C.I.S.E.P. The Claremont International Studies Education Project
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Writing In The Social Studies Classroom

CISEP has worked closely with Pomona Unified School District and Glendale Unified School District to create a one day workshop highlighting best practices related to teaching writing and using writing to teach social studies. This workshop has been highly praised and can be presented to any school or district on a regularly scheduled inservice day.

Public Scholars: Voices From The Classroom

In 2001 President George W. Bush presented a clear mandate: “I call upon schools, teachers, students, parents, and community leaders to promote understanding of other nations and cultures by encouraging our young people to participate in activities that increase their knowledge of and appreciation for global issues, languages, history, geography, literature, and the arts of other countries.” States across the nation have responded to this mandate in a variety of ways. In Delaware, the State Board of Education created a statewide curriculum that infuses international knowledge across the curriculum. In New Jersey, the State Board of Education and Governor McGreevey hosted an International Education Summit in 2004 to raise awareness and garner support for the development of a five year strategic plan to reform statewide curriculum to include international studies. Yet California, a state known for its diversity and leadership in the global economy, has yet to initiate a formal dialogue aimed at internationalizing its schools.

The Public Scholars: Voices from the Classroom program presents a dynamic model to engage public shcool teachers in discussions and research related to international studies education. The primary goaol of the project is to identify a cadre of teacher leaders and then equip and position them to inform policy as California approaches the process of integrating international studies across the K-12 curriculum. The program takes place in three phases. First, teachers are brought together at Pitzer College for a one week summer institute to explore the field of international studies including intercultural studies, security studies, economics, and pedagogy all through an indepth case study of China. In the second summer session teachers will actually go abroad for a three week term in China. Upon their return, teachers will reflect on their own experiences with culture, community, language acuisition, and different world views and pursue individual research aimed at enriching the field of international studies education. Teachers will be asked to present thier research at an international studies conference so that thier voices can impact future reform.

This program is currently under construction and pending funding. We are just now in the process of applying for a grant to cover the program and hope to begin in Summer 2008. We would love to hear from you if you might be interested in participating.

Teaching American History

CISEP has partnered with Pomona Unified School District to apply for a Teaching American History grant scheduled to begin in SUmmer 2007. Teachers outside of PUSD are welcome to apply. Please contact Michelle Dymerski if you are interested.

Elementary School Cultural Ambassadors Program

This program aims to provide elementary teachers and students with the opportunity to interact and develop relationships with representatives of diverse world cultures. The program is a collaborative effort of teachers and Pitzer College faculty to develop a program for integrating presentations by college international students into the elementary curriculum. Students will make a minimum of three1-hour visit to selected elementary and CISEP will provide ongoing support for teachers, college faculty, and college students.

Secondary School Cultural Ambassadors Program

This program aims to provide secondary teachers and students with the opportunity to interact and develop relationships with representatives of diverse world cultures. The program is a collaborative effort of teachers and Pitzer College faculty to develop a program for integrating presentations by college students in Pitzer's International Intercultural Studies Colloquia into the secondary curriculum. CISEP will provide ongoing support for teachers, college faculty, and college students.

California Council for the Social Studies Conference

CISEP expects teacher leasers to register for the CCSS conference. Teachers will be expected to develop and implement a lesson based on the ideas from the conference.

International Studies Association Conferences

CISEP expects teacher leaders to register for the ISA or ISA West conference. Teachers will be expected to develop and implement a lesson based on the ideas from the conference.

World History Conference

CISEP expects teacher leaders to register for the World History conference. Teachers will be expected to develop and implement a lesson based on the ideas from the conference.