POSTPONED: Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute 2020

We at the Foreign Policy Association want to thank you for your application. This year's application pool has been among our strongest ever, with teachers applying from not just North America, but Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East as well. It is with our deep regret, out of concern for the safety of our teachers and staff, that we will have to cancel this year's Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute. 

Applicants who applied this year and who wish to participate in next year's Institute will not have to reapply.  We will contact you via email to see if you wish to be cosidered for the 2021 Institute.
As a way to help you continue carrying out the FPA's mission of improving international affairs education, I have included our teaching guide and a streaming archive for our signature documentary series Great Decisions TV. Please feel free to utilize these episodes, as well as our archive on JSTOR, for your classroom, wherever it may be.
We know that most teachers are figuring out remote learning for the first time and we hope that this material will help facilitate your students education. We would love to hear about your experiences and how we can better support you in this new mode of academic engagement. In the meantime, stay home, stay safe and good luck with your important work. 



The Foreign Policy Association is seeking high school teachers with demonstrated commitment to international education to take part in its annual Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute.  Teachers chosen will reflect geographically diverse high schools from around the continent and will be chosen on a competitive basis.  Join us for four days of:

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



High school educators accepted to the Institute pay no fee for the program, accommodations, or meals.*

Participants will also receive a reimbursement of up to $300 for travel expenses.

Space is limited and applicants are chosen on a highly competitive basis. Please give as much detail as possible in your answers.

For additional information contact FPA at [email protected] 

Application Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2020 ** 

Applicants will be notified by Friday, April 17, 2020

The 2020 Institute will include: 

  • Introduction to FPA’s current Great Decisions teaching materials and resources 
  • Presentations on teaching global challenges featured in Great Decisions materials 
  • Authoritative briefings on global issues from experts and policymakers
  • Workshops and curriculum development sessions with Master Teachers

The 2020 Topics:

  • Climate Change
  • India and Pakistan
  • Red Sea region
  • Human Trafficking
  • Northern Triangle
  • China in Latin America
  • The Philippines
  • Artificial Intelligence and date

Download a sample schedule

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


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




Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute 2020