Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

Date: September 9th, 2009
To: All LATTICE members and friends
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Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #490

TO: ALL LATTICE members and friends
Newsletter highlights:

  1. LATTICE 2009-10: Theme and Dates of Sessions
  2. Invitation to join LATTICE Planning Team 2009-10
  3. Latin American / Caribbean Studies - Chicano/Latino Studies Welcome Reception Today!
  4. New Book publication (In the Spirit of Ubuntu stories of Teaching and Research) from one of our past LATTICE members: Anne Mungai!
  5. Asian Studies Center Japan Children's Festival (Kodomo no Matsuri!)
  6. Language Classes for Kids in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish
  7. MSU Fall 2009 English Course For Adults Learning English as a Second Language
  8. International Exchange Opportunities for K-12 Teachers and Principals
  9. Time for School 3 premieres on Wide Angle
  10. Opportunities for Educators

  1. LATTICE 2009-10: Theme and Dates of Sessions

  2. On June 12, at the Summer Planning Session, a group of LATTICE members chose the theme of "Global Citizenship" for the LATTICE Sessions for the upcoming school year. We live in a diverse society, and learning how to be Global Citizens gives children the tools to counter ignorance and intolerance within it.
    During the coming year, at LATTICE sessions we will explore this subject in depth by participating in programs with experts in the field, and to get an international perspective by discussing the issues with LATTICE members from around the world. Plan to bring a potential LATTICE member or a school administrator to the first LATTICE session on October 1.

    LATTICE Sessions for 2009-10
  3. Invitation to be part of the 2009-2010 Planning Team

  4. Anyone planning on attending LATTICE sessions during 2009-10 is welcome to be part of the Planning Team. We meet once per month during the school year, in the late afternoon or evening to plan for the following session. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, August 26, 10 a.m. – noon at MSU. Contact Connie Detjen for more details.

  5. Latin American / Caribbean Studies - Chicano/Latino Studies Welcome Reception Today!

  6. Everyone interested in Latin America/Caribbean Studies and/or Chicano/Latino Studies is welcome to attend this reception. This event is an effort to link MSU's Internationalizing the Student Experience (ISE) and ethnic studies programming.

    Wednesday, September 9, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, 303 International Center Refreshments served (Flyer)

    More information: or contact: Kristin Janka Millar (517)-353-1690, or Sheila Contreras, (517)-353-8635,

    Center for Latin American/Caribbean Studies; Chicano/Latino Studies Program; International Studies and Programs; College of Arts and Letters; College of Social Science; Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT); Migrant Student Services; Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement; Internationalizing the Student Experience (ISE)

  7. New Book publication "In the Spirit of Ubuntu stories of Teaching and Research" from Anne Mungai!

  8. One of our members of LATTICE alumni has published a new book ""In the Spirit of Ubuntu stories of Teaching and Research".

    An excerpt of the book from Amazon's website: It is not, 'I think therefore I am.' It says rather: 'I am human because I belong. I participate, I share.' A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed, or treated as if they were less than who they are. (Desmond Tutu, 1999, No Future without Forgiveness, p.31) In the Spirit of Ubuntu: Stories of Teaching and Research offers a collection of stories to encourage teachers and researchers to embrace the spirit of Ubuntu, which can guide our work. These authors seek to bridge their academic work with community engagement, well-being and transformation. Many of the book's contributors demonstrate a research commitment to working collaboratively with underrepresented communities, who are viewed not as "objects" to be studied or rescued, but as partners in a shared project. Others demonstrate how self-reflection informs and transforms their teaching practice. Overall the writers show through their stories, how an ethic of care, respect and reciprocity applies to teachers as well as researchers and works toward the decolonization and humanization of schooling and the academy.

  9. Language Classes for Kids in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish

  10. The Center for Language Teaching Advancement within the College of Arts and Letters at MSU offers weekly language classes for children in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish (other languages will be added in subsequent semesters). Our unique programs offer language and culture instruction for kids and provide practice for speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Our interactive and engaging learning environment and the small size of our groups ensure active learning and individualized attention. Children are grouped by age and proficiency; concurrent sections are offered for each language.
    Classes are open to children ages 7-13.
    Course fees represent $9.00 per instructional hour plus a $25.00 materials fee for the semester. Multiple-program/child discounts are available (25%). All classes meet in Wells Hall on MSU's campus.
    Classes will be cancelled if the class size is less than 5 students.

    In Fall 2009, the following classes are offered:
    1. Chinese for Kids: Wednesdays, September 16 - November 18, 2009, 5:30-6:30 pm, $115 course fee
    2. French for Kids: Fridays, September 18 - November 20, 2009, 5:30-6:30 pm, $115 course fee
    3. German for Kids: Thursdays, September 10 - November 19, 2009, 5:15-6:15 pm, $125 course fee
    4. Italian for Kids: Thursdays, September 10 - November 19, 2009, 5:30-6:30 pm, $125 course fee
    5. Russian for Kids: Fridays, September 18 - November 20, 2009, 5:30-6:30 pm, $115 course fee
    6. Spanish for Kids: Fridays, September 11 - November 20, 2009, 4:30-6:00 pm, $175 course fee

    View the course announcements here:
    Classes are organized and conducted by Faculty, Staff, and Students of the Center for Language Teaching Advancement and the Language Departments at MSU.
    Please enroll online at
    For more information please contact Angelika Kraemer,, 517-884-1511.

  11. MSU Fall 2009 English Course For Adults Learning English as a Second Language

  12. WHAT: English classes for beginning to advanced learners
    FOCUS: Conversational English (Regular attendance is important)
    WHO: For adults, students (MSU or elsewhere) and non-students in the Greater Lansing Area community
    WHEN: Fall classes will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., October 12 - November 18.
    WHERE: Classes will be held in Wells Hall on the MSU campus.
    HOW to Enroll: To enroll, come to Wells Hall, B-wing (near B-100), MSU campus on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
    Enrollment will be limited to the first 100 people. The process will involve completing forms and arranging individual appointments with the program coordinator to choose the appropriate class.

    PARKING: Free on campus after 6:00 p.m. Lots are located off North Shaw.
    COST of ESL Course: $15.00 fee for materials must be paid at the time of registration (cash or check).

    Sponsored by the Department of Linguistics & Languages Graduate Program in TESOL
    Please contact the coordinator: Dr. Debra M. Hardison at 517-884-1507 or for more information
    Weblink:; Address: A741 Wells Hall, MSU

  13. International Exchange Opportunities for Teachers and Principals

    To Travel to Argentina, Brazil, Greece, India, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Thailand and Uruguay

  14. The Educational Seminar grants include all travel, living and program expenses. These grants are funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State and administered by American Councils for International Education. For full announcements and an application form please go to

    Special Announcement: Opportunity to host a school administrator from Jordan this October!
    The 2009 Jordan School Administrator Hosting Exchange Program provides an opportunity for U.S. schools to host an administrator from Jordan, from October 1-14, 2009 to visit and shadow U.S. administrators, observe interactions between teachers and students during regular classes, and experience home hospitality in the host community. The Jordanian administrators work as elementary, middle or high school principals and will job shadow with their U.S. host school administrator for approximately ten days.


    Argentina Administrators
    U.S. principals partner with an Argentine principal in a three-week educational seminar and work shadow exchange where principals work as a team with their partners on issues of mutual interest to their students, schools and communities. U.S. principals will host their exchange partner in their school and arrange a home stay in their district mid-October to early November, 2010 and travel to Argentina in June or July, 2011 for a reciprocal exchange.

    Brazil Award Winning Principals
    U.S. principals host Brazilian award winning principals in U.S. schools for two weeks at the end of October to early November 2010. U.S. principals may apply to travel to Brazil for two weeks in early August 2010. Participants on exchange interact with teachers and students, share perspectives on leadership and innovation in school management, and participate in a seminar on innovation in public school management.

    Greece Classics Teachers Seminar
    U.S. high school and college teachers of Latin, Greek, Ancient or Classical Studies travel to Athens from mid-June to the end of July, 2010 to learn about the topography and monuments of Greece in their historical context, the interpretation of literature and historical writings and how ancient sources may be used to interpret archaeological discoveries.

    India Summer Teacher Program
    U.S. high school teachers of Math, Science or English travel to New Delhi in early July to mid-August, 2010 to team teach with their Indian counterpart in their subject area. While in India teachers take part in cultural visits and may work on community service projects.

    Italy Classics Teachers Seminar
    U.S. high school and college teachers of Latin, Greek or Classical Studies travel to Rome mid-June to mid-August, 2010 to learn about the development of Rome from the earliest settlements through the study of material remains: architecture, sculpture, painting, and through literary sources and the social history of ancient Greeks, Romans, and others along the Bay of Naples.

    Jordan Administrators
    U.S. schools host an administrator from Jordan from the end of September to mid-October, 2010 to shadow U.S. administrators, observe U.S. teachers and students during regular classes, and experience home hospitality in the host community in order to gain first-hand knowledge of professional development opportunities for administrators and teachers, learn about parental involvement and volunteerism; observe student council and PTA meetings; and to participate in cultural outings.

    Mexico Administrators
    U.S. principals partner with a Mexican principal in a three-week educational seminar and work shadow exchange where principals work as a team with their partners on issues of mutual interest to their students, schools and communities. U.S. principals will host their exchange partner in their school and arrange a home stay in their district mid-October to mid-November, 2010 and travel to Mexico in late June to early July, 2011 for a reciprocal exchange.

    Thailand Teachers and Administrators
    U.S. elementary, middle and high school teachers or department chairs and middle and high school principals partner with Thai counterpart educators to work on issues of mutual interest to their students, schools and communities. U.S. educators will host their Thai exchange partners for two weeks from late March to mid-April, 2010 and may apply for a reciprocal exchange to travel to Thailand for two weeks in early July 2010.

    Uruguay Teachers and Administrators
    U.S. elementary and secondary school teachers and secondary school principals may host a Uruguayan educator in early February 2010 for two weeks and/or apply to participate in a reciprocal exchange to Uruguay in mid-July to early August, 2010. The program is designed to create linkages between participants and to promote innovative ideas in teaching and school administration.

  15. Time for School 3 premieres on WIDE ANGLE

  16. WIDE ANGLE’s unprecedented, award-winning 12-year documentary project, Time for School, returns in 2009 with visits to seven classrooms in seven countries to offer a glimpse into the lives of seven extraordinary children who are struggling to get what nearly all American kids take for granted: a basic education.

    We started filming in 2002, watching as kids first entered school in Afghanistan, Benin, Brazil, India, Japan, Kenya and Romania, many despite great odds. In 2006, we returned to film an update — and now, three years later, we travel to check in on our young teenagers who are making the precarious transition to middle school. Among the highlights: in Afghanistan we reunite with 16-year-old Shugufa, who resolutely remains in school despite the Taliban’s recent acid attacks on young women her age. We also visit the biggest slum in Nairobi, Kenya, where 15-year-old Joab’s mother has died and his father has abandoned the family, and we watch as, incredibly, Joab manages to stay at the top of his class while also raising and feeding his two younger siblings. And in the blazing desert of Rajasthan, India, we encounter Neeraj, 15, only to learn that she has been unable to realize her dream of making it to 10th grade: since our last visit her night school has closed, and she now helps support her family by grazing the livestock full-time while her brothers continue their education.

    These children’s stories put a human face on the shocking fact that more than 75 million children are currently out of school; of these, two thirds are girls. WIDE ANGLE plans to continue revisiting all the children, and their peers and families, through 2015, the year they should graduate — and, not coincidentally, the U.N.’s target date for achieving universal education, a Millennium Development goal endorsed by all 191 members of the United Nations.

    While each child in Time for School has a unique story, taken together their lives tell an epic tale, shedding light on one of the most urgent and under-reported stories of our time.

  17. Opportunities for Educators

    Innovative Learning Projects for Teacher Grants Program
    The Kids In Need Foundation Teacher Grants program provides K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. All certified K-12 teachers in the U.S. are eligible to apply.
    Applications are judged according to criteria that emphasize innovativeness and merit, clarity of objectives, replication feasibility, suitability of evaluation methods, and cost effectiveness. The foundation seeks to fund exceptional ideas, such as projects in which curriculum is presented in a unique setting or in which unconventional methods are used to reveal the content. A project may qualify for funding if it makes creative use of common teaching aids, approaches the curriculum from an imaginative angle, or ties non-traditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities.
    Grants will range from $100 to $500 each and are to be used to finance creative classroom projects. The program is designed to be the sole funding agent for the proposed project. Typically, two hundred to three hundred grants are awarded each year. Applicants must be a K-12 certified teacher working at a public, private, or parochial school in the subject of the project. Kids In Need does not fund preschool projects.
    Applications available online at the Kids In Need Web site from July 15 through September 30, 2009:
    Celebrating Korea
    Michigan State University, Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing MI 48824-1119

    Major Themes of Korean Shamanism
    Thurs Sep 10, 7 pm Room 108
    Robert McKinley, Dept. of Religious Studies

    Neo-Shamanism and Modern Western Shamanism
    Thurs Sep 17, 7 pm Room 108
    Arthur Versluis, Dept. of Religious Studies

    Gods, Demons and Generals: Icons of Korean Shamanism
    Sep 2-Oct 18
    Exhibition of late 19th-20th-century paintings of spirits and deities organized by the Korea Society, NY
    Rushmore Live: A Constitution Day Celebration
    September 17, 2009, 7:00 PM – RSVP
    East Grand Rapids High School Auditorium, 2211 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

    Grand Valley's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, and the Ford Presidential Library & Museum are proud to host George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. More than 100 years combined experience interpreting the Rushmore presidents will share the stage for this Constitution Day celebration.

    Bill Barker: Colonial Williamsburg's Jefferson has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, History, and C-SPAN

    Jim Foote: Sagamore Hill's Roosevelt has appeared on History Channel, C-SPAN, and Comedy Central

    Jim Getty: Gettysburg's Lincoln has appeared at the National Theater, Library of Congress, and Presidential Libraries

    Dean Malissa: Historic Philadelphia's Washington has appeared on the Discovery Channel and Showtime

    The event is free. The lessons are priceless. Because seating is limited, reserve your spot at, or call (616)331-2770.
    Michigan Council for the Social Studies
    54th Annual Conference
    November 1-3, 2009
    Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino, Mount Pleasant, MI
    Conference Proposals and Membership

    If you are an elementary, secondary or college/university educator, university student or other social studies professional, membership is invaluable. As a member, you will be able to share ideas and insights with your colleagues throughout the state, have access to new resource materials, and a wealth of useful services. You can develop and share ideas on the future of social studies in schools, especially the concerns of teacher preparation and innovative methodology.

    MCSS provides a voice in statewide decision making through advocacy and legislative education. MCSS offers you social studies contacts across the state: Interest area networking at the Annual Conference gives you an opportunity to meet social studies professionals from other parts of Michigan. Conference events provide members and opportunity to meet professionals from your own region. Members maintain a presence on the Board of Directors through an elected District Representative. MCSS presents annual awards recognizing Educator-of-the-Year, Outstanding Social Studies Students and Educators, provides you and your students with the opportunity to participate in the annual Michigan Social Studies OLYMPIAD, exposes you to new materials, texts, and lesson ideas through the Memorandum and the Journal, helps with your textbook selection and evaluation process by bringing all the major publishers together at the Annual State Professional Development Conference, has the answers to your thorniest teaching or curriculum problems by putting you in contact with members who have experienced similar situations and testifies at educational hearings, maintains a representative in the Department of Education Committees and in the National Council for the Social Studies.
    Polish Film Festival
    November 14-15, 2009
    Michigan Theater, 603E E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, Phone: 734.668.8463

    The Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival is an annual cultural event organized by the Polish Cultural Fund—Ann Arbor in cooperation with the Polish-American Congress Ann Arbor Chapter, the University of Michigan's Polish Club, and the University of Michigan. Since its beginning in 1993, the Festival has promoted Polish culture by offering audiences an opportunity to see a broad range of narrative forms and visual styles present in contemporary Polish cinema. These works are not only commentaries on life in contemporary Poland, but also reflect the views of Polish artists interpreting diverse issues around the world. See the website for film and events!
    The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
    Annual Convention and World Languages Expo
    San Diego CA, November 20-22, 2009

    More than 5,000 teachers, administrators, method instructors and students of foreign languages at all levels. The convention features over 600 educational sessions on such topics as: Assessment, Culture, Curriculum, Learner Variables, Literature, Materials, Methods/Techniques, Policy/Issues, Professional Development, Research, Specific Purposes, Standards and Technology.
    Holocaust Teacher’s Packet
    Free and downloadable PDF: (Menu at right of page)

    Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
    28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334-3738
    Free admission during regular hours.
    Sunday - Thursday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center
    Includes country profiles of 33 countries, lessons on 28 languages, folktales from 33 countries, among other offerings. Some sections load slowly. Some folktale audios get stuck but continue with “rewind.”
    Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War
    The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia, announces that 25 libraries have been selected to host a new traveling exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.” The traveling exhibition and tour are funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to the National Constitution Center.
    In Michigan, The Bruce T. Halle Library on the campus of Eastern Michigan University will host the exhibit from August 26th - October 9th, 2009. This exhibit is open during library hours and free to the public. For more information contact:
    librarian Robert Stevens, 734.487.0020 ext. 2132,
    or Mary Murphy, Library Administration, 734.487.0020 ext. 2210,
    National Council for History Education San Diego, March 25-27, 2010
    Theme: Crossroads of Peoples and Places Over Time. Submit a Session Proposal: Have you developed a unique strategy for teaching history that you would like to share with other interested educators? Did you perform research that provides new insights about a historical topic? Have you participated in a history institute and would like to share your knowledge with others? Then submit a proposal for a session at the 2010 NCHE conference! The 2010 Call for Proposals, containing topic suggestions and submission details, will be available at Submission deadline is October 5, 2009. Questions? Contact or.440-835-1776.
    The Historical Society of Michigan Annual Conference, Mackinac Island, Fri.-Sun., Oct. 2-4
    The conference features a pre-conference workshop and tours, the annual State History Awards Banquet, Saturday evening exclusive access to Fort Mackinac, three keynotes, ten breakout sessions, exhibitors and two mini-workshops for local historical organizations. Conference Hotel - Mission Point Resort. Registration form and details available at
    Japan Culture Kits
    The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at the University of Michigan makes available to educators four Japan Culture Kits: Customs & Traditions; Contemporary & Popular Culture; Nature, Food & Society; and, Folk Tales, Myths, & Cross-cultural Experiences. The Japan Kits have been organized with input from both teachers and students at U-M’s School of Education, and come complete with lessons to complement the materials. They are free to use, requiring only a security deposit. Reserve a Japan Kit with CJS by calling 734.764.6307, e-mailing Heather Littlefield at Please visit the CJS Website for more information.
    Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive
    The Mardigian Library at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is the repository of Holocaust survivor interviews. The archive, which contains some three hundred interviews, has more than fifty testimonies on line--transcriptions and voices. This archive represents honest presentation--unembroidered, without dramatization, a scholarly yet austerely moving collection of information and insight. Copies of all the interviews are also in the archives of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; copies of the videotapes are in the Yale Video Archives and the Holocaust Memorial Center in West Bloomfield, MI.
    Underground Railroad Flight to Freedom Program Tour
    This Living Museum Tour is located at the Historic First Congregational Church of Detroit located on Woodward at Forest in Detroit’s Midtown. This is a “storytelling” simulation of a slave’s journey to freedom. The tour lasts approximately 30 minutes in which participants are shackled with wrist bands and pass through the “Door of No Return” on Goree Island in Africa. As escaping slaves, participants become passengers on the Underground Railroad and are led by a conductor in which they hide out to escape bounty-hunters, cross the Ohio “Deep” River, take refuge in safe houses in Quaker communities in Indiana and move on to “Midnight” the code name for Detroit. Scheduled by reservation from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday.
    PostGlobal is a running discussion of important issues among dozens of the world's best-known editors and writers. It aims to create a truly global dialogue, drawing on independent journalists in the countries where news is happening — from China to Iran, from South Africa to Saudi Arabia, from Mexico to India.
    At least twice a week, we'll post a question then solicit responses from members of our diverse network of experts, whose combined views, we believe, will reflect what the world thinks about important issues more quickly and completely than would those of any single commentator. We will also post comments on the question from readers around the world, highlighting the most interesting.
    PostGlobal will operate as part of, the Post's award-winning website. Each of the roughly 30 commentators who are part of the network will have a blog, accessible through PostGlobal, which will maintain an archive of their postings and links to their publications and other writings.
    — David Ignatius and Fareed Zakaria
    The Global Ed Yellow Pages, a directory of global education resources for k-12 teachers, is now on-line at It contains approximately 1,000 entries, many of which link to additional resources. The directory is organized into categories such as area studies, the arts, business and economics education, civic education, environmental education, foreign language, global education, human rights, peace studies, sustainability education, world history, and many more. Featured are teaching materials, technology, travel and exchange programs, and information on conferences and publications. There is a special section that describes actual global education programs in primary, middle, and high schools.
    Library of Congress “American Memory” offers New Teachers Page Ready-to-use materials that bring the Library’s primary sources into the classroom.
    Institute for Economics and Peace
    The Building Blocks of Peace is composed of four thematic modules on global peace. Downloadable in PDF format, the guide comes complete with teacher notes, lesson plans, student handouts, assessment suggestions and extension activities. Each module contains a range of activities that are both stimulating and challenging - offering a uniquely broad view of global peace. While these materials are designed to build upon each other to provide an extensive understanding of these important issues, they can also be used as separate exercises or to support existing class work. To download the complete curriculum click here » Learn about what each module contains by selecting and exploring each of the four topics.
    Module 1: An Understanding of Peace » Explore the factors that influence a country’s peacefulness and why peace is more than simply the absence of war.
    Module 2: Peace and Sustainability » Understand the impact of peace on global sustainability through a focus on water access and management.
    Module 3: Education and Peace » Investigate the important role education plays in supporting a country’s peacefulness.
    Module 4: The Peace Industry » Examine the benefits of peace to business and the economy through an exploration of tourism and retail industries.
    Michigan’s Arts & Humanities Touring Directory offers 204 of the state’s most talented performing and visual artists and humanities presenters. Nonprofit organizations may request up to 40% of a performer, presenter, or exhibitor’s fee and travel expense. Any Michigan nonprofit organization, institution, school, library, museum, chamber, association, or local government agency may apply. An organization may submit up to four grant applications requesting no more than $4,000 in a fiscal year (October 1 to September 30).
    Grants will be awarded throughout the fiscal year until funds are depleted. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning September 1, 2009 for programs October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010. Applications will NOT be accepted prior to September 1, 2009. All applications must be postmarked at least four weeks prior to the contracted program or exhibition date. For the directory and grant information, see:
    The Great Michigan Read is a book club for the entire state. With a statewide focus on a single book – Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen (pronounced bit-min-win) – it encourages Michiganians to learn more about their state, their history, and their society. Stealing Buddha’s Dinner is a memoir that chronicles the author’s migration from Vietnam in 1975 and her coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the 1980s. Along the way, she struggles to construct her own cultural identity from a menagerie of uniquely American influences. The book was selected by a group of nearly 50 librarians, teachers, students, professors, authors, and others from all corners of the state.
    The author will give presentations in Grand Rapids, Travers City, Midland, Lansing, and Plymouth in October. For more information:
    History News Network
    Where teachers-in-the-know (and hundreds of thousands of others) go to find out the history behind the stories in the news. George Mason University's popular website, HNN: The HISTORY NEWS NETWORK, includes weekly articles by historians, breaking news, and a roundup of articles on other sites. See:
    Celebrate Diversity with Dream In Color
    K-12 lesson plans and free downloads from Scholastic for Asian Pacific American Heritage, Latino heritage and African American Heritage.
    Target Field Trip Grants
    Target will award 5,000 grants of up to $800 each for the upcoming school year. Complete an application online anytime between now and Nov. 3, 2009. Only one submission per applicant, please.
    From Asia Society: The International Children's Digital Library ( has nearly 4,000 digitized books in 54 different languages from 63 countries across the globe, including some as far-reaching as Zimbabwe, Mongolia and Iran. All the books are available to read on the Web site cover-to-cover, free of charge.


End of LATTICE Newsletter # 490

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Connie Detjen

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Alicia Trotman

Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-cultural Education
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