Alliance for Learning in World History

The Alliance for Learning in World History (ALWH) is a collaboration between educators and history scholars who seek to advance the teaching and learning of world history in classrooms in the U.S. and around the world.  The Alliance sponsors yearly professional development programs that link leading practitioners in world history scholarship, curriculum, teacher preparation, professional development, and educational research.  The ALWH was previously funded by the Social Science Research Council and the British Council and now draws on support from Columbia University and the World History Center at the University of Pittsburgh. 

The Alliance is anchored at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as one of the primary education initiatives pursued by the WHC.  Molly Warsh, Associate Director of the WHC and Head of Educational Outreach, serves as the Steering Committee Chair and primary contact for the ALWH.  
 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

THIS SUMMER’S PD PROGRAMING IS STILL HAPPENING, JUST VIRTUALLY!

THERE IS A NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE ALLIANCE-SPONSORED JUNE 30TH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS ON “TEACHING THE GLOBAL AFRICAN DIASPORA”.

 PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION HERE BY THE NEW DEADLINE OF MAY 26TH. WE WILL HOLD THIS WORKSHOP VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM. 

The day-long event will focus on Teaching the Global African Diaspora with the following featured speakers:

  • Dr. Yolanda Covington-Ward (University of Pittsburgh) on “Interconnected Diasporas: Two Hundred Years of Mobility, Identity, and Community in the Liberian Diaspora”

This presentation examines the long history of connection between Liberia and the United States, with free Black Americans migrating to Liberia in the 19thand early 20thcenturies, and Liberians of all backgrounds coming to the United States as a result of the Liberian Civil War in the late 20thcentury. The presentation will highlight a number of resources that can be used to show the importance of mobility for shaping Liberian identity and community over the last 200 years while also contextualizing events and processes in Liberia within larger global forces and flows.

  • Dr. Audra Diptee (Carleton University) on “Power, Politics and the History of Africa and the African Diaspora”

    How can we better teach history so that students understand its relevance in the present day?  Using specific examples relevant to Africa and the African Diaspora, this presentation will outline pedagogical strategies that help build a conceptual bridge between the past and present for students.  This will include a discussion about how to introduce students to the politics of memory and the relationship between power and the construction of historical narratives.

  • Dr. Mari Webel (University of Pittsburgh) on “Tracing Diaspora: Sources and Histories of the Global African Diaspora”

This presentation examines some of the diverse evidence we can use to understand the impacts of historical mobilities and the global African diaspora and bring this history to life in the classroom.  Exploring a selection of cases, we will discuss sources on agriculture and foodways, health and disease, and global migration circulating from Africa.

The application webform is here. APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 26, 2020.  Contact Molly Warsh at warsh@pitt.edu with any questions in the meantime.  

PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

On June 26th, 2019, the Alliance hosted a one-day professional workshop for world history teachers titled "Hot Topics in World History". Featuring sessions on teaching with comics (led by Prof. Trevor Getz, San Francisco State University), maps in the world history classroom (led by Prof. Ruth Mostern, University of Pittsburgh) and games in the world history classroom (led by Dr. Bennett Sherry, University of Pittsburgh), the event drew teachers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia.

If you would like to view and download materials from this workshop, please send an email to alwh@pitt.edu with a brief explanation of why these materials will be useful to you.
 

TEACHING WORLD HISTORY RESOURCES

The ALWH compiles materials that are useful to teachers of World History through workshops and submissions from both college faculty and K-12 teachers.  Access to these materials are by request.  If you would like to view and download these materials, please send an email to Molly Warsh at warsh@pitt.edu.  Include information about yourself and why you're interested in the World History pedagogical material. 

If you have already received access to the material, click here to be taken to the resources page.