Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

Date: January 26th, 2010
To: All LATTICE members and friends
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Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #495

TO: ALL LATTICE members and friends
Newsletter highlights:

  1. Next LATTICE Session: February 4th, 2010
  2. Previous LATTICE Sessions on December 3rd and January 7th
  3. LATTICE Book Club Notes
  4. Resources for Haiti
  5. Global Initiative Forum for Future Teachers (GIFT) Session, Thursday February 11th
  6. ASHA: Extended Immunization for Rural Children
  7. 4-H Japanese Exchange (Inbound)
  8. Invitation to Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference 2010
  9. Student Outreach Activities from the MSU Asian Studies Center, Spring 2010
  10. Opportunities for Educators

  1. Next LATTICE Session, February 4th

  2. Plan to attend the next LATTICE session, on Thursday, February 4th, 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: The Consequences of 'Othering' in the context of the Rwandan Genocide with Guest Presenter: Ken Bialek, LATTICE Member. The annual LATTICE Photo will be taken at this session, so feel free to come in your native costume! 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 February 2nd.

    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.

    Resources related to February’s topic, recommended by our presenter:

    Books – General Adult Audience
    We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families. Stories From Rwanda   by Phil Gourevitch
    The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski 
    The Other  by Ryszard Kapuscinski 
    A few good scholarly writes are:
    Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing by James Waller
    When Victims Become Killers   by Mahmood Mamdani
    A Problem From Hell:  America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power
    Beyond the Gates (originally released as Shooting Dogs)
    Sometime in April


  3. Previous LATTICE Sessions on December 3rd and January 7th

    December 3rd, 2009 - Topic: Technology and Global Citizenship

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

    January 7th, 2010 - Topic: Seeing our Responsibilities for World Poverty

    You can also view the agenda and the report from the session on the LATTICE website! Many members wanted resources for the Hunger Banquet. You can access the materials by registering with Oxfam America or downloading them here.


  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.

    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

    Teaching about the natural world/environment

    This is a Project Learning Tree (PLT) Workshop held by Fenner Naturalists. Join them as they take you through the activities of an award-winning environmental educational program designed for both formal and non-formal educators who teach youth from preschool through Grade 12. PLT uses the forest as a “window” on the world to increase young people’s understanding of our environment; stimulate their critical thinking; develop their ability to make informed decisions on environmental issues; and instill within them the commitment to take responsible action on behalf of the environment. Participants of the workshop will receive a copy of the PLT curriculum guide, which includes hundreds of activities you can use in your “classroom”. Lunch included.

    This workshop costs $30 and it is Activity #237530B to be held on Saturday March 27th from 10am-4pm. For more information, please visit us on the web at


  5. Resources for Haiti

  6. As we have seen and felt, the disaster in Haiti was and still is devastating. The outpouring of support from around the world has been tremendous but it may be imprudent to allow the media coverage to erase one's empathy and compassion. As Mother Teresa stated, "If I look at the mass, I will never act" and as we learned from our last session from Dr. Esquith's presentation, we need to continue to make our support personal and target a specific organization or person we would like to help. You can find more resources compiled by a number of persons and organizations here.


  7. Global Initiative Forum for Future Teachers (GIFT) Session:
    Incorporating a Global Perspective into K-12 Science and Social Studies Teaching: The Tanzanian Partnership Curriculum Development Project

  8. Thursday, February 11, 2010
    6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Room 252 Erickson Hall.

    Speakers, Dwight Sieggren and Barbara Naess, (Michigan school teachers).
    Contact: Margo Glew for more information at: 355-8534 or e-mail:


  9. ASHA: Extended Immunization for Rural Children
    A Project of Michigan State University and Shanti Ashram in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

  10. On behalf of Christian Scott and Eric Wilson who presented about their terrific project in our January session:

    In 2008 and 2009, the International Development and Markets in India study abroad program (sponsored by MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources) visited Shanti Ashram in Coimbatore, India to learn about development issues in rural India. After the study abroad programs concluded, many student participants wished to stay connected with Shanti. Upon returning to campus, they formed a group as MSU Students Advancing International Development and approached Shanti with the idea of forming an MMR immunization project designed to protect young children against measles. Shanti Ashram is experienced in carrying out community-based immunization clinics. The Hep 'B' and Typhoid Immunization Clinics at Shanti have served over 5000 children in the past two years.

    Providing one child with MMR vaccination costs $2.00 US.

    MSU Goal: Raise $16,000 by the end of Spring Semester 2010 in order to immunize 8,000 children in the Coimbatore region of South India. Immunizing 8,000 children can protect up to 250,000 people from contracting measles.

    In order to donate to this important cause conceptualized by college students, you can send your checks to:

    ASHA: Extended Immunization for Rural Children in India
    C/O Dan Dutkiewicz
    Institute of International Agriculture
    Michigan State University
    319 Agriculture Hall
    East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

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  11. 4-H Japanese Exchange (Inbound)

  12. Are you interested in hosting a Japanese student? Well, if you are, you can participate in the 4-H Japanese Exchange program. As a host family, you must have a youth in the home of the same gender and approximately the same age, 12-14. There are no requirements for meetings or travel during the one month. The host family must agree to treat the Japanese youth as a member of the family and to pick them up and return them to a central location. They must also attend a host family orientation.

    The tentative dates are July 23 to August 22.

    This year, there will be at least 50 Japanese youth coming to Michigan for a one month home stay. You may go to the following web site to download the host family forms. Please make sure you download the forms for the Inbound Japanese host families.

    Host families must be identified and paperwork completed by May 15th. May 1st is the goal to have all families identified so host family orientations can be scheduled at convenient locations for everyone. If all the host families are identified by May 15th, counties will receive a $20 stipend to use as you choose for each youth hosted in the county. Host families are also needed for chaperons.

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

  14. 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:

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

  16. 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>

  17. Opportunities for Educators

    Studies Abroad for Global Education (SAGE)

    Does your school want to be on the leading edge in global studies?  Have you thought about taking a group of students abroad?  Studies Abroad for Global Education (SAGE) offers a wealth of experience in designing, planning and carrying out international trips for students.

    Today more than ever students need to gain a global perspective, an appreciation of cultural differences, to become effective global leaders. SAGE offers programs and destinations that are designed to inform, challenge, inspire and engage students to think critically about the world and themselves. Students emerge from our programs transformed, with a new level of understanding, deeper awareness and an appreciation for cultural differences.  Students on SAGE programs learn how to become effective leaders, making decisions that will create a better world.
    What distinguishes SAGE is the exceptional quality of programs we offer. Whether in India, Morocco, Peru, or the Navajo Nation, SAGE’s extensive network of contacts and resources in each location allows us to offer custom-designed itineraries and cultural immersion experiences that meet the unique needs of each individual group. SAGE does not offer standardized “cookie cutter” tours but rather transformative educational journeys where each participant discovers their world and themselves in new ways.  We hope that you and your students will join us!
    SAGE offers custom school trips to destinations such as Morocco, South Africa, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile & Argentina. In the United States, we now offer educational trips to the Lakota as well as Navajo Nations. Please visit our website and request a copy of our new Group Travel Abroad brochure.


    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


    Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) School Bus Grants

    The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) announces the availability of School Bus Fast Grants- grants of up to $500 per K-12 school building for the documented transportation cost of a field trip to designated MCACA-affiliated arts and culture organizations. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2010. Application and guidelines are on MCACA's website:, click on "Grant Program." For more information, contact Carolyn Damstra, Program Manager: (517) 241-3968, . The list of designated MCACA-affiliated arts and culture organizations is available here.


    2010 Spring Fellowship in Korean Studies
    Korea Society coordinates and leads several sorts of free study-tours for educators (including librarian and museum professionals) and administrators. While the spring trip is a smaller and a more intensive tour intended for people with prior experience, the summer one is for complete beginners in things Korean. Please take a look at the attached application and consider visiting the website, for more details. Examples from the 2008 tour are online at with curriculum created by past participants for download at the Korea Society site.


    Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program for eligible full time K-12 teacher, curriculum specialist, or teacher-trainer

    The Academy for Educational Development (AED) is pleased to announce the application for the 2010-2011 cycle of the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching program. This particular Fulbright program is sponsored by The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of States, and it is administered by AED in coordination with ECA in Washington, DC.

    The main focus of the program is to provide an opportunity for teachers to conduct a variety of professional development activities during a three to six month period. Selected and approved teachers will:

    1. Enroll in graduate level classes at a host university
    2. Complete a capstone project which will be practical in nature and relevant to trends in teaching and learning practices
    3. Design and give lectures and/or workshops for host country teachers
    4. Observe and assist with classes in host country local schools
    5. Engage in other teaching related activities

    At the completion of the Fulbright grant, teachers from the United States will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained in other countries with their students and colleagues at their home schools and communities.

    Participating countries for the 2010-2011 Distinguished Awards in Teaching program are:
    Argentina, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom (U.K.)

    NOTE: Teachers from the community college and university levels in the United States can apply for the grant in Mexico and the United Kingdom.

    Important Dates and Program Time-line:

    February 15, 2010: Application deadline: U.S. Teachers must send documents to the AED office.
    March 2010: Technical review of applications.
    April 2010: Selection committee reviews applications and recommends candidates.
    May 2010: All U.S. teacher applicants will be notified of their status by AED.
    August 2010: Mandatory orientation program in Washington, D.C. for selected U.S and international teachers.

    Please note that U.S. teachers will have from September 2010 until July 2011 to complete their three-six month Fulbright grant. Please review the handbook for more information about specific country program dates.
    We hope that you will share this information and flyer with your colleagues and fellow educators who might have an interest in applying for this unique Fulbright opportunity designed to promote professional development for teachers. For your convenience, we have attached a flyer and the 2010-11 application and handbook, which provides important detailed information about program components and eligibility requirements.

    Applications must be submitted electronically and in hard-copy to the AED office by February 15, 2010.

    For more program details, please see:
    For questions: Email: and Phone: 202.464.3819


    Tradition Transformed: Chang Ku-nien, Master Painter of the 20th Century

    Guest curator Wen-chien Chang (U-M alum) will introduce the expressive work of Chang Ku-nien (1906-1987), a versatile and proficient artist from the ancient tradition of Chinese painting. Myong Raymond, who was a student of Chang Ku-nien, will give a demonstration of brush painting.

    Curator Talk: Saturday, January 23, 2:00pm, The A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I

    Brush Painting Demonstration: Saturday, January 23, 3:00pm, Forum

    Exhibit: January 23-April 18, 2010

    U-M Museum of Art
    525 South State Street
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1354
    734-763-UMMA (24-hour information hotline)

    Michigan Statehood Day Celebration

    Michigan Historical Museum, Lansing
    January 23, 2010

    The Statehood Day celebration gathers together crafters, costumed interpreters and musicians. The event is free. For more info on specific times for activities , call (517) 373-3559 or visit,1607,7-153-54463_54464_18628-102129--,00.html



    Connecting U.S. High Schools to Peers in Japan

    This spring, Global Nomads Group [GNG] is partnering with iEARN-USA and iEARN-Japan to connect secondary students in the U.S. to their peers in Japan in an exciting, interactive, live videoconference project entitled, Isshoni Hanasou, or Let's Chat Together. The purpose is to virtually foster friendship and further understanding between American and Japanese youth.

    GNG is looking for U.S. high schools to connect to high schools in Japan in videoconferences scheduled to begin in April 2010. Schools will be partnered in videoconferences that encourage youth - via live dialogue - about issues that impact youth today including culture, history, politics, U.S.-Japan relations, and even the environment. As a result, students will be asked to create a final media project using video, audio, print, or photography that reflects youth perspectives on the topics above.  Projects will be showcased in a final, culminating videoconference.

    If interested, please email Christine Robinson at by January 25th.


    Deadline: February 10, 2010
    Goethe-Institute Transatlantic Outreach Program:

    Grade 1-12 Social Studies educators and curriculum coordinators are eligible for this all-expenses paid, two-week summer study tour of Germany. Knowledge of the German language is not a requirement. Participants are required to write a unit of learning consisting of 1+ "Germany" lessons and conduct a minimum of two "Germany" workshops at the local, district, state, regional, or national level within a specified time period. Priority is given to applicants who have experience conducting in-service training workshops.


    Deadline: February 12, 2010
    The Bezos Scholars Program

    The Bezos Scholars Program @ the Aspen Institute is a prestigious, seven-day, all-expense-paid scholarship that brings together 12 of the country’s top public high school juniors at the Aspen Ideas Festival
    Scholars meet visionaries from around the globe—international leaders, acclaimed thinkers and creative artists—and engage in seminars, plenary sessions and informal meetings. It’s a time of discovery and intellectual stimulation. Dates: July 5 - 11, 2010

    12 STUDENTS. 12 EDUCATORS. Upon selection of student scholars, chosen through our application process, an educator from each represented school is invited to participate, thereby offering a unique leadership development opportunity for principals, teachers, college counselors and curriculum coordinators. The most deserving Local Ideas Festival proposals will receive $1,000 School Award Grants to use as seed money for the festivals.



    Presented by the U-M Centers for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Studies in partnership with Matthaei Botanical Gardens and the University of Michigan Museum of Art
    Saturday, February 20, 2010; 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Workshop begins at the International Institute, University of Michigan Central Campus. 
    School of Social Work Building, Room 1644
    1080 S. University St., Ann Arbor, MI  and ends at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. 

    Explore the Art and Etiquette of Tea. Through a cross-cultural, cross-regional approach, gain insight into the similarities and differences of tea as manifested in etiquette, ceremony, and cultural arts. Learn about the botanical properties of the Camilla sinensis plant and take part in the unique styles of tea practices demonstrated by Japanese, Korean and Chinese tea connoisseurs. Explore how tea enhanced the practice of Buddhism, stimulated the development of ceramics, and served as a form of global currency.
    Community presenters, museum curators, and faculty & staff from the University of Michigan will lead educators through a day of tea tasting and tea facts with a generously-packed classroom information portfolio to help meet standards in world history and geography. Cross-regional Lunch provided!
    SB-CEUs available $10 additional fee
    Register: Minsun Lee, 734.647.9857,

    Registration: $20 Send checks (payable to The University of Michigan) to Center for Korean Studies; University of Michigan; 1080 S. University, Suite 4661; Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    Or register and take check to the workshop.


    Map Library Open House – January 21, 2010 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

    Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, 8th Floor, Room 825 (Central Campus)

    On the third Thursday of every month, the University of Michigan Map Library holds an informal open house. This month’s theme will be “Islands of the World.” For many of us, islands are intriguing – they can be represented as places of security, isolation or idyllic utopia. We will have many rare and fascinating items on display, including the atlas, L’Isole piu Famose del Mondo (Famous Islands of the World, 1620), and 17th and 18th century maps of Malta, Madagascar, and the “Spice Islands.” Please join us to enjoy this rich resources. We look forward to seeing you on the 21st!
    For more information about this event or the University of Michigan Map Library, please contact us at 734-764-0407 or visit our website at

    Public parking is available at the Maynard Street garage near Borders and at metered spaces on nearby streets.
    Link to campus parking:
    Map and directions:


    January 22, 2010 - 4 pm
    Routes: A Way of Thinking About India, Asia and the World

    Room 1636 of the International Institute/School of Social Work building located at
    1080 South University Avenue
    University of Michigan
    For more information, please visit: - free and open to the public

    This talk reports on a current book project, entitled Routes. The research takes routes - what they carried, how they operated, and their consequences - as the primary unit of analysis. A route was not only about trade and commodities. Ideas, armies, brides, religions, slaves, cuisine, fashion, ceremonies, professional guides and brigands were all central and vital parts of the structure and process. Any route was a combination of physical terrain, institutional support, entrepreneurial and productive activity and complex mental expectations. This viewpoint allows broad comparisons across routes widely separated in space and time but does not lose the intimate detail of human networks and experiences.

    STEWART GORDON is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for South Asian Studies and author or editor of five books and more than twenty articles on Asia, including a volume of the New Cambridge History of India and When Asia was the World. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and has traveled extensively in India and Asia. He regularly gives invited lectures and workshops for high school, community college and university teachers on Asian and World History.


    Deadline: February 12, 2010
    Multicultural Morocco: Lessons From Africa Summer 2010

    Summer study-travel program in Morocco for Teachers - UCLA African Studies Center is now accepting applications for the 2010 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) in Morocco. This project, specifically designed for teachers, will provide a unique Arabic language and cultural immersion experience for a better understanding of Morocco's place in Africa, North Africa, and the wider world. Project participants will receive intensive Arabic language instruction with seminars on Moroccan culture and society supplemented by site visits and daily interaction with the local population to create a multidimensional, dynamic learning environment. The project will be based in the iconic Moroccan city of Fes, with organized excursions to Agadir, Marrakesh, Meknes, and other places that illustrate the multicultural diversity of Morocco. Project has three phases and applicants must be willing and able to fully participate in all phases.


    Wear Red...$ave Green at the Detroit Historical Museum, Sunday, February 14.

    Anyone wearing red on Sunday, February 14 will be admitted to the Detroit Historical Museum for half off the admission price. Everything red counts - red hat, red shoes, even a red ribbon in your hair!


    Deadline: March 1, 2010
    American Councils 2010 Summer Russian Language Teachers Program

    American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities for the 2010 Summer Russian Language Teachers Program at Moscow State University.  Between fifteen and twenty finalists will be selected to receive program funding from the U.S. Department of Education under the Fulbright-Hays Act. All program expenses (less an initial program deposit and domestic travel to and from Washington, D.C.) will be paid for these participants. Applications for the Summer 2010 program are due March 1st. 
    Interested applicants can find the online application here:

    This is a six-week program in Russian language, culture, and foreign language pedagogy for teachers or teachers-in-training. Applicants must be either graduate students preparing for a career in Russian-language education or current teachers of Russian at the university, secondary school, or elementary school level. Applications from K-12 teachers of Russian are especially encouraged. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


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


    Deadline: March 02, 2010
    Interdisciplinary Institute for K-12 teachers on Music of Mozart Vienna, Austria

    National Endowment for the Humanities
    June 21-July 15, 2010

    Dr. Richard Benedum will direct an interdisciplinary institute, “Mozart’s Worlds: The German Operas,” for 25 American school teachers. The institute, is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and will take place in Vienna, Austria, on June 21-July 15, 2010.
    Applicants should consult   or call Annie Milliron at 937-229-4229 for more information and application instructions. Each participant will receive a stipend of $3,300 from the NEH. Applicants should have an elementary knowledge of music, but need not be music specialists to apply successfully; applications from teachers covering the entire field of humanities are actively solicited.

    Annie Milliron
    University of Dayton
    Dayton, OH 45469-0310
    PH: 937-229-4229


    Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition

    Summer Institutes 2010
    The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota has offered a summer institute program for second language teachers since 1996. The institutes offered by CARLA reflect our commitment to connecting research with practice as well as our ongoing mission to share what we've learned with teachers and their second language learners. Linking research and theory with practical applications for the classroom, each institute includes discussion, theory-building, hands-on activities, and networking with colleagues.

    Sessions include:
    - Second Language Acquisition Basics for Teachers
    - Using Technology in Second Language Teaching
    - Meeting the Challenges of Immersion Education: Struggling Learners
    - Developing Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs)
    - Content-Based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development
    - Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom
    - Teaching the Pragmatics of a Second Language

    More information can be found here:


    National History Day District Competitions

    Held in late February/early March across the state.

    All students, grades 4-12, are invited to participate. The theme for 2010 is Innovation in History: Impact and Change. For more info, visit

    Additional information is available at the National History Day website,
    Three finalists in each category at the District Competition will advance to the Michigan History Day state finals at the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, on Saturday, April 24, 2010. Finalists in the Junior and Senior Divisions then have the opportunity to advance to National History Day, June 13-17, 2010 in College Park, Maryland.

    Contact information:: Hugh Gurney, 2270 Hickory Circle Drive, Howell, MI 48855 (517)545-2979 or


    Deadline: March 2, 2010

    NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers
    Social Movements in Modern America: Labor, Civil Rights, and Feminism
    July 11-31, 2010
    Indiana University Bloomington

    Register for the three-week summer institute on the pivotal role of three major social movements in America: their history, their interrelationships, and their transformative political and cultural impact over the last century. For more information, eligibility requirements, and application instructions, visit or contact Dr. Barbara Truesdell,


    The 15th Annual International Studies Summer Institute (ISSI) will take place July 7-15, 2010

    Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

    The Center for the Study of Global Change's International Studies Summer Institute is a residential institute for educators of grades six and above.  At the institute, educators gain an understanding of international issues facing the world today and learn about innovative ways to bring international issues to the classroom.  Upon completion of the institute, participants will have received materials including Graham Pike and David Selby’s "In the Global Classroom," a flash drive with numerous electronic resources, and print resources, among others.  We welcome applications from educators in the United States and abroad.


    Picturing America in Michigan Museum Partnership Extended

    The Michigan Humanities Council has extended its partnership with Michigan art museums for its Museum Partnership program,  which offers museum and in-school programs that utilize American art as a vehicle for exploring American history. Since 2009, the Museum Partnership has furnished 102 programs for schools and libraries, reaching more than 5,000 students. The Council covers up to $500 per program for related expenses, including transportation.

    Eligible Picturing America schools and libraries may apply for programs taking place before May 31, 2010 (submit application four weeks in advance). For details, see the directory and application.
    Prior Museum Partnership participants are eligible for funding for this grant cycle.


    Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
    Free teaching & learning resources from federal agencies
    Topics:  Arts & Music, Health & Phys. Ed., Language Arts, Math, Science, World Studies, U.S. History Topics, U.S. Time Periods


    Explore Michigan’s Past & Present

    Seeking Michigan

    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


    Images of Life on Earth

    Wildlife films and photos are vital weapons in the battle to save the world's endangered plants and animals from the brink of extinction. So, with the help of the world’s best filmmakers, photographers, conservationists and scientists, ARKive is creating the ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered species.


    Looking for teaching ideas or background for your history lesson plan? Go online and check out the U.S. History Collection.


    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.

    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.

    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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