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Bridging Cultures Initiative
The Bridging Cultures program, an initiative of the Illinois-Northwestern African Studies Consortium, with generous support from the Pennsylvania State University Center for Global Studies and University of Washington Center for West European Studies, consists of cross-cultural, international programming on educational practice, pedagogy, and policy. Moving beyond the academic and theoretical of most teacher workshops, Bridging Cultures provides teachers with real-world comparative approaches. Workshops and other sessions are held jointly with a cohort of visiting international secondary educators from the Global Institute for Secondary Educators —a U.S. Department of State program held annually at the University of Illinois. Through close interaction with foreign teachers from 20 different countries, American teachers participating in the Bridging Cultures Initiative have an opportunity to share their craft, while gaining new understandings of cultural and educational practices in many other countries that will enhance their ability to infuse their curriculum with multicultural perspectives.
Intensive collaboration in workshops, structured discussions, and guided lesson planning will provide opportunities for the establishment of relationships between American and international teachers that will stimulate partnerships and coordinated activities in their respective classrooms.
Program & Application Information
The 2017 Bridging Cultures program will be held Wednesday, July 5 - Wednesday, July 12 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.
Eligibility: In-service middle and high school teachers are eligible to apply.
Applications from Social Studies, English and Foreign Language teachers are especially encouraged and preference will be given to teachers with a minimum of three to five years teaching experience and demonstrated interest in global perspectives pedagogy.
Cost: There is no cost to participate in the program. Accommodations, transportation, some meals, and a small stipend will be provided to out of town participants. Local participants will receive some meals only.
If necessary, additional funds are available to offset the cost of travel for out of town participants who drive.
Online Application: To be considered for a space in this program you must complete an online application by May 1, 2017. Space is limited. Click here to access the online application form.
Questions? Please contact:
Center for African Studies
Co-Sponsors of the 2017
Bridging Cultures Initiative Program
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