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UW National Resource Centers host teacher training on borders, real and imaginary

New bollard-style U.S.-Mexico border fencing is seen in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, U.S., as pictured from Ascension, Mexico August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

November 7, 2020

Are borders a political language? An ideology? A way of thinking? A way of being in this world? What are the implications of borders on globalization, identity, democracy, migration, global health, press freedom, climate change, Black Lives Matter?

These were just a few of the critical topics discussed and debated for five days in July 2020 by 32 competitively selected community college faculty who participated in “Borders: Real and Imaginary,” the annual Community College Master Teacher Institute (CCMTI) held in summer at the University of Washington. Led by the six federally-funded National Resource Centers housed at the Jackson School, and co-sponsored with other partners in education, each year CCMTI explores a global topic from a variety of perspectives and disciplines.

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, participants learned through asynchronous and synchronous online classroom settings. The CCMTI adapted by utilizing the flipped classroom approach, allowing participants to view lectures specially created for CCMTI, read materials provided by presenters, write collaborative reflection pieces, and engage in a day of conversation and dialogue over Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Read more about the workshop and presenters here.