Global Health Through Literature (2023)
Designed as a professional development workshop open to all K-12 school professionals and K-12 education students, this hybrid in-person/virtual one-day event will challenge educators to internationalize their curricula by incorporating one or more lesson plans into their classes, which teach a book on the theme of global health. The lesson plans will also include digital resources and a free copy of each book.
Exploring Post-Pandemic Health Outcomes Cross-Culturally (2023)
Health systems around the world faced unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. As countries grappled with this once-in-a-century event, public health systems approached care for the mental and physical health of citizens with a variety of strategies. In this workshop, we aim to explore the differences between these approaches across cultures, the lessons learned, and the path(s) forward as we look toward the future.
Centering Your Students: How to Sustain Inclusion and Equity as an Educator (2022)
As communities in the Midwest become more diverse, teachers must educate students who are fundamentally different than themselves. This means going beyond honoring diversity for sake of difference, and thus addressing the significance of social, economic, cultural, and linguistic factors that require specialized teaching strategies and services in K-12 schools or other educational settings.
Liberation, Activism, and the Power of Media (2021)
A professional development workshop for K-12 teachers was organised by the KU Area Studies Centers to explore themes of liberation, activism and the power of the media globally to make connections with current anti-racist movements such as the Black Lives Matter movement. Experts from the Area Studies Centers at the University of Kansas discussed instances where iconic photographs have documented how people around the world continue to valiantly struggle against oppression. This was through examination of case studies from South Africa, Guatemala, China, and Lithuania.