Professional Development Programs for Educators

  • Professional Development Programs

    K-12 and post-secondary educators can explore content from professional development programs organized by CMES

For content related to past CMES professional development workshops for educators, please explore the workshop archive.

Summer Teacher Institute

The University of Chicago Summer Teacher Institute is a multi-day, interdisciplinary professional development program for K-12 and post-secondary educators held every summer on campus in Hyde Park. Historically, the Summer Teacher Institute has brought together journalists, academics, policy professionals, and education specialists for an in depth examination of issues of global significance that have social, political, and environmental implications. In its current format, the Summer Teacher Institute is organized and co-sponsored by the University's area studies centers (CEAS, CEERES, CLAS, and CMES), in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and with support from US Department of Education National Resource Center grants. All Summer Teacher Institute content is available online at UChicago Educator Outreach, a joint project of the the area studies centers mentioned above.

International Education Conference

The International Education Conference is a professional development program for educators designed to promote the internationalization of existing K-12 and post-secondary courses and curricula. It convenes once per academic year and is organized by the University's federally funded area studies centers. Like the Summer Teacher Institute, all International Education Conference content is available online at UChicago Educator Outreach.

2016-2017 CMES Workshops

January 28, 2017 - Methods and Benefits of Proficiency-Based Assessment: A Professional Development Workshop for Teachers of Arabic


February 11, 2017 - Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart

Photo: Civilians fleeing ​Basra, Iraq. March 2003. Photograph by Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos.


For content related to past CMES professional development programs, please explore the workshop archive.