Bridging Cultures Initiative
* Participant 2015
* Participant 2016
* Staff <http://www.afrst.illinois.edu/outreach/cultures/staff/>
* Program <http://www.afrst.illinois.edu/outreach/cultures/program/>
The Bridging Cultures program, an initiative of the Illinois-Northwestern
African Studies Consortium <http://www.northwestern.edu/african-studies/> ,
with generous support from the Pennsylvania State University Center for
Global Studies and University of Washington Center for West European
Studies, consists of cross-cultural, international programming on
educational practice, pedagogy, and policy. Moving beyond the academic and
theoretical of most teacher workshops, Bridging Cultures provides teachers
with real-world comparative approaches. Workshops and other sessions are
held jointly with a cohort of visiting international secondary educators
from the Global Institute for Secondary Educators
<http://publish.illinois.edu/uiucglobalinstitute/> -a U.S. Department of
annually at the University of Illinois. Through close interaction with
foreign teachers from 20 different countries, American teachers
participating in the Bridging Cultures Initiative have an opportunity to
share their craft, while gaining new understandings of cultural and
educational practices in many other countries that will enhance their
ability to infuse their curriculum with multicultural perspectives.
Intensive collaboration in workshops, structured discussions, and guided
lesson planning will provide opportunities for the establishment of
relationships between American and international teachers that will
stimulate partnerships and coordinated activities in their respective
Program & Application Information
The 2017 Bridging Cultures program will be held Wednesday, July 5 -
Wednesday, July 12 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.
Eligibility: In-service middle and high school teachers are eligible to
Applications from Social Studies, English and Foreign Language teachers are
especially encouraged and preference will be given to teachers with a
minimum of three to five years teaching experience and demonstrated interest
in global perspectives pedagogy.
Cost: There is no cost to participate in the program. Accommodations,
transportation, some meals, and a small stipend will be provided to out of
town participants. Local participants will receive some meals only.
If necessary, additional funds are available to offset the cost of travel
for out of town participants who drive.
Online Application: To be considered for a space in this program you must
complete an online application by May 1, 2017. Space is limited. Click here
<https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/1616445> to access the online application form.
Questions? Please contact:
Center for African Studies
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"Jane Jacobs was forever taking on ambitious subjects from new directions,
marching imperturbably into all she didn't know. She'd never understand,
she told an interviewer once, how other authors could 'stand the boredom of
just writing down everything [they] already knew.' But she paid the price
for indulging her insatiable curiosity. With each new book... 'I always get
scared to death.' Caught up in complexities of a new field not at first
fully apparent, 'I realize it's too deep for me, but I have to keep on with
it.' Until she gets it."
- from Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs by Robert Kanigel;
Knopf, 2016 p. 322.