TIRP Local Classroom Outreach

Teaching International Relations Program

TIRP is sponsored by the School of International Relations

  • For teachers, TIRP is a USC outreach project that is FREE to local high schools.
    Teachers complete a sign-up form at the beginning of the semester to request a TIRP team and to pick from a list of topics including security, development, trade, human rights, etc.
  • For USC students, TIRP is a service learning opportunity to team-teach complex and controversial issues in local high schools. USC students who are taking courses in the School of International Relations visit schools to teach a series of four class sessions over four weeks.

Attention Teachers: Sign-ups for Fall 2014 are due by August 22.
Local teachers can contact CALIS for a sign-up flyer.

  • At USC, undergraduates sign up as teams of two or three.
  • The team must plan together and then teach four sessions over four weeks to a social science class at a local high school.
  • Professors in the School of International Relations support TIRP by offering credit options as part of their courses.
  • TIRP is available to primary language students through TIRP in Spanish

CALIS recruits teachers to offer one of their classes, usually from the required core program of 10th grade World History, 11th grade U.S. History, or 12th grade Government/Economics. The teacher selects a topic from a list of major themes.  For each session, the teacher provides a feedback form for with regard to the team's level of apparent preparation, use of active learning strategies, and the class response to the lesson.

Every TIRP volunteer must write a report for each session. Reports are posted to a webboard and reviewed for approval by CALIS staff - who are themselves USC students and IR majors.