South Asia Center to Host 2016 ISSI

We would like to announce that the 2016 International Studies Summer Institute (ISSI) professional development workshop will be held at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY on June 27 and 28, 2016 at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. This year’s theme is Schools around the World: Looking at Education Through an International Lens. This is a 2-day professional development workshop for K-12 and pre-service teachers and school librarians. Our workshop, held annually for more than a decade, strives to give teachers tools—content and practice—to foster intercultural competence and global learning skills for their students. We want to support curriculum internationalization through professional development to better prepare students for our globalized world.


This year’s ISSI will provide educators with resources and strategies to internationalize their social studies, English language arts, science, and arts curricula by using schools around the world as the unifying theme. What does education mean in different cultural contexts? How do culture, history, religion, ethnicity, ability, and gender impact access to and quality of education around the world? What can K-12 students in the United States learn about the world through the eyes of students in other places? How can classrooms across continents and cultures form educational partnerships? We hope that by addressing these questions, among others, the material will engage both educators and students in thinking about the importance of education in their own lives and the ways in which it varies from country to country.