30 PM
Reflection and Brainstorming Curricular Connections, Fareed Mostoufi

1:30–2:00 PM
Using Multimedia to Report on the Goods We Consume—Q&A, Eleanor Bell and Karim Chrobog

2:00–2:45 PM
Reporting on the Human Impacts of Conflict in Afghanistan and Syria
2:00–2:25 Afghanistan by Choice, Alexandria Bombach, Journalist
2:25–2:45 Canadian Citizens Sponsoring Syrian Refugees, Robin Shulman, Journalist

2:45–3:00 PM
3:00–3:30 PM
Investigating and Communicating the Human Impacts of Conflict—Q&A, Alexandria Bombach and Robin Shulman
3:30–3:45 PM
Closing Reflection, Fareed Mostoufi and Lauren Shepherd
3:45–4:00 PM
Day 1 Evaluations and Distribution of PD Credits, Alexander Barna


9:00–9:15 AM

9:15–9:45 AM
Reflection on Day 1 and Brainstorming Connection to Curriculum, Fareed Mostoufi

9:45–10:30 AM
Researching and Writing Like a Journalist, Robin Shulman

10:30–10:40 AM

10:40–11:15 AM
"Thinking Like a Journalist" Reporting Exercise, Fareed Mostoufi and Lauren Shepherd

11:15 AM–12:00 PM
Globalizing Curriculum by Connection to Journalism, Fareed Mostoufi

12:00–12:45 PM

12:45–1:45 PM
Connecting Global Issues to Curriculum
Group 1: Writing a Lesson Plan/Unit Plan Connected to Global Journalism
Group 2: Engaging Journalism Skills at the Oriental Institute, Tour by Emily Teeter, Research Associate and Special Exhibits Coordinator    

1:45–2:45 PM
Connecting Global Issues to Curriculum
Group 1: Engaging Journalism Skills at the Oriental Institute, Tour by Emily Teeter
Group 2: Writing a Lesson Plan/Unit Plan Connected to Global Journalism

2:45–3:15 PM
Working Groups: finalize plans for a unit/lesson utilizing global issues that participants can use next year

3:15–3:30 PM
Closing Reflection and Next Steps, Fareed Mostoufi and Lauren Shepherd

3:30–4:00 PM
Day 2 Evaluations and Distribution of PD Credits, Alexander Barna

The Institute is presented by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Neighborhood Schools Program, Oriental Institute, and UChicago Engages, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. It is made possible through generous support from the Title VI National Resource Center grants from the US Department of Education.