Local Education Events

Infy Makers Awards Contest

Enter now if you are a school, library, or youth organization looking to expand access to Maker-focused experiences for K-12 students!

Winning organizations will each receive a $10,000 grant, a Maker education professional development package, and travel support to attend Crossroads, the Foundation’s annual Computer Science and Maker education conference to be held on May 21-24, 2018 in Scotts Valley, CA.

For more information, visit the Remake Learning website here.

Deadline:  March 6, 2018

The Great Remake Micro-Grants

Apply for $2,500 and $7,500 micro grants to remake learning.

For more information, visit the Remake Learning website here.

Deadline: March 23, 2018

For Superintendents, Tech Directors and Principals:

We are pleased to invite you to attend Legends of Learning’s lunch and learn at the Edgewood Country Club on February 21st from 11-1 pm to discuss how game-based learning can catalyze student engagement and increase academic performance.

We will share more about how we have used ongoing research from Vanderbilt University to build a platform of over 1,000 games and simulations for 3-8th grade students.

Reserve your spot for this great event below:


Sean Reidy
Director of District Partnerships

Legends of Learning


500 N Capitol St NW
Suite 230
Washington, DC 20001


Questions? Schedule a demo:




POSTPONED:  Johnson Controls Sponsored Lunch & Learn

This Lunch & Learn will be rescheduled at a later date.  Details will be posted when they are available.

Edgewood Country Club: 100 Churchill Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Wednesday February 7, 2018
1145am – 100pm

Come for an expert-lead presentation and discussion focusing on the latest trends in operating and maintaining your schools’ equipment while optimizing energy consumption and occupant safety and comfort. A hot buffet lunch will be provided.

Johnson Controls designs, builds, installs, maintains and services HVAC, fire, security and building management equipment, software and systems. They work globally and bring that expertise to bear here in Southwestern PA. The Johnson Controls team will have a prepared presentation focusing on macro-trends in the K-12 space while also focusing on localized issues. Additionally, there will be plenty of time for Q&A!

Please come prepared to ask any questions ranging from how best to reduce hot/cold complaints, to how to maximize the life of existing equipment, to when is it best to replace a chiller, to how best take advantage of COSTARS, to what assistance/funding is available for large capital improvement projects, and anything else that might come up.

This is your opportunity to get answers and learn more from a team that lives in this world every day.

Please RSVP here or email james.david.berry@jci.com to RSVP or ask any questions.

*Due to tricky scheduling around a busy time of year, the originally planned Lunch and Learn (scheduled originally for Dec. 5th) was postponed.  The lunch and learn has been confirmed for a new date of Wednesday, February 7th with all other details (time/place) remaining the same.

Opportunities for K-12 Students


Princeton Prize in Race Relations

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations is an awards program for high school students who lead and organize efforts to improve race relations within their schools or communities.  The Prize was founded in 2003 to support and encourage young activists committed to improving race relations.  The winner receives a $1,000 cash award, as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to Princeton University to attend the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race that is held on a yearly basis at the end of April.

The program is open to any current student in 9th through 12th grade who has organized and played a leadership role in a volunteer effort that has positively impacted race relations in his or her school or community. Applications are due by January 31, 2018.

Euro Challenge
March 16, 2018 

The Euro Challenge is a national competition for cash prizes where 9th and 10th grade high school students test their knowledge and understanding of the European economy and the Euro, the currency shared by many of the 28 countries of the European Union.  To learn more about this program, or to apply to participate, visit the website here.

Let’s Explore Africa Quiz Competition
March 17, 2018
4138 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh

Let’s Explore Africa is a trivia game about the continent of Africa.  LEA quiz competition was created to help contestants learn about Africa as they navigate the continent from Cape Town to Casablanca.  Student will answer multiple choice questions at various difficulty levels.  Questions will cover geography, entertainment, people, literature, symbols, etc.  The grade levels are as follows:

Level 1 = (4th – 6th Graders)
Level 2 = (7th – 9th Graders)
Level 3 = (10th – 12th graders)

For more information, contact Sandra Frempong.

CCA International Marketing Competition
May 1, 2018

A joint project of the Cultural Communications Alliance and Pitt’s International Business Center and Global Studies Center, this competition gives high school students the opportunity to pitch a marketing campaign, armed with knowledge of the specified country’s business practices.

This year’s product is GNC’s TriFLEX and the target country is Germany. Any student studying any world language can participate. Visit the website here for more information, and contact Lisa Bromberg to register. Registration is $50 and due by January 8.

Call for Papers: Muslim American Experience Then and Now

Selected submissions from 11th and 12th grade students will receive awards of $150, these and others may be selected to  present their paper at 2018 CERIS Research Symposium. All student submissions will receive a notice of submission.

Students are invited but not limited to write papers related to such theme as:

*             History of Islam in America
*             Islam and Democracy
*             Race, Civil Rights and Islam
*             Islam and Popular Culture
*             Islamophobia and American Discourse
*             Muslim Voices in America
*             African American Muslim Narrative

April 1, 2018: Papers Due – student must register at link below and send paper as PDF to cerisnet@gmail.com

April 5, 2018: Finalist notified

April 13, 2018: Paper presentations at 2018 CERIS Research Symposium at Duquesne University

For more information visit the website or email Elaine Linn.

University of Pittsburgh High School Moot ICC
April 20-21, 2018
Barco Law Building
University of Pittsburgh

The High School Moot International Criminal Court (ICC) Competition is designed to introduce high school students to the work of the ICC and how important international human rights issues are dealt with in an international criminal justice context. This program is sponsored by Global Studies Center and the Center for International Legal Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (CILE).

The competition is a closed-research process, with sources, including case law, journal articles, and factual information provided to students. This is designed to encourage students to focus on a careful consideration of the human rights issues raised by the questions presented. Students will be required to prepare a four-page memorial and two oral arguments as if they were legal counsel for both the Applicant and Respondent before the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court. While the rules of the competition do not perfectly mirror the ICC’s Rules of Procedure, the competition has been structured to provide as realistic an experience as practical.

For more information and to register, please email Lisa Bromberg. Registration will close on February 16, 2018, and there will be a information session via video- conference in March. Memos will be due on March 30, 2018.

Faculty and Teacher Workshops


Global Issues Through Literature 2017/2018:
Authors Under Authoritarianism
4130 Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh
5-8 pm

This reading group designed for K-12 educators to learn and use new texts in the classroom, will try to understand the role of literature as document, commentator, and critic of restrictive regimes. Dinner provided. Act 48 and parking provided upon request. Register for the spring sessions!

February 6: The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat, discussion led by Prof. Felix Germain (Pitt, Africana Studies). Email Lisa Bromberg to register.

March 6:  Antigone by Sophocles, discussion by Prof. Jacques Bromberg (Pitt, Classics). Register here  by February 9.

April 4: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, discussion by Prof. Jeanette Jouili (Pitt, Religious Studies). Register here  by March 12.

Transatlantic Educators Dialogue (TED) program at the University of Illinois (Online)

Are you interested in talking to other teachers about educational issues beyond classroom management? Do you get excited about topics such as immigration, youth culture, notions of the “other” in national identity formation, and education in rural vs. urban contexts? Are you curious about differences in education between the US and other developed (and developing) nations? If so, we invite you to join a 12-week online program: “Transatlantic Educators Dialogue, 2018”.

This project is coordinated by the European Union Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are recruiting teachers in the US and Europe to come together once a week (Sundays 12noon-1:30 pm CST in the US) in online sessions to explore a variety of educational topics as they relate to issues of identity and difference. Participants will meet simultaneously online using the Blackboard Collaborate application; in addition, prior to each session, participants are expected access an online course website to read materials and post responses related to the week’s topic.

The “Transatlantic Educators Dialogue” (TED) program will begin on February 11, 2018 and will conclude on May 6, 2018. Online sessions are 90 minutes. Weekly attendance is not mandatory, but expected and helpful as discussion sessions will be more productive when a variety of perspectives are shared. All participants enrolled in the program will receive a Certificate of Completion. Up to 30 non-credit professional development contact hours will be recognized: Up to 30 non-credit Professional Development Hours (PDH) for Illinois teachers;

Up to 3.0 Non-credit University of Illinois Continuing Education Units (CEU) for 30 contact hours for non-Illinois teachers. There is no application or participation fee for TED. There is no cost to participate. TED is FREE!

Please register online at TED website or by clicking here by January 26, 2018.

Please contact Jeremie Smith (TED Coordinator) if you have questions about the program. Enrollment will be selective in order to ensure a diverse geographic participation.  For more information click here.


Opportunities for Educators

Residence Life Counselors (RLCs) for the PA Governor’s School for Global and International Studies

Opportunity for your alumni! Do you have a student who is interested in global/international studies, and returning to Pittsburgh for the summer? The Global Studies Center is currently seeking six Residence Life Counselors (RLCs) for a four-week period beginning June 25th and ending July 20h, 2017 for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Global and International Studies. The Governor’s School is a four-week residential program for high school students. The RLCs serve as the day-to-day contacts for the student’s dormitory life. They act as a liaison between students, faculty, and administrative staff. Remuneration includes $2,500 for four weeks and free room and board. RLCs are expected to be on the job Monday – Sunday. Send Resume, Cover Letter and 1 Letter of Recommendation to: Veronica Dristas, Associate Director, Global Studies Center. For full description, click here.

Interdisciplinary Global Working Group for Educators: Call for Applicants!

What does it mean for a course, module, or lesson to be “global’? In part, it means looking at a question from multiple lenses-whether political, economic, social, cultural, ecological, or other. What better way to approach global curriculum planning (and to model collaborative learning for our students!) than to partner with colleagues from other disciplines in the same school? The University Center for International Studies at Pitt is offering a new program that will provide teachers with the time, space, and material support to gather with like-minded colleagues and (re)design an interdisciplinary, global unit or lesson.

We are currently accepting applications from teams of 2-4 teachers. We will meet three Saturday mornings (3/3, 4/7, and 5/5) from 9-12noon, and new content must be taught in the 2018-2019 school year. At each meeting, you will work intensively with your teammates, receive feedback from other participants, and learn about strategies for interdisciplinary teaching. We welcome teams that include teachers, librarians, curriculum development specialists, and/or administrative personnel. Ideally, each member of the team should interact with the same group of students.

Benefits to you: Free parking, Act 48 credit hours, $300 stipend, and a mini-grant (up to $200 for your team) for curricular materials of your choosing

To apply, send a word document with the following to Lisa Bromberg by February 6th:

1.)   Your school name
2.)   A list of people working on the project, including their departments and titles, and each person’s contact information
3.)   Your project proposal (1-2 pages), which must address:

a.     The global nature of your proposed topic
b.     The role of each person in teaching the material to the same group of students
c.     How many lessons, days, or weeks the project will last
d.     When you anticipate teaching it
e.     How many students will be impacted

Please contact Lisa Bromberg with any questions

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Application to Open Soon 

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level educators to take part in an intensive professional development program for three to six months abroad. The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

As part of the program, Fulbright Distinguished Teachers:

  • Study and observe international best practices in education;
  • Share professional expertise with educators and students in the host country;
  • Develop leadership skills and understanding of educational policy;
  • Enhance their ability to work in diverse and multicultural environments.

For more information, visit the website here.

NEA Foundation Accepting Applications for Global Learning Fellowships

By participating in the Global Learning Fellowship program, educators have an opportunity to lead the profession by acquiring the skills needed to integrate global competence into their daily classroom instruction, advance pedagogy in their school/district, prepare students to thrive in a “flattened” global age, and contribute to the closing of the global achievement gap.

Through online courses and webinars, workshops, and a nine-day field study, the program provides educators with twelve months of professional development opportunities as they cultivate their global competence skills and build lesson plans that are shared with educators around the world. Over the course of a single year, fellows are supported by the NEA Foundation staff, partners, and other field experts.

The field study is designed to focus on the themes of global competence, education (both practice and issues of international, national, and state policy), and economics. The trip will provide fellows with structured opportunities to observe high-quality instruction and to interact with educators, students, administrators, and policy makers. Fellows also will have opportunities to investigate the historical and cultural significance of the destination country and engage in a service-learning project with a local community organization. Previous field study destinations have included China, Brazil, and Peru. The anticipated field study destination for the 2018 Global Learning Fellowship is South Africa.

For complete program guidelines, information about past participants, and application instructions, see the NEA Foundation website. Deadline is

February 5, 2018.


2018 Fulbright- Hays Seminars Abroad Program

The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides short-term summer seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Each seminar features educational lectures and activities specifically designed for the group, including visits to local schools and organizations, meetings with teachers and students, and visits to cultural sites. Participants draw on their experiences during the program to create new curricula for their classrooms and school systems back in the U.S.

In 2018, three summer programs will be offered to Ecuador, India, and Poland. A total of 48 awards are available (sixteen per program) at the elementary and middle school, high school, and postsecondary educator levels. The program covers airfare, room and board, and program costs. Teacher participants are responsible for a cost-share of $600.

For more information, please visit the website here. View our latest newsletter featuring the Seminars Abroad program here. Informational webinar about the Seminars Abroad program and application process on January 10th (1:00pm EST). Register now. If you have questions regarding the Seminars Abroad program, please contact Maria Chang.

Now accepting applications! Deadline to apply: February 2, 2018.

Summer Institute for Spanish Teachers (SIST)
July 8- July 24, 2018
Valencia, Spain

Participants will spend two weeks living with Spanish families and attending classes (45 contact hours), as well as visiting sites of cultural and historical significance, all the while enjoying interactions with native speakers. At the end of the session we will take a short tour to Andalucia (Cordoba and Granada). Participants may earn three (3) graduate credits. Find more information on the website here.

First CEDAR-Hardin Simmons University Joint Program in Texas
July 14-27, 2018

Following the American election cycle of 2016, political scientists and pollsters have argued that the U.S. is more politically polarized than any time since the Civil War. Many find themselves increasingly unable to relate to their fellow citizens, viewing them in fact as strangers. In some respects, this reflects the long-term effects of the 1965 Hart-Celler Act, which put an end to decades of U.S. immigration policies organized along racial lines for the purpose of maintaining a specific idea of white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant American homogeneity.  In the past half-century, the cultural, ethnic, and religious makeup of the U.S. shifted in significant ways. This shift and its consequences were a prime subject in the election of 2016 and continue to engage Americans from all walks of life.

Living among people whom we view as strangers, we are continually challenged by the demands of hospitality, whether as providers or recipients. What do our religious, moral, or political communities teach about encountering strangers? What resources for tolerance exist within our religious, moral, and political traditions to deal with the stranger? Can we live with their differences, even as they live among us? Living at peace in a world populated by different people with different political ideas, moral traditions, religious commitments, and communal loyalties requires that we answer these questions. The 2018 program, a collaboration between CEDAR and Hardin-Simmons University, will develop in participants the tools needed to live with strangers, and to live with difference. Please join us!

The deadline for receiving applications is March 23, 2018. Read more about the program here.

Interested in Meeting With a Fulbright Scholar in Your Classroom?

The African Studies Program and Global Studies Center are excited to host Heinz and Fulbright Swahili Teaching Assistant Dan Basil. “I am one of those teachers who believe our children can comfortably balance the world empowered by global education. As a Kenyan, I am motivated to teach Swahili in the American classroom, and to allow learners to experience the African culture while I learn from the American students.” If you would like Dan Basil, Fulbright Teaching Assistant, to visit your classroom, email the African Studies Program.