Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute 2024


Admissions are Now Open!

The FPA is proud to announce that the 16th annual Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute is now accepting applications from teachers across North America.

If you apply today, you will have the opportunity to join a top-tier group of fellow educators for one week of intensive international affairs workshops with policy makers and experts in New York City.

Participants will receive travel stipends and free hotel accommodation during the institute, as well as visit such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Federal Reserve, and the United Nations.

If you or educators you know are looking for a way to integrate new techniques, materials, and perspectives into the classroom, do not pass up this opportunity to join the Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute!

Register HERE or by emailing [email protected] and requesting an application form.

Applications are due on Friday, February 23rd, 2024 

GDTTI: June 24-June 28th 2024 




Each year the Foreign Policy Association hosts the Judith L. Biggs Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute which brings together dedicated high school teachers from across the United States. The Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute includes distinguished lectures and workshops that are geared towards introducing effective strategies for teaching foreign affairs in the classroom. Over the years, the institute has provided teachers with a rich source of tools and knowledge for them to bring back to their classrooms.

The teachers selected for the Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute will bring a wide range of teaching experiences to the conference and represent the United States’ diverse demographics. The four-day program will be dedicated to:

o Strengthening skills in teaching global affairs
o Exploring ways to expand international studies in the classroom
o Building professional support networks
o Developing International Studies curriculum

This year’s Institute will be held in New York City from June 24-June 28th 2024 

Teachers accepted into the Institute pay no fee for the program, meals, as well as hotel accommodations (hotel accommodation applies for educators who live outside of the tri-state area). The Foreign Policy Association also provides a reimbursement of up to $300 USD for participant’s travel expenses.



1. During this application cycle, all applications must be completed using Google Docs. Please fill in your answers in the space provided below each question.

2. All applicants are also required to have one letter of recommendation submitted to [email protected]. The subject line should read: Recommendation for [teacher's name] for GDTTI 2024

3. Applications must be submitted by Sunday, February 23rd, 2024. All applicants will be notified of their application status no later than Friday, March 22nd, 2024. 

The 2024 Topics:

  • Mideast Realignment 
  • Science across borders
  • Climate technology
  • U.S.-China Trade Rivalry
  • Understanding Indonesia 
  • NATO's Future 
  • High Seas Treaty 
  • Pandemic Preparedness 

Download a sample schedule

With 100 years of experience in developing nonpartisan, accessible, engaging learning programs, the Foreign Policy Association welcomes applicants to the annual Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute. 


* Hotel accommodations provided to educators outside the tri-state area only.




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