Teacher Workshops

Empowering Educators to Teach on Genocide

European Studies is collaborating with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and other area studies centers to provide a professional development workshop for Wisconsin educators. The workshop will take place on January 15 and 16, 2022 and is designed to help teachers prepare for the implementation of Act 30  by presenting lectures by experts on cases of mass atrocities and genocide in Europe, Rwanda, Cambodia, Argentina, and China in a two day event.

The second day’s session on Sunday, January 16, will feature a short overview of Act 30 by Kris McDaniel, Social Studies Education Consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and talks by Ilana Weltman, Project Director & Holocaust Education Instructor at The George Washington University-Graduate School of Education and Human Development and former teacher and holocaust survivor, Susan Warsinger. This will be followed by a presentation from Samantha Goldberg, Director of Education at the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC), on practical techniques and resources available for teaching confidently on genocide and other sensitive issues covered by the workshop. Educators will then have a chance to talk with fellow teachers during an interactive panel session of K-12 educators from Wisconsin.

Register for this event here.

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Our mission is to create accessible professional development for Wisconsin educators. We understand that many of you are working from home. Your housemates are welcome to eavesdrop on this webinar.

Past Workshops

“All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days” Book Discussion

December 14th, 2021

In 1986, the Wisconsin State Legislature voted to designate September 16 as Mildred Fish-Harnack Day. During this virtual and casual book discussion, teachers of all grade levels will be able to explore the themes of the book, All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days by Rebecca Donner, and share how they plan to use information from the book, a true story about the life and death of Mildred Harnack, in the classroom.

Global Partitions

May 4, 11, and 18, 2021

During this workshop expert regional scholars will lead teachers through a critical exploration of  partitions in Bangladesh, Ireland, and South Africa. Each event will consist of a 45-60 minute presentation by a regional scholar followed by discussion and a Q&A session.

Cyber-Capabilities and Accelerating Global Change

March 13 & 20, 2021 via Zoom

During this virtual professional development workshop for K-14 educators will a) examine the transforming face of international relations on the macro and micro level, b) receive an updated curated e-book of relevant source materials and classroom activities, and c) develop practical exercises that prompt student participation and collaboration.

Your Digital Personality With Visiting Scholar Ekaterina Libova

May 3, 2020 6-7pm via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

In this free k-12 teacher webinar, Wisconsin teachers will consider the international legal rights to privacy and autonomy of our “digital identities” that are already in place and discover which legal protections maybe lacking.

The End of Democracy? Eastern Europe 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

March 16, 2019 – 9am to 3:30pm at the Pyle Center

This workshop will look at post-1989 transitions to a market economy, communist nostalgia, and other drivers behind the rise of populism we see today in countries like Germany, Poland, and Hungary. We will explore this topic with three experts over the course of the morning and afternoon.

Teacher Workshop on Nationalism and Populism in Advanced Democracies

March 10, 2018 – 9am to 3:30pm at the Pyle Center

The workshop will look at the history and the politics of nationalism in the post-War and Cold War eras, and how populism is coming back into fashion in both Europe and the US since the Fall of the Berlin Wall (1989). We will examine the crises that led to a surge in nationalism (such as globalization and the refugee crisis) and how populist tactics from both the left and right ends of the political spectrum are hampering the day to day workings of political life (Germany, Spain, the US, the Netherlands). We will also look at the history of why certain countries and areas of Europe and the US are more susceptible to nationalist leanings than others.

Understand How the EU Impacts Human Right Regimes

April 1, 2017 – 9am to 3:30pm at the Best Western Plus InnTowner

Human rights are an essential part of learning about our world.  Yet how can it be taught effectively to students in a globally competent manner? Prof. Mert Kartal and Dr. Jess Clayton address the concerns of human rights in the EU context.