2020 Schedule

This seminar will be conducted in entirely in a virtual format, including synchronous and asynchronous sessions.

Lead Facilitators:

Prof. Christopher Ratcliff, Department of Engineering Education (Lead Instructor)

Prof. Tami Augustine, Department of Teaching and Learning


This week-long workshop aims to inform K-12 teachers on issues related to global agricultural and economic sustainability by focusing on various global regions including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Through the week, we will hear from regional experts on agricultural trends and practices, food access and distribution, intersections with environmental and economic sustainability and how it all relates to our own food decisions.

The workshop will deepen participants’ understanding of global food issues and challenges while exploring how teachers can translate these topics into lessons that will engage students of various levels and with varying interests. Both food and agriculture have deep ties to every classroom subject – from foreign language and social studies to history and economics to biology and math, and we look forward to working with teachers to understand how these topics can be incorporated into their curricula.


A key goal of the institute is to support teachers’ development or revision of class units relating to Global Agricultural and Economic Sustainability.  The Area Studies Centers will provide each teacher with resource guides for each case study (area of the world), which will include links to news articles, books, videos, and websites. From these resources, teachers will create a lesson plan based on one of the case studies taught at the seminar.


Monday, May 18 9:00 – 10:30 AM on Zoom



June 1 – 5, 2020

More information coming soon!