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.




Upcoming Programs

November 12, 2016: (Please note that due to an overwhelming response to this P.D., we are currently at capacity and registration is closed.)   Professional Development: Understanding Hinduism and Buddhism




Past Programs


Understanding Hinduism


On February 20th, 25 educators in the Washington Metropolitan area joined WAC-DC and the Hindu American Foundation for a professional development workshop where they explored Hindu culture, engaged in critical discussion of diversity in society, and developed methods to use primary sources in their classrooms. The workshop took place at the Sri Sive Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Maryland and featured speakers; Dr. Jeffery D. Long, a Religion and Asian Studies professor at Elizabethtown College; Anuradha Nehru, a Kuchipudi dancer, teacher, choreographer and founder/director of Kalanidhi Dance Company; Chris Murray, a World History and World Regions teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools; Dr. Murali Balaji, the Director of Education and Curriculum Reform at Hindu American Foundation; Dr. DC Rao a trustee at the Chinmaya Mission, and Shivi Chandra, a consultant on education research and policy initiatives in Washington, DC.





Understanding Human Rights: Conflict, Migration & Globalization

On January 31, thirty educators and a handful of university and high school students from the Washington metropolitan area joined WAC-DC for a professional development workshop concerning conflict and human rights. Speakers included Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace’s Rule of Law Center Christina Murtaugh, Executive Director of Washington Office of Latin America Joy Olson, Director of Human Rights at Vital Voices Global Partnership Gigi Scoles, and Annick Febrey, the Senior Associate for the Anti-Trafficking Campaign at Human Rights First. Speakers covered topics including international law and justice, Central American gang violence, women’s rights, gender-based violence, and human trafficking.

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Teach-In: Iraq and Syria

On November 1st the World Affairs Council of Washington DC was pleased to work in conjunction with Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding to present a Teach-In on Syria and Iraq.  Presenters included Professor Daniel Neep, Imam Mohamed Magid, Professor Tamara Sonn, Professor Marwa Daoudy and Professor Emad Shahin.  A variety of topics enmeshed in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria were covered, including the role of historical events and colonialism, the radicalization of Islam, the true nature of Islamic governance, and the greater effects of the conflict, among others.


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Understanding Africa in the 21st Century

On October 4th, over thirty educators from the Washington, DC metropolitan area gathered to take part in a teacher workshop discussing Africa in the 21st century. Distinguished speakers included, Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development Alan Gelb, Former Ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia David Shinn, Director of the CSIS Africa Program Jennifer Cooke, Senior Associate at Fund for Peace Nate Haken, and Naomi Fellows, Deputy Director at the Bureau of African Affairs at the Department of State.  Speakers covered topics including China-Africa relations, African development since 1995, trade and investment in Africa, conflict and peacebuilding, US-Africa relations, and the meaning and aftermath of the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit.   
 
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Flyers from previous workshops:


March 2015: Turkey
January 2015: Human Rights
November 2014: Teach-In: Iraq & Syria
October 2014: Africa in the 21st Century
March 2014: Turkey: Where East Meets West
October 2013: Understanding Brazil
May 2013: Understanding China
February 2013: Turkey: Where East Meets West
December 2012: Numbers in the World
November 2012: An Economic Primer on Global Affairs



May 2013: Understanding China
December 2012: Numbers in the World
February 2013: Turkey: Where East Meets West
November 2012: An Economic Primer on Global Affairs
October 2013: Understanding Brazil
March 2014: Turkey: Where East Meets West
October 2014: Africa in the 21st Century
November 2014: Teach-In: Iraq & Syria
January 2015: Human Rights
March 2015: Turkey
Climate Change: Whose World Is It
May 2013: Understanding China
December 2012: Numbers in the World
February 2013: Turkey: Where East Meets West
November 2012: An Economic Primer on Global Affairs
October 2013: Understanding Brazil
March 2014: Turkey: Where East Meets West
October 2014: Africa in the 21st Century
November 2014: Teach-In: Iraq & Syria
January 2015: Human Rights
March 2015: Turkey
Climate Change: Whose World Is It
Mount Vernon Program Day
May 2013: Understanding China
December 2012: Numbers in the World
February 2013: Turkey: Where East Meets West
November 2012: An Economic Primer on Global Affairs
October 2013: Understanding Brazil
March 2014: Turkey: Where East Meets West
October 2014: Africa in the 21st Century
November 2014: Teach-In: Iraq & Syria
January 2015: Human Rights
March 2015: Turkey
Climate Change: Whose World Is It
Mount Vernon Program Day
Professional Development: Hinduism & Buddhism