Global Migration in the 21st Century: Understanding How and Why People Move

A Professional Development Workshop for Educators

August 3-6, 2015

Our 2015 four-day intensive summer workshop will focus on the social, economic, and political factors involved in the growth of global human migration during the 20th and 21st centuries. Highlighted by the transatlantic migrations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and continuing with the burst of population movement after 1945, human migration in the contemporary era has an inherently global nature. The movement of people across borders continues to reshape the political, cultural, economic and social spheres of nations throughout every world region, while creating new transnational communities and interdependencies between previously disparate peoples and states. Geared toward middle school, high school, and community college educators in the humanities and social sciences (but open to educators in all subjects), this workshop will feature presentations by scholars and experts in the study of human migration, as well as an introduction to relevant classroom resources

In order to support deep conversations around curriculum and pedagogy in addition to content, we have partnered this year with Project Zero, a research group based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Guided by their mission to understand and enhance high-level thinking and learning across disciplines and cultures in our nation’s schools, Project Zero will help to provide the pedagogical underpinning to this year’s workshop, drawing upon their diverse research initiatives, including “Teaching for Understanding,” “Making Thinking Visible,” and “Educating for Global Competence.”

Please note that the application deadline has passed.

Inaugural Globalizing the Classroom Fellowship (GtC) Fellows Program

Our summer workshops allow educators to work together over four intense days to understand a topic that has relevance across world regions. Participants are expected to take what they’ve learned back to their classrooms in order to enrich and globalize their curriculum. Due to the interest and engagement of participants in our programs, we have been searching for a way to extend and deepen our participants’ knowledge of the content and material presented at the workshop, to work more closely and extensively with participants on their lesson plans, and to facilitate the sharing of this knowledge with fellow educators.

To that end, the Global Studies Outreach Committee at Harvard is pleased to announce the inaugural year of the Globalizing the Classroom Fellowship Program (GtC Fellowship). This fellowship program, which will run from September 2015 - August 2016, will allow a select group of workshop participants to remain connected to the Global Studies Outreach Committee, taking part in ongoing conversations and training on issues related to migration, contemporary national identity, and global studies, with the expectation that they will develop a stand-alone, open source pedagogical resource on a relevant topic. The trainings will be devoted to both area studies content and pedagogical approaches, and will primarily take place through online connective technology, with one in-person seminar to be scheduled in February 2016.

Expectations of GtC Fellows

Globalizing the Classroom (GtC) Fellows will be expected to:

  • Attend the Migration summer workshop at Harvard in its entirety.

  • Attend all trainings, online and in person, during the fellowship year (approximately 4 webinars and 1 in-person meeting).

  • Develop a stand alone pedagogical resource related to the topic of migration and contemporary national identity. This resource, which can be developed individually or in tandem with another GtC fellow, will build on the trainings provided and resources explored throughout the fellowship and will be workshopped with Harvard staff and other GtC fellows during the program. While exact parameters for the final resource are not yet defined, it can be assumed that each fellows’ resource will be tailored to their specific discipline, teaching environment and personal curricular preferences while maintaining relevance for other educators who are interested in building similar skills and exploring similar content in their classrooms. These final resources will be published online for use by other educators following the fellowship year.

  • Participate in 2 online project check-in sessions with GtC staff to ensure that resource development is proceeding appropriately.

  • Organize a training or seminar for other educators for purposes of sharing content and pedagogical knowledge from the summer workshop and fellowship training--this can include a presentation at your home institution, at the district level, or at a meeting/conference of educators, such as the National Council for the Social Studies.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Each fellow who successfully completes all fellowship objectives will be provided a $500 honorarium.

  • Status as an associate at one of Harvard’s international centers (listed below), which includes access to on-campus events and Harvard resources during fellowship year, including library privileges.

  • One-on-one consultation with area studies content staff as well as pedagogical feedback from Project Zero staff.

Fellowship Timeline

April 17, 2015

Application deadline

April 30, 2015

Workshop participants notified

May 13, 2015

Fellowship finalists notified

August 3-6, 2015

Summer Migration workshop @ Harvard

October 1, 2015

Fellows submit resource development plan

October 2015

Follow-up training webinar for fellows

December 2015

Project check-in for GtC fellows

February 2016

Mid-program follow-up training for fellows (in-person)

April 2016

Follow-up training webinar for fellows

May 2016

Project check-in for GtC fellows

June 2016

Final projects due

August 2016

2016 summer workshop--fellow(s) serve as program ambassador

Please note that the application deadline has passed.

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Sponsored by the Asia Center, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for African Studies, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Global Health Education & Learning Incubator, Harvard Global Health Institute, and South Asia Institute; developed in collaboration with Project Zero, all of Harvard University.


See also: Global