Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

Date: October 29th, 2009
To: All LATTICE members and friends
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Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #492

TO: ALL LATTICE members and friends
Newsletter highlights:

  1. Next LATTICE Session: November 5th, 2009
  2. Welcome Aydin Daniel!
  3. Book Club Notes
  4. Asian Studies Center's "Teaching about East Asia" course
  5. 26th annual MSU College of Education Technology Conference
  6. Opportunity to meet 14 artists from Tanzania, October 29th & 30th
  7. LATTICE News from Pakistan
  8. Day of the Dead Celebrations, November 1st
  9. Interesting Media Links
  10. Opportunities for Educators

  1. Next LATTICE Session, November 5th

  2. Plan to attend the next LATTICE session, 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 58-minute long documentary film about a group of Muslims and Jews in dialogue in Ann Arbor, MI. The filmmaker, who is a member of the group, will lead the discussion. Here are a list of resources for the discussion.
    Around 2:30 we will enjoy the traditional LATTICE international potluck meal.

    If you need a ride from the MSU campus to Haslett High School for the next LATTICE session, please e-mail Alicia at by the night of Tuesday November 3rd.

    She'll be arranging transportation with bus and/or car depending on the demand. The CATA bus Route 22 runs from MSU to Haslett High School. The bus leaves the SHAW & FARM boarding area at 10:45 am and 11.20 am. Alicia will be taking the earlier bus since she will go to help set up for LATTICE. <Return>

  3. Welcome to Aydin Daniel!

    Congratulations to LATTICE member Dorey Daniel and her husband, Fenris Daniel on the birth of their son, Aydin, born on October 21, weighing 7 pounds. His parents have named him Aydin which is a Turkish boys' name that means intelligent or learned. Dorey's parents have come from India to be with everyone in Overland, Kansas. You are welcome to send best wishes to Dorey at <Return>

  4. Book Club Notes

    At the book club on October 15th, we read The Night Has Ears: African Proverbs by Ashley Bryan. His autobiography that I passed around was Words to My Life's Song. He also wrote and illustrated Ashley Bryan's African Tales, Uh-Huh.
    Our next LATTICE Book Club meeting will be Thursday November 12 at 4:15 at Sally McClintock's home, 6161 Skyline Drive, East Lansing, MI . We will be discussing the books After Tupac and D. fosterby Jacqueline Woodson and Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison.

    The next International Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday November 17, also at the East Lansing Public Library from 7:00- 8:30. The Turkish American Cultural Association of Michigan (TACAM) recommended the book Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey. by Anastasia Ashman and Jennifer Easton Gokmen. You can read more about it here:
    A member of TACAM will join us at this meeting.<Return>

  5. Asian Studies Center's "Teaching about East Asia" course

    The MSU Asian Studies Center will be offering the Teaching about East Asia course on the campus of Michigan State University January 16 - April 17, 2010 for Michigan teachers. This course will offer valuable materials for enhancing your teaching about China, Japan, and Korea in classroom to meet Michigan's new curriculum standards, and offers 3 CEUs and the possibility of graduate credit. Complete information about the course is available at
    Please consider attending, and also please let your colleagues know about this opportunity. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Londo by phone at 517-353-1680 or by email at<Return>

  6. 26th annual MSU College of Education Technology Conference

  7. The 26th annual MSU College of Education Technology Conference will be held Saturday, November 14, 2009 at Erickson Hall on the MSU Campus.
    Information and online registration are now available at the following URL:

    Conference schedule:
    8:15 - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast/Registration
    9:00 - 10:00 AM Featured Presentation
    10:15 - 12:15 PM Morning Workshops
    10:15 - 11:05 AM Information Sessions
    11:20 - 12:10 PM Information Sessions
    12:15 - 1:15 PM Lunch (on you own)
    1:15 - 3:15 PM Afternoon Workshops
    1:15 - 2:05 PM Information Sessions
    2:15 - 3:05 PM Information Sessions

    Andy Losik, the 2009 MACUL Technology Using Educator of the Year, will give this year’s featured presentation. Andy teaches elementary infotech classes at Bentheim and Blue Star Elementary Schools in Hamilton, Michigan and has a blog and resource page called Infotech with Mr. Losik at He is a Star Discovery Teacher and Google Certified Teacher as well. Past presentations at the annual MACUL Conference have included Build Your Own K-5 Literacy with Google Lit Trips and Maps and Web Kids 2.0. Andy received his B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Hillsdale College and his M.A. in Educational Technology from Western Michigan University.

    This is a great opportunity to meet with colleagues and teachers to share ideas about technology in the classroom. The registration fee is $15 for MSU students, interns and alumni association members. For all others, the cost is $20. An additional fee of $10 is required for workshops. Space is limited for workshops, so register early. If you have not recently renewed you Alumni Association membership, you may do so at in order to receive the discounted conference registration. <Return>

  8. Opportunity to meet 14 visiting artists from Tanzania

  9. Fourteen Tanzanian women artists will be brought to MSU as part of an exchange program sponsored  by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Cultural Programs through a grant for "Art Exchanges on International Issues for Tanzania" with special focus on young women artists.
    The following is a web address where more information about the artists can be found:
    In addition there are materials on their project website

    The artists are scheduled to present their work this Thursday October 29th in room 108 at the Kresge Art Center on MSU's campus from 6:00 - 9:00 pm . There has been an offer by Joni Starr, who is choreographing a piece for a February performance, to have the artists observe a rehearsal so we may attend the rehearsal starting at 7:30.

    The artists will also be hosted by the African Studies Center from 9:00 to 10:30 am on Friday October 30th in Room 305 in the Delia Koo International Center.

    Please feel free to distribute this information to any listserves or people you think may be interested. The artists are especially interested in meeting local female artists.<Return>

  10. LATTICE News from Pakistan

  11. Saad Qaisar, our LATTICE member who is now back in Pakistan was driving to work (8 minute ride from his house to the university in Islamabad) listening to a song by Greg Mortenson's daughter called "Three Cups of Tea" when he saw a couple of police cars rushing on his route, and thought them to be routine. Once he reached campus, his father called to ask of his safety since five minutes earlier three soldiers including a Brigadier General were gunned down on same road!

    Today he sends news of a Pakistani receiving an important Peace award. He sends us these websites and comments.
    He is a household name in Pakistan, esp. in this hour of crisis: <Return>

  12. Day of the Dead Celebrations at All Saints Episcopal Church, November 1st

  13. Please join us 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, for our third annual community celebration of a Mexican cultural tradition, el Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road, East Lansing.

    The evening, free and open to the public, will include Mexican foods, mariachi music and folkloric dance and the creation of a community altar. The church and parishioners will provide catered food and serve non-alcoholic beverages and homemade desserts. Everyone is invited to bring something for the altar, such as a flowers, votive candles, or perhaps a photo or photocopy of a picture of a departed loved one, a memento, a clever poem poking fun at death, or an item representing that person's favorite food or drink. A favorite pet may be honored, too. Items may be retrieved at the end of the evening. Young members of All Saints have made sugar skulls, paper flowers and other items for the altar, along with colorful paper decorations to string overhead. The event is free, but free-will donations of canned goods or cash will be forwarded to the Cristo Rey Community Center of Lansing.

    You are invited also to join us for a 5 p.m. bilingual and ecumenical service in the sanctuary with Rector Kit Carlson and Canterbury MSU Chaplain Sarah Midzalkowski officiating and The Rev. Fred Thelen of Lansing's Cristo Rey Catholic Parish delivering the sermon. <Return>

  14. Interesting Media Links

  15. Opportunities for Educators

    Seminar for all teachers on the European Economy at UM
    The University of Michigan's European Union Center of Excellence ( 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

    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.


    Teaching Globally: Comparative Approaches to World History and Geography
    Era Six (1800 – 1914) of the Michigan Social Studies Framework

    A professional development workshop over three days for high school world history/geography teachers

    Brief Description: Looking at specific case studies from the Dutch East Indies, East Africa, India, Korea, Mexico, the Ottoman Empire, and Russia, the workshop will explore three themes about the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries:

    • transformations in production and technology,
    • transformations in identity, and
    • transformations in means of political and social control and the use of violence

    Building on case-study presentations by university faculty, the workshop will engage teachers on ways to use these themes to both compare and connect the various global cases presented. Led by Prof. Bob Bain of the School of Education, sessions will discuss the cases themselves, help teachers connect them to their existing curricular materials and texts, and address pedagogical approaches for helping students explore these themes in the classroom.
    Following the workshops, faculty and graduate students of the program in history and social science education, led by Prof. Bain, will follow up with teachers about how the materials and approaches are being used in the classroom, and the outreach coordinators of the International Institute will be available to help vet materials on specific regional cases, or to help teachers identify further materials that would be useful for their classes.

    Friday, December 4, 2009, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Saturday, December 5, 2009, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Saturday, January 9, 2010, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    All sessions will be in the Tribute Room, University of Michigan School of Education, 610 E. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

    Cost: $25 for the three-day workshop; 1.5 CEU’s available, with an additional $10 processing fee.
    Registration and More Information, including a detailed schedule, are available online.

    Registration Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2009

    Questions and Comments: Please email us at, or contact
    Registration Contact:
    Sylvia Meloche, Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies, Islamic Studies Program
    Program Coordinator:
    Charley Sullivan, Center for Southeast Asian Studies


    To: Fifth and Eighth Grade Teachers
    From: Kurt H. Meis Teaching American History Grant Project Coordinator
    CC: Ingham County Public and Non-Public District Principals
    Date: 10/28/2009
    Re: Teacher Recruitment for Frontiers of American History

    Frontiers of American History is a program that is federally funded by the Teaching American History Grant (CFDA # 84.215X). The grant is a consortium grant so that teachers throughout Ingham County may be included, as well. This program will offer excellent professional development opportunities to interested teachers. Please refer to the application document for details. Teachers who wish to attend must fully complete the 5-page application document and submit it by 5:00 on Friday, November 13th. Take your time reading the document as it is very comprehensive; it was designed to be up front and to answer any questions you may have at this time. I am looking forward to working with you during the first year of this wonderful grant and I pledge to make every effort to serve you in this endeavor. If you have any questions regarding the grant you may e-mail me at .

    Important Notes: 
    The Lansing School District will retain recruiting priority as it is the grantee district for the Teaching American History Grant. However, I am reserving a few spots for Ingham County Public and Non-Public fifth grade and eighth grade teachers who would like to fully complete the Frontiers of American History programming and go to Washington D.C. I will also reserve a few spots for Ingham County teachers wishing to only participate by attending two of the workshops, but cannot travel to D.C.


    "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 You may view the guidelines and download the application form at (English/Japanese)


    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



    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 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)

    Grant Opportunities from Asia

    Asia Society PGL two-day study tours - including a global school workshop - are scheduled for October, December, and March. Learn more.

    Toyota Tapestry Grants awards 50 large grants of up to $10,000 each and 20-32 mini-grants of up to $2,500 to K-12 teachers of science in the United States. These grants could be used for innovative, international science projects/curriculum. The deadline is January 18, 2010. Click for more information.

    Fulbright Teacher Exchange Opportunities: The Fulbright Teacher Exchange program provides opportunities for K-12 teachers to participate in direct one-to-one classroom exchanges with peers from other countries for a semester or an academic year. Deadline for applying is October 15.

    AFS Global Leaders Scholarships: Awards of between $900-$5000 are available for students to participate in AFS' international programs. For more information click here.

    Goethe-Institut Transatlantic Outreach Program: Grade 1-12 Social Studies educators, Social Studies curriculum coordinators, and applicable State Department of Education employees are eligible for this all-expenses paid, summer study tour of Germany. Applications are due February 10, 2010. Click here.

    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

    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.

    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.

    International Children's Digital Library (ICDL)

    Allison Druin is the Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) and an Associate Professor in the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Her work includes: developing digital libraries for children; designing technologies for families; and creating collaborative storytelling technologies for the classroom.

    Druin's most active research is the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL)
    now the largest digital library in the world for children which she and colleagues expanded to a non-profit foundation. She is the author or editor of four books, and her most recent book was published Spring 2009: Mobile Technology for Children (Morgan Kaufmann, 2009).

    Participate in Global Connections

    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:

    • Engaging content that can be quickly and easily used to enhance lesson plans
    • Questions regarding current issues designed to stimulate discussion
    • Online resources that help further students' understanding of the scope of globalization

    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

    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!

    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:

    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
    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.”
    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  
    Visit the website at


    The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel is proud to present the 3rd Annual Global Classroom Awards. The purpose of these awards is to recognize schools that actively support international youth exchange by promoting school-wide feelings of inclusiveness and global curiosity while hosting international exchange students or encouraging their students to travel and study abroad.

    Please nominate a school that creates a unique climate of support for exchange students by making global issues a focus of the entire school. Nominations must include a one-page typed essay of why the nominated school should be selected, including specific examples of the school's commitment to multiculturalism and international exchange. The winning schools will each receive a $500 scholarship for one of its students to study abroad or to be put towards increasing school-wide international awareness. For further details and an application form, click here. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 30th, 2009

    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.


    Books Across America
    The NEA Foundation makes $1,000 awards to public schools serving economically disadvantaged students to purchase books for school libraries. The NEA Foundation makes these awards in collaboration with the National Education Association.
    The applicant must be a practicing preK-12 school librarian, teacher, or education support professional in a U.S. public school. At least 70 percent of the students in the applicant’s school must be eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program. The applicant must agree to serve as the contact person for the award and all related public relations activities. Application:

    Deadline: Notification: Applications must be submitted as an e-mail attachment and sent to Only award recipients will be notified in writing. The deadline for application submission is November 20, 2009.
    Applications that do not comply with the instructions or that include materials not specifically requested will not be reviewed. Only applications received electronically as specified will be considered. If you have questions pertaining to this award, please contact Anita Merina at 202.822.7289.


    Florida International University's CIBER is proud to announce the 2nd Annual K-12 Language for Business Conference; Technologies and Tools for a New Language for Business Course. The day and a half conference will be held in Miami, January 22nd and 23rd, 2010 at the Sofitel Hotel. Last year's conference was extremely successful, bringing together 92 teachers and professors from all around the U.S. to explore how to create a language course specifically designed for K-12 and Junior Community College students. This year we have an even bigger challenge, that is, to attract new and past participants offering new and innovative workshop sessions. To achieve this goal we are once again asking for your support. Last year, 11 CIBERs co-sponsored this event and we sincerely thank you!. This year we are hoping we can convince a few more so we can provide even more travel grants to our participants. Remember, there is no registration fee, (reception, breakfast and lunch included) and we provide travel grants that cover the costs of flights and accommodations.

    Once again, we have chosen four language tracks: Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese concentrating on the most relevant languages taught in the classroom today. However, we are also adding a special session on Arabic for Business. This session is especially challenging as this language is not the most popular among the schools.

    The program will serve to instruct high school teachers and junior community college professors on the importance and necessity of incorporating aspects of Language for Business into the standard curricula. It will provide teachers and professors with materials and practical lessons on new tools to create a course in the K-12 curricula on Language for Business.

    I invite you to join and co-sponsor our program. Due to the nature of our participants, we have set up different co-sponsorship levels in order to make the conference affordable to all teachers. You are welcome to sponsor at our Executive or Community level ($5,000 and $2,500, respectively) but want to emphasize our third level, "Sponsor a Teacher," for which we are accepting travel and accommodation grants of $500. This level is intended to increase the participation among teachers from outside the State of Florida.

    Mark your calendars. If you are interested in supporting your local teachers and helping us spread the word throughout your community, please contact or For more information, please visit our web site at

    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.

    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.


    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:


    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


    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:


    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.

    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.

    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. <Return>


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