Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

To: All LATTICE members and friends
Date: June 9, 2011


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #509

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Greetings from Karen Klein Session Director for 2011-2012
  2. LATTICE Summer Planning Event 2011 (June 21st)
  3. World Day at Hunter Park
  4. East Asia Seminar by Asian Studies Center
  5. LATTICE International Book Club
  6. Opportunities
  7. Resources

1. Greetings from Karen Klein Session Director for 2011-2012

Greetings LATTICE Family!

I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to be the new LATTICE Session Director. I look forward to serving an organization that has meant so much to me over the past years.  Learning together has helped me grow as an individual, as a teacher, and as a citizen of the world. I look forward to continuing that journey with each of you.  

I would like to thank Connie Detjen for three wonderful years of service as the Session Director and for her kindness and generosity through this transition. I am also thankful that Kaliamma Ponnan will continue in the position of graduate assistant this year. Her wisdom and positive energy will be a great addition to our LATTICE team.  

With a grateful heart, I look forward to us all working together to continue to expand and deepen those relationships that bring us together as a learning community while we create vibrant and meaningful learning experiences. I invite and encourage you to become involved with visioning and planning for our coming year. There will be a planning event at my home on June 21st, the specifics of which are outlined below.  

Please do not hesitate to contact me ( anytime you have questions, comments, or thoughts you’d like to share.  

Best wishes,
Karen Klein     



2. LATTICE Summer Planning Event 2011 (June 21st)

Come and share your creativity and thoughts to help mold an outline for the coming year!  You are cordially invited to the summer planning event and potluck lunch at Karen Klein's home on Tuesday, June 21st from 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 1940 Wilder Court, Haslett.  If you are able to join us, please email Karen at and she will send you directions and further details. 

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3. World Day at Hunter Park (June 11)

This free event is at Hunter Park in Lansing this Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. It is a combined celebration of World Refugee Day and the Hunter Park Music Fest. There will be nonstop performances from refugee groups from the Lansing area expressing their culture from noon to 6 p.m. There are also a variety of other activities, including an international food court.  The Activities Schedule is below. Further details are also available on Facebook.

2011 Activities Schedule

12:00-6:00: Global Arts & Crafts Fair
12:00-8:00: International Food Court
12:00-6:00: Garden House Tours
12:20, 3:20 and 6:20: Taiko, Japanese Drumming
12:50, 3:50 and 6:50: CADL Puppet Show & Story Time
1:00-8:00: Hunter Park Pool and Splash Pad
1:00 (kids) and 4:00 (adults): GardenHouse Workshops
1:20, 4:20 and 7:20: Yoga
1:50 and 4:50: Tai Chi
2:00-4:00: BCBS Family Fun Walk
2:20 and 5:20: Capoeira
2:50 and 5:50: Steel Drums
3:15: Festival Ceremony
4:00-6:00: Market Croquet



4. East Asia Seminar by Asian Studies Center (July 11-15)

This summer Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University is offering workshops for teachers. This unique programs aim at working with teachers to integrate Asian cultures in their classrooms. Most of the workshops are free to all the K-12 school teachers. There will also be free access to cultural and curricular resources related to Asia.

Teaching about East Asia Seminar for Grade 6-12 Teachers (July 11-15)

This 30 hour course is designed to assist middle and high school teachers in integrating East Asia into their classes. It will be held on the campus of Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI. The course is offered without cost, each participant will get a $500 personal stipend, and each participants' schools also will receive $100 worth of teaching materials on East Asia upon successful completion of the course. Space is limited. Please fill out this registration form under "Teaching about East Asia Seminars."

* On-campus lodgings (less than $25 per person for a night), dining plans (less than $10 per meal) and temporary parking permit ($20 for a week) at NMU can be purchased at a low cost for participants. If you need the arrangements for lodgings, food and parking, please request them specifically as you submit the registration form.  

Workshop for Teachers of Japanese (June 22nd)
From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in Room 303 International Center. Theme: New World Language Requirement in Michigan. Guest Speaker: Dr. Emily Spinelli. 

Workshop for Teachers of Chinese (July 28th)
From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in Room 303 International Center.Theme: Interactive approach of teaching Chinese. Guest speaker: Dr. Zu Xiaomei.

Workshop for Teachers of Korean (August 20th)
From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in Room 303 International Center.Theme: language acquisition and literacy development. Guest speaker: Dr. In Ku Kim Marshall.

Heng Jiang
Interim Outreach Coordinator
Asian Studies Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Tel: 517-505-2574/



5. LATTICE International Book Club

Next year, the LATTICE Book Club will continue to meet at the East Lansing Public Library on Thursdays from 4:15 - 6:00 probably beginning October. The exact dates will be sent when the availability of speakers are confirmed.
This year, the book club will NOT be sponsored by Ingham ISD. This means there will be no SB-CEUs available, but it also means there will be no charge.  The book club is open to any teacher or international students and their spouses who would like to learn about children's literature that can help bring an international perspective to your classroom. International LATTICE members will join us to provide insight into the accuracy of books about their countries, and all members discuss how a particular book might be used in a classroom.

Here are some of the books that co-chairs Mary Hennessey ( and Amy Kilbridge ( have planned for next year: 

a) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
This is an account of the forcible relocation of countless Lithuanians in the wake of the Russian invasion of their country in 1939. In the case of 16-year-old Lina, her mother, and her younger brother, this means deportation to a forced-labor camp in Siberia, where conditions are painfully similar to those of Nazi concentration camps. Lina's great hope is that somehow her father, who has already been arrested by the Soviet secret police, might find and rescue them. A gifted artist, she begins secretly creating pictures that can--she hopes--be surreptitiously sent to him in his own prison camp. Grades 7-12.

b) Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
After her father has been missing in action for nine years during the Vietnam War, 10-year-old Hà flees with her mother and three older brothers. Traveling first by boat, the family reaches a tent city in Guam, moves on to Florida, and is finally connected with sponsors in Alabama, where Hà finds refuge but also cruel rejection, especially from mean classmates. Based on Lai’s personal experience, this first novel captures a child-refugee’s struggle with rare honesty. Grades 4-8.

c) Noodle Pie by Ruth Starke
It is his father's first trip back to Vietnam since emigrating to Australia, and 11-year-old Andy cannot help but take stock of both the cultural differences and the changes in his dad's behavior. Even on the plane ride there, his normally thrifty, casually clad father has been replaced by a diamond-ring-wearing Viet Kieu in a business suit. Once in Hanoi, the obvious differences in amenities, prices, and customs continue. As Andy gradually gets over his culture shock, he gains a better understanding of his family relationships, thanks in part to his cousin Minh, a resourceful and determined girl. Grade 4–6.

d) The Price of Stones: Building a School for my Village by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri
NOTE: This book will be coming out in paperback under a different title (A School for my Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka) but it's the same book.

e) Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji (Optional title)
Fifteen-year-old Sabine lives a life of luxury with her wealthy Indian family in Kampala, Uganda. Then Idi Amin comes to power and things change quickly. In the summer of 1972, he issues his proclamation that all “foreign Indians” must leave the country within 90 days. All British Indians are expelled from the country. Sabine's father thinks they will be safe because they are Ugandan citizens, but they soon discover that they are in serious danger. Sabine's beloved uncle disappears, and her friend Zena, who is African, turns against her because Zena's military uncle has convinced her that the Ugandan Indians have exploited the African populace. Grade 6–12.

f) Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux
Blaise Fortune has gone by the name Koumaïl for most of his life with Gloria in the war-torn Republic of Georgia. Although he loves her like a mother, he enjoys hearing the story of how she rescued him from a train that had derailed and his French mother, a passenger, died, and he dreams of the day he will find his real family. When the Soviet Union collapses, Gloria and Koumaïl begin a long, perilous journey to France where she believes he can live the life he deserves, without the stress and strife of war. As he grows from a child into an adolescent, Koumaïl begins to wonder more about his true identity, and the novel culminates nine years later with a heartbreaking realization. Grade 8 and up



6. Opportunities

International Spouse Connection (ISC) Summer Group (June 10 to August 19)

Spouses from all countries are welcome to attend this event where there will be opportunities to practice English while sharing cultures, life stories and other interests. Place: Friendship House address: 929 Sever Drive, E. Lansing; next to Trowbridge Plaza) from 1-2:30 pm. This summer there will also be outdoor activities such as wine tour, u-pick strawberries trip, and American home visit.

For registration or inquiry please email


Scholarship for MA at Beijing Normal University

The International and Comparative Education Research Institute at Beijing Normal University is going to launch an International MA Program in Comparative Education in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, Stockholm University. This program will begin in September of 2011. With generous financial support from the Chinese Government, this program will enroll 25 international students. All the students from the United States will be awarded a full Chinese Government Scholarship covering their tuition fees and living expenses for two years.

The deadline for the scholarship has been postponed to June 15, 2011. For scholarship application, please visit this website. For academic affairs, please contact Professor Liu Baocun at or +86 (10) 58808309, Fax +86 (10) 58800597. For administrative affairs, please contact Professor Teng Jun at or Tel. +86 (10) 58806702, Fax. +86 (10) 58800597.


Newsletter "Opportunities for Teachers"

Here is the June issue of this newsletter from International Institute of UM. It has information about sponsored programs, resources, and events for teachers.



7. Resources

Summer Guide 2011

Please check City Pulse for a summer guide on fun activities that are taking place around town.

Visual Feast - "African Air"
This MediaStorm video by George Steinmetz portrays the stunning beauty of African landscape and its people.
Guven Witteveen
Outreach Education Consultant and Evaluator
St. Johns, Michigan



End of LATTICE Newsletter # 509

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Karen & Kaliamma

LATTICE Session Director
Karen Klein

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