Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

Date: November 20th, 2009
To: All LATTICE members and friends
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Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #493

TO: ALL LATTICE members and friends
Newsletter highlights:

  1. Next LATTICE Session: December 3rd, 2009
  2. Previous LATTICE Session on November 5th
  3. LATTICE Book Club Notes
  4. Invitation to Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference 2010
  5. Community Thanksgiving Service in East Lansing
  6. LATTICE Zulu Basket Sale
  7. United Nations Association National and Michigan High School Essay Contest
  8. Student Outreach Activities from the MSU Asian Studies Center, Spring 2010
  9. Interesting Media Links
  10. Opportunities for Educators

  1. Next LATTICE Session, December 3rd

  2. Plan to attend the next LATTICE session, on Thursday, December 3rd, from 12:00-4:30 PM, and to invite another educator. We will meet in the Viking Room of Haslett High School, 5450 Marsh Rd, Haslett, MI 48840.

    Topic: Technology and Global Citizenship with Guest Presenter: Dr. Yong Zhao, MSU University Distinguished Professor, Director of the Confucius Institute at MSU, and author of numerous articles and books on global citizenship, education, and technology. An excellent resource for the Dec. 3rd Session is Chapter 8 in his recent book, Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization (ASCD, 2009). This 11 minute video is an introduction:

    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 December 1st.

    Alicia will 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. Previous LATTICE Session on November 5th

    Topic: Building Skills for Communicating across Cultures

    Thank you to everyone who made it to our second 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. LATTICE Book Club Notes
    From Mary Hennessey:

    Here are the books we will be discussing at the upcoming sessions of the LATTICE Book Club. The long numbers are the ISBN numbers, which bookstores (Everybody Reads & Schuler's - Okemos) find easier to use to order the books. If you are not purchasing the books, they should all be available at your local library or through MELCAT. We have several special guests on the schedule tentatively. I'll send you updates as I have them. Amy and I are excited about these sessions! They will be held at the East Lansing Public Library, unless I notify you differently.

    January 21
    City Boy by Jan Michael (978-0547223100)
    My Grandfather is a Magician: Work and Wisdom in an African Village by Ifeoma Onyefulu (978-1845075101)
    Kofi and His Magic by Maya Angelou and Margaret Courtney-Clarke& (978-0375825668)
    Special guest: Dr. Valerie Struthers Walker of MSU
    February 18
    The Shepherd's Granddaughter by Anne Laurel Carter (978-0888999023)
    Special guests (tentative) Zeitouna of Ann Arbor
    March 18
    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (978-0316114271)
    April 15
    Red Glass by Laura Resau (978-0440240259)
    Author visit to East Lansing Public Library to discuss this book and her other books about Latin America on Saturday April 24 at 2:00


  5. Invitation to Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference 2010

  6. Michigan State University’s College of Education is organizing the 54th Annual Meeting of the Comparative International Education Society (CIES) in Chicago, USA in March 1-5, 2010, at the Chicago Palmer House Hotel. CIES is the foremost professional organization in comparative and international education in the US and abroad.  The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), was founded in 1956 to foster cross-cultural understanding, scholarship, academic achievement and societal development through the international study of educational ideas, systems, and practices. The Society's members include more than 1800 academics, practitioners, and students from around the world. For more information about CIES see

    The theme of the conference Reimagining Education is attracting a rich array of presentations and speakers: “We are living in times of rapid ideological, societal, and economic change where new ways of thinking are likely to emerge that may radically transform the way we design and implement education. The central promise of universal education, to produce a more just and peaceful world, has yet to be realized. Nevertheless much has been achieved. We are constantly developing new ways of knowing and doing. Emerging paradigms allow us to envision a better future...” for more see

    In addition, this year CIES will offer a series of professional development workshops to be held during the pre-conference day on February 28th. There will also be opportunities for sponsoring a number of events including receptions, coffee breaks and book exhibits. Organizations and/or individuals with interest in offering workshops or in taking advantage of sponsorship opportunities are invited to apply for placement in the program. Please go our website for information about the conference and related events I look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

    Warm regards,
    Maria Teresa Tatto, Associate Professor
    President-Elect CIES
    Michigan State University
    College of Education, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
    CIES e-mail:

  7. Community Thanksgiving Service in East Lansing

  8. Memo from Dr. Jack Schwille:

    This Community Thanksgiving Service is sponsored, organized and led by clergy and/or laypersons representing all these different faiths of East Lansing. To me it says something very important about East Lansing and the U.S. in general when Muslim, Jewish, Protestant, Catholic and other groups come together to find common spiritual ground in this our most distinctive and one could argue our most important national holiday--one that has spiritual meaning without belonging to any one religious group.

    This year  the service will be held at the Jewish Congregation Shaarey Zedek at 1924 Coolidge Road in East Lansing at 7 pm on Tuesday, Nov 24. The main message will be given by the pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and if the past is any guide, there will be readings from scriptures in Hebrew, Arabic and English of the diverse religions represented as well as a choir of members of the various congregations.

    If you are from another country, this is a good chance to see both diversity and unity in American religious practice. If you are interested in attending this service, or would like to offer transportation for international students to this service, please contact LATTICE at<Return>

  9. LATTICE Zulu Basket Sale

  10. All proceeds support artists and students KwaZulu Natal Province in South Africa

    Saturday, December 5 (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM)
    Sunday, December 6 (11:00 AM to 1 PM)

    Alternative Christmas Mart at All Saints Episcopal Church
    800 Abbott Road, East Lansing

    VOLUNTEERS needed:
    Please phone or email Sally McClintock - 517 332 6668 or
    Saturday, December 5
    9:00 AM to 11:00AM
    11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

    Sunday, December 6
    10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

    SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY for LATTICE Members and Basket Lovers:
    Marsu, a long time supporter of the LATTICE Basket Sales, is selling some of her extensive basket collection this fall. Her collection includes baskets from a number of different countries: bowls as well as traditional baskets that range from small to 20 inches high. Marsu will donate 10% of her sales to LATTICE. Please contact her this month for this special opportunity. E-mail or phone 517 402 3145.<Return>

  11. United Nations Association National and Michigan High School Essay Contest

  12. The National and Michigan Essay Contest provides motivated high school students with the opportunity to engage in scholarship and critical thinking while addressing global issues. The contest is open to 9th-12th graders. Essays must be submitted online by January 5, 2010.
    Entries consist of a letter (1500 words maximum) to President Obama that answers the following questions:

    To learn more and enter, go to:
    National awards:
    First Place: $1,500 scholarship and a trip to New York (for winner and one parent/guardian)!
    Second Place: $1000 scholarship! Third Place: $500 scholarship!
    Cash awards for EVERY Michigan entry! For Michigan award details, Email or phone 517-455-7532. <Return>

  13. Student Outreach Activities from the MSU Asian Studies Center, Spring 2010

  14. Are you looking for ways to expose your students to Asian cultures and languages? The MSU Asian Studies Center can help you with this. We offer interactive classroom sessions on Asian holiday celebrations (such as Lunar New Year, Dragon the Boat Festival, and the Mid-Autumn Festival), birthday celebrations, arts and crafts (such as origami, calligraphy, and children's stories), to just name a few. We also provide assemblies on topics such as school life in Japan/China/India, the Silk Road, and Asian current events. Please contact the MSU Asian Studies Center at 517-353-1680 or email if you are interested. We can accommodate your request. <Return>

  15. Interesting Media Links

  16. Opportunities for Educators

    Ohio State University Graduate Course for Teachers - Teaching World Cultures and Global Issues

    Want to learn about the world from the comfort of your home? Ohio State University will be offering an online course for teachers in Winter Quarter 2010. The course is called EDU T&L 883d: Teaching World Cultures and Global Issues and will be taught totally online (no coming to campus). It is a 3 credit hour graduate course that prepares teachers to use online (and other resources) from Africa, East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Slavic and Eastern Europe to teach diverse cultures, world history and literature, and global issues. A focus of the course is learning about other cultures and the global status quo through the knowledge, voices, and experiences of diverse people around the world. In addition, there will be online cross-cultural interaction with educators in other countries.

    The instructor is Merry M. Merryfield who is a professor in social studies and global education at Ohio State.  She has been teaching online courses since 1997. Dr. Merryfield is the winner of 2009 James Becker Award for Global Understanding given by the National Council for the Social Studies and the 2009 Global Scholar award given by the International Assembly of NCSS.

    For more information see


    Media Literacy

    Participants in this series will learn to harness the power of computer-based tools and other media to reach and teach struggling readers and writers through using engaging technologies. Designed to help educators make better use of technology to gain new ways of reaching learners, who can be disengaged from learning to read and write through conventional channels, these sessions will cover a variety of media tools that engage students and deepen learning. Participants will spend much of the time exploring and creating to develop skills that will translate to the classroom and they will discuss links between using technology and learning. The sessions will be tailored to the needs, interests, and abilities of participants. Past topics have included creating and using a wiki, blogging, social networking, using mini video cameras with students, creating podcasts, and digital storytelling. The instructor, Dottie Best, a literacy consultant at Ingham ISD, has trained many area teachers to work individually with young readers and writers who struggle to become literate.

    Audience: Teachers and administrators
    Date(s): December 4, 2009; January 22, February 5, March 12 and April 23, 2010 (one May date to be added)
    Time(s): 8:15 - 11:30 a.m.
    Location: Ingham ISD Campus
    Cost: $200
    Credit: 1.8 SB-CEUs, pending MDE approval
    Contact: Debbie Kirchen at 517.244.1251 or


    Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF)
    Please find information (Country eligibility list, Application cover letter for students) about the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF). This is an outreach program of the World Bank Family Network. The fund provides financial assistance to women from developing countries during their studies in the United States or Canada. The MMMF annually awards about six to ten grants of approximately $12,000 each.

    Included is a poster for display to inform students of this grant program.

    The application must be filled out online on our website at Application forms will be available starting November 4, 2009. Supporting documents must be sent through the mail, in one envelope, to Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 27255, Washington DC 20038-7255. The deadline for applications is February 18, 2010. For further information regarding the MMMF grant program, do visit our website or contact us by email at


    Discover Languages...Discover the World! Contest for Students
    Students will develop a video public service announcement that promotes language learning and provides the audience with compelling reasons why students should be developing proficiency in more than one language! For specific contest rules, go to The main contest webpage is

    Contest deadline: December 20, 2009.


    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-Institute 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.

    Language study scholarships for high school

    Please share with your students this scholarship opportunity for the study of Chinese and Korean (as well as other strategic languages). You can direct candidates to to learn more and apply. The application deadline is December 4.

    Through the US Department of State, National Strategic Language Initiative for Youth awards full scholarships
    for students to learn Arabic, Persian, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Russian and Turkish.

      NSLI-Y Participants will:
    1. Begin a lifetime of learning and working with global peoples and cultures
    2. Participate in language classes, cultural immersion, and community service projects
    3. Interact with host country friends, families, and communities, in person and through online technologies
    4. Gain a deeper understanding of their responsibility in an interconnected world
    5. Continue language study and share cultural awareness and understanding when they return home
    6. Promote international dialogues and the study of international languages in their home community

    Although these languages are not necessarily offered in all of our schools, the skills learned while abroad will certainly transfer back to the U.S. classroom.

    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

    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.”
    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

    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.


    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

    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.
    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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Connie & Alicia

LATTICE Session Director
Connie Detjen

LATTICE Graduate Assistant
Alicia Trotman

Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-cultural Education
Office of International Studies in Education 513K Erickson Hall College of Education
Michigan State University East Lansing
MI 48824