Thinking Geographically About International Issues

Brown University’s Choices Program invites secondary level geography teachers to apply for a 2013 Summer Institute that focuses on using the Choices approach and curricular materials to ask What is Where, Why, and So What?

Using the scholarship and lessons found in our The United States in Afghanistan unit as a springboard, the Institute will explore how the Choices approach and curricula materials can be implemented to develop geographically literate students, capable of asking and answering the big questions in geography.

The goal of the Institute is to build a community of educators dedicated to sharing best practices for using Choices materials and approach to teach about international issues through a geographic lens.

So what does a Choices Program Institute look like and what would you gain from the experience?

Participants will:

  • Benefit from content–rich presentations by university geographers;
  • Be immersed in the Choices approach to teaching about contested international issues through presentations, curricular modeling, and discussions;
  • Share best practices and approaches for addressing complex international issues with other educators from across the country; and
  • Develop plans to share strategies, resources, and insights gained from the Institute with other geography educators.

Housing, meals, Choices curriculum units, and a 20-hour certificate of completion are provided.

There is no fee for the Institute, but participants are required to cover their own travel to and from Providence, RI.

Participants are expected to conduct outreach activities upon completion of the Institute. Choices will provide materials for these activities.

Completed applications must be received by Monday, April 8.

Download Application

Submit applications to:

If you have questions, please email Mimi Stephens, Professional Development director.

This is a great national professional development institute that just so happens to be in our own backyard.  I would strongly encourage those eligible to consider applying.  The dates of the institute are June 26-28, 2013.

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