Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

Date: October 17th, 2010
To: All LATTICE members and friends
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Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #503

TO: ALL LATTICE members and friends
Newsletter highlights:

  1. Next LATTICE Session - November 4th, noon - 4:30, Haslett High School
  2. GLUNA
  3. Asian Studies Center Workshop
  4. GIFT
  5. African Student Gala for LATTICE members
  6. School Visit for International LATTICE members
  7. Conversation Connection Database
  8. LATTICE International Book Club
  9. International Teaching Materials from American Red Cross
  10. Global Festival

  11. 1. Next LATTICE Session, Thursday, November 4, noon - 4:30, Haslett High School

    Join us for the next LATTICE Session on Thursday, November 4, noon - 4:30 in the Viking Room at Haslett High School! If you would like a ride from the MSU Campus, or if you would be willing to transport students from MSU to Haslett and back, please email by Monday, November 1.

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  • 2. Annual Dinner & Program by Greater Lansing United Nations Association (GLUNA)

      Sunday, October 24, 2010

      This event will take place at Hannah Community Center, Abbot Road. Registration and exhibition – 5:30 to 6:00, Buffet dinner is from 6-6:45, and program is from 6:45 to 8:30. Please see the flier attached by Nancy Lubeski for further information about the Keynote Speaker. All UNA members and the public are invited. For further information, please look at


  • 3. Central Asia Workshop for teachers offered by Asian Studies Center at MSU

      Saturday, October 30, 2010

      The Asian Studies Center at MSU is pleased to announce a teachers' workshop in conjunction with the Central Eurasian Studies Society 2010 Conference from October 28-31. This workshop is for grade 6-12 teachers and graduate students. The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 30th. Session I: 9:00 am - 12:00 p.m. Session II: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Venue - Kellogg Center. Teachers will be introduced to topics related to Inner Asia (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) that will offer basic introductions to the geography, culture, history and politics of this area. Useful materials and teaching tools that the participants can use in their classrooms directly such as exercises, maps, images, activities, and games will be provided. One of the noted speaker at this workshop is Dr. Russell Zanca, Professor of Anthropology from Northeastern Illinois University. Professor Zanca is an expert on the culture and history of Central Asia. Please register using the form attached.

      Hyunju Ha

      Outreach Coordinator

      Asian Studies Center

      Michigan State University

      Office: 517-353-1680

      fax: 517-432-2659

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  • 4. Global Initiate Forum for Future Teachers (GIFT)

      Tuesday, October 19, 2010

      The next GIFT session will be from 6-8 pm in Room 252 Erickson Hall. In this session, global educator Judy Huynh from LATTICE will present to the group about incorporating a global perspective into the classroom. She has many resources to share about global collaboration and global citizenship. Ms. Huynh will draw on her experiences as an elementary school teacher of over forty years and her extensive experience working with organizations such as Heifer International, iEARN, Peace Corps World Wise Schools, and Facing the Future.

      GIFT provides a space where people from all over the world who care about education can come together to learn, share, and grow. Please visit GIFT Wiki to find out how you can be a part of this professional community.

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    1. 5. Join LATTICE in attending the African Student Gala, free of charge!

      This is an opportunity for all LATTICE members to visit the Gala to observe culturally and ethnically diverse groups celebrate their African heritage!

      Date: Saturday November 13th, 5:30pm – 9:30 pm; Event starts promptly at 6:00 pm
      Location:  McDonald Middle School, 1601 Burcham Drive, East Lansing

      Benefits of the Visit:

      • Enjoying a social event with LATTICE members
      • Show and Dinner Admission is covered (while supplies last!)

      We will need assistance with transportation so if you can help escort LATTICE members from MSU to the event, please either… E-mail your name, email address and indication of whether you can help transport members to and/or from the event (and how many passengers you will transport) to or OR Sign up at our November 4th session!

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    1. International Students: Are you interested in visiting a school district in Michigan?

      This is your opportunity to visit an award-winning school district  (Haslett Public Schools, located 5 miles from MSU) and observe real classroom settings! We still have a few more spaces available!

      Scheduled Date: Friday November 12th
      Bus Departs MSU College of Education: 8:30 a.m.
      Bus Returns to MSU College of Education: 1:30 p.m.

      Benefits of the Visit:
      • Choose to visit an elementary or secondary school
      • Observe students as they interact with their teachers in classrooms
      • Participate in a discussion with LATTICE members (who are retired teachers)
      • Transportation and lunch are provided

      If you are interested in attending, please sign up at our November 4th session or email Alicia Trotman at


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    1. Conversation Connection Database

      Are you learning a foreign language and want to practice it? Are you a student of English and want to practice your English and share your native language with others? You can find your perfect language exchange partner at Conversation Connection Database. This new Conversation Connection database allows you to add yourself to a searchable database of language learners who are looking for someone with whom to practice their language. Since this is a brand new database, there aren’t many people in it yet! But that will change quickly, so we recommend that you add yourself NOW and then return to the database in a few weeks after more people have joined to search for others.

      Anne Marie Baker

      Assistant Director, Arabic Flagship Program (AFP)

      Associate Director, Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA)

      A641 Wells Hall

      The Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian, & African Languages

      Michigan State University

      East Lansing, MI 48824-1027

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    1. LATTICE International Book Club

      Thursday, October 28, 2010

      This meeting will be held at the East Lansing Public Library. The discussion will be about the book Diamond Willow by Helen Frost. Please see this link. This book plus two of her other titles Crossing Stones and The Braid are highly recommended. MelCat, our statewide interlibrary loan service, has over 100 libraries that can loan you this book.

      Debbie Reese will be our guest at this session. Please read the note below, sent by her to Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) in preparation for her participation at their conference on Oct. 29.

      As you know, I will be doing two sessions at MCTE's Autumn Assembly. If you've had a chance to read American Indians in Children's Literature, you know that I am quite critical of some of the classics in children's literature. Reading what I say, for example, about Little House on the Prairie might make you uneasy or uncomfortable. You may feel your defenses rise, because, it may seem as though I might label you a racist for not seeing what I see when I read the book. I'm writing today to say that I'm often uncomfortable, too. Though we have some of the finest schools in the world, we also have glaring gaps, bias, even racist material in what we're teaching. I don't want you to feel guilty for any of this because, a lot of what we "know" is what we were taught by people we trust: our own teachers and our parents. All of us are products of our American society. Just walking out the door each day, we are taught something or other about this or that people. I've made some terrific missteps about Asian Americans for one, and African Americans, too! I felt deeply embarrassed and ashamed when I realized my error(s). Then I remind myself that that misstep is an opportunity to do something different next time... I know that teachers are basically good, caring people passing along information that was given to us by other good, caring people. From that position, I will talk about depictions of American Indians in the books you use with children in your schools. I hope you come to one of my sessions, and that you find it helpful---even if it is unsettling or uncomfortable.

      I hope to see you soon!


    1. Internationally-oriented opportunities in American Red Cross

      The American Red Cross Mid-Michigan chapter offers voluntary opportunities to area educators and community members. Please check this link. For more information please do not hesitate to contact:

      Anna Bliss

      Americorps, Disaster Services

      American Red Cross, Mid-Michigan

      517-484-7461 x 167

  • Global Festival

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    End of LATTICE Newsletter # 503

    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 855 subscribers worldwide. To be removed from this list, please mail to List-Unsubscribe

    Connie & Kaliamma

    LATTICE Session Director
    Connie Detjen

    LATTICE Graduate Assistants
    Kaliamma Ponnan

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