Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

Date: October 5, 2010
To: All LATTICE members and friends


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #502

TO: ALL LATTICE members and friends
Newsletter highlights:



    1. FIRST LATTICE SESSION - October 7 noon - 4.30 at People's Church in East Lansing

    Come to the first LATTICE Session October 7, noon - 4.30 in the Social Hall at People's Church in East Lansing, 200 W. Grand River. The program, Communicating in the Classroom and at LATTICE, will provide a tool for connecting with students, parents, and colleagues. The theme for this year is "Building Global Bridges: Bringing the Millennium Development Goals Into the Classroom." Please invite a teacher, school administrator, or international graduate students to this first LATTICE session.


    i) Thursday, October 7, 2010   noon - 4:30  (Orientation 9 a.m. – noon for new members only, includes lunch)  Location of orientation & Session: Social Hall, People's Church, 200 W. Grand River, East Lansing.

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

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

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

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

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

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





    Marilyn McCullough 1944-2010

    Marilyn McCullough, LATTICE member who served as Assistant Director of the Asian Studies Center 2004-08, died on August 20, 2010 from complications arising from colon cancer. During her time at MSU, Marilyn coordinated the Center's outreach activities, taught the Freeman Foundation-Funded "Teaching about East Asia" courses for Michigan middle and high school teachers, and served as Asian Studies Specialization adviser. Marilyn was a graduate of Michigan State University and Cornell University, specializing in Chinese language and history, Russian language and history, and world religions. Prior to joining the staff of the Asian Studies Center, for 19 years she was Director of Continuing Education at Mount Allison University, Ontario, Canada. To honor her memory the New Smyrna Beach AAUW has established the Marilyn McCullough Memorial Scholarship to continue support for a science club for 4th and 5th grade girls she founded in a local elementary school aimed at countering the idea that "only boys do science, engineering, and math." If you are interested in contributing to this scholarship in Marilyn's memory, you can write a check made out to the Marilyn McCullough Memorial Scholarship and send it to Lois Neufeld 4208 Gull Cove New Smyrna Beach, Fl. 32169.



    LATTICE Book Club, with Mary Hennessey and Amy Kilbridge as its co-chairs, held its first session on September 23rd with Gloria Whelan. 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 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.





    “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibit now through Jan. 2 at Kalamazoo Valley Museum

    The traveling exhibit was developed by the American Anthropological Association and the Science Museum of Minnesota. It will be available free of charge. Organizers said the exhibit looks at race in many ways and from several aspects, including through science, history and cultures outside the United States.

    The exhibit is geared toward people no younger than middle school-aged children.


    Kresge Art Museum - Exclusive Friends Only Tours

    The highly trained Kresge Art Museum docents are offering an exciting new series of tours exclusively for the Friends of Kresge. Be part of the lively discussions and educational tours, followed by light refreshments.

    Tour Theme: Designing Women of Postwar Britain

    Thursday, October 28, 2010, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    Sunday, October 31, 2010, 2-3 p.m.

    Tours are free but space is limited.   Please call Cari Wolfe, Assistant Education Curator at 517-884-0653 to register.

    Christine Nichols
    Communication & Events Coordinator
    Kresge Art Museum
    (the future Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum)
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, MI 48824


    Video - Bringing cultures together

    Sally McClintock has posted this interesting story about two men challenging the stereotypes and restrictions from the past


    Asia Society: Partnership for Global Learning

    This is a network that serves to provide leadership and structure to move international education from the margins to the mainstream by connecting policy and practice to prepare American students to excel in an interconnected world. Through publications, conferences, workshops, newsletters, policy briefs and online resources, the Partnership for Global Learning provides:


    The Lorenzo Cultural Center
    44575 Garfield, Clinton Twp

    The Center offers explorations of the influences and experiences, historical as well as current, that shape our heritage. Featuring multi-dimensional programs and showcasing themes related to science, history, literature, visual and performing arts and culture, there is a wealth of opportunities to learn, celebrate and be entertained. Fall events include: A Day in Edison's Laboratory; the History of Sanders Confectionery; America's Transcontinental Railroad; Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla: Inventors in Conflict; The Vernors Ginger Ale Story; The Erie Canal; Creating Parachutes. Events are free of charge but pre-registration is required. Teacher resource guides can be downloaded for free.


    FREE Global Issues and Sustainability Curriculum

    Facing the Future site offers free curriculum downloads by subject, grade level, or resource types. Subjects available are ELL & Literacy, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies. Facing the Future's curriculum can be used as primary or supplementary texts. All curriculum units have been aligned with U.S. standards. 


    Ethnographic Video Online

    Ethnographic Video Online (EVO) provides the largest, most comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behavior – more than 750 hours and 1,000 films at completion. It covers every region of the world and includes previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more. Historical coverage ranges from 1922 to the most current anthropological films. Documentaries provide long-term perspectives on the study of regions and cultures. The films often are accompanied by contemporaneous footage and photographs. EVO includes footage from every continent and hundreds of unique cultures, and is particularly rich in its coverage of the developing world.

    Thematic areas include: language and culture, kinesthetics, body language, food and foraging, cooking, economic systems, social stratification and status, caste systems and slavery, male and female roles, kinship and families, political organization, conflict and conflict resolution, religion and magic, music and the arts, culture and personality, and sex, gender, and family roles.

    EVO is available for one-time purchase of perpetual access, or as an annual subscription. Contact to begin a subscription or to request a free 30-day trial. All of the videos in EVO are available for individual purchase from their respective publishers. All materials in the database are protected under U.S. and International Copyright Law.


    Peace Corps Volunteers' cross-cultural experiences

    Activities and lessons based on Peace Corps Volunteers' cross-cultural experiences:

    Building Bridges: A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding
    Thirteen exercises for grades 6–12 to help students understand other cultures and promote tolerance for them.

    Uncommon Journeys: Peace Corps Adventures Across Cultures
    Compelling stories from Peace Corps Volunteers about cultures around the world, with standards-based lessons for language arts, social studies, and geography classes.

    Voices From the Field: Reading and Writing About the World, Ourselves, and Others
    More Peace Corps Volunteer stories about their service overseas, with standards-based lessons for classes in reading and writing literature.

    CyberVolunteer Letters: Stories From In-service Peace Corps Volunteers
    A collection of letters written by actively serving Peace Corps Volunteers from 2000 to 2005 for students in the United States. The authors of these evocative stories, who sent their letters by e-mail, were known as CyberVolunteers.

    Insights From the Field: Understanding Geography, Culture, and Service
    Readings and exercises that focus on the Dominican Republic as a vehicle to help students learn about geography, culture, and service—a quest that can lead anywhere in the world.

    Looking at Ourselves and Others
    Activities and readings prompt students to define culture, to achieve new perspectives on their own culture and other cultures worldwide, to recognize differences in perception among cultures, and to challenge assumptions.

    Culture Matters: The Peace Corps Cross-Cultural Workbook
    Designed for Peace Corps Volunteers, this practical, hands-on guide is also a rich and useful resource for students who want to look into their own culture and become more understanding of people of other cultures.

    Folk Tales: Stories From Peace Corps Countries Around the World
    Folk tales often represent the soul and history of a place. Peace Corps Volunteers hear these stories woven into conversations and daily life. Here, Volunteers retell some of these remarkable tales from more than 25 countries.

    Crossing Cultures: Peace Corps Letters From the Field
    A newly gathered collection of letters written by Peace Corps Volunteers capturing the adventures and challenges, joys and sorrows, trials and rewards of service in another land.


    The Arab American National Museum
    13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126

    The Museum offers tours and workshops, seminars, and cultural events showcasing the richness and diversity of Arab civilization. It's educational programming includes two-hour presentations, all-day and half-day workshops, and museum tours. Supported by permanent and temporary exhibits and educational materials, the programming helps educators develop the cultural competency.

    Elementary school tours include activities during the visit, and lesson plans that may be used before, after, or during the visit.  These are all tied to educational curriculum standards. Middle and high school tours may include a cultural presentation, a question-and-answer session, and educational activities to accompany the exhibits.  Lesson plans that are tied to educational curriculum standards are available as well. We can also provide meals as part of a guided tour. To schedule a tour, please call the Education Department at 313.624.0202. The Museum is the only Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. in southeastern Michigan to date. The AANM may borrow artifacts from the Smithsonian’s collection and access its education and performing arts programs, speakers, teacher workshops, and technical assistance.


    TED Ideas worth spreading

    This week, Indian education scientist Sugata Mitra shows how children can educate themselves, Rachel Sussman visits the world's oldest living organisms, and Derek Sivers explains why it is better to keep your goals secret.


    National History Education Clearinghouse

    Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the (NHEC) is designed to help K-12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. The Clearinghouse, funded through the Office of Innovation and Improvement's Teaching American History (TAH) program, builds on and disseminates the valuable lessons learned by more than 900 TAH projects designed to raise
    student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge and understanding of traditional U.S. history. The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) has created the Clearinghouse with the goal of placing history content, teaching strategies, current research and issues, community building, and easy access to resources at center stage.

    We aim to bring together the many communities involved in improving history education and professional development for history teachers, allowing practitioners, historians, administrators, and history educators to present multiple perspectives, debate current issues, and work together to improve history teaching in classrooms throughout the United States. Get resources for elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.


    Will Steger Foundation Lesson Plans Featured In National Electronic Field Trip

    On October 13, 2010 the National Park Foundation's Electronic Field Trip series will broadcast from North Cascades National Park to teach 4th to 8th grade students around the country about climate change. Viewing the live show is absolutely free! Two shows will air on that date at 10am ET and 1pm ET. If you're an educator, register now.


    Detroit Historical Society
    5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
    Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 7pm.

    The evening includes a discussion on Detroit's role as the "Arsenal of Democracy" during World War II and feature guest speaker and historian Joseph Turrini, who will share his perspective on the war's impact on the region. It also includes an update on the Society's plans to address this topic with a new, permanent exhibition set to open at the Museum in Fall 2012, and the chance to tour the Museum. Admission is free and open to donors, members and other supporters of the Society.  To register, please contact Erika Davis at (313) 833-7938 or by Tuesday, Oct. 12. Detroit Historical Museum closed September 6 through September 24. The Detroit Historical Museum is closed for three weeks to install several new exhibits.


    National Geographic Education website

    This site features lesson plans and maps and thousands of new photos, interactives, current event connections, and more. This month in their newsletter back-to-school resources from our partner Verizon Thinkfinity are featured, as well as free lesson plans to coincide with hurricane season, and a chance to win National Geographic and Promethean products for your classroom.

    Grosse Pointe Historical Society

    Grosse Pointe gives the One-Room Schoolhouse experience. View the teacher's curriculum here.

    Director of Education: Izzy Donnelly
    Administrator: Helga Liedtke
    Telephone: 313.884.7010

    The Michigan Council for History Education Annual Conference (MCHE)

    This conference will be held at Ramada Inn, Lansing, Michigan on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010. It's title is Bringing History Home: Local Stories, Global Contexts and will explore the teaching and learning of history in different sites including classrooms (elementary, middle, high school), museums, and other public history sites. Sessions could address how local, state, national, and global histories are creatively explored or reinforced at these various sites as well as examine 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.

    For more information, please contact Dorothy Ebersole, Curator of Education, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI, 313-982-6036


    NPCA Global Education

    This site helps educators, parents, current and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and other interested citizens find the resources, networking and support needed to bring a global perspective into classrooms and communities. It also promotes students’ knowledge of, understanding of and respect for the people, cultures and nations of the world.  Subscribers get a quarterly newsletter and a weekly email newsletter.


    International Education Week (IEW) 2010

    The website has officially been launched, and includes promotional materials, an interactive quiz, and opportunities to post and view planned events around the world.  This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. All individuals and institutions interested in international education and exchange activities are encouraged to participate in celebrating IEW 2010.

    Have your students Take Continent, Cultural Geography, Physical & Cultural Geography IQ Quizzes.

    The dates for IEW 2011  are November 14th - 18th.

    The dates for IEW 2012 are November 12th - 16th.

    Please send questions or comments to  


    Bienvenue! Welcome! 歡迎! Willkommen! Benvenuto! 반갑습니다! Seja bem-vindo(a)! Bienvenido!

    The 2010 Global Education Conference will be held November 15 - 19, 2010, online and free.  Sessions will be held in multiple time zones and multiple languages over the five days.  Proposals are accepted now. 
    The conference is a collaborative and community effort to significantly increase opportunities for globally-connecting education activities and initiatives. All sessions will be held in the Elluminate platform, will be broadcast live, and will be available in recorded formats afterwards. There is no formal registration required for the conference, as all the sessions will be open and public.  The session schedule will be posted here starting in early November.  You are encouraged to consider presenting, and should use the Call for Presentations tab.

    Steve Hargadon

    Lucy Gray





    Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program
    Deadline for applications: October 15, 2010

    The Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program provides opportunities for teachers to participate in direct exchanges of positions with colleagues from other countries for a semester or academic year.  By living and working in the cultures of their host countries, Fulbright teachers gain an understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences in national cultures and education systems.  Fulbright teachers enrich their schools and communities with a new awareness of other cultures and of events occurring in different parts of the world, providing students and citizens with new perspectives about the world in which they live.

    Fulbright exchanges result in continuing relationships between schools, some of which establish their own student and faculty exchanges and Internet links. International collaborations foster enduring relationships and continuously provide students with opportunities to increase their subject knowledge and understand its relevance in the greater context of the world.  Participating teachers develop and share their expertise with colleagues abroad, and schools gain from the experience of having an international resource in their communities. 

    Full-time U.S. teachers are eligible to apply for a year-long or semester-long direct exchange of teaching positions with a counterpart in another country teaching the same subject(s) at the same level. Fulbright program staff in the U.S. and abroad match U.S. and overseas candidates in the spring of each year. Fulbright staff then propose matched-exchanges that each candidate and each school administration must approve before the program takes place. Participating Countries for 2011-2012: Czech Republic, France, Hungary, India, Mexico, Switzerland, United Kingdom


    The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants
    Deadline: October 15, 2010

    $5,000 grants are awarded 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.

    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. Grant funds may not be used to support after-school, weekend, or summer programs; to pay indirect costs, grant administration fees, or salaries; to pay stipends to the applicants; to support conference fees for more than one person. Funds may not be used for lobbying or religious purposes.

    Applications may be submitted at any time but are reviewed three times per year, February 1 (notification April 15), June 1 (September 15), October 15 (January 15). Grants will fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. Applicants must be practicing U.S public school teachers in grades PreK-12; public school education support professionals, or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Administrators may not apply for Student Achievement Grants. Preference will be given to members of the National Education Association. The NEA Foundation especially encourages grant applications from teachers with less than seven years of experience in the profession; education support professionals. Education support professionals can be classifed as: para-educators, school bus drivers, maintenance and custodial staff, food services staff, school nurses and student services workers, clerical and office assistants, school security officers, and technicians.


    Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching

    Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching program recognizes and encourages excellence in teaching in the U.S. and abroad. The program sends highly accomplished primary and secondary teachers from the U.S. abroad and brings international teachers to the U.S for a three to six month long program. In 2011-12, the participating countries are: Argentina, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

    The program will provide award recipients with the opportunity to study in an overseas research center or university. Participants can take advanced undergraduate or graduate level classes, conduct research, design and lead seminars for host country teachers and students, and engage in other teaching related activities. Grantees will propose an action-based research project at the time of application that should encourage cross-cultural dialogue, reflection, and support teaching activities. In conjunction with a host institution mentor, each grantee will design program activities that will enhance the action-based research project and contribute to its successful completion. Teachers will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and communities.

    Grantees will be expected to produce a final action-based research project at the end of the program, with the form and content of the project proposed by the applicant at the time of application; projects should encourage cross-cultural dialogue and support future teaching activities.

    Program costs such as tuition, room and board, and transportation are covered by the grant; participants will receive a maintenance allowance designed to assist with the costs of food and lodging during the program. Distinguished Teachers will also have the opportunity to apply for professional development funds to support development and research, or cover the expenses of attending a conference or workshop related to their fields of teaching expertise. Dependents may accompany program participants; all dependents' expenses, however, will be paid for by the grantee.


    The First Freedom Student Competition
    National essay and video contest for 9-12 grades
    Deadline: November 15, 2010

    The contest offers high-school students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom, and then, by written essay or video production, present their evaluation.  The competition is open to students in the United States and U.S. territories, and to American schools and American home-schooled students worldwide. 

    The right to religious freedom is set forth in constitutional and international human rights law.  Today’s youth play an important role in upholding and strengthening this liberty; therefore, the First Freedom Student Competition has been developed to help high-school students better understand religious freedom - its history and current significance; Encourage high-school students to explore their individual and civic rights to and responsibilities for religious freedom; Engage high-school teachers and students in the study of American history and the first amendment; and challenge high-school students to strengthen their analytic writing and media skills.


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 847 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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