Summer Institute on International Affairs for High School Educators

Dates for the 2018 Summer Institute on International Affairs are: July 30-August 3, 2018

Apply Here for the 2018 Summer Institute

The Summer Institute on International Affairs is a week-long seminar event that facilitates conversations between educators and experts in the fields of politics, international development, and the social sciences. The Institute aims to provide teachers with the tools to build a global education for their students. Key to this goal is the time allotted daily for teachers to work in small groups developing lesson plans or curriculum of their own related to the week’s theme, Continental Drift: A Look into the Collision of Foreign Policy, Government, and Culture across the Continents.           
New components include offering 3 graduate credits from Marymount University and the opportunity to be part of the nation's first affordable Graduate Certificate in Global Education; as well as integrated conversations with leaders in the technological and international affairs communities.

As part of the 25th annual Institute, held in the penthouse of the Bank of America Building, participated were met with a stunning backdrop of the White House and monuments, lending a sense of political grandeur to the week. Monday focused on demographic trends and changing attitudes, and speakers included Dr. Rachel Permuth from Sodexo, Hon. Joseph Duffey, and Lora Jane Berg from the German Marshall Fund. Tuesday’s focus on human flows and migration highlighted experts from the Fund for Peace, WAC-DC, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Refugees International, and the Embassy of South Africa.

Wednesday dawned with Amanda Ottaway of the Pulitzer Center and Dr. Matthew Shank from Marymount University, before teachers enjoyed a creative afternoon of coloring, painting, and brainstorming with Wanda Gray. Thursday brought a wide spread of speakers from the National Democratic Institute, American Institutes for Research, International Youth Fund, and the Catholic University of America. The day’s events led into an evening panel discussion about the origin and future of the extremist group ISIS with experts from the Brookings Institution and CSIS. Friday concluded the Institute with teachers’ presentations of the lessons and curricula they built in breakout groups over the week.

In addition to the personal and professional contacts they had forged, teachers left the Institute with electronic resources such as articles, podcasts, videos, maps, and interactive tools related to the week’s subjects, the curricula built by their colleagues, and a strengthened capacity for incorporating global issues and identities into their classes. 
The World Affairs Council - Washington, DC would like to extend a warm thank you to Bank of America, Crayola LLC, Pulitzer Center, and EarthEcho International for their generous support of the Institute and of teachers’ efforts to strengthen global education nationwide.

Check out photos from past Summer Institutes!


Past Institutes Include:
-Technically Speaking: Technology's Role in our Global World
-Narratives of Identity: Exploring the Intersection of Culture, Migration & Globalization

Global Education Certificate

Marymount University and The World Affairs Council – Washington, DC (WAC-DC) are developing in an affordable Graduate Certificate – Global Education program to prepare high school and university educators with the tools, skills, critical thinking and core competencies necessary to acquire the informed global perspectives essential to bringing specialist global education teaching into their classrooms. Through incorporation of international affairs, global issues and WAC-DC’s 10 global education competencies into their current curriculum educators will acquire the subject knowledge, teaching techniques and professional skills to develop and deliver new and engaging global perspective lessons for students. The academic curriculum and teaching assignments will be developed to complement the work educators are currently conducting in their classrooms; regardless of the academic subject matter being taught in the classroom.

Course Structure

The certificate will be comprised of 2 specialized online courses taught by Marymount University – School of Education professors; a one week onsite Summer Institute for Teachers developed by the Director and Assistant Director – Global Education (WAC-DC) and a final one week (5 day) specialist global education program, developed jointly by the WAC-DC and MU, that will conclude with a graduation ceremony at Marymount University. Teachers who successfully complete all four (4) courses during the one (1) year program will be eligible for the award of twelve graduate credit hours by Marymount University that can be applied toward a Masters Degree.


The MU online courses will build a strong foundation for understanding the 21st century classroom and its impact on educator and student critical thinking and global perspectives. Teachers will explore their own understanding of the global world as well as multi-culturalism, languages, demographics and dynamics found in classrooms around the country. Teachers will acquire these global competencies and  international professional skills and understand how to incorporate global competencies into their teaching methodology, curriculum and professional skill set.