Current Issues: Water Scarcity in a Warming World

Cape Town Crisis:  Water Scarcity in a Warming World

An unprecedented event is unfolding in South Africa, due to a historic drought that may cause the city of Cape Town (population 3.75 million) to turn off its tap water. Help your students understand the impact of water scarcity with our latest Current Context issue, "Cape Town Crisis:  Water Scarcity in a Warming World."   This issue includes everything your students need:  an explanation of the desalination process (complete with an easy-to-follow diagram from our partners at KQED Education), a chart students can analyze in order to understand how we use water and what past consumption might tell us about future use, and an infographic that helps students understand how much water is needed to make everyday items like blue jeans, microchips, and cheeseburgers.

Duke Islamic Studies Center Summer Institute

The Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University Middle East Studies Center, and Qatar Foundation International are offering a summer institute for secondary (grades 6-12) teachers “Dimensions of the Middle East: Foundations Cultures, and Geopolitics.” It will be held from June 24-29, 2018, at Duke University in Durham North Carolina. However, travel, lodging, meals, and course materials are all FREE to accepted teachers!

Deadline to apply is March 25.

High School Teacher Opportunity to Japan in August

Secondary teachers: Interested in traveling to Hiroshima, Japan to “transform the lessons of Hiroshima into relevant and impactful peace education activities for [your] students”? Consider applying for the Oleander program, which will take place August 2-9. 

Deadline: March 26, 2018

Who is Eligible to Apply?

For US educators: Junior high or high school teachers of any subject are welcome to apply. NGO leaders and informal educators working with youth populations of the same demographic (12-18 years of age) are also eligible.

For Middle East/North Africa educators: Only alumni of previous UME programs are eligible for this program.

Program Costs: For educators in need of financial assistance, UME provides scholarships covering most program costs including instructor fees, internal travel within Japan, accommodations, meals, and events. US educators are expected to pay the cost of their international ticket to Japan.

Admissions Process: An in-person or video-conference interview is required for all finalists. The Oleander admissions committee may also request additional materials or recommendations.

Questions? Please email if you have any questions

Teaching Sustainable Development Goals

Teaching the Sustainable Development Goals is a two-week online professional development course using the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, 2015-2030. Taken together, the 17 comprehensive goals are full of real-world connections to prepare young people for living in a globally interconnected world. No matter your teaching background, this professional development will provide you with meaningful curriculum connections that can be found in the goals, including policy and civic dimensions for social studies, educational access with respect to teaching language and literacy, climate change and species extinction for science educators, and statistical measurements for mathematics teaching.

Teaching the Civil Rights Era: Tools from the Federal Reserve

Teaching the Civil Rights Era: Tools from the Federal Reserve

Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and St. Louis

March 21, 2018
4:00–5:00 p.m. (ET)  Register -

5:15–6:15 p.m. (ET)  Register -

Location: Webinar

Explore archival treasures and fresh resources for teaching the civil rights movement. Join knowledge information expert Julie Schein of the Atlanta Fed and senior librarian for FRASER (a digital library of U.S. economic, financial, and banking history) Genevieve Podleski of the St. Louis Fed for an exciting webinar. All participants will receive materials for an inquiry-based lesson and a set of primary source documents.

For more information, please contact Sherilyn Narker at or at 404-498-8061.

Global Education Week--March 19-23

Global Leadership Week (GLW) is a weeklong convening of virtual and face to face events designed to celebrate leadership through global action in K20 education. It will take place March 19 - 23, 2018. GLW is an opportunity for education leaders to learn from one another and share effective principles in leadership, particularly within the context of an interconnected, global age.

GLW is designed for students, teachers, teacher educators, non-profit personnel and those in the corporate world. We seek to empower leaders in these communities. During Global Leadership Week, partner organizations, companies, school districts and individual schools will design and host virtual events to showcase thought leadership. These events will be listed on a GLW calendar posted to our website. Our event hashtag is #globaled18and you can follow conversations about GLW on Twitter.

How to Connect Online with Global Leaders!

Below are four ways you can participate...

1. Host a Global Leadership Week Virtual or In Person Event
During Global Leadership Week, partner organizations, companies, school districts and individual schools will design and host their own virtual eventsto showcase thought leadership. These events will be listed on the GLW calendar posted to our website. Submit your activity at any time and we'll promote it.

2. Participate in Global Leadership Week Events Hosted By Partner Organizations
During Global Leadership Week, other groups who support global education leadership will be hosting virtual events. Specific directions and the full event calendar are located on our website.

3. Attend the Third Annual Global Leadership Summit at the ASCD Empower 18 Conference
We are co-hosting our face-to-face summit with ASCD in Boston. MA. This special networking event will take place on March 23, 2018. Paid registration is required.

4. Attend or Exhibit at the Global Education Online Fair
Looking to take your school global? Come find out about tools, services, projects and programs related to globally connected teaching and learning! Check out the work of leading global educators, companies and nonprofit organizations at the Global Education Fair, a free, virtual meet and greet for educators and school districts. This online event is designed to increase opportunities for collaboration around the globe while supporting initiatives that focus on cultural awareness, global citizenship, and equity and diversity in education.  Attendees register here and exhibitors register here.

Summer Teacher Leadership Program

Teacher Leadership Program Application

Deadline Extended!

New Application Deadline – March 18, 2018


Please see below for a brief programmatic overview and the attached program announcement for more details and how to apply to the program. 

Program Overview

This intensive two-year program is designed to build a cohort of K-12 educators across the country who can provide effective professional development to their peers on topics related to the Middle East. Selected participants will attend a fully-funded series of four two-day workshops held in different U.S. cities throughout the course of a year exploring a variety of themes related to the Middle East. During each event, participants will attend seminars with experts in the field, work with education specialists to develop effective pedagogical approaches to the content, and create a toolkit of strategies to share with other educators to help them become more effective and confident when teaching about the region.
In addition to these events, participants will engage in monthly webinars and activities as a group to reinforce content knowledge and skills while also developing a portfolio of presentations, teaching approaches, and resources to be completed by the end of the first year of the program.
Upon completion of the first year of the program, participants will be provided with funding and resources to present his/her portfolio at a professional development workshop and event. Participants will also serve as mentors for the following year’s incoming cohort of participants.

Funding & Logistics

All costs associated with this program including travel, lodging, and course materials will be covered for selected participants. All logistical arrangements including flight bookings and lodging will be made by QFI.

The applicant must:

  • Be a current K-12 teacher in a public or public charter school in the United States
  • Be a K-12 teacher in the social sciences, humanities, or arts
  • Have a minimum of three years of in-classroom teaching experience
  • Demonstrate that he/she provides classroom instruction on topics related to the Middle East

For full details on the program including a full program description and conditions, please see the attached call for applications or download it at:

For any questions regarding the program or the application process, please contact Craig Cangemi at