Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

Date: September 10, 2010
To: All LATTICE members and friends


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #501

TO: ALL LATTICE members and friends
Newsletter highlights:


  6. Happy Eid al Fitr to Muslims Worldwide – September 10, Friday, is the end of the Muslim Worldwide fasting of Ramadan.


    1. LATTICE Session Schedule 2010-11
    Welcome to another year of bringing the world to students through LATTICE! While LATTICE has met in several different places through the years, the planning team decided to hold the first 2010-11 Session in the Social Hall at People’s Church in East Lansing, so that MSU students would be able to walk there, and drivers would have plenty of parking. LATTICE is not, in any way, affiliated with any religious organization.  Plan to bring a teacher or a school administrator to the first LATTICE session on October 7!

    Schedule of LATTICE Sessions for 2010-11
    Thursday, October 7, 2010   noon - 4:30  (Orientation 9 a.m. – noon for all new members, includes lunch)  Location of orientation & Session: Social Hall, People's Church in East Lansing. 

    Thursday, November 4, 2010  noon - 4:30   Viking Room at Haslett High School

    Thursday, December 2, 2010  noon - 4:30  Viking Room at Haslett High School

    Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011  noon - 4:30    Viking Room at Haslett High School

    Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011  noon - 4:30  Viking Room at Haslett High School

    Thursday, March 3, 2011  noon - 4:30 Viking Room at Haslett High School

    Thursday, April 14, 2011  noon - 4:30  Viking Room at Haslett High School

    During the summer, the LATTICE Planning Team chose the 2010-11 LATTICE Theme, “Building Global Bridges:  Bringing the Millennium Development Goals Into the Classroom.” The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that all 192 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015. The Goals are the world’s quantified, time-bound targets for addressing extreme poverty, hunger and disease, and for promoting gender equality, education and environmental sustainability. They are also an expression of basic human rights: the rights of everyone to good health, education and shelter.



    a) Congratulations to Norseha Unin who successfully defended her Ph.D dissertation this summer. The title of her dissertation was "Learning to Lead in Higher Education: Experiences of Malay Women Deans and Directors." Norseha was LATTICE Graduate Assistant for three years.

    b) Congratulations also goes to Hailing Wu who successfully defended her Ph.D dissertation this summer. Her dissertation title was "How teachers are prepared for rural contexts in China: A case study."



    The LATTICE Book Club is off to a great start this year with hard work by co-chairs, Mary Hennessey and Amy Kilbridge. The first meeting will be an "open house" with special guest author Gloria Whelan who will talk about the picture books she has written about Mali, Japan and Afghanistan. This session will be on Thursday Sept. 23 at 4:00 at the East Lansing Public Library.  A representative from Michigan's own Sleeping Bear Press will be there, too. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

    LATTICE community members and students are all welcome to participate in the Book Club. Please invite your friends and share this Flyer with them. This year The LATTICE Book Club will be reading and discussing books for children and young adults about Cuba, Native Americans, the poet Pablo Neruda and much more. Here is briefly what participants in the Book Club have said about their experience: 1) "I believe that I learn not only about other cultures but also the craft of writing." 2) " I felt that this was an excellent learning environment. I learned a great deal about many cultures and wonderful authors." 3) " I am more aware of differing backgrounds among my students. I try to talk to them about their cultures and learn from them as they learn from me."

    The schedule for this year will be as follows:



    a) LATTICE member Saad Qaisar from the National University of Science & Technology in Pakistan, has sent us the following information. His students from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (NUST) recently connected with a village in Rajanpur District that was washed away by the floods. These students together with a few faculty members are now reaching out to more than 2000 families. Please check LATTICE Facebook (MSU LATTICE) for some images. If anyone is interested to help these relief efforts, please use free shipment that is available.

    b) Saad Qaisar has posted a speech given by Hamza Yusuf on the title "Give and Take for God's Sake". Hamza Yusuf is a prominent Muslim scholar who has authored books such as "Walking on Water" and "Educating your Child in Modern Times: Raising an Intelligent, Sovereign, & Ethical Human Being."

    c) LATTICE member Dipendra Subedi has sent a video with amazing pictures of Nepal.


    5. . RESOURCES

    Language classes for children (September 17 - November 19)

    The Center for Language Teaching Advancement within the College of Arts and Letters at MSU offers weekly language classes for children in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi/Urdu, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Classes are open to children ages  7-12. Please click here to enroll online. For further information please email Dr. Angelika Kraemer at


    Chinese classes for early elementary and adults

    Lansing Chinese School will be offering Chinese class for early elementary children, and one for parents. Lansing Chinese School is a non-profit community organization that serves the local Chinese community, and those who have an interest in Chinese language and culture. This class is targeted for beginners (children from a non-Chinese speaking background). The focus of the class is on oral language, songs and games for young learners. It is intended to be an introductory experience that gives children an early exposure to Chinese. The parent class is for parents who are also interested in an introduction to Chinese. Similar to the children's class, this class focuses on oral language, focusing on basic communication and exploration of the language and culture, but tailored to adult learners. The semester begins on Saturday, September 11. Classes meet on Saturday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, and are held on MSU's campus in Berkey Hall. Tuition is $175 per student per 12-week semester (a multi-student discount is available). 

    For more information, please contact Sophie Wang at


    "East Lansing Welcomes the World" Event

    This exciting event is set to take place on Sunday, Sept. 12 to welcome more than 300 international students to the community and create a fun opportunity for engagement with local community members. Community members are encouraged to attend the event as 'ambassadors of the City.'

    Co-sponsored by the City of East Lansing, the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) and the Community Relations Coalition, East Lansing Welcomes the World will take place from 4-6 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. The event will include a special welcome by East Lansing Mayor Victor Loomis, food provided by local vendors and live music.Community members interested in participating in this event are asked to RSVP to Marie McKenna at (517) 319-6881. The goal is to find 100 community members that can help make this first-time event a huge success!


    Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

    Bank of America credit card holders can get into the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Motown Historical Museum and The Henry Ford Museum for free on the first Saturday of the month through December. The dates are October 2, November 6 and December 4. Free admission to the Detroit Science Center is available on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month through December (September 4-5, October 2-3, November 6-7, and December 4-5). Be sure to have photo ID and your Bank of America credit or debit card to receive your free admission. Click here for more information. _______________________________________________

    Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)

    The CIES Midwest Regional Conference will be held in October 29-30, 2010. This year's theme is “Globalizing Curriculum across University Disciplines.” The deadline for proposals is September 1, 2010.

    For more information please contact:
    David Anderson, Associate Professor
    MW CIES 2010 Conference Committee Chair

    Inna Gorlova
    MW CIES 2010 Conference Coordinator

    Leadership & Counseling Department,
    College of Education
    Eastern Michigan University
    John W. Porter Bldg. Suite 304
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197


    Seventh International Conference on Language Teacher Education (May 19–21, 2011)

    This conference which is to be held at Radisson University Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is designed for practitioners and researchers involved in the preparation and ongoing professional development of language teachers. It will address the education of teachers of all languages, at all instructional and institutional levels, and in all the many national and international contexts in which this takes place including: English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) instruction; foreign/modern/world language teaching; bilingual education; immersion education; indigenous and minority language education; and the teaching of less commonly taught languages. The conference aims to bring together teacher educators from these many contexts to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices and to initiate and sustain meaningful professional dialogue across languages, levels, and settings. Four broad themes will be covered: a) Knowledge Base of Language Teacher Education; b) Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language Teacher Education; c) Collaborations in Language Teacher Education; and d) Practices of Language Teacher Education

    To be put on the mailing list, please email the CARLA office at

    Teaching Heritage Languages: An Online Workshop

    These two self-paced online tutorials are designed for teachers of world and heritage languages. As you complete the first module, you will gain a better understanding of important differences between heritage language learners (HLLs) and foreign language learners (FLLs). In the second module, you will learn strategies about how to work with heritage language students in the classroom.

    The Detroit Historical Museum

    The Detroit Historical Museum provides engaging field trip experiences for students in grades 3 through 12. They are aligned with state social studies standards and will enhance any curriculum. This link provides information for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers who are interested in learning specifics about how the Museum’s tours meet the State of Michigan’s new Social Studies Content Expectations.

    Please call 313.833.1733 to speak with one of the School Tour Representatives or complete the short form given in the link to have them call you!

    Conference by Michigan College English Association (MCCEA)

    This year’s MCEA conference with the theme "Turning Points" will be held on Friday, October 15th, at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn. The Keynote address will be given by Dr. Wijdan Sayigh whose talk is entitled “Turning a Page: Contemporary Arab Women Writers.”

    If you have a paper about any aspect of teaching English literature, composition, creative writing, women's studies, linguistics, faculty unions, etc., please consider sending a proposal to Ed Demerly, who is the 2010 MCEA program chair. Proposals are due by Friday, September 24, 2010 and should be submitted to Ed Demerly, Program Chair, via email: Please specify your needs for audio-visual equipment and the best time of day for your presentation.


    Live, Online Professional Development Seminars for History and Literature Teachers

    These seminars offered by the National Humanities Center, include the Civil War, Slavery, the American Revolution, Buffalo Bill, the national anthem, the Harlem Renaissance, The Crash of 1929, and more. The programs are eligible for recertification credit.Cost: $35.00. Contact:

    Teacher Workshop: Southeast Asian Art and Culture (October 6, 2010)

    4:00 – 8:00 pm

     The University of Michigan Museum of Art and the U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies will co-sponsor a workshop for educators highlighting traditional and contemporary art from Thailand and Cambodia. Teachers will have a private tour of this material with renowned scholar and U-M alumnus, Forrest McGill. They will also be introduced to UMMA’s celestial Apsara made of decommissioned weapons. The event begins with a light meal and all participants receive teaching materials. Time 4:Registration required. Email Pam Reister at or Jann Wesolek at for more information.


    National Council for the Social Studies

    This 90th Annual Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado from Nov. 12-14, 2010. More than 400 sessions, workshop, clinics, and poster presentations will highlight the best social studies teaching and learning.


    World History Initiative: Teaching Globally
    Comparative Approaches to World History and Geography
    Era Seven ( 1900-1045) of the Michigan Social Studies Framework

    A professional development workshop for high school world history/geography teachers presented by the University of Michigan International Institute, School of Education, and the Eisenberg Institute Global Dimensions Project. It will be held on Friday, December 3, 2010, Saturdays December 4 and 11, 2010Further details coming in September.



    Make plans for fun and fitness at the MSU Museum's annual MSU Federal Credit Union Dinosaur Dash on Sunday, Oct. 3. The fast, flat certified 5K-road race is a fall-time favorite and a long-time benefit for the Michigan State University Museum educational programs. Meanwhile, a full line-up of activities creates colossal-fossil fun for the entire family. The competitive 5K run/walk begins and ends in front of the MSU Museum on West Circle Drive. Dashers compete in several different divisions and dinosaur trophies are awarded to overall male and female winners in both the running and walking categories.

    Meanwhile, two special runs are designed for youths 12 and under to run or walk a one-mile loop around West Circle Drive; and the Mini-Dash, an all-out 200-yard sprint for kids 6 and under. All Museum Milers and Mini Dashers receive an official Dinosaur Dash award medal.

    Entry forms will be available at MSUFCU branches, Playmakers on Grand River Ave. in Okemos, and at the MSU Museum; or online at DinosaurDash.


    Win up to $1500 for your school

    Would you like to do something special for your school or classroom but do not have the funds to do it? A person created a program that lets teachers and faculty members nominate a school to win up to $1500! All you have to do is get as many votes as you can for your school!

    The school with the most votes wins $1500
    The school with the second most votes wins $750
    The school with the third most votes wins $500

    You could use this money for anything! The only requirement is that the money is used for educational purposes. Please fill out this Form to nominate your school for next month's drawing.


    Economics Educator Workshop for High School and Community College Educators

    This workshop will feature Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The event will take place at The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 South LaSalle St., Chicago, IL  60604 on Thursday, September 30,  9:30 - 3:00pm.During the workshop, we will look at the current economy, the role of monetary policy, hot topics, and fresh new ways to bring economics into your classroom. During the “Conversation with the Chairman,” Bernanke will address teachers nationwide via videoconference. In addition, the chairman will take questions from educators in the audience at the 12 Federal Reserve Banks. Please consider submitting any questions for Chairman Bernanke with your registration! RSVP: By September 10, 2010 to or fax in form attached above. Seating is limited.

    Continental breakfast, lunch and conference materials will be provided.

    Cindy Ivanac-L.
    Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
    (312) 322-6137


    Constitution Day Resources

    For ideas to help your students celebrate Constitution Day on Friday, September 17th, see this link created by David Hales, Social studies consultant at Wayne RESA 


    National poetry recitation competition for high school students

    Poetry Out Loud encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. Students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Participating high schools host their own competitions and select a student to represent their school at the state finals. The state champion will advance to the national finals in Washington, DC and compete for a $20,000 college scholarship. Twenty-three high schools participated in the 2010 state championship.

    Contest Schedule: November 19, 2010: Deadline to submit participation form.
    September 2010 to February 4, 2011. Schools weave Poetry Out Loud into curriculum, hold school competitions.
    February 4, 2011. Deadline to submit winning student (one from each school).
    February 26, 2011. Regional Finals (if necessary; venues TBD).
    March 12, 2011. State Finals, Lansing (venue TBD).
    April 27-29, 2011. National Finals, Washington, DC.

    Forms and Resources
    Participation form; Deadline: November 19, 2010
    School champion form (forthcoming). Deadline: February 4, 2011
    Permission form (under 18 / over 18) (forthcoming); Deadline: February 18, 2011
    Travel reimbursement form (forthcoming); Deadline: March 18, 2011
    Evaluation forms (forthcoming); Deadline: March 18, 2011
    Curriculum resources
    Teacher's Guide

    The state winner will receive $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The runner-up in the state competition will receive $100, along with $200 for his or her school library. Scholarships and school stipends totaling $50,000 will be awarded at the national finals, with a $20,000 college scholarship for the Poetry Out Loud national champion.

    For additional questions or more information please contact Gregory Parker at


    National Geographic  Xpeditions
    Lesson Plans

    “Xpeditions is home to the U.S. National Geography Standards—and to thousands of ideas,  tools, and interactive adventures that bring them to life.”


    My Wonderful World
    National campaign for geography education

    Give kids the power of global knowledge.

    Professional Development
    Lesson Plans and Curricula
    Maps and GIS
    Cross-Cultural Learning


    The Governor’s Decision Room

    The Archives of Michigan has developed a new and exciting education program focused on the Governor’s decision-making process. Students will play the role of the Governor and the Cabinet as they examine actual reports placed before state leaders in times past.  The issues will be tough ones, such as the events of the 1967 Detroit Riot.  In three pre-visit modules, students learn about the role of government officials, key situations and review documents leading up to a particular crisis. In the culminating experience, students travel to the Governor’s Decision Room at the Archives of Michigan and deal with the crisis as it unfolded in real time using newspaper articles, letters from the public and reports from government inspectors, and advisors. The program will be open to high school student beginning in Fall 2010. The Decision Room consists of three classroom modules and one on-site module at the Archives. To learn more, contact the Archives of Michigan by visiting


    Arrange MSU campus 90 minutes Laboratory Tours

    Enjoy a free tour behind the scenes of a world-class rare isotope laboratory.

    Apply for tour times online (for best results, apply at least two months in advance). Tours can accomodate 10 - 50 visitors, with rare exceptions and are recommended for ages 10 and up. Visitors under 18 must have signed parent permission. You should provide an accurate estimate of the number of visitors so we can arrange enough staff for your tour. Please visit this link for help arranging your trip to MSU and possibly some other tours around campus.


    Resources on the Big Gulf Spill

    These resources are given by Gail Junion-Metz ( who is the author of seven books for librarians.

    Deepwater Horizon Response

    A good first stop for exploring the topic, this “official” news clearinghouse offers current information on the Gulf oil spill. Here, teens and adults can view live video, sign up for text message alerts, and more. Created by: The Deepwater Horizon Unified Command. Don’t miss: The frequently updated maps and graphs found in the “News/Info” section, and the water quality information within “Health and Safety.” Detour: The National Museum of Natural History’s “Ocean Portal–Gulf Oil Spill”

     Educational Resources—Gulf of Mexico

    Here you’ll find middle and high school resources on how offshore oil platforms function and their impact on the environment. Of special interest, the teacher guides “Islands of Life,” “Gulf of Mexico Offshore Oases,” and “Chemosynthetic Communities in the Gulf of Mexico.” Created by: U.S. Minerals Management Service. Detour: For the answers to some great questions by kids, visit “Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico”

    Energy Kids

    Elementary students who’ve been hearing news about the spill are naturally curious about what oil is, how it forms, and why and how we drill for it. Parents and teachers will find age-appropriate answers to their questions here. Created by: U.S. Dept. of Energy. Don’t Miss: The section “Offshore Drilling” provides an excellent explanation of our coastal 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone.

     EPA Response to BP Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

    Get the latest results on air and water testing on this site of the Environmental Protection Agency. Don’t miss: For the latest information, follow EPA on Twitter. Detour: For simple answers to questions posed by young kids, visit “Ranger Rick—The Big Oil Spill” at For a visualization of the oil spill as compared to the size of your town, visit

    Office of Response & Restoration

    This superb resource covers the emergency response to an oil spill, with plenty of information specific to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, including photos and video (the “Visuals” section). Created by: The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Projects of note for middle and high school students include “Dispersants—A Guided Tour,” “Cleaning Oiled Feathers,” and “Coral Reefs and Oil Spills.”



LATTICE is supported by 17 mid-Michigan School districts and the African Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, Center for Advanced Studies of International Development (CASID), Center for European and Russian Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), College of Education, Graduate School, International Studies and Programs, Women & International Development (WID) at Michigan State University. With members from 80 countries, the LATTICE list currently has 802 subscribers worldwide.

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Best Wishes,

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

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