Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

Date: April 19th, 2010
To: All LATTICE members and friends
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Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #498

TO: ALL LATTICE members and friends
Newsletter highlights:

  1. Next LATTICE Session: April 22nd, 2010
  2. Previous LATTICE Session on March 25th
  3. LATTICE Book Club
  4. LATTICE Graduation Party
  5. Congratulations to LATTICE Member, Greta McHaney-Trice, for receiving the Outstanding Alumni K-12 Teacher Award!
  6. GLUNA Award Nominations
  7. Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Symposium on Regional Inequality in Times of Globalization, April 21-22, Int'l Center, MSU
  8. 4-H Japanese exchange update
  9. April 25th Art Auction
  10. Resources for Haiti
  11. New Zealand for Educators
  12. Student Outreach Activities from the MSU Asian Studies Center and CVIP Speaker's Bureau
  13. Film Series at MSU - From India
  14. Noteworthy Links
  15. Opportunities for Educators

  1. Next LATTICE Session, April 22nd

  2. Plan to attend the final LATTICE Session, 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm, at the MSU Museum! With MSU Museum curators, we will explore the exhibits “Dear Mr. Mandela, Dear Mrs. Parks: Childrens’ Letters, Global Lessons,” and “Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An African-American Quilt Scholar.” The fabulous LATTICE International Potluck will be served around 7 p.m.

    If you need a parking pass for the MSU campus, please email Alicia at by the night of Sunday, April 18. We suggest parking in the Visitor lot in front of IM West, and walk across the river to get to the Museum. Enjoy the walk since Earth Day is on April 22nd!

    In preparation for this session, we suggest that you wear light layers since the Museum is often warm. In addition, you will be sitting on camp stools for the two exhibits, so dress accordingly. For the Mandela/Parks exhibit, check out the recent Academy-award nominated film, “Invictus,” based on the life of Nelson Mandela.

    You are encouraged to invite a K-12 educator or an international graduate student to the April session. Because the session is held in the late afternoon/evening, on the MSU Campus, it is a good opportunity for newcomers to find out about LATTICE. If you know that there is someone that needs accommodations, please let Alicia know.


  3. Previous LATTICE Session on March 25th

    March 25th, 2010 - Topic: Intercultural Communication

    You can view the agenda and the report from the session on the LATTICE website!

    You have access to the attached chapter from Kathryn Sorrell’s forthcoming book, Globalizing Intercultural Communication (attached with permission). Dr. Sorrell is an associate professor of Communication Studies at University of California at Northridge. In addition, we are fortunate that Nicole Namy granted us access to her presentation!


  4. LATTICE Book Club Notes
    From Mary Hennessey and Amy Kilbridge:

    The meeting held on Thursday April 15 was dedicated to the book Red Glass by Laura Resau, and a picture book was announced. Some of the notes Mary shared was: We had a nice discussion about the book Red Glass by Laura Resau. Thank you to Juana Gonzales for being our guest and sharing her thoughts and experiences that related to the book. At the end of this I will list the book and movie titles that were mentioned.

    In my distracted state today, I completely forgot to mention that the author's newest book tackles the same issue of illegal immigration, this time for middle grade readers. It's called Star in the Forest. Here's a brief summary: "When eleven-year-old Zitlally's father is deported to Mexico, she takes emotional refuge in her trailer park's "forest" of rusted car parts. With the help of spunky neighbor Crystal, she tries to save her father by aiding a stray dog who she believes is her father's spirit animal. (Ages 7 & up)" One reviewer says of this book: " .. an important-yet-sweet book that will be embraced by third, fourth, fifth and even sixth graders, one that deals so incredibly well -- on a level appropriate for younger readers -- with issues of friendship and poverty and borders and of not making assumptions about people you don't really know. " I thought this book was lovely, too, but then you already know I love this author.

    And mark your calendars for the author's visit to our library! Laura will be giving a presentation on Sat. April 24 at 3:00. Please come! Even better, have your students read one of her books and encourage them to come hear her. (Click on her name, above, for more info).


  5. LATTICE Graduation Party

  6. Please join us for the LATTICE Graduation party set for Sunday, May 16, 4 – 6 p.m. at Lynn and Tom Bartley’s home. People will be encouraged to bring a dish for the potluck.


  7. Congratulations to LATTICE Member, Greta McHaney-Trice, for receiving the Outstanding Alumni K-12 Teacher Award!

  8. Congratulations to Greta McHaney-Trice, for receiving the prestigious Outstanding Alumni K-12 Teacher Award from the Michigan State University College of Education Alumni Association. She was honored for her exemplary efforts to help all students achieve their potential during an Awards Reception on April 9, 2010 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Please join us as we congratulate Greta at our next LATTICE session! Also read more about Greta's accomplishments at


  9. GLUNA Award Nominations

  10. Each year the Greater Lansing United Nations Association sponsors awards for outstanding contributions to Global Education and International Understanding. The Loy LaSalle Award is given to an outstanding K-12 teacher, and the Craig B. Stuttman Award is given to an outstanding high school student. All schools throughout the Tri-County area are encouraged to submit nominations. There is money for the winners! Please review the cover letter, the student criteria and nomination forms, and the teacher criteria and nomination forms. The deadline is April 30.


  11. Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Symposium on Regional Inequality in Times of Globalization, April 21-22, Int'l Center, MSU

  12. Just a reminder to please plan on attending our upcoming symposium Regional Inequality in Times of Globalization, April 21-22, 3rd floor International Center especially the welcome which will be given by President Lou Anna K. Simon on Wednesday, April 21 at 8:15 am and the keynote presentation by Alejandro Villanueva, W.K. Kellogg Foundation at 3:00 that same day followed by a reception.

    Please encourage your colleagues to attend. If your students may attend, we would be happy to make you a sign-in sheet for your class - just let us know.

    In addition, there will be two full days of presentations by faculty, visiting scholars, and students (graduate and undergraduate) on Wednesday and Thursday (with a buffet lunch for all both days). Please encourage your colleagues and students to attend these events.


    Lou Anna Simon, President, Michigan State University
    Wed., April 21, 8:15 AM, Room 303, Int’l Center

    Keynote Address
    The Opportunity Gap: Comprehensive Development Platforms in Latin America
    Alejandro Villanueva, W. K. Kellogg Foundation Regional Director for Programs in Latin America
    Wed., April 21, 3:00 PM, Room 303 & 305 Int’l Center
    (Reception immediately following with music by Salsa Verde (College of Music)
    For more information about the symposium please see the flyer and visit:

    Open education resources from the symposium will be available at:


  13. 4-H Japanese exchange update

  14. Bring the world into your home this summer by hosting a Japanese student for one month. These young people are excited to learn about your family’s customs and culture, your values, foods, clothes, and lifestyle. But mostly they want to make friends, meet other young people, and try communicating in English!

    The dates of the exchange are July 24 through August 20. The program is open to any family with a youth of the same age and gender as the Japanese youths. There will be 50 Japanese youths, boys and girls, traveling to Michigan and they range in age from 12 to 15. They have been studying English and are eager to use it, so there is no need to know Japanese. Families will attend an orientation in early summer if selected as a host family for this year. Opportunities also exist for youths to travel to Japan and spend a month with their new friend the following year.

    If you would like more information on becoming a host family, contact Vera Wiltse at or 989-772-0911 ext. 302 or your county MSU Extension office.


  15. Art Auction, April 25th

  16. There will be an Art Auction that will take place on April 25th, 1 - 5 p.m. at the MSU Union, Parlor Room A, B, and C. The auction is being hosted by artists in an effort to raise money to send a team of doctors and nurses from MSU and Sparrow , with medical supplies to Haiti, where they will provided hands-on medical relief. The reason and the driving force behind organizing this fundraiser is to send real doctors to provide real help.


  17. Resources for Haiti

  18. The disaster in Haiti was and still is devastating. As Mother Teresa stated, "If I look at the mass, I will never act" and as we discussed in the January session with Dr. Esquith, 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.


  19. New Zealand - International Classroom Experience for Teachers

  20. Globalize Your Teaching Experience this Summer!
    June 18 - July 2, 2010 in Auckland and Wellington

    Teachers will compare educational systems and practices across nations by selecting an issue of practice and investigating the topic through field experience, team teaching with an educator in a New Zealand classroom, literature review and local inquiry. The study abroad immersion is a unique chance to experience living in New Zealand and comparing educational philosophies, school culture, practice, management and assessment.

    Apply by Friday, April 30, 2010. Please see attached flyer for more details. For questions about EST 570 and the New Zealand program, e-mail or call (248) 370-3039.

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

  22. 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.


    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 <Return>

  23. Film Series at MSU - From India

  24. Figuring the Nation, Indian Cinema, 1950s to the present
    Wells Hall B102 6:30pm on the MSU Campus, Flyer is attached
    Wed Apr 28: MAMMO (1994)
    The film series will explore the discourse of the nation in the context of religion, terrorism, borders/partition, and gender struggles. These carefully chosen films -- from the 1950s to the present -- address both historical and contemporary issues like ethical co-existence, secularism, gender struggles, and globalization. They do so by invoking the trauma of partition, the euphoria and the despair surrounding modernity during the post-independence period, and the contemporary issues of fundamentalism, terrorism, and globalization.


  25. Noteworthy Links

    1. Bold Ideas - Learn from Children

      Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

    2. G(irls)20 Summit

      There are 3.3 billion girls and women in the world - and they should be integral to, and included in the development of innovative, sustainable and socially responsible solutions to the world's economic and social challenges.

      Meeting in Toronto from June 16th - 26th, we will bring together one girl from each G20 country to discuss and promote tangible, scalable solutions toward economic prosperity.

      You can participate in this important initiative by joining the campaign at


  26. Opportunities for Educators

    Summer Chinese Language Camps at MSU for K-12 Students

    For a fun and gratifying summer learning experience sign your child up for Chinese Language and Culture Summer Camp at MSU.

    The summer camp is for k-12 students who are interested in learning Chinese language, practicing Chinese art and handicrafts and experiencing Chinese culture and tradition. It is a great experience for new learners of Chinese as well as for students who want to continue and broaden their learning over the summer.

    Registration is now open for 2010 Summer Camp. Deadline for registration is June 28.

    Summer Chinese Language Institute for High School Students

    Indiana University is offering another Chinese Language Institute (CLI) this summer. This residential program--open to high school students from across the country--provides solid grounding in all four linguistic skills and is complemented by cultural studies with an emphasis on Chinese music and martial arts.

    The institute is open to students with either limited or no experience in Chinese (two classes) but has a maximum enrollment of 22, so interested students are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline of April 19. The institute is generously sponsored by STARTALK ( and IU’s Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy (

    Scholarships worth more than $2,000 will be awarded to all participants to cover almost all institute costs, including:
    -- tuition and fees for 2 hours of college credit from IU
    -- instructional materials
    -- lodging and meals

    DATES: June 10 – 30, 2010
    DEADLINE: Monday, April 19, 2010
    CONTACT: Brian Flaherty,, (812) 856-0412
    Flyer and Information & Application: (click on “Chinese Language Institute”)


    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): 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 PD for Social Studies Teachers

    Dear Social Studies Supervisors and Building Principals:

    The Michigan Center for Civic Education, state coordinator for the nationally acclaimed civics program We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution, is holding its annual summer institute June 22-25, on the campus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

    The institute will include sessions specifically for Michigan secondary teachers of civics and government. For those who have attended a We the People workshop in the past, or an awareness session at a conference, this institute will delve into the material more thoroughly, as well as offer ideas for instruction, and highlight the program's culminating activity: the simulated congressional hearing. Participants will be divided into smaller groups to work with experienced mentor teachers in preparation for the hearing activity on the last morning of the institute.

    An application flyer is attached with more information. Mileage reimbursement, lodging, food and materials are provided. Graduate credit and SB-CEUs will be available. Priority will be given to those assigned to teach civics/government in 2010-2011 and willing to engage their students in the simulated congressional hearing activity.

    Feel free to contact Jim Troost with questions:

    Jim Troost
    Director of Programs
    Michigan Center for Civic Education or 248.209.2349


National Geographic Lesson Plans

K–2 Land of the Inca
3–5 Unwrapping Mummies
6–8 Land and Lifestyle of the Inca
Now you can explore the streets of Pompeii through Google Street View!
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Summer 2010 Teaching about East Asia seminar

This 30 hour course is designed to assist middle and high school teachers in integrating East Asia into their classes. The Summer 2010 seminar will be held June 28-July 2 on the campus of Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Allendale, MI. The course is offered for the cost of a $20 registration fee only, and each participant will receive a $500 stipend, $200 worth of books, and 3.0 SB-CEUs upon successful completion of the course. Participants' schools also will receive $300 worth of teaching materials on East Asia. On campus lodging will be available at moderate cost to participants from farther away who wish to stay on campus during the week (see below).

This course is made possible with funds from the Freeman Foundation. Complete information is at William Londo,, with any questions about the course.


Big Used Book Sale to benefit the Detroit Public Library’s Summer Reading Program!

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday, April 16 & 17, 2010.
Open to the public.
“A” Level, Main Library,  5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
Thousands of books sorted by subject - autobiography, biography, cookbooks, computer manuals, art books, science fiction, history, politics, rare and collectible books, African American titles, poetry, science, children’s books, adult fiction and non-fiction, CDs, DVDs and audio books from $ .25 and up.
Information: E-mail or Call 313-481-1359 to join or renew your membership


Deadline: April 30, 2010
ACTFL - Cemanahuac Teen Scholarship Application
High school juniors and seniors may apply for two (2) weeks of Spanish language study at The Cemanahuac Educational Community in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The scholarship includes registration and tuition for two-weeks, housing, meals and one field study trip. Applications are due April 30, 2010

Special Summer Workshop for teachers:
Each summer Cemanahuac offers stimulating seminars for educators, on a variety of topics of interest to teachers who want to bring the culture of Mexico into their classrooms and improve their Spanish for use with their students and their families. Many seminars are available for graduate academic credit.

A Feast for the eyes: Japanese Confectionery Demonstration
Thursday, May 13, 3pm-4:30pm
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, MSU
55 S. Harrison Avenue, E. Lansing, MI 48824
Sunday, May 16, 11am-1pm
Novi Civic Center, Novi, Michigan
45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi, Michigan 48375
There will be Japanese sweets for sale at Novi Civic Center on May 16th.

FREE! - No charge for event

Mr.Shoji Nishizawa has received the Top Excellence at the National Confectionery Expo 2008 Award. He was conferred the title of “the Shiga Craftsman 2009” by the Governor of Shiga Prefecture in Japan.

CO-SPONSORS: Shiga Prefectural Government, JAPAN; Japan Society of Detroit Women’s Club; Japan Local Government Center (CLAIR NY); Great Lakes JETAA

IN COOPERATION WITH: Consulate General of Japan in Detroit; Japan Business Society of Detroit; Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership; Japanese Teachers Association of Michigan; Japan America Society of Greater Detroit & Windsor; Japan Center for Michigan Universities; City of Novi; Michigan State University, The School of Hospitality Business


Matilda Dodge Wilson and Meadow Brook Hall - Sunday, April 18, 2010, 2pm

The Saline Area Historical Society hosts Meredith Long, Head Curator of Meadow Brook Hall, who will present a PowerPoint program about Matilda Dodge Wilson, wife of John F. Dodge, automobile pioneer and co-founder of Dodge Brothers Automobile Company. Meadow Brook Hall, built on land owned by Matilda and John, was later donated to Oakland University.  Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. The program takes place at the Saline District Library, located at 555 N. Maple Rd., Saline, about a mile north of Michigan Ave.

For more info: (734)944-0442 or


Detroit Historical Society Behind the Scenes Tours

Every season, the Society hosts special tours of historic locations and other venues throughout metro Detroit. These tours normally take place on Saturdays, but occasionally special tours take place during the week.  You are invited to go Behind the Scenes of some of metro Detroit’s most unique locations. Listen as our expert guides show you these places in ways you’ve never experienced before!

Tours include: Film Production Studio Tours; I Am My Brother's Keeper Pilgrim Church; Detroit Opera House; Masonic Temple; St. Sabbas Monastery; The National Shrine of the Little Flower; Packard Proving Grounds; The Whitney, Palmer Woods , Boston Edison, Woodmere Cemetery, & Fort Wayne Walking Tours; Cranbrook House & Gardens; The Heidelberg Project
There is a ticket fee.


Deadline: April 26, 2010

The Zinn Education Project is giving away classroom sets (25 books per set) of Howard Zinn's best-seller, A People's History of the United States: Link to 20 teachers who submit stories about how they teach a people's history in the classroom. A total of 500 books to be given away! Books have been donated by HarperCollins.

We have provided some questions to help elicit the reason, use, and impact of your teaching a people's history story. We are looking for stories ranging from 2-4 pages in length.

Details at


Second Language and Immersion Methodologies for Russian Teachers Grades K- 16

Dates:  June 27 – July 10, 2010
Location:  Concordia Language Villages, Bemidji, Minnesota

Description:  The Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century and principles of second language and immersion pedagogy serve as the framework for this four-credit graduate level course.  A residential program designed for K-16 teachers of Russian, the participants will enhance their understanding of best practices in teaching Russian through participation in language learning groups and activities at Lesnoe Ozero, the Russian Language Village of Concordia Language Villages.  Active participation in the Russian Language Village program will be accompanied by class discussions about the methods observed and current research on second language acquisition.  Observation, participation in, and analysis of a variety of methodologies in action at Lesnoe Ozero will help participants define their personal instructional philosophy.  The use of music to teach Russian will be highlighted in the program with discussions facilitated by guest presenter, Dr. Laurie Iudin-Nelson.  

Because of the building configuration of the Russian Language Village, participants will be able to live on-site for this experience, participating in the daily schedule as observers and co-leaders of activities as appropriate.  They will also have their own classes to discuss professional readings, share observations, and prepare materials for use at Russian Language Village and in their classrooms.  The seminar will be led by Donna Clementi, Director of Education and Research at Concordia Language Villages.  Dr. Laurie Iudin-Nelson, Director of Russian Studies and Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, will be a guest presenter.   Lara Ravitch, Dean of the Russian Language Village, will serve as the program director.  Four graduate credits will be awarded for successful completion of the course.

Program costs:
$1680  Tuition for the four-credit graduate course ($420/graduate credit)
$500    Housing and all meals at the Russian Language Village

Full scholarships in the amount of $2180 are available to all participants.  In addition, each participant will receive up to $300 to defray the costs of travel to Bemidji, Minnesota.

If you have any questions, or for an application form, please contact Donna Clementi at

Donna L. Clementi
Director of Education and Research
Concordia Language Villages
901 Eighth Street South
Moorhead, Minnesota  56562

You may reach me at my home office:
14 Penbrook Circle
Appleton, WI  54913
home phone:  920.734.1170
cell:  651.341.9445

Preparing young people for responsible citizenship in our global community


Deadline: April 16, 2010

Competing Visions of Human Rights
Summer Leadership Institute for Teachers

July 6 - 9, 2010
The Choices Summer Institute will give participating teachers an opportunity to examine the concept of human rights and the challenges of enforcing human rights at an international level. Using the Choices curriculum, participants will also explore effective instructional strategies for engaging adolescents in the topic. Major themes covered during this institute include:

    • cultural relevance vs. the universality of human rights
    • state sovereignty vs. international institutions and expanding international law
    • humanitarian law and humanitarian intervention
    • the role of human rights in foreign policy

The Choices Summer Institute is designed to stimulate and support secondary-level educators who are interested in teaching international issues and are prepared to take on leadership roles within their schools and communities. Applicants should have experience teaching social studies at the secondary level, be familiar with the Choices approach, and have an interest in introducing other teachers to the Choices Program. Twenty teachers from across the nation will be selected to participate. The cost of the institute, housing and meals will be covered. All participating teachers will receive curriculum materials from the Choices Program. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses.

Download application

The Choices Program
Competing Visions of Human Rights Institute
Brown University, Box 1948
Providence, RI 02914


Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO)

Founded in 2007, GEEO is a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps and encourages educators to travel abroad. See the website to find out more about us and our programs.

This summer we have programs to Tunisia, Peru, Southern Africa, China, and India. If you would like to receive the latest updates from GEEO, please email us at or follow us on twitter here.

Our trips are 2-3 weeks in length and are limited to 10-18 teachers and their traveling companions. These trips are customized to include activities that will be particularly interesting to teachers, such as school visits. Graduate and professional development credits are available to participating teachers.


Stories in the Wood

Traveling exhibit about the storytelling tradition of folklorists and scholars in the Upper Peninsula

The exhibit is displayed at Northern Michigan University with complimentary K-12 school programs through April 2010. The exhibit will tour the U.P. from 2010 through 2014. Dan Truckey, Director of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, stated: “In 2010, this exhibition will begin a three-year swing through the entire Upper Peninsula, teaching a new generation about the culture of the U.P. and hopefully inspiring them to carry on the region’s oral traditions.”

Sponsor: Northern Michigan University Beaumier Heritage Center, Marquette
Contact: Daniel Truckey, 906-227-1219,


Deadline: April 30, 2010, midnight, Paris time
Competition “10 ideas for tomorrow's Africa”
Within the framework of the anniversary of African independence, the Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO is launching a Call for Ideas for prospective proposals in favor of Africa’s development within the next decade. Ten proposals will be selected by an international jury and presented by their author(s) during small-scale conferences to be held at UNESCO Headquarters, in mid-June.

These contributions to the thinking on Africa’s future will be published in a special issue of SHSviews magazine. Each proposal should develop one idea which would amplify the positive effects and reduce, or contain, the negative impacts of the major trends observed in Africa on one of the following topics: Economy and Development (Environment, Food Security, New Information and Communication Technologies…) ; Governance, Policy, Institutions, Leadership; Regional Integration, Population, Migration, Urbanization; Cultural Identities (Languages, Religions…) ; Youth; Human Rights, Gender and Justice; Diaspora; Peace, Security and Conflict; Health, Education and Social Development; International Relations
Each proposal should detail what the “change agent” could be to amplify the positive effects of one or several known trends in the relevant field and which would be able to implement the supported idea. The contributor should choose one single idea in one single field. The latter should be clearly stated.

Texts should be no longer than 4 pages, each with 1500 characters (spaces included), not exceeding 6000 characters in total (920 words). Include an abstract of the c.v. not exceeding one page (1500 characters and ID photo (e.g. passport)scanned at more than 300 dpi if sent by electronic mail).
For a group of authors, each member should summarize his one page starting with the representative of the group, who will be invited to present the defended idea at UNESCO Headquarters, if the contribution is selected. An ID photo of each member should also be attached as above.

Submit to  or UNESCO-SHS , Competition “10 Ideas for Tomorrow’s Africa”, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris cedex 15 – France
For more information on this competition, please contact: Mr Arnaud DROUET, tel.: +33 1 45 68 38 24


The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

PAEMST is the highest recognition that a K-12 math or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Awards are given to teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. The teachers are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science.

Recipients of the award receive the following:
- A citation signed by the President of the United States.
- A paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
- A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Awards alternate between elementary and secondary teachers.

Nomination Deadline for Elementary Teachers (K-6): 4/01/2010; Application Deadline: 05/03/2010
Nomination Deadline for Secondary Teachers (7-12): 04/01/2011; Application Deadline: 05/01/2011

Teacher must be a full-time employee of the school or school district as determined by state and district policies, and teach at least 50% of the time; must have at least 5 years of full-time, K-12 teacher experience prior to the 2009-2010 academic school year (2010 deadline) or prior to the 2010-2011 academic school year (2011 deadline).


Deadline: May 31, 2010
American Council for Teachers of Russian

The nominations period for the 2010 ACTR Russian Scholar Laureate Awards for high school juniors and seniors is now open until May 31. Members of the American Council of Teachers of Russian who teach on the secondary level are
invited to nominate ONE sophomore or junior high school Russian student for this award. If not a member of ACTR or if your membership has expired please visit our new Web pages at to join or renew. Full information can also be obtained by contacting


Museum Adventure Pass

Twenty libraries from Genesee County and four libraries from the Flint Public Library will be added to the Museum Adventure Pass effective April 11, 2010. The program is a partnership between 198 metro area libraries and 28 local arts and cultural organizations and provides library card holders free passes to local museums, cultural centers and historical sites. Each Museum Adventure Pass is redeemable for two or four admissions depending on location. Series runs through October 24, 2010.

Libraries have a limited number of passes for each participating organization. Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved, renewed or requested through interlibrary loan. One Museum Adventure Pass may be checked out per person, per loan period. The loan period is seven days. Up to two or four people may be admitted on each pass.
For participating locations, see: Locations
For participating libraries, see: Libraries


Deadline: April 30, 2010

ING Unsung Heroes Award

Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000

Applications for the 2010 awards are now available. To make it easier for applicants to fill in the required information, the non-essay portion of the application is now a fillable PDF. Download the PDF and type in that information directly. Complete the essay and budget sections in a separate Word document or other word processing program, and submit all application materials following the process outlined in the application.


IREX High School Online Exchange Program with Kyrgyzstan

The Global Connections & Exchange program administered by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) links high school classrooms in the US with students in Kyrgyzstan through free and innovative online projects. IREX is currently looking for US high school classrooms to take part in our program from now until July 2010.

The program connects high school students and teachers in the US with their peers across the world in Kyrgyzstan through online projects which are free and adapted to meet teachers' curriculum goal. Projects take place in English.
For more information on the program and how to get involved, please contact Swathi


For Local History

Lorenzo Cultural Center
44575 Garfield Road,
Clinton Township, MI 48038-1139
Phone: 586.445.7348

All events are free of charge and held in the Lorenzo Cultural Center. Pre-registration is required for all events, excluding exhibits and video showings.
Event Registration

The Works Progress Administration in Detroit Friday, April 16 - 11 a.m. Elizabeth Clemens, audiovisual archivist at the Walter P. Reuther LIbrary, spotlights the work of the WPA in Detroit, from building schools and libraries, providing clothing and shelter and introducing groundbreaking cultural programs, to creating the infrastructure necessary for Detroit to take on the role of the "Arsenal of Democracy."

Compassion in a Crisis: The Fords and Philanthropy in the 1930s Saturday, April 17 - 1 p.m. David Janssen, vice president for internal operations at Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, looks at the fortunes and philanthropy of Edsel and Eleanor Ford as an example of how southeast Michigan's business leaders responded to the social and economic crisis of the 1930s.

New Deal and the Future of American Business Thursday, April 22 - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Karen A.J. Miller, associate professor of history at Oakland University, examines the role of the New Deal in improving the economic infrastructure of the U.S., emphasizing transportation and electrification.

The Essential Henry Ford Saturday, April 24 - 1 p.m. Steven Watts, professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia and author of The People's Tycoon, traces Ford's fame and innovations, highlighting what made him the first tycoon to be a hero to ordinary Americans.

Detroit's Belle Isle: Island Park Gem Sunday, April 25 - 2 p.m. Author Michael Rodriguez, humanities librarian at Michigan State University, and Tom Featherstone, audiovisual archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University, wlll showcase the park's role during the economic turmoil of the 1930s as an idyllic retreat for Detroit-area residents.

The Unions' Role During the 1930s Wednesday, April 28 - 1 p.m. Marc Stepp worked for 19 years at the Chrysler Highland Park plant, rising through positions of union leadership and culminating in election as vice president on the UAW's International Executive Board in 1974. He presents an overview of union organization in the auto industry.

Motor City: The Story of Detroit Friday, April 30 - 1 p.m. Thomas J. Sugrue, professor of history and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and specialist in 20th-century American politics, urban history, civil rights and race, examines the rise of Detroit as the Motor City, the global symbol of modernity, of the power of American capitalism and the labor that built it.


Deadline: May 15, 2010

The American Turkish Society's Education Program
Curriculum Development Grants
Fall 2010 semester

Curriculum Development Grants of The American Turkish Society offer funds to elementary and secondary school teachers in New York City and the tri-state area to develop innovative curricula, projects and other classroom activities about Turkey. The program aims to enhance the teachers’ and their students’ knowledge and understanding of Turkey, as well as to develop a repository of effective practices to teach about the country.

Grants will cover the costs of research, materials, speakers, and other costs incurred by the school or the teacher. The amount of grants will range from $250 to $2,500, depending on the scope of the project, availability of total funds, and the number of projects selected through a competitive process. The American Turkish Society encourages all applicants to identify additional sources of funding where possible.

Once selected, the grantees will be free to develop their proposed projects without editorial input from The Society. However, they will participate in follow-up activities for evaluation purposes and will be asked to share any teaching plans, materials and activities with The American Turkish Society for future dissemination.


Deadline: May 26, 2010

2010 Toyota International Teacher Program
November 20 - December 4, 2010

The application is now available for the 2010 Toyota International Teacher Program to the Galapagos Islands, a fully-funded professional development program for U.S. educators. Funded by Toyota and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program aims to advance environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities.
Full-time classroom teachers and librarians of all subjects for grades 6 - 12 are eligible to apply!  For application instructions, FAQs, and to apply online
Questions: or 877-832-2457


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:


Institute for Global Studies Summer 2010 Programs, Minnesota

2010 summer professional development programs for educators:
East African Students in MN Schools: Connecting in Culturally Relevant Ways
From Alexandria to Wikipedia: Media and Knowledge in the Modern World
Global Media in the Language Classroom
The Ascent of Asia?  India and China Today
Water in the World: Science, Society, and Scarcity
Cinematic Representations of the Irish Republican Army
Spaces of Occupation: From Minnesota to Palestine
Food in World History

All programs take place on the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. Teachers from outside the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area are eligible to stay in on-campus housing.  Each institute has a limited number of housing scholarships available to teachers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Complete descriptions and schedule available on our website. To register online, click here. Questions? Contact Molly McCoy at or 612-624-7346.


Deadline: June 1, 2010

Deutsche Sommerschule am Atlantik

Learn German at the German Summer School of the Atlantic this summer:
Intensive German language instruction at all proficiency levels
Fully accredited courses in German language and culture
German-only environment with extensive extracurricular program
Pleasant total-immersion atmosphere near Rhode Island's beach resorts
A learning community
On the day of arrival, all participants, except true beginners take a placement test.
The all-inclusive fees covering room and board (in a double), registration, tuition, and cultural activities for 2010 are:
Full six week program:  $3,600
Three week program:  $2,050 

More information:


Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2010

Teaching Globally: Comparative Approaches to World History and Geography Eras 1-3 (Middle School) and Foundations Unit (High School) of the Michigan Social Studies Framework

(Beginnings through 600 C.E)
Tuesday June 30;  Wednesday, June 31;  Thursday, July 1, 2010
9:00 am – 4:00 pm   
University of Michigan School of Education
610 E. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI

A three-day professional development workshop for middle and high school world history/geography teachers by the World History Initiative of the University of Michigan International Institute and School of Education

Cost for all three days: $35, includes lunch and refreshments; 1.5 CEU’s available, $10 processing fee

Registration forms and further information are on the website the International Institute:
or contact us at:
Spaces are limited to 30 teachers, 15 each for middle and high school teachers.

Building on specific case studies from around the world, the workshop will use the themes of movement, power and organization in the ancient world to explore:
- how the movement of people, resources, and ideas shaped the ancient world (movement)
- how power, culture, and politics interacted in the creation of states and empires (power) 
- how human societies changed from the earliest hunter gatherers to historic empires (organization)
- how archaeologists and historians study and explain the organization of ancient societies (organization)
The workshop will engage teachers on ways to use these themes to both compare and connect the various global cases presented by university faculty, and to build connections between the Middle School curriculum and the High School Foundations Unit covering the same eras.

The workshop will not offer teachers ready-made curricula, but will provide educators access to primary documents and approaches with which they can fashion units to fit their classes’ specific needs. During the 2010-2011 school year, faculty and graduate students of the program in History and Social Science Education, led by Prof. Bob Bain, will follow up with teachers about how they are using these in the classroom.


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.


Online Economics  Lesson Plans

Lots of online curriculum units and  lesson plans from the St. Louis and Philadelphia Federal Reserve Banks for elementary, middle, and high schools


Like Maps?
David Rumsey Map Collection
Started over 25 years ago, it contains more than 150,000 maps. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century maps of North and South America, although it also has maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The collection includes atlases, wall maps, globes, school geographies, pocket maps, books of exploration, maritime charts, and a variety of cartographic materials including pocket, wall, children's, and manuscript maps. Items range in date from about 1700 to 1950s. Digitization of the collection began in 1996 and there are now over 21,000 items online, with new additions added regularly. The site is free. Viewers have access not only to high resolution images of maps that are extensively cataloged, but also to a variety of tools that allow to users to compare, analyze, and view items in new and experimental ways.

Mapping History
A collection of 38 modules of U.S. history  from pre-1500 through 2000. the site also includes 18 modules on European, Latin American, and African history ranging between ancient Greek civilization and the present .

Making Sense of Maps
Making Sense of Maps offers a place for students and teachers to begin working with maps as historical evidence. Written by David Stephens, this guide offers an overview of the history of maps and how historians use them, a breakdown of the elements of a map, tips on what questions to ask when analyzing maps, an annotated bibliography, and a guide to finding and using maps online.


Videos of Historical Thinking
Watch historian demonstrate historical thinking using fascinating objects and documents from American history, e.g. slave receipts, 19th-century daily objects, Cherokee law of blood.
For a poster about historical thinking, send your name and address to

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


Teaching with the News

The CHOICES Program's Teaching with the News initiative provides online curriculum materials and ideas to connect the content of the classroom to the headlines in the news. Topics cover a range of foreign policy and international issues.* All Teaching with the News materials require users to create a free account.

Some of the topics covered in Teaching with the News:
The Haitian Crisis: Thinking Historically
The U.S. in Afghanistan: Analyzing Political Cartoons
U.S. Policy in Afghanistan
The U.S. and Iran: Confronting Policy Alternatives
Globalization and the Economic Crisis|
A Nuclear North Korea?
Violence in Darfur, Sudan
Global Environment: Considering U.S. Policy
Conflict in Iraq: Confronting Policy Alternatives
India: Conflicts Within
Water Wars: Lesson Plans

Resources that work well with all Teaching with the News activities:
Guidelines for Deliberation
Deliberating "Pros" and "Cons" of Policy Options
Scholars Online video resources.
Contacting Elected Officials

Encourage students to communicate their views on international issues to elected officials. Find contact information for the White House at and U.S. Senators and Representatives at


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.


Free Lesson Plans
for high school and middle school, suitable for history, civics, and other social studies classes

Beginnings of Democracy: The Polish Experience at Jamestown

History Dinner Table: Who Would You Invite!
Lesson Plan for Pulaski and Kosciuszko


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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