2010 Summer Teacher Institute


An Interdisciplinary Examination of the
World’s Most Essential Resource

University of Chicago
International House, Assembly Hall
1414 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637


(9:00 AM - 4:30 PM each day)

June 28-30: Summer Institute

Day I – Global Fresh Water Issues

Day II – Fresh Water Politics

Day III – Water in Society

July 1

Curriculum Development Day

July 2

Chicago Water Infrastructure Field Trip
(Registration closed)

1 Lane Credit (requires full attendance & development of a classroom lesson by Aug. 2nd)
18 CPDUs for 3-day Summer Institute
CPDUs also available for July 1
(To receive credit, CPS teachers must also register at CPS University)

This interdisciplinary 3-day institute will explore global water issues, including those that affect the Great Lakes region. Daily topics addressed will include: water scarcity, effective water management, and water issues in politics, sanitation, agriculture, and economics. Faculty and staff from the University of Chicago and other educational institutions from around the world will speak each day, interspersed with discussions of K-12 curriculum development.

Intended primarily for elementary through community college educators (but open to all interested parties), the Institute will address each theme through a series of presentations and group discussions. Attendees will receive suggested instructional resources for curriculum building and K-12 lessons aligned to Illinois State Standards will be developed based on presentations made at the Institute.

This internationally focused conference is presented by The University of Chicago’s Center for International Studies, Program on the Global Environment, Center for East Asian Studies, Southern Asian Language and Area Center, Center for East European and Russian Eurasian Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Center for Latin American Studies. Please contact Jamie Bender at jbender@uchicago.edu for more information.

"Climate change and over-use of water will mean that nearly one in every two people will live in water-stressed areas by 2030. Households, industry and agriculture will increasingly compete for water, leaving little to sustain ecosystems."
— OECD March 12, 2010