Professional Development Opportunities

The ASA Outreach Council Members are pleased to offer a variety of workshops, institutes, and certificate programs for K-16 educators. Browse our highlighted opportunities below or view our Events Calendar for a full list of programs and public events. 

Culture, Connections and Communities: Teaching About the Swahili Coast


February 6, 2021
10am-1pm EST


Location: Virtual

A virtual workshop for K-12 Educators. In this professional development workshop, middle school, high school, and college educators will learn about the history of the Swahili coast and gain strategies and resources to emphasize cultural connections and the ways they shaped local communities.


Dr. Chap Kusimba, University of Florida | Dr. Susan Douglass, Georgetown University | Pier Penic, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art | Kristin Strobel, World History Teacher.

Certificate of participation (PDPs) provided by Boston University. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. 

Fall & Spring Admission

Application Deadlines:

Nov. 15, 2020 (Fall/Winter)

May 15, 2021 (Spring)

The Teaching Africa Teacher Certificate Program at Boston University supports pre-service and in-service K-12 teachers who are interested in engaging with Africa in its global context. This interdisciplinary program prepares teachers to become education leaders and innovators in the teaching of Africa with a globally-minded program that is committed to flexibility in fulfilling degree completion requirements and promoting culturally relevant Africa instruction. Participant teachers take 6 graduate credits in African Studies and join a collegial community of practice to build a curriculum unit on Africa.

Why You Should Apply

You are passionate about global education and African Studies. You seek a specialization that will enhance your teaching career and galvanize your teaching portfolio. You want to address the increasing centrality of Africa in the curriculum and innovate in your practice. The Boston University African Studies Center respects your work and commitment. Whether you are a seasoned educator or are new to the field of teaching, we want to support you to gain access to the tools and curriculum you need. 

For more information and to apply, visit BU's website...

Harvard University | Global Studies Summer Workshop for Educators

July or August 2021

Exact Date & Time: TBA

Application: TBA

Global Studies Outreach at Harvard is a collaboration amongst regional and internationally focused centers and programs at Harvard that share a commitment to educational outreach. The primary goal of this collaboration is to help the general public, and especially K-12 and community college educators and students, better understand the complex world in which we live. We do this by organizing events—specifically our annual summer workshop for educators- around global themes and preparing and disseminating resources for classroom use—both of which build on Harvard’s impressive human and material resources. 

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Planning for the 2021 workshop is underway. Check back in March 2021 for details and application instructions and visit the Global Studies Outreach Website. 

2021 African Studies Association Teachers Workshop




November 2021

Exact date and location TBA

At the annual African Studies Association Conference in November, the ASA Outreach Council organizes a teacher workshop that provides area educators with resources, lesson plans, and professional development on topics tailored to specific grade levels, subject areas, and curriculum frameworks.

A Look Back at 2020

The 2020 African Studies Association Conference was held virtually on November, 14th 2020. Take a look back at the 2020 Workshop. Planning for the 2021 workshop is underway. Check back in September 2021 for details and registration.

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