Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

Date: July 9, 2010
To: All LATTICE members and friends
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Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #499

  1. LATTICE Theme for 2010-2011
  2. LATTICE April Session and Annual Report for 2009-2010
  3. New Open Education Resource - Latin America Learning
  4. Farewell to Two of Our LATTICE Members
  5. GREAT NEWS!!! LATTICE member Matinga Ragatz named Michigan Teacher of the Year for 2010-2011
  6. LATTICE Book Club
  7. Video on Coexistence
  8. Language Summer Camp for Kids at MSU
  9. Student Outreach Activities (MSU Asian Studies Center and CVIP)
  10. Noteworthy Links
  11. Opportunities for Educators

  1. LATTICE Theme for 2010-2011

  2. On Wednesday June 16th, 15 enthusiastic LATTICE members met at Connie Detjen's house and chose next year's LATTICE theme: Building Bridges Through Technology, Communication, and Education. Using technology to reach out across the globe and to model good teaching, we plan to explore where our planet stands in relation to the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals for 2015, including "End Poverty and Hunger," "Maternal and child health," "Environmental Sustainability," "Gender Equality," "Combat HIV/AIDS," and "Global Partnership."


  3. LATTICE April Session and Annual Report for 2009-2010

  4. You can now view the April report and agenda. This last session was on "Exploring International Human Rights" and concludes our series of discussions on the 2009-2010 theme "Global Citizenship."

    The LATTICE 2009-2010 Yearbook and Annual Report can also be viewed here: Part 1 and Part 2. If you are interested in a hardcopy of this report, printed in color and bound, please send your request to LATTICE, 513 Erickson Hall, College of Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034. Please enclose a check for $20 and give us your mailing address. We will send you a copy using US Postal Service.


  5. New Open Education Resource - Latin America Learning

  6. To address the social, educational and health inequalities in Latin America, MSU has launched a virtual resource aimed at educating a variety of stakeholders, including educators and policy makers. Latin America Learning  is an open education resource, meaning the public has free access to information and can repurpose it. A pilot project of MSU's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the site provides a virtual hub of material provided by nearly 150 scholars and practitioners who participated in the two-day symposium, "Regional Identity in Times of Globalization," held at MSU in April. For more information contact: Kristin Janka Millar at or visit


  7. Farewell to Two of Our LATTICE Members

  8. Recently we bid farewell to two of our valuable LATTICE members; Steve Sharra from Malawi and Hailing Wu from China.

    Steve is a longstanding LATTICE member who has contributed a great deal as a participant and visiting Professor. He has now returned to take up a position as a Teacher Training Specialist on the Malawi Teacher Professional Development Support project, in the capital city, Lilongwe. The project, funded by the USAID, supports the Malawi Ministry of Education in strengthening its Teacher Education policy and performance. Steve will be working with Malawian primary school teachers. Steve is eager to collaborate with LATTICE teachers and providers of professional development, as well as other members around the world. He is also willing to facilitate linkages and collaborations between LATTICE members and Malawian teachers. Steve still maintains many of his blogs. Please check him on our LATTICE Facebook.

    Hailing Wu is another valuable LATTICE member who will be returning to China in August this year. She is currently in the process of defending her dissertation in the College of Education at MSU. She has been offered a faculty position in the China Institute of Educational Policy at Beijing Normal University. Hailing's contribution to LATTICE both as a participant, presenter, and member of the planning team is noteworthy. For some time she was our link with the Asian Studies Center at MSU where she worked as a Program Assistant for Outreach Program. Hailing can be reached at


  9. LATTICE member Matinga Ragatz named Michigan Teacher of the Year for 2010-2011

  10. One of our longstanding LATTICE members, Matinga Ragatz has been named Michigan Teacher of the Year for 2010-2011. Click Press Release to read the statement given by the Michigan Department of Education. Matinga, born in Madrid, Spain, and raised all over the world, has been chosen from among 400 candidates and 20 regional semi-finalists. A Dewitt resident, she teaches Social Studies at Grand Ledge High School. As Michigan Teacher of the Year, Ragatz will get a non-voting seat on the state Board of Education and will meet with legislators and teachers across the state. On behalf of the LATTICE family, congratulations Matinga!!!


  11. LATTICE Book Club Notes from Mary Hennessey and Amy Kilbridge

  12. Our last meeting of the LATTICE Book Club resulted in a long list of good books to pick up this summer:

    1. The Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania (of Jordan) with Kelly DiPucchio.
    2. Sleeping Bear Press's series: Discover the World and Tales of the World illustrated by "Nick" van Frankenhuyzen. Michigander Gloria Whelan has written many of them. We have arranged for her to attend our first Book Club meeting next September 23 at 4:00 at the East Lansing Public Library.
    3. Also The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle. Other books are: The Poet Slave of Cuba:A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano, Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba, and The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba.
    4. Diamond Willow and Crossing Stones by Helen Frost.
    5. Pam Munoz Ryan's The Dreamer. She will be at the MCTE conference which is being held in Lansing on October 29. You can find out more about that here. Another speaker at that conference is Debbie Reese, who writes the blog called American Indians in Children's Literature.
    6. A good book about the Oaxaca, Mexico region is Josefina by Jeanette Winter.
    7. Beneath the Stone: A Mexican Zapotec Tale by Bernard Wolf. This is a photo essay about a contemporary Zapotec Indian family living in Oaxaca, Mexico
    8. The Moon Was at a Fiesta by Matthew Gollub and Leovigildo Martinez. 
    9. Julia Alvarez' newest YA novel Return to Sender which is about the struggles of illegal Mexican immigrants in the US. Grades 6-9.
    10. Andrea Busfield's first novel Born Under a Million Shadows describes post-Taliban Kabul from the viewpoint of 11-year-old Fawad
    11. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls.
    12. The Help by Kathryn Stockett, a novel set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver!
    13. The One Book, One Community pick for East Lansing and MSU is a memoir, Zeitoun by David Eggers. Check here for info about the author's visit, and community events.
    14. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. A podcast of the author's interview is also included in this link.
    15. Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg.
    16. The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller.
    17. The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango.
    18. Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario which is soon to be turned into an HBO dramatic series called "Under the Same Moon." It conveys the experience of illegal immigration from Central America.
    19. The Jacket by Andrew Clements who has also authored the children's books The Janitor's Boy and Frindle. (Ages 8 to 12)
    20. Jeanette Winter's The Librarian of Basra: A True Story of Iraq is about Alia Muhammad Baker, chief librarian of Basra's Central Library who was determined to protect the library's holdings. This book has also been made into a graphic novel. Other books are Nasreen's Secret School and Follow the Drinking Gourd.
    21. Karen Lynn Williams' latest book is My Name is Sangoel
    22. The Price of Stones by Kathleen Lavey who is a local writer. Here's the LSJ article about it: (can be read for free for 30 days). She will be coming to the International Book Club at East Lansing Public Library on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00. p.m. 


  13. Video on Coexistence

  14. Norseha Unin has shared a video created by Yasser Aladam and Barbara Skelley, two MSU graduate students. This video puts forward a thought-provoking question: is it possible to coexist.


  15. Language Summer Camps for kids at MSU

  16. The Community Language School at MSU is offering summer language camps for kids in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish on MSU campus. It introduces children to different languages and cultures by providing a fun learning environment that focuses on games, songs, and other playful interactions. The theme-based curricula has topics such as numbers, things in my room, animals, our town, activities and hobbies, my friends, directions, or fruits and vegetables. Activity types are alternated with games and hands-on as well as visually activated learning. The lessons try to connect the new knowledge with the community by utilizing, for example, the animals in the historical museum on campus, the children's garden at MSU, or the dairy store. No previous knowledge is required and children of higher levels can be accommodated. Open to children ages 7-12. Multiple-child/program discounts available for all programs (25%). Enrollment options are 9 am - 4 pm (lunch provided by parents), 9 am - 12 pm, OR 1-4 pm. Individual program fees are $230 for the all-day camps and $100 for half-day camps.

    Italian: Monday-Friday, July 12-16, 9 am - 4 pm (half-day options available)
    Spanish: Monday-Friday, July 19-23, 9 am - 4 pm (half-day options available)
    German: Monday-Friday, August 9-13, 9 am - 4 pm (half-day options available)
    Chinese: Monday-Friday, August 16-20, 9 am - 4 pm (half-day options available)

    For more information and to ENROLL, visit our website at CELTA. Please share this information with other interested parents. For further information, feel free to contact me at

    Angelika Kraemer, Ph.D.
    Director, Community Language School
    Michigan State University
    A-605 Wells Hall
    East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
    Tel: 517-884-1511
    Fax: 517-432-2736


  17. Student Outreach Activities ( MSU Asian Studies Center and CVIP)

  18. The MSU Asian Studies Center can help you to expose your students to Asian cultures and language. It offers 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), school life in Japan/China/India, the Silk Road, and current events in Asia. Please contact the MSU Asian Studies Center at 517-353-1680 or email if you are interested.


    CVIP Speaker's Bureau: International students can be requested to visit your classrooms to talk about their countries. They can bring cultural artifacts to show your students and have discussions about them. They can also engage your classroom with folk songs, dance, and opportunities to speak in their language. Please contact Speaker's Bureau at for further information.


  19. Noteworthy Links
    1. Photographic exhibit of life in Pakistan

      Sally McClintock has forwarded a video link sent by Saad Qaisar. It explores the people, places, urban and rural life, women, festivals, costume and ideas of nationhood in Pakistan. Currently, these photographs are on exhibit in London and other places in the UK.

    2. iCIVICS web site

      iCivics is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. It is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools needed for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support. Check resources for topics such as Separation of Powers; The Constitution and Bill of Rights; The Executive Branch; The Judicial Branch, and lesson plans.

    3. World Bulletin

      Education Initiatives: UNA-USA

    4. Lesson Plans of the American Bar Association
    5. The "Teachers and Students” section of American Bar Association website has lesson plans and other resources for teachers such as Law & Literature Across the Curriculum, Teaching Resource Bulletin, National Online Youth Summit, Key Supreme Court Cases, and Conversations on the Constitution. For quizzes, games, and political cartoons, please click Resources; how to use internet in your classroom:, teaching History with technology:, and resources for virtual field trips:

    6. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
    7. - Some background & perspective: The Infrastructurist

      - NOAA: Response and Restoration

      - Tracking map updated daily: New York Times

      - Illustration on underwater effects: New York Times

      - Cleaning up oil spills: Great Lesson Plan


  20. Opportunities for Educators

  21. Teaching about Asia Summer Residential Seminar in Bloomington, Indiana (Free!)

    This summer, the East Asian Studies Center (EASC) at Indiana University will hold a weeklong National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) Teaching about Asia residential seminar in Bloomington, IN (July 26 to July 31). Funded by the Freeman Foundation, NCTA seminar is a free professional development program (free housing, stipends and school grant available) for educators who are interested in learning about East Asian history and cultures. This one-week/30-hour seminar provides a broad overview of the history and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea and gives participants the opportunity to discuss classroom applications and resources. EASC will provide free University housing, parking, and most of the meals during the seminar.

    Those who complete the program will receive the following: a) a solid foundation for teaching about East Asia b) texts and resources on East Asia ($200 value) c) the option to purchase three graduate credits from Indiana University d) a certificate of participation e) a $300 grant to your school for the purchase of East Asian resources; and f) a $500 personal stipend. The instructor is Scott O’Bryan, Ph.D., Associate Professor from the Dept. of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University Bloomington. Check these links: Application Form and Tentative Syllabus

    Educators from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Alabama, and Louisiana are eligible to apply. First priority is given to middle-and high-school teachers who are in the strongest positions to teach East Asia in their classes, but elementary educators may also apply. Highest priority is given to teachers of world geography, world history, world cultures, religion, economics, and language arts/literature. Media specialists, art teachers, world language teachers, guidance counselors, and Gifted and Talented teachers who are in a position to promote the sustained presence of Asia are also eligible to participate. In-service educators must be employed half-time or more in a K-12 public or private school to be eligible.

    The application deadline is May 31, 2010 or until the seminar is full. For more details click here or contact Matthew Davis at


    Free Globalization Calendar for Classrooms

    August 2010-August 2011

    The Outreach Coordinators of the University of Michigan's International Institute has come up with Calendar with the theme globalization. It has high-quality photos that show the interaction and intersection of cultures from many regions of the world. To complement our theme selections on globalization, the calendar includes interesting facts about the countries, holidays, and also the days of the week in several languages. Teachers can use the calendars for social studies, language topics, art projects, and other subjects.

    Quantities are limited, so please respond soon. Calendars will be sent to school addresses in August. If you would like to have a calendar for your classroom, please send your name, school name and address, and classes taught to


    Korean History and Culture Workshop
    August 19, 2010

    U-M Center for Korean Studies is excited and proud to present its first annual history workshop for educators in Michigan.  Prepare to immerse yourself in Korean history and culture, as this day-long workshop will be filled with special presentations from Korean history scholars, authentic Korean cuisine, as well as a cultural activity for you to enjoy.  SB-CEUs will be offered for this workshop. For more information, please contact Minsun Lee at or 734-647-9857. Click workshops for more information.


    Institute on the Environment and the Economy
    Sept. 19-22, 2010

    Program presented by MCEE - The Foundation for Teaching Economics with the Michigan Council on Economic Education and the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship - Northern Michigan University, Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island. The Foundation for Teaching Economics will cover all costs for lodging, registration, materials, field trip transportation and most meals. $100 expense honoraria will be paid if lodging is not needed. Apply by August 1st. (But earlier applications accepted until session is full).


    Michigan Council for History Education
    17th Annual Conference, November 4, 2010, Ramada Inn, Lansing

    To obtain a proposal form, contact  Dorothy Ebersole, The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn MI 48124-4088 or email her at, call 313-982-8036 or FAX 313-982-6232. The conference Theme is: “Bringing History Home:  Local stories, Global Context.” This year’s MCHE conference theme explores the teaching and learning of history in different sites including classrooms (elementary, middle, high school), museums, and other public history sites. The theme also explores how connections are made in these sites between local, state, national, and global histories, as well as the connections between literacy and teaching history.  MCHE welcomes proposals that address this broad theme as well as submissions addressing other aspects of history education.

    17th Annual iEARN International Conference and 14th Annual Youth Summit
    July 12-17, 2010, Barrie, Ontario Canada

    iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Some conference goals are: communication and development of  partnerships between educators and youth locally, regionally and globally; use of communication technology in education; establishment of institutional links; support of E-learning and professional development;  promotion of  inter-cultural dialogue; demonstration and hands-on experience; cross-cultural understanding; collaborative project ideas. Click here for more information: Workshop Sessions and iEarn Website

    Advanced Summer Institute: EfS Curriculum Design Studio
    July 26 - 30, 2010, The Cloud Institute; 307 7th Avenue, Suite 1201; New York, NY 10001

    What does it take to design curricula that educates for a sustainable future from Pre-K-12th grade? How can we design elegant units of study that educate for sustainability? What tools are available to us to do so? What are the core EfS content and performance standards/outcomes and indicators we can use to design learning opportunities and assess student learning? How can we align EfS Core Standards/Outcomes with the ones our school/our State require? Can we integrate EfS units into our curriculum mapping software? How can Understanding by Design or a “backwards design” approach contribute to the design of EfS curricula? What explicit criteria can we use to assess student work for evidence of EfS? How do we plan for vertical & horizontal integration of the EfS Standards/Outcomes & Indicators? Can we see some exemplars of EfS units that other teachers and schools have developed? Can we see exemplary student work from those schools?

    This annual institute is designed for faculty teams, curriculum supervisors and their teams and individuals who are interested in addressing these and any other questions you have about designing curriculum units that educate for sustainability. For those schools that are ready for vertical and lateral curriculum mapping and integration of EfS across the curriculum, time will be set aside for “big picture planning” as well. For more information click Institute

    Peace Corps volunteers as speakers or correspondents

    Enhance your students' learning in almost any subject area. There are returned Peace Corps Volunteers from every region of the world who have worked at the grassroots level. Their stories, projects, and experiences can provide U.S. students with unusually candid firsthand perspectives of cultures worldwide, views not usually accessible through textbooks, films, and other familiar media. For more information click Speakers Match and Educator Sign Up

    Student Achievement Grants

    The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. The grant amount is $5,000.

    Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software, or scholars-in-residence. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students.


    5th Annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

    Applications are available now for the Will Steger Foundation's Fifth Annual Institute for Climate Change Education on Thursday, August 12th. from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center and available as an online webinar. It will be conducted in partnership with academic and civic partners. This year, it will take a look back on the Foundation's last five years of climate change education outreach and curriculum development and take time to “Go Back to the Basics.” 

    The Institute will include the following:
    • Presentation from explorer Will Steger on urgency of global warming & need for international cooperation
    • Overview of Will Steger Foundation’s newly updated Lesson Plans & Educator Resources for grades 3-12
    • Overview of and the resources available online
    • Small group sessions focused on climate change basics, how to address climate change skeptics, and effective models of teaching climate change
    • Resources to equip educators with necessary skills to empower student learning and leadership on the topic

    For registration, click here or call 612-278-7147.

    Registration is open for 100 onsite participants ($75/teacher or $100/pair) and an unlimited number of participants for our online webinar ($25/teacher).

    “Civil Wars in Domestic and Global Context: Conflict and Resolution from the Battlefield to the Home Front” (October 8 & 9, 2010)
    Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Rapids MI

    All fields of history, as well as other disciplines, are invited to submit proposals related to this year’s theme. In the last two decades, scholarship on war and its impact on social, political, economic and cultural life has broken new theoretical ground and re-shaped the ways in which historians conceptualize the larger significance of mass violence, trauma, and society. We invite scholars from a wide range of fields and disciplines to exchange ideas and research on this topic. Papers and arranged panels are welcome. We encourage comparative work across regions and chronological boundaries. Please consult the Grand Valley State University History Department's website and its link to the conference for updated information.

    Keynote speakers: October 8th, Dr. Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, will provide the conference’s opening keynote address. Dr. Foner is a distinguished historian with numerous accolades. His book Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 won the Bancroft Prize, the Parkman Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He is the leading contemporary historian of the post-Civil War Reconstruction period. In addition, Dr. Brooks Simpson will provide an address on Saturday October 9th. Dr. Simpson is a Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University. He has authored five books, coauthored another and is the editor or coeditor of six other books. He is best known for his work on Ulysses S. Grant, especially Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity, 1822-1865 (Houghton Mifflin 2000).

    Send an abstract of 200 words and curriculum vitae by June 30, 2010, to Dr. Scott Stabler at Include your address, email, and phone number. Those interested in commenting on a session should send a CV and indicate areas of expertise. Papers: 30 minutes in a 2-paper session, 20 minutes in a 3-paper session. Sessions will last 90 minutes. Full panel proposals are welcome.

    Conference headquarters: L.V. Eberhard Center of Grand Valley State University in downtown Grand Rapids. Hotel accommodations: Holiday Inn of Grand Rapids (formerly the Days Hotel), across from the Eberhard Center. Telephone: 616 235-7611. The conference weekend coincides with the last weekend of Grand Rapid’s ArtPrize contest so reserve early. The conference is within easy walking distance of museums and restaurants.

    Please address all inquiries and abstracts to:
    Dr. Scott Stabler
    Grand Valley State University, 1 Campus Drive, Department of History, MAK 1060A, Allendale, MI 49401
    Phone: (616) 331-8699, Fax: (616) 331-3285
    Registration and program information will be sent summer 2010.

    Civil War Days
    July 10-11, 2010 at Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48209

    A Civil War re-enactment is to be sponsored to bring back to life the Days of our county’s Civil War for the education of the public. Admission is FREE, guided tours are $3 per person and parking is $5 per car.  Doors open at 9 am and close at 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Attractions include: a) Union Soldiers Skirmish Line b) Public Battle Both Days c) Public Battle Both Days d) Meet soldiers in their native environment - one of the country’s few remaining star forts e) This one was built to defend the Detroit area in the early 1840s f) See Full Scale artillery and watch their firing demonstrations g) Watch cavalry demonstrations by the Michigan Cavalry Brigade h) Watch a vintage 1860's baseball game i) Meet interpreters portraying historical personalities such as President Lincoln Interpreter, Frederick Douglass Interpreter, Michigan's Governor Blair Interpreter and Michigan's Senator Howard Interpreter.

    For questions, email

    Charles Redd Center Teaching Western History Award for K-12 Teachers
    Deadline:  August 15, 2010

    The Western History Association and the Charles Redd Center are sponsoring four K-12 Teaching Awards to the Western History Association Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting will be held in scenic Lake Tahoe, Nevada October 13th-16th, 2010. The Award includes: Conference Registration, award banquet ticket, ticket to the opening reception, and $500 towards conference related costs including: hotel, travel, conference tours, or Continuing Educational Credits. Award winners might also be invited to attend the Teaching with Primary Sources Workshop for free, an additional $300 value. Winners will be asked to present a part of their lessons at the conference to other teachers.

    Application Materials Must Include: Resume, Short Statement of how winning the award will benefit your students (no more than one page), One Letter of recommendation (Principal, Administrator, colleague, etc), Lesson Plan on the American West (any grade level K-12). The lesson plan must include examples of Active Learning and Assessment and be factually correct. All lessons should include a bibliography of both materials and sources used to create the lesson as well as historical scholarship upon which the lesson is based. The lesson plans must also adhere to the scoring guidelines in on the rubric. (see below link for rubric and other specific information on the lesson plan). All files should be submitted either in Word or .pdf document formats and saved as YOUR NAME_TITLE. Click awards for more details.

    Please direct all materials and questions to the Western History Association’s Teaching Committee to Brian S Collier at

    Friday Night Live at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)

    The DIA has always been known for great art, but they've also got a reputation for presenting great live music. The new DIA is open late every Friday night with live music, art-making workshops, drawing in the galleries, guided tours and much more. Activities take place from 6 to 10 p.m. and are FREE with museum admission. 

    Re-Posted by request: Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO)

    Founded in 2007, GEEO is a 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. Trips are 2-3 weeks and are limited to 10-18 teachers and traveling companions. 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.  

    The Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning annual conference (July 8 - 10, 2010)
    Hilton Washington D.C./Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

    ASPGL connects educators, business leaders, policymakers, and resource providers to share best practices, build partnerships and advance policies to ensure that all students are prepared for work and citizenship in a global era. The conference will involve informative reports, audience feedback and speaker dialogue around themes of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and international perspectives on improving  teaching quality.  Developing a world-class education system that prepares all students for the global economy as a key education goal is the highlight of the opening dinner. The dinner will feature a discussion by prominent figures in education, business and policy.

    Join the conversation in 2010 to:

    a) Discover effective approaches to integrate global learning in elementary, secondary, and afterschool programs, and models for teaching world languages b) Collaborate with experts from high performing countries worldwide on teaching and learning to promote high achievement and global competence c) Hear how reauthorization of ESEA provides a game-changing opportunity to "globalize" education d) Explore why success in college and the workplace now require global knowledge and skills e) Build effective networks to advocate for global learning in policy and practice. 

    The cost to attend is $425. But you can take advantage by taking advantage of Early Bird rates ending May 7th: Early Bird PGL Member:  $340, Early Bird Registration: $390, and team Member: $350 (per person)

    Fulbright Specialists Grant: U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan

    Sally has shared this opportunity that was forwarded to her by Saad Qaisar. Click grant to find out how you can bring in the expertise of a senior U.S. scholar to your institutions through a short-term Fulbright Specialists Grant! Saad has offered to provide local knowledge or assistance, if his schedule permits.

    Japan Kits and Lending Library on CIS website

    For Japanese objects, books, and lessons, please visit Experiential Teaching Kits on the CJS website.  These kits are available for loan to educators for 3 weeks at a time.  Additional books and materials are also available for 6 weeks at a time by visiting “Other Materials” at the bottom of the page.  Extensions may be granted for both upon request.


    Online Resources
    Resources from past workshops, including handouts, informative readings, and video/audio recordings, can be accessed by visiting Workshops & Events on the CJS website.  Also, photos taken and informative captions written by UM students studying in Japan may be found under “Photo Contest” on the Audio & Visual Resources page. 

    Heather C. Littlefield
    Community Outreach Coordinator, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan

    Conference in Berlin - Euro Zone Dialogue

    September 23, 2010

    The Euro Zone Dialogue's complete brochure is coming soon. Get it from here even if you could not attend.


    The Experiment in International Living, a program of World Learning

Posted by Betty Knox. When I was 21 and just out of college I spent three months in India with the Experiment in International Living. It changed my life! Founded in 1932 as a non-profit organization, The Experiment in International Living (EIL) is the oldest of its kind and has served more than 76,000 students.  Currently, the Experiment has 60 three-, four-, and five-week programs in 30 different countries on every inhabited continent.  All of our programs offer culture and language immersion through a home stay.  Along with the home stay, EIL programs have a theme, or focus. 

The five foci are: community service (teaching new immigrants in Spain how to speak Spanish, repairing a classroom in Costa Rica, digging a well in Ghana, e.g.), eco-adventure and education (exploring the Galapagos with an Ecuadoran naturalist, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef), language training (half-day classes with half-day town-as-language-lab in the afternoons in Japan, Italy, Spain and France), regional travel (hiking the Great Wall and crossing part of the Gobi Desert in China, crossing the Alps from Switzerland to Italy), and the arts (cooking programs in France, Italy, and Mexico, dance in Peru, photography in France and Argentina, documentary filmmaking in the U.K., animation in Japan). The Experiment’s website contains photos, student essays, and program descriptions for each of our 60 programs.


German Global Citizen Scholarship Contest

This is for those who might be interested in a Village experience. Click here for further information about German promotional scholarships and the National Association of Italian American Women Scholarship. Call Cheryl Marvig (800-222-4750 EXT 808) for information about Portuguese.


2010 French & Indian War 250th Event (Free)
July 9-11, 2010
Friday, 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday 10 am - 5 pm & Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm

Experience the recreated French Fort Pontchartrain at Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township, Michigan. The French will defend their fort, their trade center and their country. The British Army and Colonial American Soldiers will land by water and take siege. The Woodland Indians will gather to make peace or war. The event will be an educational experience with a recreated French Fort, a Woodland Indian Camp and British Army Camp. For the student of military history, the armies of the 18th century America will engage in water battles, water troop landings, ground battles and a fort siege. This Fort Pontchartrain will be complete with streets of vendors selling reproduction clothing, furniture, games and items found for sale at this French trading post. On Saturday, candlelight shopping will take place from 6 PM until 8 PM. Experience the magic of New France 1760. The best of Canadian, American, French and international re-enactors will present two countries at war in the 18th Century. The event will feature battles on a grand scale allowing spectators to see and feel the smoke and fire of 18th century armies in conflict.

A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is only $25 annually for regular admission, $15 annually for seniors or $5 daily in 2010. Contact: 586-781-4242 or 800-477-7756 or visit event.

Summer 2010 Global TeachNet News

Sally has forwarded the online GlobalEdNews for June 18, 2010. It can also be read in PDF form. This newsletter features great information and ideas for teachers to incorporate global issues into education. Some highlights include the following: i) Suggestions for summer reading ii) Colombia: The Only Risk is Wanting to Stay iii) K-8 Corner: What is Your Name? iv) 9-12 Corner: Compassion and Kindness, and v) Other resources, learning and traveling opportunities.

You can share your ideas and resources by emailing them to the Editor Susan Neyer at For the next issue, please send your letters by August 15.


Early-Bird Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
ACTFL 2010 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo
November 19-21, 2010
Pre-convention Workshops – November 18, 2010
Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo brings together more than 6,000 teachers, administrators, method instructors and students of foreign languages at all levels from across the world. The convention features over 600 educational sessions on such topics areas as: Assessment, Culture, Curriculum, Literature, Methods/Techniques, Advocacy and Policy Issues, Professional Development, Research, Specific Purposes, Standards and Technology.


MarineMap Consortium

Please check MarineMap that helps communities around the world design management solutions for sensitive marine ecosystems in ways that balance ecosystem health and human well-being. Users receive immediate feedback on how a management plan may affect a range of environmental considerations and human uses. They can also share and discuss proposals with others. In California, MarineMap has been used by fishermen, conservation groups, and scientists to protect important coastal waters.

The MarineMap Consortium draws upon skills and personnel from UC Santa Barbara, Ecotrust, and The Nature Conservancy. Recently, the group was recognized with an award for "Innovation in Technology and Environmental Conflict Resolution."


Rendez-vous Belle Rivière
“A Little Bit of French Next Door”
September 17th & 18th, 2010
Notre Dame Street Closed Dupuis to Chisholm
4 to 11 pm

Fiddling Contest, authentic French cuisine, music & dancing in the street, uUnique vendors, creative Kids Zone, youth activities, cooking demonstrations, and folklore & storytelling. For more information, click here. Belle River is not far from Detroit, in Ontario on Lake St. Clair.

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: Cranbrook House & Gardens; The Heidelberg Project; Greenmead; Masonic Temple; Hecker Smiley Mansion; Sacred Heart Seminary; Governor Warner Mansion & Museum; Eastern Market Tour; Elmwood Cemetery; Indian Village Walking Tour; Corktown Walking Tour;  Mt. Elliott Cemetery;  Hamtramck Walking Tour;  Mill Race Village. There is a ticket fee.

Teaching about Asia Workshop on the Island Nations of Southeast Asia
Michigan State University
July 12-16, 2010

This 30 hour course is designed to assist middle and high school teachers in learning more about the Southeast Asian island nations of Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, and Singapore and incorporating lessons on this important region into their classes. The Summer 2010 seminar will be held July 12-16 in 303 International Center on the campus of Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. This professional development opportunity is offered without cost, and each participant will receive course materials and 3.0 SB-CEUs upon successful completion of the course. For more information and registration materials please visit

William Londo Ph.D.
Associate Director
Asian Studies Center
Michigan State University

Project-Based Learning Camp
July 12-August 6, 2010
Facilitated by Suzie Boss, co-author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning.

Project-based learning takes time and collaboration to develop an idea, connect it to your state's standards, and pull together all the pieces. This summer, join us as we go step-by-step through the process. It's a 4-week online camp and it's free. By the end of the four weeks, you will have a project plan, including time lines and assessments, a variety of resources, including a reading list, useful websites and downloads, a network of educators with PBL experience, and experience and confidence about moving ahead with your project this fall.

Participants will work together to brainstorm on the design of a project that challenges students to respond to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but we expect discussions will branch off in a variety of directions as participants focus on particular content areas or grade levels. You can bring your own project idea to the camp. It's all about providing you with support, structure, and helpful feedback during the project-planning process. And because it all happens online, you can work from anywhere, at any time that's convenient for you.

Tall Ship Celebration, July 15-18, 2010, Bay City

Tall Ships will line both sides of the Saginaw River in Downtown Bay City. The festival grounds include both Veterans Memorial Park  and Wenonah Park. The celebration begins with the arrival of visiting Tall Ships on Thursday,. Also included are the International Maritime Music Festival with sea chanteys, ghostly ballads and Irish pub songs, etc., and the Ring of Steel Pirate School.

Souvenir Passports: $12/person if purchased before June 30 & $15/person as of July 1. Passports are good for the entire celebration, Thursday – Monday and may be purchased through the website.
Daily Admission:$6/person

Concert of Colors, Friday-Sunday, July 16-18, 2010

The Concert of Colors is metro Detroit’s free annual diversity music festival. It is presented by ACCESS/Arab American National Museum, New Detroit Inc. and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) with the goal of bringing together metro Detroit’s diverse communities and ethnic groups by presenting musical acts from around the world. Over its 15-year history, the festival has become a beloved highlight of metro Detroit’s summer festival season.  Friday events take place at the Detroit Institute of Arts.  Saturday and Sunday events take place at the Max Fisher Music Center.

Detroit Historical Society Public Programs

This is an assortment of regular programs offered at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the Detroit Historical Museum. Programs included are book signings by local authors and scholars, special tours and “chats” about museum exhibits given by the curator, and film Series presentations in the Booth Auditorium at the Detroit Historical Museum.

Museum Adventure Pass

A list of participating libraries is given here. Guidelines from the Museum Adventure Pass website

Check out a Museum Adventure Pass using your valid library card at any library location. 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. (See the list for which organizations admit 2 and which admit 4.)

Detroit Institute of Arts - free admission on Fridays for Detroit residents
Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle – admission is always free; donations accepted
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit – free admission unless otherwise indicated
Detroit Children’s Museum – general admission is free
Dearborn Historical Museum – admission is always free; donations accepted
River Raisin Battlefield
Holocaust Memorial Center – free admission; donations appreciated
Museums on us© from Bank of America

Present your ID and a Bank of America ATM, credit, or check card at participating museums on the first full weekend of every month and your admission is free!

In the Detroit area, participating museums are:
The Henry Ford (no Sundays)
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (no Sundays)
Motown Museum (closed Sundays)
Detroit Science Center

For more information and a calendar, go to

Target sponsored events
The Henry FordFree admission and parking on Labor Day 2009 (Mon., Sept. 7)
Arab American National Museum –Free admission every Sunday
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History – Free every first Sunday.

Nominate a colleague for ASCD

Online nominations for the 2011 Outstanding Young Educator Award until August 1, 2010.

ASCD is seeking nominations for Outstanding Young Educators Award. It is seeking educators who educate the whole child, helping to ensure each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged, demonstrate educational leadership in their school, district, and community, show a positive impact on student achievement, and illustrate significant contributions to the education community.
Educators may be nominated in either the Teacher or the Administrator category. Honorees are chosen from a select group of candidates with exemplary applications. Every year, the Outstanding Young Educator Award winner is chosen from among the honorees. ASCD will recognize each honoree and support opportunities for leadership skill building, professional development, and exchange of ideas among honorees. The OYEA winner and the honorees will form a cadre of exceptional young educators who, throughout the upcoming year, may have opportunities to model, network, and share their best practices with one another and the ASCD community.

Learn more about the program, view frequently asked questions, and nominate a colleague today. Contact us if you have any questions. ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is a membership organization that develops programs, products, and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.

The Ste. Claire Voyageurs Annual Encampment
Metro Beach Metropark (end of 16 Mile Road)
Saturday, August 28th, and Sunday, August 29th
10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Come and learn about the history connected with the Voyageurs, early settlers, Native Americans, and military of the Great Lakes during the fur trade era.   This reenactment includes demonstrations of canoe building, traditional crafts and skills, trade goods and artifacts, blacksmithing, campfire cooking, military life, cannons and weaponry, period music, dance, stories, lectures, and more! For additional information, contact 1-800-477-3172.


Teacher Resource - Concept of food-as-story: Conflict kitchen uses food to bridge divide

Guven Witteveen has posted a logical extension of the lattice concept of food-as-story. In this case the "countries of conflict" are the ones whose food you promote and get to know better. The East Liberty takeout restaurant, recently begun by a group of Pittsburgh artists, serves food from countries that don't get along with the United States.


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Connie & Kaliamma

LATTICE Session Director
Connie Detjen

LATTICE Graduate Assistant
Kaliamma Ponnan

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