Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

To: All LATTICE members and friends
Date: January 20, 2011


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #505

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Next LATTICE Session: February 3, 2011, noon – 4:30, Haslett High School
  2. LATTICE Writing Workshop
  3. LATTICE International Book Club
  4. Congratulations to Heng Jiang - new Asian Studies Outreach Coordinator
  5. "World Friendship Day" by The Peace Education Center - February 19, 2011
  6. Pecha Kucha Presentation Style
  7. Opportunities and Resources

1. Next LATTICE Session Thursday, February 3, noon - 4.30, Haslett High School

Please plan to attend our next session in the Viking Room at Haslett High School which is located at 5450 Marsh Rd, Haslett. As usual this session is free for everyone (K-12 teachers, MSU faculty and staff, graduate students from all majors, visiting scholars, and community members). Please take a look at our January Monthly Report.

Agenda: This month, in line with Millenium Development Goal #6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria & other diseases, we have invited Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, an Ugandan who has written The Price of Stones: Building A School For My Village. He is the founder and director of the Nyaka and Kutamba AIDS Orphans School in Uganda. In this session, Kaguri weaves his tales about how stones after stones were laid to build one schoolroom at a time in order to help AIDS orphans. Please attend this session to indulge in an intellectual discussion about how localized efforts and MDG's global endeavours can be taken into the classroom to benefit our students. At 3.00 p.m. as usual we will talk about what is happening in our countries and have an international lunch after that.

Transportation: Please email by February 1st if you need rides or if you can transport people to Haslett High School. Cata Bus Number 22 from MSU stops right in front of the school.

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2. LATTICE Writing Workshop - April 2011  

Are you interested in attending a writing workshop hosted by LATTICE?

This is a four-day workshop to be held in April (Thursday 14th, Friday 15th, Wednesday 20th, Friday 22nd) from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at Spartan Village Community Center, Conference Room 152. The major goal of this workshop is for participants to continue working on their draft manuscripts. These manuscripts can include masters’ theses, practicum papers, comprehensive papers, dissertation proposals, dissertations or articles for publication. Participants will be paired in advance depending on the stage of their writing and methodology (quantitative/qualitative/mixed). The benefits of the workshop are the opportunities to work one-on-one with another peer to review your work, obtain feedback from peers and professors, recommendations for possible journals and conferences to submit your manuscript and guidance on the structure of your manuscript. participate in a writing community for a targeted time period. Materials, breakfast and lunch will be provided. A $20.00 gift card will be given to all those who stay for at least three days of the workshop.

In order to be eligible to participate in this workshop, you must...

a)  Be at least a 2nd year Master’s or 3rd year Doctoral student in any department

b)  Be at least a 2nd year Master’s or 3rd year Doctoral student in any department

c) Have a working draft of a dissertation proposal, dissertation, thesis, practicum paper, comprehensive paper or manuscript for publication

d) Have study participants that consist of minority, disability, immigrant, foreign, comparative or global populations*

*Preference will be given to participants who have attended at least one LATTICE session.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please email Alicia at Please note that space is limited.

Alicia M. Trotman
Educator/Doctoral Candidate/Tea-ologist
Learning, Technology and Culture, CEPSE Department
Michigan State University


3. LATTICE International Book Club

LATTICE International Book Club, co-chaired by Mary Hennessey ( and Amy Kilbridge (, organizes monthly conversations about notable books and authors. Everyone is welcome to attend these sessions that are held at the East Lansing Public Library from 4:15 - 6:00 p.m. Events are FREE for international students and their spouses. Please share this Flyer with anyone who might be interested.

Meeting dates

a) January 20, 2011 - Margarita Engle’s The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom. Click Booklinks online journal to read a short article on Margarita Engle. January issue of Booklinks is on multicultural literature with some good articles such as "What Makes Me a Good Global Citizen?"  Classrooms Like Ours: Books About Schools Around the World" and other bibliographies and articles. Please contact Mary for hard copies if these links do not work

b) February 24, 2011 - Free? Stories about Human Rights edited by Amnesty International (for grades 7 and up) and We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights edited by Amnesty International (for grades 2 and up).

c) March 24, 2011 - Author study of Karen Lynn Williams who is a Connecticut writer with a degree in deaf education. She has lived in Africa and Haiti.

Additional resources

a) If you are interested to practice English language please visit East Lansing Public Library. Conversations will be held in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere with refreshments served. The first session will take place on Wednesday January 26 from 7:00 - 8:00 in the Library Meeting Room. For more information call Mary or Jill at 517-351-2420.

b) Information about the winners of the Newbery, Printz and Caldicott medals can be found at this link.

c) A resource from Guven Witteveen ( : The Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado has announced a new online curriculum free to educators. The Texts and Contexts: Teaching Japan through Children’s Literature online curriculum is a collection of teacher-developed, standards-based, cross-curricular K-6 lessons. Each lesson features an authentic children’s literature book on an aspect of Japanese culture and includes all required handouts and visuals (including PowerPoints and/or video). 

All lessons are aligned with National Standards for Reading and Writing, Civics, Geography, History, and/or Visual Arts.


4. Congratulations to Heng Jiang - New Asian Studies Outreach Coordinator

Heng Jiang, our LATTICE friend since 2006 has recently been appointed as the Outreach Coordinator at MSU Asian Studies Center. Heng is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Teacher Education with research interest in teacher education, and international and comparative education. For her PhD program, her focus is on studying pre-service teacher training for underprivileged students. Recently she had been away in China for her data collection and after that she was with her family in South Carolina to do her dissertation writing. She in back now in campus with new responsibitilites at the center and is looking forward to meeting and working with anyone. Please let her know how she can be of help to you or your students.

With this, here is her first announcement: The Japanese Program will show Tokyo Sonata on Monday, February 7th, from 7:00 to 9:00pm at 107 South Kedzie Hall.  This movie won the award for Best Film at the 3rd Asian Film Awards and received 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards nominations for Achievement in Directing and Best Screenplay. At the 2008 Cannes Film Festival it won the Prix Un Certain Regard. Please contact Dr. Mariko Kawaguchi ( for details about this film event.

Phone: 517-353-1680 (Office); 517-505-2574 (Mobile)
Fax: 432-2659;


5. "World Friendship Day" by The Peace Education Center - February 19, 2011

This free, fun-filled educational event for Mid-Michigan middle school students will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2011 in East Lansing, from 9:30 3:30 p.m. at The Peoples Church, 200 W. Grand River, East Lansing, Michigan 48823. The event is not affiliated with the church and has been organized by the Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing, the Greater Lansing United Nations Association (GLUNA), and LATTICE.

This event will provide opportunity for youths to connect with people of diverse backgrounds while exploring issues of peace, diversity, and tolerance. They will experience an active day involving music, art, and dance; workshops during the day-long event will promote unity, individual empowerment, and encourage participants to be the change they wish to see in this world. Christiane Leitenger, the Director of Pennies for Peace will be speaking to teachers and interested community members on Friday, Feb. 18th, 2011. from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.. On Saturday, 2/19  event, she will be speaking to the students. A delicious international luncheon will be served to all student participants.

Youths aged 12-15, adult advisors of Mid-Michigan youth groups, student organizations, and community service groups are encouraged to register for the event by emailing or calling the Peace Education Center at 517-515-5634. Registration is now open. Individual parents are welcome to register their children, as well. Please take a look at the WFD Brochure.for more information.


6. Pecha Kucha Presentation Style

Sally McClintock has shared with us this link about Pecha Kucha, a fast-paced exciting presentation style. Phonetically it is pronounced as Paw-Chalk‘-Ahh-Cha.’ This innovative presentation style has two IMPORTANT rules - the entire presentation should only consist of 20 slides, and each slide is allotted exactly 20 seconds, a form often referred to as 20x20. Please see the following links Toasmasters Podcast, article 'What is Pecha Kucha?', Wikipedia and start practicing this idea now!.


7. Opportunities and Resources

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

a) Seminar Series - Spring 2011 (3 p.m., 201 International Center)

Please check the following schedule for the upcoming Spring Seminars which began on January 19 with a presentation on “Reggae Music as an African Diasporic Cosmopolitan Phenomenon” by Isaac Kalumbu. The next seminar is on January 26th on “Language Rights as Immigrant Rights in the United States” to be delivered by Jeff Bale, assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education, College of Education.

b) Symposium (April 20-21, 2011)

A symposium entitled Diminishing Latin America’s Inequalities: Land, Food and Human Health Strategies is to take place especially for Michigan State students and faculty to present and discuss works in progress in paper or poster format. Presentations by others will also be considered. Deadline for abstracts is  January 21, 2011. 

Plenary keynote speakers for this symposium are: i) Professor Lois Meyer from the Department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies, University of New Mexico. His research interests are in second language acquisition; bilingualism and bilingual education; teacher preparation and curriculum development for linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms; language policy in Mexico and the U.S. and ii) Benjamin Maldonado, anthropologist and specialist in indigenous education on the issue of education in indigenous communities of the State of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Topics may include but are not limited to: Family and gender equity, Family health (esp., women and children; poverty-related and infectious diseases), Disadvantaged and underprivileged social groups, Humanistic expression of the human condition and cultural diversity, Rural food, livelihoods and natural resource management, Market competitiveness, social capital and employment creation, e.g., campesino agriculture commodity chain networks, Nutritional diversity and health, e.g., heritage foods from healthy landscapes, Achieving Millennium Development Goals, Land use strategies that ameliorate global effects of climate change, Water capture, use and quality, Managing biodiversity and ecosystem services, Networks and facilitating development of social capital, Education for human development, communities and cultural diversity, e.g., bilingual education, interculturalidad, cultural reciprocity, and Community livelihoods frameworks.

Kristin Janka Millar, Associate Director (
Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Michigan State University
300 International Center
East Lansing, MI 48824-1035 USA
Ph: 517/353-1690
Fax: 517/432-7471


Classes on Language and Culture for Children

CeLTA (The Center for Language Teaching Advancement) in the College of Arts and Letters at MSU is offering the following classes:

a) Languages for Kids

Weekly language classes for children will be offered in Spring 2011 in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi/Urdu, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Please view the course announcements here. The programs offer language and culture instruction for kids and provide practice for speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The interactive and engaging learning environment and the small size of the groups ensure active learning and individualized attention. Children are grouped by age and proficiency; concurrent sections are offered for most languages.

Classes are generally open to children ages 7-12. Course fees represent $9.00 per instructional hour plus a $25.00 materials fee for the semester. Multiple-program/child discounts are available (25%). All classes are in Wells Hall, MSU. Classes will be canceled if the class size is less than 5 students. There will be no class sessions during MSU and area schools Spring Breaks (March 7-13 and March 28-April 10).

Spring 2011 are held as follows:
- Arabic for Kids: Thursdays, January 20 - April 21 (11 sessions), 5:30-6:30 pm, $125 course fee
- Chinese for Kids: Fridays, January 21 - April 22 (11 sessions), 5:00-6:00 pm, $125 course fee
- French for Kids: Fridays, January 21 - April 22 (11 sessions), 5:15-6:15 pm, $125 course fee
- German for Kids: Thursdays, January 20 - April 21 (11 sessions), 5:00-6:00 pm, $125 course fee
- Hindi/Urdu for Kids: Thursdays, January 20 - April 21 (11 sessions), 5:00-6:00 pm, $125 course fee
- Italian for Kids: Wednesdays, January 19 - April 20 (11 sessions), 5:30-6:30 pm, $125 course fee
- Japanese for Kids: Fridays, January 21 - April 22 (11 sessions), 5:00-6:00 pm, $125 course fee
- Spanish for Kids: Fridays, January 21 - April 22 (11 sessions), 4:30-6:00 pm, $170 course fee

b) Three Culture Events for Kids

- La Befana, Italian Culture Event on Saturday, January 22, 2011
- Fasching, German Culture Event on Saturday, February 19, 2011
- Paques, French Culture Event on Saturday, March 26, 2011 

Venue and time: 2400 Engineering Building; 2:00-5:00 pm; Age - kids aged 3-13. The events are free (donations to support these events will be gladly accepted). Parking is available in visitor lot 39 which is directly across from the Engineering Building on Shaw Lane. Parents are encouraged to stay and participate but can also drop their children off and come back at 4:45 pm to join us for the closing of the event.

Classes are organized and conducted by Faculty, Staff, and Students of the Center for Language Teaching Advancement and the Language Departments at MSU. Please enroll online. For more information contact the office at, 517-432-6770.

Angelika Kraemer, Ph.D.
Co-Curricular/Outreach Coordinator
Center for Language Teaching Advancement
Michigan State University
A-605 Wells Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
Tel: 517-884-1511
Fax: 517-432-2736


MA program for International Students at Beijing Normal University

Kang Li has shared this information about Beijing Normal University's Master program for international students in Comparative Education. The program is offered by the International and Comparative Education Research Institute at the university with support from the Institute of International Education at Stockholm University. Candidates can apply for full scholarship that is provided through the Chinese Government. It is a two-year program and taught in English.


US-Indonesia Summer Language Studies Program (USINDO) for 2011

Learn Indonesian language and culture at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Please check USINDO for more information.

Widya Listyowulan
Program Officer, USINDO
1625 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202 232 5376

Summer Workshops for School Teachers: Landmarks of American History and Culture

This is a great opportunity to gain more information about American History and Culture. For information go to this website.

Posted: 1/5/2011
Funding Source: NEH
Eligibility: Nonprofits, including LEAs
$ Available: N.A.
Grants Available: N.A.
Maximum Grant Size: $180,000
Deadline: 3/1/2011
Description: Grants for single week residencies at historic sites for K-12 educators.

Nancy Finegood
Executive Director
Michigan Historic Preservation Network
107 E. Grand River
Lansing, MI 48906


Mediastorm - Audio-visual Stories

Guven Witteveen has shared some interesting links from MediaStorm which is an award-winning multimedia production studio. It works with visual storytellers, interactive designers and global organizations to create narratives that speak about human conditions. Brian Storm is the producer and host of these visual stories. Some of the subjects covered are extreme poverty, drug abuse, and so on. Below are some of the resources that are available for teachers:

a) How will we feed them? - We need more food and we need it now. To meet the food needs of the 21st Century the nations of the world must make it easy to live and prosper in rural areas. Moravavy Seraphine and her daughter Maria are examples of what is at stake. MediaStorm sent producer Brad Horn to Madagascar to work with an IFAD-funded organization called the Rural Income Promotion Program, to learn more about this important issue.

b) When the Water Ends - As temperatures rise and water supplies dry up, semi-nomadic tribes along the Kenyan-Ethiopian border increasingly are coming into conflict with each other. This video focuses on how worsening drought will pit groups and nations against one another. MediaStorm, Yale Environment 360, and photographer Evan Abramson have collaborated to produce this compelling and informative project.

c) Crisis Guide: Pakistan - Pakistan's stability is of great consequence to regional and international security. This video examines the roots of its challenges, what it means for the region and the world, and explores some plausible futures for the country. This is part of a series of award-winning, interactive Crisis Guides designed to bring context and historical perspective to the world's most complex issues.


International Institute University of Michigan

Please get information about International events and programs from this website.


Michigan Council for Social Studies

The 'Opportunities for Teachers' list formerly mailed from the University of Michigan is now on the Michigan Council for the Social Studies Website which is updated regularly.

Compiled by 
Sylvia Meloche


End of LATTICE Newsletter # 505

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(Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-cultural Education)
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