Gigi A. Peterson, History Department, will lead a program that includes several SUNY Cortland students and alumni in a Universität Potsdam Summer School, “Teaching the SDGs” (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.) The program takes place in Germany from Saturday, Aug. 27 through Saturday, Sept. 3. The group will participate in “Engaging with Global Citizenship,” one of several courses at the summer school. This class centers on issues of migration, language and culture and identities. Instructors from the fields of English language education, literature and history will guide participants in developing their understanding of historical and contemporary migrations, and of transformative, culturally responsive pedagogy that empowers diverse learners. Students began background preparation through modules in history and language and culture education, and they are meeting their German partners virtually before the week in Potsdam.
The SUNY Cortland instructors include two area social studies teachers who continue to collaborate with Peterson and the Adolescence Education Social Studies Program as SUNY Cortland alumni-teacher associates. They are Caitlin Goodwin ’11, M.S.Ed. ’16, McGraw Middle School, and Taylor Weigand '10, Binghamton High School. Both have extensive international and classroom experience and will be important contributors to this international learning community.