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Paid Outreach Opportunity

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) is looking for a presenter for teacher workshops.
Together with a couple of other SGIS National Resource Centers we conduct workshops for Indiana middle and high school social studies teachers. The workshops take place at Educational Service Centers ( in rural and other underserved areas. Each year we pick a different topic from the standards for a high school “Geography and History of the World” course and each year we present three workshops: one late in the fall semester (for example last year on Dec.8) and two in the spring semester (one earlier and the other later in the semester, or even in May). Each workshop is held in a different area. The workshops are held in the morning, so if a center is located far from Bloomington, it may be necessary to stay in a hotel the preceding night.

This year’s topic is Urban Growth (Urbanization). Below is a short description of the topic and subtopics.

Geography and History of the World is designed to enable students to use geographical tools and skills and historic concepts and perspectives to deepen their understanding of major global themes including the origin and spread of world religions; exploration; conquest and imperialism; urbanization; and innovations and revolutions.

Geographical and historical skills include forming research questions, acquiring information by investigating a variety of primary and secondary sources, organizing information by creating graphic text representations, analyzing information to determine and explain patterns and trends, planning for the future, and documenting and presenting findings orally or in writing. The historical geography concepts used to explore the global themes include change over time, origin, diffusion, physical systems, cultural landscapes, spatial distribution/patterns, and interaction/relationships.

Students use the knowledge, tools, and skills obtained from this course in order to analyze, evaluate, and make predictions about major global developments. This course is designed to nurture perceptive and responsible citizenship, to encourage and support the development of critical thinking skills and lifelong learning, and to help prepare Indiana students for the 21st Century.

Standard 5

Urban Growth
Students examine the physical and human geographic factors associated with the origin and growth of towns and cities in different regions of the world and with the internal spatial structure of those urban centers.

GHW.5.1 Ask and answer geographic and historic questions about the origin and growth of towns and cities in different regions of the world and in different time periods. Compare and contrast the factors involved in the location and growth of towns and cities for different time periods.

GHW.5.2 Describe, using a variety of text (writing, maps, timelines and/or other graphic presentations), the worldwide trend toward urbanization and the changing function of cities. Assess the impact of factors such as locational advantages and disadvantages, changing transportation technologies, population growth, changing agricultural production, and the demands of industry on this trend.

Examples: Latin America: compare and contrast the urban centers of Mexico, Brazil and Peru (1800–present); New Orleans: growth as gateway to the heartland of the United States (1803–present); Tokyo: from semi-isolation to widespread international interaction (1853–present)

GHW.5.3 Describe how the internal structure of cities is similar and different in various regions of the world. Analyze and explain why these similarities and differences in structure exist.
Examples: Examine similarities and differences among the urban development of Salt Lake City (central temple focus), Paris (circular with spokes), Rio de Janeiro (physical geographic constraints of sea and mountains), and Mumbai (peninsular location)

GHW.5.4 Analyze and assess the impact of urbanization on the physical and human environments in various parts of the world.

We don’t need to cover all subtopics, but the more the better. It goes without saying that a presentation on behalf of IAUNRC should focus on urbanization in our region.

IAUNRC will pay the presenter and cover the cost of transportation, as well as the hotel and per diem if necessary.
Selected presenter will need to commit to all three workshops.

Interested students should send a short abstract (one page maximum) of their proposed presentation by September 30 to IAUNRC assistant director, Kasia Rydel-Johnston (