Each year, International Programs (IP), in partnership with the Global Education Program at the Stanley Center and presented by the UI Stanley Museum of Art and the UI College of Education, offers a professional development workshop for Iowa's K-12 teachers focusing on international topics and issues of critical importance. Over the years, institute themes have included Fragile Economies; Understanding Nigeria; Understanding the Middle East; The US/Mexico Border and Immigration Policies; and Terrorism and Mass Media.

Inspired by the introduction of the Iowa Core Curriculum and its focus on global literacy concepts and 21st century skills, the institute has turned its attention to global education, with a goal of preparing teachers from across the state to infuse global perspectives into their classrooms.

The institute is a professional development opportunity and teachers will receive one license renewal credit. 

K-12 school teachers from Iowa’s four congressional districts are invited to register for institute, where they will be engaged in training, group activities, workshops, and guest speaker presentations. 

2023 Institute June 8-29

What people are saying

"I came away from the institute with so many excellent resources that I can apply to my classrooms. The speakers were interesting and knowledgeable. It was a very positive experience interacting with everyone." ~ 2021 participant

"I have already contacted many colleagues to share how valuable and necessary this class is for teachers and students. All teachers should be exposed to this learning." ~ 2021 participant

"I found this to be an invaluable course. We all need to be globally competent teachers. If more of us become globally competent teachers, we can truly make the world a better place!" ~ 2021 participant