Choices Leadership Institute
Global Refugees: Human Rights, Responsibilities, and Responses
Brown University | Providence, RI
July 11-15, 2016
While the global refugee crisis is a longstanding problem, there are more displaced people today than at any time since World War II. As of 2014, nearly sixty million people had been forcibly displaced from their homes, about twenty million of them refugees. What causes people to flee their homes? Where are the most serious crises? How has the world responded, and what are the ripple effects for international relations? Finally, how is the recent crisis affecting U.S. foreign policy decisions as well as domestic discussions on immigration and refugee resettlement? Join the Choices Program and scholars from the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at the 2016 Choices Leadership Institute to explore these complex issues.
During the accompanying pedagogy sessions at the Institute, participants will examine instructional strategies for engaging secondary students in the study of contested international issues, share best practices with other dedicated and innovative teachers, and develop plans for conducting effective professional development.
Leadership Institute Benefits
- Professional growth through content-rich presentations and discussions on the dimensions of and responses to the global refugee crisis, using the Syrian crisis as a case study;
- Immersion in the Choices approach to teaching contested international issues;
- Resources and ongoing support from the Choices Program to conduct professional development activities in your school, district, and/or region as outlined in your self-designed Action Plan;
- Recognition as a Brown University Choices Teaching Fellow, and participation in this professional network of outstanding educators;
- A 32-hour certificate of completion.
- At least three years of classroom teaching experience
- Familiarity with a Choices curriculum unit
- Attendance at the Institute in its entirety
- Commitment to complete activities listed in your self-designed Action Plan
- Commitment to online discussions with Choices on the progress of your activities
If you are new to the Choices Program’s curriculum, our day-long introductory workshops and our conference presentations are designed for you. See our professional development page for details.
Participants are responsible for a $195 institute fee (payable upon acceptance), housing, and some meals. Choices has negotiated an excellent room rate of $124/night, which includes a hot breakfast, at the Hampton Inn Downtown Providence.
Choices will provide all materials during the institute, several meals, and a certificate of completion. When Institute participants, now acting as Choices Teaching Fellows, conduct outreach activities to their colleagues, Choices will provide complimentary units (in pdf format) for all workshop participants.
Visit our 2016 Institute Frequently Asked Questions page.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
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