University of Wisconsin–Madison

For Educators

UW-Madison's Theater for Youth performing Schvarts's The Dragon to audience of middle school students at Taliesin.
UW-Madison’s Theatre for Youth performing Schvarts’s The Dragon to middle school students at Taliesin (Spring Green, WI). Photo by Kelly Iacobazzi.

CREECA is committed to serving as a resource for educators at all levels, from primary and secondary school teachers to instructors at institutions of higher education (community and technical colleges, tribal colleges and universities, and four-year colleges and universities). We regularly offer teacher training workshops on topics related to Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, and Central Asia; participate in internationally-focused events such as World Languages Day; organize cultural events in Madison and beyond; and present on regional topics at local primary and secondary schools, as well as institutions of higher education. We also provide resources to educators in the form of our lending library and curriculum development materials.

Educators are also welcome to attend any of our public events, including our weekly lecture series, panel discussions, concerts, and other performances. See our events calendar for a list of all upcoming events.

CREECA is always looking for new opportunities to collaborate with schools, colleges, and universities in Wisconsin and the surrounding states. Contact Kelly Iacobazzi for more information.

Upcoming Events for Educators and Students

CREECA regularly organizes and participates in events for educators and students from area schools and institutions of higher education. This includes teacher training workshops, conferences, and other internationally-focused programs. Please see below for a list of upcoming events:

Fifth Statewide Wisconsin Youth Summit
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Union South, on the UW-Madison campus

Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Conference
March 19-20, 2017
Madison Concourse Hotel

World Languages Day
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Union South, on the UW-Madison campus

Stay in the loop about exciting workshops and other events! Email Kelly Iacobazzi to be added to our educators listserv.

Invite CREECA to Your School!

CREECA outreach coordinator Kelly Iacobazzi introduces students to Russian culture at Kennedy Elementary School.
CREECA outreach coordinator Kelly Iacobazzi introduces students to Russian culture at Kennedy Elementary School. Photo by Nancy Heingartner.

Organizing an “International Day” or teaching a unit on Russia, Eastern/Central Europe, or Central Asia? CREECA is happy to accommodate requests for speakers on our region to make classroom visits or participate in school events. Contact Kelly Iacobazzi for more information.

Lending Library

K-12 and community college educators are welcome to borrow materials from our lending library. Click on the below link to browse our extensive collection of feature films, documentaries, music, and print materials.

 Link coming soon!

To borrow materials from the lending library, please contact Kelly Iacobazzi. Materials can be shipped to you at no cost, or you may collect them in person. You may return the materials in person or via USPS Priority Mail at your own cost.

Other Resources for Educators

Check back soon for lesson plans, curriculum packets, and other materials developed in conjunction with our annual training workshops. In the meantime, please explore online curriculum materials at other National Resource Centers:

Columbia University – Harriman Institute
Harvard University – Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Indiana University – Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center
Ohio State University – Center for Slavic and East European Studies
University of California, Berkeley – Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
University of Illinois – the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
University of Washington – Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies