2018 Summer Institute for Educators - Think Like a Journalist: Connecting the World to Your Classroom with Global News

June 25–26, 2018 | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
University of Chicago
Saieh Hall Room 146
1160 E. 58th Street
Public transit and parking information can be found at the bottom of this page

Non-refundable registration fee includes light breakfast and lunch both days, and instructional materials.

Videos from the 2018 Summer Institute for Educators

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 assessment of news sources, integration of global news into diverse curricula, and application of journalism skills in the classroom to teach critical thinking, creativity and communication. The program included a combination of presentations and hands-on activities. Participants left with the tools to incorporate new content into their classes, as well as connections to journalists working on these issues. 

Some examples of world areas and topics that were explored this summer include: youth activism and political conflict in Iran; migration and left-behind children in rural China; economic and political conflicts in Venezuela; economic and global health issues in Russia, as well as the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Intended for elementary through community college educators (K-14), the Summer Institute for Educators is open to all interested parties. Attendees earned up to 12 PD hours/CPDUs by completing the Institute.

In providing this professional development opportunity for local educators, we hope Institute participants will gain tools to:

  • Investigate the process of reporting global news—How do journalists navigate bias when reporting? How do we connect students to sources they can trust and that engage them?
  • Explore methods for integrating global journalism into their current curricula by connecting global news to students’ lived experiences.
  • Reflect on how journalism skills can support literacy, writing, discussion and research skills and lead students in applying journalism skills to research topics that interest them.  

We invite educators to consider the following 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?

Overall, the 2018 Summer Institute for Educators has six general goals. Teachers will:

  1. Discover reporting to share with their students and develop a plan to bring that reporting into their curricula
  2. Create warm up and extension exercises that connect global reporting to their curricula
  3. Feel comfortable exploring the Pulitzer Center site for additional reporting that can be used to further students’ learning goals
  4. Explore ways to use journalism to teach research skills, text analysis skills, media literacy skills and global competency skills
  5. Brainstorm methods for increasing students’ access to the world through engagement with global news
  6. Have fun!



Monday, June 25

8:30–9:00 am - Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - Introduction and Welcome Activities, UChicago Area Studies Centers and Fareed Mostoufi and Hannah Berk, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
9:45–10:45am - Youth and Political Unrest in Iran: Presentation and Q&A with Reese Erlich
10:45–11:00 am - Coffee Break
11:00–11:45 am - Connecting to Underreported Stories, Fareed and Hannah
11:45 am–12:30 pm - Lunch (included with registration)
12:30–1:30 pm - Political Unrest and Youth Activism in Venezuela: Presentation and Q&A with Natalie Keyssar
1:30–2:15 pm - Lesson Builder Exploration, Fareed
2:15–3:15 pm - The Rohingya Crisis: Presentation and Q&A with Halley Toosi
3:15–4:00 pm - Extension Activity, Closing

Tuesday, June 26

8:30–9:15 am - Continental Breakfast
9:15–9:30 am - Reflection on Day 1 and Connection to Curriculum, Fareed
9:30–10:00 am - View films by Max Duncan, Brainstorming Activities
10:00–11:00 am - Youth and Poverty in China: Presentation and Q&A with journalist Max Duncan
11:00–11:15 am - Coffee Break
11:15 am–12:30 pm - Combating HIV in Russia: Presentation and Q&A with journalist Anna Nemtsova
12:30–1:15 pm - Lunch (included with registration)
1:15–2:00 pm - Fighting Words (engaging with global news through poetry)
2:00–2:30 pm - Bringing Reporting Skills into the Classroom, Fareed
2:30–3:30 pm - Empathy Gap
3:30–4:00 pm - Closing and Evaluations

Non-refundable registration fee includes light breakfast and lunch both days, and instructional materials.

Location and Transportation: the 2018 Summer Institute for Educators was held at Saieh Hall for Economics (1160 East 58th St) on the University of Chicago campus. Saieh is located between University Ave and Woodlawn Ave; this stretch of 58th Street is open only to pedestrian traffic. If you are familiar with the campus, it is across from the Main Quadrangle and adjacent to the Oriental Institute.

Public transit: Metra (57th or 59th Street stations) and CTA (#2 and #6) are good options to take to Hyde Park if you are coming from points north.

Parking: If you are driving, please plan to arrive early—by 8 am is preferable—as parking in the neighborhood can be dense on weekdays. Please see the Campus Parking Map for parking options in lots and garages (visitor parking is highlighted in bright pink): https://d3qi0qp55mx5f5.cloudfront.net/safety-security/uploads/files/Parking_map_2015.pdf 

There is also parking on the Midway Plaisance and throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood; please pay attention to signage for any restrictions. Ellis Garage (Campus North Parking) is another option for visitor parking. Daily parking costs $25.

The 2018 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, and Neighborhood Schools Program, and it is presented in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. It was made possible through generous support from the Title VI National Resource Center grants from the US Department of Education.