Professional Development

ORIAS Summer Institutes for Teachers

ORIAS Summer Institutes invite educators to be students again.


ORIAS hosts two summer programs at UC Berkeley. Teachers of many disciplines, from elementary through high school, are invited to attend the k-12 Summer Institute. The Community College Summer Institute is designed primarily for community college and AP-level history and social studies teachers, particularly those who teach World History or regional histories.

Summer programs explore unique themes in World History and teachers leave ready to incorporate new content into classroom lessons. Presenters explain recent scholarship and address participants' questions. Throughout each day, educators have opportunities share ideas about both content and pedagogy.

Summer Institutes are free and open to all educators. Participants in the k-12 Summer Institute may also receive professional development credit. 

photo credit: Top of the Campanile via UC Berkeley (license)

ORIAS Online World History Cohort


What is the Online WH Cohort?


UC Berkeley's Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) is seeking a team of eight California community college instructors who will work together over a period of two years to construct and teach two exemplary online courses covering the full sweep of World History. The cohort offers an opportunity for meaningful intellectual discussion,  encouragement of your creativity and passion, and an intentional exploration of online pedagogy. Each member of the cohort will be credited with authorship of materials and the courses themselves will be made publicly available for use by interested instructors everywhere.

World History Reading Groups


Bookshelf in the Picton Reading Room and Hornby Library, Liverpool


Teachers in ORIAS World History Reading Groups read one book each month within a global studies theme. Participants meet monthly to eat and spend two hours in collegial conversation. It is a relaxing, intellectually rich atmosphere for both new and experienced teachers.

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Teacher Travel


“THROUGH TRAVEL I FIRST BECAME AWARE OF THE OUTSIDE WORLD; IT WAS THROUGH TRAVEL THAT I FOUND MY OWN INTROSPECTIVE WAY INTO BECOMING A PART OF IT.” – EUDORA WELTY


The Jacobite on the Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Travel is a valuable form of professional development for teachers. Most opportunities listed here are geared toward educators and often include unique interactions with local residents, historians, or other experts. 

photo credit: The Jacobite on the Glenfinnan Viaduct via flickr (license)

National Resource Centers

There are dozens of federally funded National Resource Centers (NRCs) at universities around the United States. One of their many functions is to provide resources to help teachers internationalize American education.