Teacher Professional Development

Upcoming 2017/2018 Workshops:


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Past Workshops:


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3/8/2018, Media Literacy and African Journalism: The State of Media at Home and Abraod

Global Classroom alongside our partner programs, presented an evening dedicated to Media Literacy and the rights and responsibilities of a free press. The program speakers included Linda Kennedy, founder of LK Media, and a delegation of journalists from Africa visiting Seattle through the State Department’s Edward E. Murrow program. 

See Teacher’s Resource Packet here.



3/1/2018, Global Competence Session III: Communicating Ideas Across Cultures and Taking Action

In this session, we will identify types of communication across cultures in the classroom, describe approaches for communicating ideas effectively with diverse audiences, explore considerations for international on-line collaboration, and consider how to apply these concepts to take action in specific projects using examples from Seattle’s International Schools. 


Past-and-Present-300x2122/8/2018, North Korea: Past and Present

Gain a better understanding of North Korea and current challenges in international affairs. Clint Work will delve into the historical roots of the North Korean state, its internal mechanisms of social, political and ideological control and the development of critical issues on the Korean peninsula today. A Q&A session and an exploration of available teaching resources with Chelsea Toczauer will follow

See Teacher’s Resource Packet here.


Guinea Worm resized1/17/2018, Global Classroom: What Does it Take to Eradicate Disease?

Join the World Affairs Council and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center for an educator workshop that takes a closer look at efforts to prevent, control, and eradicate some of the world’s most neglected diseases. Be among the first to hear about the upcoming exhibit, Countdown to Zero opening on March 1st, and learn from our panel of expert speakers involved in combating disease and committed to global health education.

See Teacher’s Resource Packet here


Emperor Mausoleum Xi'an Terracotta Army China QinAn evening with The Terracotta Warriors: U.S.-China Relations through the scope of History

A special evening at the Pacific Science Center to explore the Pacific Science Center’s Terracotta Warriors exhibit, and learn more about how ancient history continues to shape identities in contemporary China and relations with the U.S. This program included a ticket to the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit and entrance to our Community Program with former Washington Post bureau chief in Beijing, and the author of “The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present”, John Pomfret.

See Teacher’s Resource Packet here


 arctic-415209_960_720New Frontiers: Contested Claims in Arctic Exploration 

A workshop supported by the University of Washington’s Center for Canadian Studies, The Ellison Center, and the Center for Global Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies that explored contested claims and emerging concerns in the Arctic. 


See Teacher’s Resource Packet here

21507274839_c6a728c12d_b Sustainable Development Goals: Girls at the Center of Development

Teachers heard from experts at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and explored how to introduce the Global Goals and Gender Equality, as well as teaching tools for developing students as global citizens.

See Teacher’s Resource Packet here

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Climate Change and Human Rights Workshop

An educator’s workshop in partnership with Western Washington university all about climate change and its relationship to issues of social justice and human rights around the world. 

See Teacher’s Resource Packet here

handsGender, Development, and Human Rights Work in North Africa and the Middle East

A special Educator’s Workshop featuring visiting NGO and development workers from Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco. See Teacher’s Resource Packet here

 eu-1473958_960_720Brexit, Transatlantic Relations, and Russia: The Global Significance of a British Exit from the EU

Learn about the wider implications of Brexit for the EU, Europe, Russia, the US, and in terms of international relations more broadly.

See Teacher’s Resource Packet here.


InternationalSeattle_International_Schools_graphic Schools Mini Symposium 

A mini-symposium all about international education. Teacher-led workshop sessions included information on Earning the SPS International Education Category; Globalizing Curriculum through Interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning; Developing Global Competence; Investigating the World and Recognizing Perspectives; and Running a Global Leadership Class in High School. 

See Teacher’s Resource packet here



Refugee ResettlementDisplacement, Resettlement, and Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis
Featured speakers: Eugene Martin (United Nations Association of Seattle) and seven refugee aid workers from across Europe, visiting through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership program. 

See Teacher’s Resource Packet here.

Turey 03.05Reflections From Turkey: Exploring Politics, Culture, and Cuisine 

Featured speaker: Dr. Onur Bakiner, Cheryl Healy, Dana Radcliffe, Tracy Green, Eric Ayrault 

See Teacher’s Resource Packet here.


China promo imageChina on the World Stage

Learn about China’s role in the world economy and issues in the environment from two of Washington’s leader experts: Dr. David Bachman and Dennis Bracy.

See Teacher’s Resource Packet here.


global leadership teachersCreating a Democratic Classroom: Platform for Engaged Global Leaders
Learn effective strategies to engage students in being active global citizens. Presented by Chris Fontana, CEO and Founder, Global Visionaries. 

See Teacher’s Resource Packet here.

Why Iran Matters: Geopolitics in the Middle East

Featured speakers: Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, UW Jackson School; Bookda Gheisar, Mona Foundation

See Teacher’s Resource Packet here.



Bringing the World to the Classroom through Film

Featured speakers: Dustin Kaspar, SIFF Education; Sandy Cioffi, documentary filmmaker

See Teacher’s Resource Packet here.


IMAGE 2Around the World in Seattle: Exploring Cultural Diversity in Your Classroom

Featured speakers: OneWorld Now and Nicholas Sparks Foundation representatives




Become a World Affairs Council Partner School
Becoming a World Affairs Council partner school means making real-world connections to global issues for your teachers and students. We bring international affairs directly into the classroom to cultivate 21st century skills so students will graduate high school prepared to be engaged global citizens and inspired lifelong learners. Partner schools receive exclusive invites for students to join World Affairs Council community programs at no cost where they hear from renowned policy leaders and subject matter experts and are part of the conversation. Become a partner school here and email Tobias at tosterhaug@world-affairs.org with questions.