Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Susan Graseck

Susan Graseck

Susan Graseck

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs
Director of the Choices Program


Susan Graseck is the founding director of the Choices Program, a national education initiative that serves as an outreach component of the Watson Institute's research. The program was established in 1988 to engage students at the secondary level in consideration of the historical roots and current realities of the most pressing international concerns of our day. Through its print and digital curriculum resources and its professional development programs, the Choices Program now reaches teachers and their students in one third of the secondary schools in the United States and in more than 200 educational institutions beyond the US.

Graseck has a background in K-12 teaching. Before coming to the Watson Institute, she was the executive director of the Topsfield Foundation, co-director of Options: A University Outreach Program on International Issues, and a founding member of the Board of Access: A Security Information Service in Washington, DC. Graseck serves on the board of directors of the Paul J. Aicher Foundation and Everyday Democracy, a leading innovator in building strong democracy.


The Choices Program develops curricula on current and historical international and public policy issues. Course materials place special emphasis on the importance of educating students in their participatory role as citizens. See www.choices.edu.

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Choices Program offers new lesson on the refugee crisis

September 18, 2015

As part of the Choices Program's Teaching with the News lesson, "Refugee Stories: Mapping a Crisis", students will explore the human geography of the current refugee crisis, employ data to create a map of the crisis, examine one refugee’s story and use it to map his or her experiences, and consider challenges facing the international community and weigh responses to the crisis.


Choices teachers gather for summer institutes

July 24, 2013

Nearly 50 high school teachers from around the country have been on campus in recent weeks to take part in two summer institutes hosted by the Choices for the 21st Century Education Program, a program of the Institute and the Office of Continuing Education that develops high school-level curricula on historical and current international issues.


Debating Drones

March 20, 2013

The Choices Program has just released Debating U.S. Drone Policy, a new lesson in its Teaching with the News initiative for high school teachers. The lesson provides videos, online articles, and teaching tools to foster exploration, evaluation, and classroom debate about U.S. policy regarding drones.


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