Programs for Educators
The World Affairs Council - Washington, DC offers two different programs to help enhance teacher's knowledge about international affairs: the Summer Institute on International Affairs and Professional Development Programs. These programs help educators discover creative and interesting ways of integrating international affairs in the classroom, expand their academic resources, and enhance their knowledge-base on specific issues.
For students, the World Affairs Council - Washington, DC provides high-quality programming that supports common core learning standards. Read more about our Global Education Learning Matrix and how WAC-DC programming meets Common Core Standards in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and 21st century interdisciplinary themes.
Professional Development Programs
Throughout the academic year, the World Affairs Council - Washington, DC hosts several Professional Development Programs for educators in the national capital area. Like the Summer Institute on International Affairs, the Professional Development Programs are key resources for teachers committed to providing their students with a global education. Rather than a week long conference, these programs are one day seminars and focus on methods of integrating the study of international affairs and global issues in middle and high school classrooms.
November 19, 2011 - Professional Development Workshop on Modern Germany | Workshop Agenda | The Evolution of the Euro Crisis: Amy Medearis, Senior Economist, EU Delegation (PPT) | History of the European Union (PPT) | Deutschland Overview (PDF)
October 29, 2011 - Professional Development Workshop on the European Union | Workshop Agenda | The Evolution of the Euro Crisis: Amy Medearis, Senior Economist, EU Delegation (PPT) | History of the European Union (PPT) | US-EU Economic Ties: Handout from Dr. Michael Sodaro (DOC) | Podcasts: EU Overview, EU Enlargement, EU Sovereignty, Evolution of the Euro Crisis, Politics of the Euro Crisis, Briefing on EU Lesson Plans
Summer Institute on International Affairs for High School Educators
The Summer Institute on International Affairs is a key resource for teachers committed to providing their students with a global education. The Institute gathers educators from across the country for a week long seminar on international affairs and the role of the U.S. in the world.
The conference features expert speakers who engage teachers in discussions on crucial foreign policy issues. Participants are afforded the opportunity to expand their knowledge of global issues, exchange information with colleagues, develop new ideas on how to integrate an international component into their curriculum, and earn graduate credit for their participation. Utilizing lectures, films, small group discussions and role-play activities, the Summer Institute fills both an intellectual and professional development void for teachers.
Speakers in the Classroom
This WAC-DC service provides teachers with speakers for classrooms and auditorium presentations on global issues or foreign policy questions. Speakers are leading experts in the field of international affairs and U.S. and foreign diplomats.