Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

To: All LATTICE members and friends
Date: May 30, 2011


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #508

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Announcement from Sue Seyfarth
  2. Message from Connie Detjen
  3. LATTICE Annual Report 2010-11
  4. Sad News
  5. LATTICE Book Club
  6. Congratulations to our new Graduates
  7. Need One SB-CEU?
  8. MSU Language Summer Camps for Kids
  9. MSU Museum's Great Lakes Folk Festival
  10. Opportunities and Resources

1. Announcement from Sue Seyfarth

Dear All,

The LATTICE Board is pleased to announce that Karen Klein was offered and has accepted the position as Session Director for LATTICE. Karen is a long time member of LATTICE and formerly an elementary teacher in Mason Public Schools. Congratulations, Karen!

Thank you to the interview team for their hard work. A big thank you also goes to Connie Detjen for her role as Session Director for the past three years. 

Please join us in welcoming Karen in her new position! Her e-mail is:

Best wishes,

Sue Seyfarth
President, LATTICE Board of Directors



2. Message from Connie Detjen

As my time as LATTICE Session Director draws to a close, I want to say thank you to the many who have participated in LATTICE during the last three years. Thank you to Ingham ISD,  to the units at MSU that provide financial support to LATTICE, and to the school districts that support us. Thank you for the support of the LATTICE Board of Directors, the Planning Team, and to our wonderful Graduate Assistants, Kaliamma Ponnan, Alicia Trotman, and Norseha Unin. Our impact has truly been global. Every person who attended a LATTICE Session or activity has been changed by virtue of connecting with people from other parts of the world; and those influences have spread as people have returned to their classrooms and to their home countries.  

I have been moved by the opportunity to learn from such wonderful teachers. LATTICE members from Southeast Asia showed us ways to communicate all kinds of messages graciously. LATTICE K-12 teachers inspired us by sharing what they are doing to internationalize the experiences of their students. Nawal, Chiharu and others provided personal perspectives on current events in their homelands. The guests from Zeitouna reminded us that slowing down conversations can help us to bridge cultural divides.  Jackson Kaguri, Steven Esquith, Matinga Ragatz, Mario Benavides and others challenged us to consider who our neighbors are, and to take bold action because “it takes a (global) village to raise a child.”

As John F. Kennedy said, “From those to whom much is given, much is required.” Each of us who has been touched by LATTICE  is responsible for disseminating the knowledge gained in LATTICE, and for taking leadership in terms of action. We educators are charged with exposing students to international LATTICE members so that young people may learn firsthand about the wider world and their role in it. Recruiting a new generation of LATTICE members is the responsibility of all of us, not just the Session Director and Graduate Assistant. 

The LATTICE Report for 2010-11 is attached. I encourage each of you to share the report with someone who is a potential LATTICE member or who is a K-12 administrator. Let that person know how your participation in LATTICE has furthered the goals of your organization. 

I appreciate the opportunity to have served as Session Director since 2008, and I look forward to LATTICE Sessions continuing to grow under Karen Klein’s capable leadership!


Connie Detjen



3. LATTICE Annual Report 2010-11

Here are the links for LATTICE 2010-11 Annual Reports Part 1 and Part 2.

LATTICE Video, LATTICE Facebook and MSU LATTICE Linked In



4. Sad News

Lynn Bartley writes that Anara Alymkulova’s mother recently passed away, while Anara was traveling before returning to Kyrgyzstan. Her mother’s death was unexpected. We send our sincere sympathy to Anara and to her family. Anara can be reached at



5. LATTICE International Book Club

Here are some resources from co-chairs Mary Hennessey ( and Amy Kilbridge (

a) Suggested Readings

i) The Dreamer about Pablo Neruda has a good complement called Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown and Julie Paschkis. This simple, rhythmic text follows Neruda from childhood to adult fame as an activist and beloved poet of the people. Paschkis’ whimsical portraits honor the poet’s heritage and work with streams of words woven into the vibrantly patterned artwork, the intriguing design elements include many references that seem aimed at older children and adults. The book concludes with a long biographical note and suggested resources. Suitable for Grades 1-3.

ii) Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng is a haunting story that brings together a grandmother and her grandchild. Soetoro-Ng, maternal half-sister of Barack Obama, has written this story of compassion as a tribute to their mother. It weaves a tale that introduces her daughter to her grandmother's concern for others and her cultural heritage. Morales' beautiful, luminous paintings, with soft edges and gently rounded figures, make the sentimental story almost an imaginative adventure.

iii) Half Spoon of Rice: A Survival Story of the Cambodian Genocide is a survival story of the Cambodian Genocide. It is a historical interpretation of a surviving boy of 9 who endures the Genocide events perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge in response to the American war in Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia from 1975 - 1979. Nat and his friend Malis had to endure many horrors and deprivations as they were forced to work at rice farm more than 12 hours a day with barely a half spoonful of rice.

iv) Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture  is a book by Peggy Orenstein. If you've ever walked into a toy story and have seen all the pink and frilly "girl" toys, or have been overwhelmed by princesses everywhere, you should read this book. 
v) The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses is a biography series with individual books on real people, including Isabelle of Castile, Nur Jahan of India, Hatshepsut of Egypt, Sorghaghtanni of Mongolia, Artemisia of Caria and Qutlugh Terkan Khatun of Kirman.  They look like picture books, but would probably appeal more to older girls - probably grades 4 and up. 

b) Web English Teacher

This month's issue includes a link to info about bats, unit studies on the books Freckle Juice and Tangerine and "Exploring the Role of Perspective in Narrative."  There is also a link to a NYTimes article on Beverly Cleary.

c) Mitten Award Winners

The Michigan Library Association announced last week that City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems is the winner of the 2011 Mitten Award. This lovely picture book is the story of two animals that develop an unusual friendship. A Mitten Honor Award was given to Sharon Draper for Out of My Mind, Michael Tunnell for Candy Bomber, Julia Donaldson for What the Ladybug Heard,  Bob Raczka for Guyku, and Rob Buyea for Because of Mr. Terrupt. The Mitten Award was established in 1999 "to recognize one children's book published in the United States within the calendar year that has captured the attention of children's librarians throughout the State of Michigan for its ability to communicate through literature to an intended audience."

d) Nicholas Kristof: "Three Cups of Tea, Spilled"

Nicholas, a columnist for The Times since 2001 and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has some interesting and thoughtful things to say about Greg Mortenson and his work in this NYT article.



6.  Congratulations to our new Graduates

Many of our LATTICE members have graduated this year. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of them: Nancy Lubeski, Anara Alymkulova, Betty Okwako, Sheba Onchiri, Nawal Ghatas, Alla Alpatova, Irfan Prasetya, Wendy Chen, Jie He, Daria Shamrova, and Vishal Goswami.

Best wishes for a wonderful future and thanks for all your contributions to LATTICE.



7.   Need One SB-CEU? - take the Personnel Skilled in Tech Assessment Survey

For Teachers and Administrators:

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is pleased to announce the opportunity for educators to earn one (1) free, online State Board Continuing Educational Unit (SB-CEU) for demonstrating their instructional technology skill level. This simple, straightforward professional development opportunity is different than traditional methods because it requires no seat time. Since 2007, Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan has used his authority to waive certain administrative rules to provide schools with flexibility in implementing innovative teaching and learning models. As a result, MDE has fielded questions about seat time requirements for educator professional development as it relates to earning SB-CEUs.

Responding to these inquiries, the Superintendent intends to sponsor a series of "non-seat time" professional development pilots to support effective professional development that promotes "Any Time, Any Place, Any Way, Any Pace" professional learning that is outside of "punching in" and "punching out" of officially-sanctioned SB-CEU activities. The first pilot focuses on instructional technology skills developed outside of structured professional development offerings.

Pilot #1: "21 Things" Pre-Assessment
The first opportunity to earn one (1) SB-CEU for non "seat time" based professional development involves the completion of the 21 Things for 21st Century Educators pre-survey. 21 Things for 21st Century Educators is a professional development program sponsored by the Regional Educational Media Centers (REMCs). The program assists educators in developing their instructional technology skills. The program begins with a self-assessment of skills through the completion of a survey launched from the website. The Superintendent will grant one (1) SB-CEU to each educator who completes the pre-assessment survey between May 5 and October 15, 2011. (MDE will not collect individual performance information on educators completing the survey).

For more information watch Superintendent Mike Flanaghan's video.



8.  MSU Language Summer Camps for Kids

The Community Language School at MSU is offering language camps for kids this summer in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. This unique program introduce children to different languages and cultures by providing a fun learning environment that focuses on games, songs, and other playful interactions. The curricula are theme-based and include topics such as numbers, things in my room, animals, our town, activities and hobbies, my friends, directions, or fruits and vegetables. Different activity types are alternated with games and hands-on as well as visually activated learning. In these lessons, efforts are taken 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. Programs are open to children ages 7-12.

Multiple-child/program discounts are available for all programs (25%). All camps will take place on MSU's campus.
Enrollment options: 9 am - 4 pm (lunch provided by parents) or 9 am - 12 pm.
Individual program fees are $240 for all-day camps and $105 for half-day options.

Arabic: Monday-Friday, June 20-24, 9 am - 4 pm (morning-only option available)
French: Monday-Friday, June 27 - July 1, 9 am - 4 pm (morning-only option available)
Japanese: Monday-Friday, July 11-15,  9 am - 12 pm (morning only)

Italian: Monday-Friday, July 11-15,  1 pm - 4 pm (afternoon only)
Chinese: Monday-Friday, July 25-29, 9 am - 4 pm (morning-only option available)
Hindi: Monday-Friday, August 1-5, 9 am - 4 pm (morning-only option available)
German: Monday-Friday, August 8-12, 9 am - 4 pm (morning-only option available)
Spanish: Monday-Friday, August 15-19, 9 am - 4 pm (morning-only option available)

For more information and to ENROLL, please visit our website. Feel free to share this information with other interested parents. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Community Language School
Michigan State University
A-631a Wells Hall



9. MSU Museum's Great Lakes Folk Festival (GLFF)

The MSU Museum's Great Lakes Folk Festival marks a milestone of 10 years this summer, Aug. 12-14 in downtown East Lansing. Four new performers have been inked in, bringing blues, Hawaiian, polka and reggae rhythms to the growing lineup. 

Over the years, GLFF has brought an eclectic and amazing array of musical artists to the event - nearly 150 musicians and groups, in fact - and this year's event will be a homecoming of “festival favorites” that reflect the best of the best in music, dance, arts and culture from across America and around the world.

The current 2011 festival favorites line-up, sponsored by the City of East Lansing, is:
-*JUST ADDED* Johnnie Bassett, ’03 | Blues | Detroit
-Cats & The Fiddler, ’08 | Bluegrass | Milford, Mich.
-Calvin Cooke, ’04 -- 2011 Michigan Heritage Awardee | Sacred Steel Guitar/Gospel | McDonough, Georgia (formerly Detroit)
-Detour , ’08 | Bluegrass | Brethren, Mich. 
-Feufollet, ’03, ‘06 | Cajun | Lafayette, La.
-Steven Greenman Klezmer Ensemble, ‘03 | Klezmer | South Euclid, Ohio
-Gao Hong, ‘04 | Chinese Pipa | Northfield, Minn. 
-*JUST ADDED* George Kahumoku Jr., '03 | Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar | Maui, Hawaii
-Elizabeth LaPrelle, ‘08 | Old-Time Ballads | Rural Retreat, Va.
-Dudley Laufman, ’03 -- National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow | New England Dance Caller | Canterbury, NH
-*JUST ADDED* Pan Franek, '04 | Polka | Muskegon, Mich. 
-*JUST ADDED* Roots Vibration, '06, '07 | Reggae | Detroit
-Skålmusik, ‘03 | Scandinavian | Brainerd, Minn. 
-Téada, ‘05 | Irish Celtic | Dublin, Ireland 
-A community sing and musician jam were added to the mix last year, with a rousing response and plans to expand on them for '11.



10. Opportunities and Resources

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition (Deadline August 1, 2011)

The 2012-2013 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition is currently welcoming applications from scholars interested in teaching, teaching/research or research awards in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Proposals will be considered from junior as well as senior scholars and awards are offered in a wide variety of disciplines. Opportunities are available in the following countries: Argentina, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Visit this website for detailed award announcements, application and guidelines.  For more information contact Katrin DeWindt at or 202-686-6254, Jennifer Fox at or 202-686-6239, Caitlin McNamara at or 202-686-6237, Jake Silva at or 202-686-4018

Caitlin C. McNamara
Senior Program Associate, Western Hemisphere
Institute of International Education
Department of Scholar and Professional Programs
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
3007 Tilden Street, NW, Suite 5L
Washington, DC 20008-3009
Tel. 202-686-6237 | fax.202-362-3442 

Toyota International Teachers Program to South Africa

A group of 24 U.S. teachers have been selected to travel to South Africa through the Toyota International Teacher Program. In the program's 14-year history, this is the first time educators will travel to South Africa to learn about the local sociopolitical climate as well as education and environmental efforts in the area. Fully funded by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), the program provides educators with this unique study-abroad experience to enhance environmental and global awareness in schools. 

Over the course of the program's history, a total of 635 teachers nationwide have traveled to Japan, Costa Rica, and the Galapagos Islands, where they were provided with global, environmental and cultural learning opportunities. Upon returning to their classrooms, teachers apply their experiences to the creation of interdisciplinary, hands-on, and solution-focused teaching based on their experiences abroad, giving their students a unique perspective and learning opportunity. 

Administered by the Institute of International Education, the Toyota International Teacher Program will provide teachers the opportunity to learn first-hand about sustainability and conservation efforts in South Africa, the country's rich cultural heritage and the economic and political issues facing the country today. During their travels to Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, and Kruger National Park, teachers will participate in a variety of activities that highlight the relationship between South African history, culture, and the environment. 

Nicole Namy
International Student Advisor/Community Outreach Coordinator
Office for International Students and Scholars
103 International Center
Michigan State University
Ph: 517-353-1720,


Newsletter "Opportunities for Teachers" from International Institute of UM

Please check the May issue of this Newsletter which has lots of valuable information about sponsored programs, resources, and events for teachers.


IB World Magazine

Here is the May 2011 issue of IB World Magazine from the International Baccalaureate Organization. It gives links and brief sketches of 20 websites/services recommended by IB teachers around the world. A list form is given below:

Guven Witteveen
Outreach Education Consultant and Evaluator
St. Johns, Michigan


LOL Around the World

Please check this BBC news for information about how the internet slang term "LOL" (laughing out loud) originated and eventually made it to the Oxford English Dictionary. These are some of the LOL's found around the world:

Guven Witteveen
Outreach Education Consultant and Evaluator
St. Johns, Michigan


Michigan Council for the Social Studies (MCSS)

This updated MCSS link gives information about opportunities for Teachers. It has about 95% new items. 

Sylvia Meloche
Outreach Coordinator
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
University of Michigan
Phone: 734.647.4185, Fax: 734.763.4765


Bulletin from Brookings Institution

The Center for Universal Education at Brookings Institution is proud to introduce a new bulletin which would be of interest to those interested in international education. This quarterly issue will highlight events, independent research and policy recommendations, as well as commentary on critical issues impacting global education. Please click here to subscribe for the bulletin.

Amy Jamison
Assistant Director
Center for Gender in Global Context (GENCEN)
206 International Center, MSU
Phone: 517-353-5040, Fax: 517-432-4845


Find What You Love - Steve Jobs

This is a prepared text of the interesting commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs on June 12, 2005. He is the CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios.



End of LATTICE Newsletter # 508

LATTICE is supported by 14 mid-Michigan School districts, Ingham Intermediate School District, 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 903 subscribers worldwide. To be removed from this list, please mail to List-Unsubscribe

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 513K Erickson Hall College of Education
Michigan State University East Lansing
MI 48824