Teacher Training

K-16 Professional Development Workshops

The South Asia Institute provides a range of resources and activities to serve elementary and secondary schools and college teachers. As a National Resource Center, we organize teacher training events annually on the histories and cultures of South Asia, featuring faculty and advanced graduate students from Columbia and other area universities. 

Since 2010, we have offered workshops designed for language instructors teaching at community schools, K-12, and college levels.  These language pedagogy workshops are focused on Hindi and Urdu, but language instructors teaching other South Asia languages have benefited from attending the workshops.

If you are an educator, and would like to receive email notification of upcoming teacher training activities or language workshops, please send the following information to William Carrick at [email protected]: name, title, school affiliation, courses and grade levels of students taught.  Non-teaching educators should include name, title, school affiliation, grade levels at your institution, and a brief description of your role within the institution.   Please specify if you are interested in area studies workshops, or language workshops, or both.  You may unsubscribe to our listserv at any time by sending a request via email.

Upcoming K-16 Professional Development Workshops:

To be announced

Recent K-16 Professional Development Workshops

February 29, 2020: 
Saturday-Sunday, March 2 and 3, 2019
Saturday-Sunday, March 3 and 4, 2018: 

Saturday, December 5, 2015:  “Islam and Politics in Bangladesh”

Saturday, November 21, 2015:  “Civil War and Aftermath in Sri Lanka”

Co-sponsored by Educators for Teaching India (Boston).
Saturday, October 25, 2014:  "Politics in India and Pakistan"

Spring 2014:  "Democratic Contestations and Political Violence: the Middle East and South Asia"

Fall 2012:  "Muslim Societies: Local Histories and Local Practices in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia"

Spring 2012:  "Three Partitions and the Making of the Subcontinent"

Spring 2011:  "A Short History of Pakistan"

Spring 2010:  "History of Colonialism and Nationalism in the Middle East and South Asia"

Spring 2009:  "Islam in the Middle East and South Asia"