Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

Date: December 29, 2009
To: All LATTICE members and friends
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Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #494

TO: ALL LATTICE members and friends
Newsletter highlights:

  1. Next LATTICE Session: January 7th, 2010
  2. Previous LATTICE Session on December 3rd
  3. LATTICE Book Club Notes
  5. Invitation to Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference 2010
  6. Language Classes for Kids at MSU
  7. "Teaching about East Asia" Seminar for Teachers
  8. EdSteps Global Competency Project
  9. Free speakers for your classroom!
  10. Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad program in Tanzania
  11. Opportunities for Educators

  1. Next LATTICE Session, January 7th

    Season's Greetings to everyone! Plan to attend the next LATTICE session in the new year, on Thursday, January 7th 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: Activism and Global Citizenship with Feature Presenter: Dr. Stephen Esquith, Dean of the Residential College of Arts and Humanities. His feature presentation is "Seeing our Responsibilities for World Poverty". Four resources for the Jan. 7th Session are two books Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Knopf, 2009) by Nicholas D.Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and The Life You Can Save – Acting Now to End World Poverty (Random House, 2009) by Peter Singer, and two websites:

    In place of the usual LATTICE international potluck, the Planning Team is preparing an experiential learning experience involving food, for around 2:30 p.m. Come, prepared for an adventure!

    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 January 5th.

    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>

  2. Previous LATTICE Session on December 3rd

    Topic: Technology and Global Citizenship

    You can view the agenda from the session on the LATTICE website! In addition, we have compiled information for resources on hip-hop! <Return>

  3. 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



    Regional Inequality in Times of Globalization: An interdisciplinary symposium focused on issues of vital importance to the human condition

    April 21-22, 2010 Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

    Sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

    Inequality is possibly the key global social issue of our time, especially in the Americas. Unmet challenges and complex dynamics that are misunderstood, or underrated, help distinguish Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) as the most unequal region on the planet. Increasingly, the tentacles of inequality not only run through rural and urban society, but cross borders to other regions. Thus, problems reciprocated by processes of globalization also accompany their benefits. For example, among the worst-hit by the current global crisis, and further impaired from a diminished rural production structure, “free” trade that is not, and trivial investment from the private sector, Mexico’s economic dependence on the US is being paid by its poor. Global and LAC environments alike carry a set of cross-cutting, dynamically complex problems requiring interdisciplinary undertakings. These challenges also require multinational collaborations to learn, for example, how better to foster a healthier human and environmental welfare continuum.

    Consequently, the Center invites participation from undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers and practitioners to examine the issues, challenges and opportunities for a Latin American and Caribbean cultural space with greater social equality. This symposium is a forum for examining some of the issues related to this goal through several means. In addition to a plenary keynote address and invited presentations by an international panel, student and faculty submissions will be selected for presentation in oral and (especially) poster sessions. The keynote address, The Opportunity Gap: Comprehensive development platforms in Latin America, will be given by Alejandro Villanueva, The W. K. Kellogg Foundation Regional Director for Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Papers and posters are invited on (but not limited to) the following topics.

    • Family and gender equity
    • Disadvantaged and underprivileged social groups
    • Cultural representations
    • Humanistic expression of the human condition and cultural diversity
    • Market competitiveness, social capital and employment creation
    • Achieving Millennium Development Goals
    • Land use strategies that ameliorate global effects of climate change
    • Water capture, use and quality
    • Managing biodiversity and ecosystem services
    • Human, community and public health disparities and connections to landscape, biodiversity, food systems, socioeconomic and behavioral dimensions of welfare
    • Education and human development

    This symposium is especially intended for Michigan State students and faculty to present and discuss works in progress. More polished works are also welcome. Due to time constraints, many accepted papers will be assigned for presentation in a poster format rather than orally. Submitters whose papers are accepted must be prepared to accept either mode of presentation.

    Deadline for Abstracts: January 29, 2010. Submit electronically (Word document) an abstract of 250 words or less to Kristin Janka Millar and Emily Holley, and Outside presenters should seek their own financial assistance for travel and lodging expenses.

    For more information contact Kristin Janka Millar ( or Robert Blake (

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

    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:

  6. Language Classes for Kids at MSU

  7. Language Classes for Kids in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, and Spanish

    The Center for Language Teaching Advancement within the College of Arts and Letters at MSU offers weekly language classes for children in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.
    Our unique programs offer language and culture instruction for kids and provide practice for speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Our interactive and engaging learning environment and the small size of our groups ensure active learning and individualized attention. Children are grouped by age and proficiency; concurrent sections are offered for each language.
    Classes are open to children ages 7-13.
    Course fees represent $9.00 per instructional hour plus a $25.00 materials fee for the semester. Multiple-program/child discounts are available (25%). All classes meet in Wells Hall on MSU's campus.
    Classes will be cancelled if fewer than 5 students enroll.
    There will be no class meetings during MSU's Spring Break (March 8-12) and area schools' Spring Break (April 1-9).

    In Spring 2010, the following classes are offered:
    - Arabic for Kids: Thursdays, January 14 - April 22 (12 sessions), 5:00-6:00 pm, $135 course fee
    - Chinese for Kids: Thursdays, January 14 - April 22 (12 sessions), 5:15-6:15 pm, $135 course fee
    - French for Kids: Fridays, January 15 - April 23 (12 sessions), 5:15-6:15 pm, $135 course fee
    - German for Kids: Thursdays, January 14 - April 22 (12 sessions), 5:00-6:00 pm, $135 course fee
    - Italian for Kids: Thursdays, January 14 - April 22 (12 sessions), 5:30-6:30 pm, $135 course fee
    - Korean for Kids: Thursdays, January 14 - April 22 (12 sessions), 5:30-6:30 pm, $135 course fee
    - Russian for Kids: Fridays, January 15 - April 23 (12 sessions), 5:00-6:00 pm, $135 course fee
    - Spanish for Kids: Fridays, January 15 - April 23 (12 sessions), 4:30-6:00 pm, $185 course fee

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

  8. "Teaching about East Asia" Seminar for Teachers

  9. Teaching about East Asia course will be offered on the MSU campus on 11 Saturdays beginning in January, 2010. Benefits include:

    Complete information about this opportunity is available at:

    Please contact Dr. Londo at if you have any questions. Also, please help us spread the word about this course among your colleagues. <Return>

  10. EdSteps Global Competency Project

  11. Educators, consider getting involved in the EdSteps project. This project is led by Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with a number of organizations. EdSteps is developing new tools for assessing student growth and performance in key skill areas. Global Competency is one of the first areas selected for development.

    If you visit the Global Competency section of the EdSteps website you will find a matrix defining its key elements and a call for student work. Once enough work samples have been collected, they will be rated and scaled and made available (anonymously) to provide a picture of what global competency “looks like.”

    In order to participate, encourage PK-12 students to submit examples of work that reflects global competency and this can be from the novice to professional level. Teachers and teacher candidates can also submit their own work (papers, lesson plans, units of study…) and they may also be interested in becoming involved in the rating process.

    Betsy Devlin-Foltz, Executive Director of Longview Foundation has been informally involved in this project and she is intrigued by the possibilities that the project presents for moving the field forward in new way. She will answer questions the best ways she can by email ( if further information is needed.

  12. Free speakers for your classrooms!

  13. CVIP Speaker's Bureau: There are many international students who are anxious to visit your classrooms. They can talk about their country in many ways - some may sing some folk songs, others give a slide presentation. You can relate it to something you are studying, or just have them in for cultural awareness.  For more information, contact

    Asian Studies Center at MSU: Are you looking for ways to expose your students to Asian cultures and languages? The MSU Asian Studies Center can help. For Spring 2010, we offer interactive classroom sessions on Asian holiday celebrations such as Lunar New Year, the Dragon Boat Festival, and the Mid-autumn Festival, birthday celebrations, children's stories, and arts and crafts such as origami and calligraphy, just to name a few.  We also provide assemblies on topics such as school life in Japan, China and India, the Silk Road and Asian current events. Please contact the MSU Asian Studies Center at 517-353-1690 or email for more info. <Return>

  14. Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad program in Tanzania

  15. The African Studies Center at Michigan State University has submitted a proposal to the US Department of Education to sponsor 13 Michigan teachers for a four-week study program in Tanzania. The four-week program will focus on four specific ecological regions in Tanzania. We will spend one week in each of the following regions: Highland region (Kilimanjaro); semi-arid Savanna region (north central Tanzania); Great Lake region (Lake Victoria), Coastal region (Zanzibar and Dar-es-Salaam).
    All participants will be required to develop a curriculum project (either individually or as part of a team) that will be incorporated into their teaching beginning in academic year 2010-2011.

    Notification of proposal acceptance will come in March, but applications are being accepted now. Application deadline is January 15, 2010. Successful applicants will be notified by February 5, 2010. See the brochure for further information.
    Questions? Contact Dr. John Metzler at 517.884-2155 or <Return>

  16. Opportunities for Educators

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

    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.


    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 ________________________________________________

    Summer study in Moscow, Russia
    June 22-July 28, 2010
    Deadline: February 15, 2010
    A five-week program focusing on area studies, Contemporary Russia offers courses in Russian economics, politics, and culture; all content-based classes are taught in English by faculty of the State University: Higher School of Economics, one of Russia's most prestigious centers for the study of social sciences.  Program participants receive ten hours per week of Russian language instruction geared toward their skill level. No prior knowledge of Russian is required. Participants are registered for academic credit at Bryn Mawr College.

    Twelve finalists will be selected to receive program funding from the U.S. Department of Education under the Fulbright-Hays Act. Finalists will each receive round-trip international airfare from Washington, D.C., to Moscow, Russia; housing with a Russian host family or in the Moscow International University dormitory, including two meals a day; tuition and fees at the Higher School of Economics; Russian visa; insurance; and academic credit from Bryn Mawr College. Participants are responsible for the $850 administrative fee; the cost of domestic transportation in the United States (to from Washington, D.C.); and for incidentals.

    To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be (1) U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently K-12 teachers of culture, history, or literature, or (2) U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are graduate students or rising juniors and seniors at the undergraduate level, and plan to pursue a career in teaching.

    For more information and an application, please contact:
    Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs
    American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
    1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700
    Washington, DC 20036
    Telephone: (202) 833-7522


    Summer Seminars
    The Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminars are designed to support and enhance participants' commitment to high quality history teaching. Public, parochial, and independent school teachers are eligible. These week-long seminars, offered at colleges and universities nationwide and in the United Kingdom, provide intellectual stimulation and a collaborative context for developing practical resources and strategies to take back to the classroom.
    Participants will have the opportunity to receive three hours of graduate credit in American history. They will also receive books, room and board, and a stipend to offset travel costs to the host institution.

    Seminar Categories:

    1. Early America (Beginnings to 1750)
    2. Revolution and the New Nation
    3. Civil War and Reconstruction
    4. The Emergence of Modern America
    5. America 1945 - Present

    Questions? E-mail or call 646-366-9666.


    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.

    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.


    Detroit Newspapers in Education Resources Available

    Visit to see the resources available from DNIE.  Take the weekly quiz, check out some lesson plans and learn about the supplements that might be most useful for your students.


    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:

    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

    Features of Global Connections include:

    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.


    Intensive Summer Language Institute for Arabic, Chinese, and Russian Teachers
    Deadline: March 1, 2010

    This program is designed to strengthen critical need foreign language instruction at U.S. schools by providing intermediate and advanced level teachers with the opportunity for intensive language study abroad. The summer 2010 program is open to current K-12 teachers as well as community college instructors of Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. The program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U. S. Department of State, and administered by American Councils for International Education ACTR/ACCELS.

    The Program includes: Academic program in Changchun, China; Alexandria, Egypt; or Kazan, Russia; Round-trip airfare; Housing and meals; Educational and cultural excursions; Peer tutors for conversation practice; Stipend for the purchase and shipping of teaching materials; Pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.; Visa support; Health insurance; and 10 graduate credit hours through Bryn Mawr College.

    The program is open to educators who meet the following eligibility requirements: Teach Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), or Russian as a Foreign Language in a K-12 school, or community college, or are enrolled in a program leading to teaching of critical languages; Speak Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), or Russian at the intermediate or advanced level; Are a non-native speaker of the target language. For participation in this program, a native speaker is someone who finished high school (or equivalent) in an Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), or Russian speaking country. A heritage speaker is someone who speaks the target language at home, but has not spent an extended period of time in a country where the primary language is Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), or Russian. Heritage Speakers may be eligible if they do not possess native fluency in the target language.
    Educators must possess U.S. citizenship and submit a complete application.

    Pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.: June 22-24, 2010
    Academic exchange program abroad: June 24, 2010 - first week of August, 2010

    Applications at:


    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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