California International Studies Project (CISP)
The California International Studies Project or CISP moved to Pacific from Stanford University in 2003. The Executive offices are currently located in Raymond Lodge. For close to three decades, the California International Studies Project has been the only state wide K-12 program in the country dedicated to developing teacher competency in international studies, world history and geography. Since its inception in the early 1980s, CISP has reached on average 2200 teachers each year. Approximately one half of these teachers are in grades K-6 teaching 35,000 students, while another 1100 teach grades 7-12, reaching 130,000 students each day. This means that CISP projects touch 165,000 students’ lives each year. The reach of this program is immense.
CISPs seven project sites around the state (Sonoma State, University of the Pacific, Pitzer, CSU San Bernardino, CSU Fullerton and San Diego State) connect the international and intellectual resources of public and private universities to the academic needs of teachers, schools, and districts in the regions of the universities. The project sites conduct institutes, workshops, seminars, and programs at the same time organizing support systems designed to upgrade teachers’ instructional skills and deepen their academic knowledge in all school subjects that have international content.
Priority is given to working with teachers through university partnerships with schools and districts, especially school communities with high proportions of English Learners and low-performing students.
One of the unique programs coordinated by CISP is an electronic model United Nations that connects tenth grade world history students from low performing schools around the state with each other and with a university led team playing the role of the United States. These students come together at the end of each school year in a global forum where they debate and negotiate their country’s position on issues ranging from human rights to global warming. This event inspires all who attend, as these students from low performing public schools perform at a level usually associated only with students from exclusive private high schools.
For information on Equity & Access Institutes see www.equityandaccess.info
For information on the Contemporary World History Project (CWHP) www.cwhp.info