Outreach Council African Studies Associa

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. 

Boston University | Africana Book Group

Wednesday, January 26th

4-6pm ET


Location: ONLINE

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Now in its 15th year, our African book group continues to meet to discuss outstanding African literature. In the Fall, we read Floating in a most Peculiar Way, written by Boston University professor Louis Chude-Sokei, and this winter, we are reading the  David Diop's book, At Night All Blood is Black.


Email africa@bu.edu for any inquiries about this group.

Professional Development Points (PDPs) Certificate of Completion will be provided.

Stories & Masks: Global Masquerading Practices in the Classroom



Friday, Febrary 11th - Sunday, February 13th, 2022

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Stories & Masks: Global Masquerading Practices in the Classroom
A Professional Development Educator weekend as part of the Women & Masks conference

The weekend of workshops invites educators to engage with  global masking narratives, and provides critical thinking and pedagogical tools to rethink the approach to masks from a culturally responsive perspective. You will hear from scholars, artists, and teachers about their lens and approach to masks. The sessions will be of relevance to art, history, social studies, and elementary educators.

A keynote not to be missed!
Zina Saro Wiwa discussion of Worrying the Mask: The Politics of Authenticity and Contemporaneity in the Worlds of African Art
Friday February 11th, 2022 | 7pm ET

Professional Development Points (PDPs) Certificate of Completion will be provided.

Register HERE

Fall & Spring Admission

Application Deadlines:

Nov. 15, 2021 (Fall/Winter)

May 15, 2022 (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...

Teaching Language as Archive: Creole and Colonialism in Mauritius

Thursday, March 3rd
7-8:30pm ET


Location: ONLINE

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French language and world history teachers are often searching for entry-points to teach about questions of language, power, and colonialism in Africa. Language is a frequently overlooked domain when studying larger historical processes. Using Mauritian Creole language – "Kreol" – as an archive, this webinar will provide a lens to understand language development under situations of settler colonialism, enslavement, and indenture. It will also raise core questions to teach about Kreol's relationship to French, asking: In which ways was language used as mode of domination of people’s identities? How did Kreol emerge as a response to colonial language policies? How did the science of etymology contribute to the continued misrepresentation of Kreol? What are the continued struggles for the legitimization of Kreol and how do these connect to a larger project of decolonization?

This webinar is offered by the National Humanities Centers as part of their Humanities In Class Webinars. Learn more and register HERE.