Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

To: All LATTICE members and friends
Date: July 1, 2011


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter #510

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Update On Sally McClintock
  2. LATTICE Summer Planning Session
  3. LATTICE International Book Club
  4. Resources

1. Update on Sally McClintock

Dear All,

 What an amazing outpouring of LATTICE love. Your support was evidenced in the volume and content of e-mails. From now on, in lieu of sending e-mail, please continue to hold Sally in the light and in your hearts. Sally is currently recuperating from her surgery and beginning therapy; further treatment will begin in a few weeks. 

There is now an address for sending cards. Perhaps you could find a single photograph of yourself, or something you would like to show Sally, and send it with your card. This will allow Sally to “see” you while allowing her the quiet time needed for healing.

The address is:

Sally McClintock
39 Crooked Pine Rd.
Boothbay Harbor, Me 04538

My best to all of you. 


Sue Seyfarth



2. LATTICE Summer Planning Session

Thank you to the wonderful group who participated in our LATTICE summer planning session on June 21st.  We had a great turnout and lots of stimulating conversation.  After much discussion, our group selected the theme, THE POWER OF ONE: SOCIAL ACTIVISM IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT for this coming year.  We are excited about the different possibilities for monthly topics, and there is still time for your input in this area. Please feel free to contact us with ideas or suggestions or possible resources at We will also be having another planning session at the beginning of September to finalize a monthly topic outline for the year. You are most welcome to join us for this planning process! 

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3. LATTICE International Book Club

Next year, the LATTICE Book Club will continue to meet at the East Lansing Public Library (950 Abbot Rd. East Lansing) on Thursdays from 4:15 - 6:00 beginning October 2011. The dates are October 13, November 10, January 12, February 9, March 15, April 19, and May 17. For more info about the LATTICE Book Club, please contact co-chairs Amy Kilbridge ( and Mary Hennessey (

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 all teachers, teacher ed students, 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.

LATTICE Book Club dates and books to be discussed (subject to change) are as follows:

a) October 13: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Lithuania)
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) November 10: Inside Out and Back Again by Than ha Lai (Vietnam)
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


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.

c) January 12: The Price of Stones: Building a School for my Village by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri (Uganda) This book has just been published in paperback under the title A School for my Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka.

Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji
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.

d) February 9: A 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.

e) March 15 - TBA

f) April 19 - TBA

g) May 17 - TBA



4. Resources

Kresge Art Museum

The MSU Kresge Art Museum has planned various activities and exhibitions this summer. Please check its newsletter for a current outline of what is happening at the museum.


Digital Wish for teachers and schools

A Digital Wish website has been developed to help teachers and schools fundraise for technology and other needs. On this website, sign up for an account and "Start a Fundraiser." Those wishing to donate can "Solve Technology Shortfalls in your Favorite Classroom" by searching the database of teachers that have started campaigns for technology equipment for their classroom.  In the 2009-10 school year, Digital Wish helped teachers raise $5 million towards putting technology in the classroom.  Digital Wish also offers discounted equipment for purchase directly through the web site.  Recently the site added the capability for PTA's and PTO's to start fundraising campaigns for other district and school needs.  Campaign organizers can publicize their campaign through social media outlets and print customized fliers to post in their community. All campaigns are organized and updated from a single web page.  Lastly, the Digital Wish website also helps teachers find grants that they can apply for to add funding and equipment to their classroom. 

Center for Teaching and Technology
133 Erickson Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
E. LansingMI  48823-5239


International Spouse Connection (ISC)

Friday Gatherings will be held this summer to “Connect and support spouses of internationals in the MSU community.” Spouses from any countries are welcome. They will be able to use this opportunity to practice their English while sharing cultures, life stories and other interests. There are plans to have some outdoor activities during the summer as well.

Time:  Every Friday 1-2:30pm (June 10 to August 19, 2011); Place: International Friendship House at 929 Sever Drive, E. Lansing; the street is next to Trowbridge Plaza).

 Please email for inquiries and registration.


You've Got a Friend: Sand Fantasy

Click on this link to watch a sand artwork created by Ilana Yahav. Ilana is an Israeli world renowned sand animation artist who creates art on a glass table. She can be followed on her facebook.


Book signing by Jackson Kaguri

Jackson Kaguri will be discussing and signing his book A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka on Wednesday August 16th 6-9PM. Place: EVERYbody Reads at 2019 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI  48912-3011. Proceeds of the sale will go to the Nyaka school. 



End of LATTICE Newsletter # 510

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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