Course Description

The institute engages K-12 educators in a four-day workshop that is topic focused. For 2020 the topic is “Displaced: Exploring the refugee crisis in the K-12 classroom”. The focus topic changes annually. Through interactive learning and discussion sessions, K-12 educators enhance their knowledge of and instruction methods on the topic. By combining scholarly presentations with access to in-field, humanitarian expertise, K-2 educators are provided valuable curriculum development and networking opportunities. Over the course of the Institute, faculty experts and visiting professionals will present on key elements of the focus topic and will guide discussion on the best practices for teaching global awareness, literacy, and competence to students of any age.

Course Outline

 A 4-day workshop designed for K-12 teachers and education students. Attendees will hear from experts on displacement, including refugees, about what drives the refugee crisis. Gain knowledge on the U.S. and international refugee policy, critically conscious pedagogy, the dangers of a single narrative, and using related literature in the classroom. Attendees will participate in lectures with UCSB faculty, panel Q&A with aid workers and UCSB students studying displacement or affected by displacement, and Q&As with refugees in the U.S. Learn about the California Global Education Project resources and the UCSB resources, with special attention to the UCSB Library, available to K-12 educators. Develop lesson plans and materials for their classrooms and grow their professional networks.

Learner Outcomes

 The course is conducted as an inquiry-based institute using presentations by invited UCSB faculty, humanitarian aid workers, UCSB students and others, Q&A panels and sessions, discussions of seminal readings and other media, and examination of personal practices in the classroom. Attendees develop lesson plans collectively and share these with others in their school district and elsewhere via our website.


***ONLY for students who attended the workshop and then sign up for credit - approved by the instructor Lisa McAllister. 

This course is designed for K-12 teachers and administrators.


 REQUIRED TEXT: Course reader supplied by the instructor

Class Date and Time: 

Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, August 3, 2020 – August 6, 2020, and

Follow ups on January 16, 2021, and April 17, 2021.

For more information, please contact: Lisa McAllister 805-893-4249, lisamcallister@ucsb.edu

Classes are offered according to the schedule on the respective Certificate or Program Page. Please click on the Request Information below to be promptly notified when enrollment opens.