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Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State:

"The programs that the [Pittsburgh] Council provides to its students are really exemplary.  It is extremely important that we involve our young people in foreign affairs, and I want to thank you for what you are doing in that regard."

“Outside of their own school, the World Affairs Council is the single most important educational partner in my students’ knowledge of the world today.” - Social studies teacher

“In an increasingly globalized world, our region is blessed to have the World Affairs Council. The international connections and outreach and the intellectual stimulation the Council provides for our students is unmatched and unparalleled. Whether students meet with staff members from international diplomatic corps, international corporate professionals, university professors, or with officers from the U.S. Army War College, every Council program is relevant and thought provoking. I am proud of the Council's 80-year history of stewardship to the young people of our region and am honored to be an educator that is member of this outstanding organization.” – Social studies teacher


Upcoming Programs

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Teacher Resources

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A Workshop for Educators
Teaching about Turkey: Bridge between East and West

March 16, 2015

During this workshop, teachers will have the opportunity to learn about Turkey’s place in the world and experience Turkish culture. They will gain access to lesson plans and other resources, and hear from teachers from the Pittsburgh region who have traveled to Turkey.

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Teacher Workshop
Engaging and Preparing Students for a Globalized Workforce

March 19, 2015

During this workshop presented by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, educators will receive an overview of global trends that will affect students' futures. They will also have the opportunity to hear from international business and nonprofit leaders regarding the "soft skills" and "hard skills" vital for success in the workplace. World Affairs Council and other resources will be shared with participants.  

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Summer Seminar on Global Issues
June 15-July 2, 2015

June 15, 2015

The Summer Seminar on Global Issues is designed to help students understand and think critically about their world—and the various issues, connections, and perspectives within it. Through a mix of classroom instruction, experiential learning activities, and discussions with experts, participants will strengthen their understanding of overarching global issues and how these issues shape the world around them.

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International Affairs Education Programs

School Outreach

For nearly five decades, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh had a special focus on serving secondary schools throughout Western Pennsylvania. 

Through its award-winning educational outreach program, the Council annually organizes and hosts more than 100 events focused on the foreign policy challenges which lie ahead for the successor generation. Each year, these events reach a combined total of more than 11,000 students and teachers in nearly 300 area schools.

The mission of the Global Education Initiative actively engages secondary school students and educators across the region to promote:

  • the skills necessary to navigate a complex, diverse and increasingly interdependent world,
  • informed and independent thinking about international affairs, and
  • critical understanding about important issues in a globalized world as they affect the nation and this region.

Today’s students will grow up as citizens of a global power and participants in an increasingly global marketplace. They need to understand and think critically about their world—and the diverse cultures, perspectives, and interests comprising that world. Teachers turn to the World Affairs Council for access to educational programs that keep pace with the events and issues that shape our futures.

Through the innovative use of video conferencing technology and social media, students in Western Pennsylvania have the opportunity to collaborate with each other as well as their peers around the world through the Council’s ongoing relationships with schools and organizations in Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Ghana, Greece, India, Italy, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Republic of Georgia, South Africa, and Taiwan. Video conferencing is offered free-of-charge for schools in partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 and MAGPI.

Educational outreach events take a variety of formats, including visits to schools by experts and policy practitioners, international youth forums, international career seminars, international student summits, accredited workshops for teachers, and intensive two-long summer institutes. The Council also develops curricular materials such as lesson plans, preparatory materials, and “Ask the Expert” informational videos on key global issues.

Each year, the Council awards Global Travel Scholarships to a select group of rising seniors who otherwise would not have the opportunity to travel overseas.



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