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International Studies Summer Institute (ISSI): Annual Professional Development Workshop for K-12 Educators

The International Studies Summer Institute (ISSI) is an annual professional development workshop for K-12 educators in NYS to support them in internationalizing their curricula.


I am thrilled to share the application link for the 2024 ISSI. The theme this year will be Plant and Animal Migration and it will take place on Tuesday, July 9th at the Cornell campus in Ithaca.



Join the Cornell University Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and the South Asia Center at Syracuse University for the 2024 International Studies Summer Institute (ISSI)! This year we will explore plant and animal migration around the world and at home. The ISSI is a professional development workshop for practicing and pre-service K–12 educators.  

Participants will engage in sessions that explore the patterns and causes of plant and animal migration in a global context, as well as how they affect and are affected by human society. Scholars from Cornell University and Syracuse University will share their research and expertise from across different regions of the world, including Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.     


Object-Based Learning will be a specific focus of the 2024 ISSI. Sessions will include an introduction to the Einaudi Center’s Culture Kits and how they can support hands-on learning about plant and animal migration in different countries. The Culture Kits are a collection of cultural artifacts from around the world, tailored for use in K-12 classrooms. We will also feature an overview of Latin American and East Asian artwork at the Johnson Museum of Art, centered around plant and animal migration, and an introduction to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird kits.  



Participating educators will...  

  • gain tools, activities and knowledge to apply in your classroom around issues of plant and animal migration internationally and in our back yards.  

  • connect issues affecting yourself and your students here in the US with other parts of the world.  

  • “recharge” intellectual batteries and deepen your own understanding and appreciation for plant and animal migration.   

  • have the option to complete a lesson plan for additional CTLE hours that incorporates content from the workshop, with the support of our outreach staff.   

  • receive a free eBird kit from the Lab of Ornithology, targeted for the grade band of choice ($70 - $110 value).  



We welcome practicing and pre-service K–12 educators of all subjects and grade levels who work in New York State. While the 2024 ISSI will have more of a scientific focus than in past years, we believe this year’s theme will benefit educators of all subject areas, especially in developing cross-disciplinary, project-based activities with a global focus. The ISSI is free for all participants and licensed educators receive a $300 stipend.



New York State educators can apply here. If you would like to attend and are not a pre-service or practicing K-12 NYS educator, you can email Sarah ( The deadline to apply is June 9.


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