Introductory Workshops

Engaging Students in International Issues: The Choices Approach

Led by a local Teaching Fellow or a Choices staff member, introductory workshops are designed to introduce teachers to Choices curriculum units and approach. The program fee generally includes lunch and two Choices units explored during the day.

Our workshops are participatory, so come ready to be engaged and inspired!

Each Choices Introductory Workshop Includes:

Cost: Most workshops are $145 per person. Price includes two units ($80 value), lunch, and a certificate of completion. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for pre-service teachers. Districts wishing to register 5 or more educators will receive a discount. Contact Mimi Stephens for details.

To register for a workshop using a purchase order, email a signed PO to and include the names and emails of the educators that will be attending.

Who Should Attend: History, geography, government, current issues, AP, IB, civics and other social studies educators are the main audience for these workshops. Materials are appropriate for grades 7-12. Humanities teachers often use our materials and are encouraged to attend. We welcome teamed ELA and social studies teachers to attend together.


January 27, 2017
8:30 am-3:00 pm
Mountain House, CA

Units: Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate and Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

Workshop Leader: Brian Schum, Choices Teaching Fellow

New York

February 8, 2017
8:30 am-3:00 pm
Webster Professional Development Center
Webster, NY

Units: Confronting Genocide: Never Again and Colonization and Independence in Africa

Workshop Leader: Mimi Stephens, Choices Professional Development Director


March 1, 2017
8:30 am-3:00 pm
Sacramento, CA

Units: Westward Expansion: A New History and History, Revolution, and Reform: New Directions for Cuba

Workshop Leader: Mimi Stephens, Choices Professional Development Director

In partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education


March 2, 2017
8:30 am-3:00 pm
Sacramento, CA

Units: China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.S. Response and Empire, Republic, Democracy: Turkey's Past and Future

Workshop Leader: Mimi Stephens, Choices Professional Development Director

In partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education


Saturday, April 8, 2017
8:30 am-3:00 pm
Penn Museum
3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

The first 15 teachers to register will receive the subsidized rate of $95, thanks to the Middle East Center at UPENN.

Units: The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy and Indian Independence and the Question of Partition

View the new exhibit Protecting Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq and hear from Dr. Salam Al Kuntar, Co-curator of the exhibit.

Workshop Leader: Sarah McDowell, Choices Teaching Fellow

Co-sponsored by University of Pennsylvania’s Middle East Center, South Asia Center, and the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.


NEW DATE: June 9
8:30 am-3:00 pm
Louisville, KY

Units: Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy and The American Revolution: Experiences of Rebellion

Workshop Leader: Meghann Scharfenberger, Choices Teaching Fellow


Enrollment is limited. Please register early. A confirmation email with logistical details will be sent to you upon receipt of your payment.

If you are paying with a purchase order (processed immediately) please email to or fax to (401) 863-1247.

If you are paying with a check (payable to Brown University) please send to:

The Choices Program
Brown University - Box 1948
Providence, RI 02912

Refund Policy: Refunds can not be made within 3 weeks of the event. If you are unable to attend, you may send someone from your district in your place. 



Past Events


September 25, 2015 - Mesa, AZ


March 24, 2015 - San Rafael, CA

March 2, 2016 - Mather, CA

April 21, 2016 - Santa Rosa, CA

October 19, 2016 - San Jose, CA

December 8, 2016 - Walnut Creek, CA


March 14, 2015 - Boulder, CO


October 1, 2015 - Hartford, CT

March 23, 2016 - Hartford, CT

October 13, 2016 - Hartford, CT

December 8, 2016 - Fairfield, CT


March 4, 2016 - Iowa City, IA


September 25, 2015 - Yarmouth, ME


January 22, 2016 - Boston, MA

June 23-24, 2016 - Marion, MA

August 11, 2016 - Boston, MA


November 21, 2015 - Bloomfield Hills, MI


October 1, 2016 - St. Paul, MN


October 7, 2016 - Lebanon, NH


November 2, 2016 - Leonia, NJ

November 3, 2016 - Moorestown, NJ


March 26, 2015 - Schenectady, NY

October 28, 2016 - Schenectady, NY


January 28, 2016 - Charlotte, NC

January 29, 2016 - Chapel Hill, NC


February 6, 2016 - Pittsburgh, PA

November 4, 2016 - East Stroudsburg, PA


June 26, 2015 - Providence, RI

September 24, 2015 - Providence, RI

September 30, 2016 - Providence, RI


October 21, 2016 - Nashville, TN


April 29, 2016 - San Antonio, TX


October 22, 2015 - Fairfax, VA


December 4, 2014 - Renton, WA

March 2, 2015 - Seattle, WA

April 17, 2015 - Auburn, WA


December 5, 2015 - Milwaukee, WI