LATTICE

Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

From: lattice@msu.edu
Date: October 13th, 2009
To: All LATTICE members and friends
Reply-To: lattice@msu.edu Website: www.latticeworld.org

Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #491

TO: ALL LATTICE members and friends
Newsletter highlights:


  1. Next LATTICE Session: November 5th, 2009
  2. Previous LATTICE Session on October 1st
  3. Zulu Scholarship Basket Planning and Sale
  4. Screening of the film "Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think"
  5. International Opportunities Fair
  6. Inquiry for Arabian and Hungarian Speakers
  7. Global Connections
  8. Opportunities for Educators

  1. Next LATTICE Session, November 5th

    Please mark your calendar for the next LATTICE session to be held on Thursday, November 5th, from 12:00-4:30 PM. We will meet in the Viking Room of Haslett High School, 5450 Marsh Rd, Haslett, MI 48840.

    Topic: Screening of Refusing to Be Enemies, a film about Muslims and Jews in dialogue in Ann Arbor, MI. The filmmaker, who is a member of the group, will lead the discussion.

    Resources related to the November LATTICE Session:

    If you need a ride from the MSU campus to Haslett High School for the next LATTICE session, please e-mail lattice@msu.edu

    You can also catch the CATA bus Route 22 from MSU to Haslett High School. The bus leaves the SHAW & FARM boarding area at 11.20 am. Alicia will be taking the 10:45 am bus since she will go to help set up for LATTICE. <Return>

  2. Previous LATTICE Session on October 1st

  3. Topic: Introduction to Global Citizenship

    Thank you to everyone who made it to the first session! Such a good turn-out and such good food! We hope to see you at our next session. You can view our agenda and report from the session on the LATTICE website! <Return>

  4. Zulu Scholarship Basket Planning and Sale

    What:   Scholarship Decisions and Basket Sale Planning
    When:  Sunday, October 18 from 2:00 - 4:00pm
    Where: 6336 Skyline Drive, East Lansing.

    Baskets may be purchased that afternoon (2:00 to 4:00 p.m.) at a 20% discount. There will be one sale in November/December and then another in February, 2010.

    Please email Sally (sallyma@comcast.net) letting her know whether you will be participating or not. <Return>

  5. Screening of the Film "Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think"

    Hosted by the Association of Michigan Muslim Physicians (AMMP) and Michigan State University Muslim Studies Program
    October 23, 2009
    Doors Open 6:45 PM, Program and Film begin at 7:00 PM
    Michigan State University Fairchild Theatre, on Auditorium Dr.
    The tickets are free but limited to only 600 guests. You can view the flyer.

    Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, a new documentary film from Unity Productions Foundation, explores the expertly gathered opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed in the world’s first major opinion poll, conducted by Gallup, the preeminent polling organization.
    Focused on the issues of Gender Justice, Terrorism, and Democracy – the film presents remarkable data deftly, challenging the popular notion that Muslims and the West are on a collision course. Like the research, the film highlights a shared relationship that is based on facts – not fear.
    Experts Featured in the film: Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, John Esposito, University Professor, Georgetown University, Rami Khoury, Editor of the Daily Star (Beirut), and Kenneth Pollack, Director of Research, Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, among others. <Return>

  6. International Opportunities Fair

    Sponsored by The Office of Study Abroad

    Internship – Volunteer – Teach – Work ABROAD
    Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
    Noon - 4 PM
    MSU Union Ballroom

    This fair is for students who have thought about or are considering…
    • volunteering, teaching, internships or short-term work abroad
    • an internationally-focused post-graduate experience or career
    • funding for an international experience

    Nearly 50 MSU int’l units and external international organizations will provide information and resources about internships, volunteer, work and teaching abroad, internationally-focused post-graduate experiences and careers, and funding sources for international experiences. This fair complements the study abroad fair, but will not showcase study abroad offerings.

    Presentations will be given in Gold Room by
    12:00 pm - U.S. Agency for International Development
    1:00 pm International Internship, Work, Volunteer, Teach - What a Way to Go!
    2:00 pm Returned MSU Interns
    3:00 pm U.S. Foreign Service and State Department

    View the flyer and Visit What’s Going on at http://studyabroad.msu.edu for updates and exhibitors. <Return>

  7. Inquiry for Hungarian and Arabian speakers

  8. One of our members, Patricia York, is inquiring about possible international speakers for her future projects. She assists actors who record books on tape and she needs international persons who can read words on to a recording. She works with actors who deal with need sources from all over the world, so she usually requires having persons ready for every language imaginable. If you are interested in assisting Patricia, please contact her at echoworks@gmail.com .  Please provide your name, email address, and any and all languages that you might be fluent in. She usually offers some compensation for people's time, depending on the size of the project. <Return>

  9. Participate in Global Connections

  10. Global Connections is a partnership between the National Peace Corp Association and a magazine called The Globalist that promises to foster intercultural competence that students need to be able to thrive in this current era of globalization. This publication can be useful for suggestions and resources in classrooms as we think more about global citizenship.

    Features of Global Connections include:


    Participation in this program includes a free subscription to Global Connections, and a free subscription to the NPCA's Global TeachNet newsletter.

    Interested educators should contact NPCA at teachnet@peacecorpsconnect.org. <Return>

  11. Opportunities for Educators

    Seminar for all teachers on the European Economy at UM
    The University of Michigan's European Union Center of Excellence (www.ii.umich.edu/ces-euc) invites you to an afternoon seminar on the European economy
    Thursday, November 12, 2009 4-7 pm
    International Institute, 1080 South University, Ann Arbor.
    Registration required. To register please contact Sylvia Meloche at meloches@umich.edu.

    You may be asking yourself, "Why in the world should my students learn about the European economy?" For starters, Michigan depends on European companies for investment and jobs. Europe is the number one foreign investor in Michigan, and European investment supports over 140,000 jobs in the state, nearly 40% of which are in manufacturing. Europe is also the third-largest export market for goods exported from Michigan, after Canada and Mexico. So learning about the European Union is learning about an essential economic partner. In addition, through the Euro Challenge program, students in Michigan can increase their knowledge and understanding of the economic problems in their own state by looking at what's happening in Europe. For example, several European countries are suffering from high unemployment, and Michigan students can benefit greatly from examining how Europe is dealing with such challenges.

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    "Photo and Essay Division" for high school students of the 31st “Yomiuri Photo Grand Prix” 2009
    A set of five photographs and a text of 150 words in English (or 200 characters in Japanese) introducing a high school friend you know well.

    [Who is eligible?] Persons who are senior high school students as of November 2009 or those of equivalent status, as well as persons interested in Japan.

    [Deadline for submission] November 10, 2009

    The 2008 prizewinning works of the "Photo and Essay Division" may be viewed at http://www.tjf.or.jp/thewayweare2/30th/en/ You may view the guidelines and download the application form at http://yomiuri.tjf.or.jp/ (English/Japanese)

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    Teen Video Examples - My Country, My Community
    Each fall, we work with iEARN to invite students from schools around the world to tell about their communities in simple videos. Past pieces come from Nigeria, Chile, Venezuela, Norway, Japan, and several spots (in several languages!) around North America. Join this fall's project by sending answers to the questions in this document:
    Video Introductions to One's Communities
    http://nextvista.org/projects/Project-Video_Introductions_to_Communities_2009.pdf

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    PAN ASIAN BUDDHIST FILM FESTIVAL

    3 Films, 3 Approaches, 3 Cultures
    Presented by the U-M Centers for Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Studies.

    Educators: Attend All Three for SBCEUs; contact Heather Littlefield, at hclittle@umich.edu or call 734.764.2302.

    The following selection of films from Korea, Japan, and China project some of the multi-faceted approaches to Buddhism in Asia.  Designed to provide teaching background, each event will include a guest speaker and/or curriculum suggestions. 
    Free admission.  Venues are located in Ann Arbor.

    Saturday, Oct. 31, 2:00 pm at Michigan Theatre
    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring (Korea)

    Saturday, November 14, 9:00 am at U-M International Institute, S. University
    Book of the Dead (Japan)

    Sunday, December 13, 2:00 pm at Ann Arbor District Library
    Journey to the West (China)

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    Celebrating Korea
    Michigan State University, Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing MI 48824-1119

    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
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    Live, Online Workshops and Seminars for K-12 U.S. History and American Literature teachers

    The National Humanities Center, in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park, is the country's only independent institute for advanced study in all branches of the humanities. Since 1984, it has been offering rigorous, content-based professional development programs for high school teachers.

    Reading Assignments: Workshop texts are provided free online at the National Humanities Center's Toolbox Library and TeacherServe® websites. Prior to each workshop, reading assignments will be emailed to participants.

    Recertification Credit: The National Humanities Center programs are eligible for recertification credit. Each workshop will include ninety minutes of instruction plus ninety minutes of preparation. Because the workshops are conducted online, they may qualify for technology credit in districts that award it. The Center will supply documentation of participation.

    Fall 2009 Schedule:
    Thurs., Oct. 8 The Consumer Revolution in Colonial America
    Tues., Oct. 13 Why Some New World Colonies Succeeded and Others Failed
    Tues., Oct. 20 Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
    Tues., Oct. 27 Civil War Art
    Wed., Oct. 28 The Cult of Domesticity
    Tues., Nov. 10 Emancipation
    Thurs., Nov. 12 The Ashcan School
    Thurs., Nov. 19 In Search of the Civil Rights Movement

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    For Teachers and Principals: American Councils for International Education

    American Councils for International Education advances scholarly research and cross-border learning through the design and implementation of educational programs that are well grounded in key world languages, cultures and regions.
    http://www.americancouncils.org/_educationalSeminars2.php?type=7

    Educational Seminars: 2010 Greece Classics Program
    The Greece Classics Summer Seminar or the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) Summer Sessions is a six-week intensive introduction to Greece from antiquity through the modern period.

    Educational Seminars: 2010 India Summer Program for English, Math or Science Teachers
    The 2010 India Summer Teacher Program provides an opportunity for US teachers of English, math or science to collaborate and teach with an Indian counterpart for approximately four weeks in New Delhi, India.

    Educational Seminars: 2010 Italy Classics Program
    The 2010 Classics Seminar in Italy is an eight-week seminar including six weeks at the American Academy in Rome and two weeks with the Vergilian Society at Cumae. The program in Rome is designed to provide its participants with an understanding of the development of the ancient city of Rome and its immediate environs. The progam at Cumae focuses on the social history of ancient Greeks, Romans, and others along the Bay of Naples.

    Educational Seminars: 2010 Thailand Teacher and Principal Exchange Program
    The 2010 Thailand Teacher and Principal Exchange Program provides the opportunity for US and Thai teachers and administrators to work together as a team on issues of mutual interest to their communities, schools, and students with a goal of strengthening local school systems.

    Educational Seminars: 2010 Uruguay-United States Educator Exchange Program
    The 2010 Uruguay - United States Educator Program provides the opportunity for US and Uruguayan Educators to work together as a team on issues of mutual interest to their communities, schools and students.

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    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.
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    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!
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    Conference on the American Indian

    November 10, 12-14, 2009
    Grand Valley State University
    Allendale, MI  49401-9403

    Special Guest:  Dennis Banks (Nov. 10, 6-8 pm)
    Movie:  We Shall Remain: Episode V – Wounded Knee followed by a first hand perspective from Dennis Banks

    Special Guests:  Jennifer Gauthier, Paul Collins, and Shannon Martin (Nov. 12, 6-8 pm)
    Movie:  The Business of Fancydancing (Written & directed by Sherman Alexie)

    Special Guest:  Sherman Alexie (Nov. 13, 7-9 pm)
    Book signing after keynote address

    Great Lakes History Conference (Nov. 14, 8:30am-5pm)
    Theme:  Indigenous Peoples of the Globe: Colonization & Adaptation
    Special Guest:  Dr. Ned Blackhawk, Yale University

    For more information contact Scott L. Stabler: stablers@gvsu.edu

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    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 ________________________________________________
    Michigan Council for History Education’s 16th Annual Conference

    “Lessons and Assessments: Making the Connections”
    Wednesday, November 4, 2009
    8:30 am-3:30 pm
    The Lansing Center
    Lansing Michigan

    For Sessions Strands and Registration, see
    http://www.michiganhistoryed.org/?page_id=13
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    Holocaust Teacher’s Packet
    Free and downloadable PDF: http://www.holocaustcenter.org/ (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
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    Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center
    http://www.dliflc.edu/products.html
    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.”
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    2010 Disney Teacher Summer Conference, Florida

    June 27, 2010

    A professional development conference for PreK-12 teachers, college professors, and administrators led by national scholars who will address "Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies and Diverse Learning Styles" focusing on cultural proficiency and cultural competence. Using brain based instructional strategies, workshops explore how to create a classroom community that honors every voice.
    In addition, the workshops will focus on culture and learning and its importance as well as considerations that teachers and school administrators can take into account as they meet the needs of a more diverse population.
    Participants will use strategies to improve academic achievement across the disciplines. During the workshop participants will be able to identify the strategies modeled by the presenter, reflect upon instructional practices, and practice culturally relevant teaching strategies to implement in their classrooms and schools so that they can continue their professional growth and development.

    Leona M. Johnson, Ph D 
    National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates  
    Email: johnsonleonam@aol.com!
    Visit the website at http://naaas.org

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    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 www.nche.net. Submission deadline is October 5, 2009. Questions? Contact john@nche.net or.440-835-1776.
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    BBC Languages site

    Tongue twisters, living abroad, false friends, weird words, learning tips, etc. This website has them all.  On a link from the BBC languages home page, focus is on “Your Say” a reader-based page. Fun for students, teachers, and others who are trying out languages. http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/yoursay/

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    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 hclittle@umich.edu. Please visit the CJS Website for more information.
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    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. http://holocaust.umd.umich.edu/
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    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. http://www.the-ugrr.org/tour.html
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    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 washingtonpost.com, 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 http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/postglobal/
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    The Global Ed Yellow Pages, a directory of global education resources for k-12 teachers, is now on-line at www.globaledyellowpages.org 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.
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    Library of Congress “American Memory” offers New Teachers Page www.loc.gov/teachers Ready-to-use materials that bring the Library’s primary sources into the classroom.
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    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.
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    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: http://www.michiganhumanities.org/programs/tgmr/index.php
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    National Capital Language Resource Center
    The Culture Club: A space to share multicultural and multilanguage resources for teachers and students alike.
    Informative articles about how to teach the cultures of the world, reviews of popular songs, books, and films from a variety of cultures, culture lesson plans that are, in most cases, adaptable to any target language, teenagers answer questions on food, music, fashion, sports, and popular trends in their countries, and more
    http://nclrc.org/cultureclub/index.html

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    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: http://www.michiganhumanities.org/programs/tgmr/index.php

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    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: http://hnn.us/articles/20883.html
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    K-12 Gateway to the Less Commonly Taught Languages

    The UCLA Language Materials Project (LMP) has launched an abundant new site for elementary and secondary foreign language teachers, the K-12 Gateway to the Less Commonly Taught Languages. The core of the site is a complete set of downloadable lesson plans and supplementary materials for teaching a first year language class. Written in English, the plans can be adapted to any language and grade level.
    Pilot-tested by K-12 teachers from Anchorage to Virginia, the site offer easy navigation to a wealth of information.
    In addition to the lessons, there is a section on curriculum design, standards, and proficiency-based teaching. A resource section offers links to national Language Resource Centers, language teachers associations, teachers’ forums, assessment guides, and professional development opportunities.
    The recent increase of federal interest in foreign languages has kindled a language renaissance in K-12 schools across the nation. The number of classes for less-commonly taught languages such as Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, and Russian, even in the primary grades, has increased substantially. But there are a limited number of textbooks and classroom materials available for learners below college level.
    http://www.lmp.ucla.edu/k-12

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    New Media, New School Year . . . and a New Resource (Edutopia)

    We want to help you make the most of the latest technologies and innovative ways to use them as we settle into the 2009-10 school year, so we've put together a brand-new free resource for you: the PDF Ten Top Tips for Teaching with New Media.

    Full of succinct and practical ways to prepare our students for 21st-century success, this guide will help you deliver the relevant and meaningful education all students deserve. Our new Ten Top Tips guide is jam-packed with practical and succinct ways that you can turn your classroom into a 21st-century learning environment — covering everything from iChat and Twitter to lesser-known tools like VoiceThread and Wordle.

    http://www.edutopia.org/ten-top-tips

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    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. http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/collection.jsp?id=619
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    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. http://sites.target.com/site/en/company/page.jsp?contentId=WCMP04-031880
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    From Asia Society: The International Children's Digital Library (www.icdl.org) 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. <Return>


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