2017 Summer Institute for Educators - Global Competency at Work: Practicing International Journalism at the Local Level

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June 26–27, 2017 | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
University of Chicago
Saieh Hall 203
1160 E. 58th Street

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 left with the 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 Institute was open to all interested parties.

Attendees earned up to 12 PD hours by completing the Institute.

In providing this professional development opportunity for local educators, we hope all Institute participants:

  • Discovered reporting to share with their students and created (or will create) a plan to bring that reporting into their curricula
  • Developed a plan for connecting a Pulitzer Center journalist with students over Skype
  • Feel comfortable exploring the Pulitzer Center site for additional reporting that can be used to further students’ learning goals
  • Explored ways to use journalism to teach research skills, text analysis skills, media literacy skills and global competency skills

We invited educators to consider the follwing guiding questions before, during, and after the Institute:

  • How interested are my students in global issues?
  • Why is it important for students to investigate global issues? What are the barriers to connecting students with global issues, and how do we overcome those barriers?
  • How are my students accessing the news?
  • How can my students positively contribute to the global media landscape as both consumers and producers of online content?





8:30-9:00 AM: Registration and breakfast

9:00-9:15 AM: Remarks from University of Chicago staff

9:15-9:45 AM: Introduction and Welcome Activities
Fareed Mostoufi and Lauren Shepherd (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)          

9:45-10:45 AM: "Widows in Uganda and India"
Kathryn Carlson

10:45-11:00 AM: Coffee break

11:00 AM-12:00 PM: "The global impacts of depleted groundwater resources" Steve Elfers

12:00-12:15 PM: Reflection - Think, Pair, Share examining curricular connections to the first two speakers

12:15-1:00 PM: Working lunch (Kathryn and Steve available to answer questions)

1:00-1:45 PM: "Exploring Pulitzer Center reporting"
Fareed Mostoufi (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

1:45-2:45 PM: "Using Multimedia to Report on Political Unrest in Russia"
Zach Fannin

2:45-3:30 PM: Bringing Global Issues into the Classroom - Introducing the Pulitzer Center's Lesson Builder 

3:30-3:45 PM: Closing Reflection and Evaluations


9:00-9:15 AM: Breakfast

9:15-9:45 AM: Reflection on Day 1 and Brainstorming Connection to Curriculum
Fareed Mostoufi (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

9:45-10:45 AM: "Intersections - Religion and Environment in China"
Gary Marcuse

10:45-11:00 AM: Coffee break

11:00 AM-12:15 PM: “Beyond Borders” Lesson

12:15-1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00-1:30 PM: Bringing Reporting Skills into the Classroom

1:30-2:30 PM: "Women’s Voices from Saudi Arabia"
Katherine Zoepf

2:30-2:40 PM: Coffee break

2:40-3:30 PM: Reporting workshop with Katherine Zoepf

3:30-3:45 PM: Closing and surveys

The 2017 Summer Institute for Educators was co-sponsored 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, and presented in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.