Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

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


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter # 514

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Message from LATTICE Session Director
  2. LATTICE International Book Club
  3. MSU Global Festival on Sunday, November 13
  4. Support for Lansing Refugee Development Center
  5. "Tale of Three Cities" from Dr. Jack Schwille
  6. Opportunities
  7. Resources

1. Message from LATTICE Session Director

Greetings LATTICE Family,

I'm very excited about our upcoming LATTICE session scheduled for this coming Thursday, November 3rd, at Haslett High School's Viking Room. Please join us for social time at noon, with the regular meeting following from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. As always, we will need a few people to come early to help us set up. If you are able to give us a hand, please send me an email and let me know. Classroom teachers are strongly encouraged to recruit another local teacher from your school or district and "bring a friend" to our monthly meeting.

I would also like to thank all of the LATTICE members who donated their time, hard work, and cooking talents towards Sally McClintock's memorial service reception last Friday, October 28th. It was a beautiful service, the reception room looked beautiful, the food was plentiful and delicious. Sally would have loved every minute of the fellowship and sharing that took place. I am always so touched by the kindness and generosity of our LATTICE members. I would especially like to thank Lynn Bartley for taking the lead in organizing the many volunteers and arrangements.

If you ever have any comments, questions, or suggestions regarding LATTICE please feel free to contact me. 


Karen Klein
Session Director

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You are enthusiastically encouraged to participate in our Sally McClintock Memory Quilt project. We are continuing to distribute and collect quilt squares for the next month. If you would like to complete a square, please pick up a blank square and return mailing envelope at this month's meeting. Alternatively, you can use any six inch square of cloth that is special to you or your culture, leaving a half inch border untouched on all four sides. Using a permanent marker or fabric pen, add a thought, a quote, a poem, a drawing, etc. Please sign your name (including the script or symbol form when appropriate) and return all squares by December 1, 2011. Send to: LATTICE, c/o 1940 Wilder Ct., Haslett, MI 48840. Our longtime LATTICE member, Chris Worland, will be incorporating these squares into the final design. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karen Klein. Thanks so much!

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2. LATTICE International Book Club

We had a great discussion about the book Between Shades of Gray by Rita Sepeyts. Our guest was Justin, a senior at MSU who is from Lithuania.  He gave us a good perspective on the history of his country. Click here to see a short video about the book and the story behind it. We were all moved by the story of the Lithuanian family who was forced to move to Siberia and the horrors they endured. In June 1942, the Rudomin family is arrested by the Russians. They are "capitalists -- enemies of the people." Forced from their home and friends in Vilna, Poland, they are herded into crowded cattle cars. Their destination: the endless steppe of Siberia. For five years, Ester and her family live in exile, weeding potato fields and working in the mines, struggling for enough food and clothing to stay alive. Only the strength of family sustains them and gives them hope for the future.

This story had also been written in another children's book: The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Hautzib. She is the author of many books for children and adults. This book is an autobiographical account of her childhood in Siberia. It was a 1969 National Book Award nominee and an ALA Notable Children's Book of 1968. It also received the 1969 Jane Addams Children's Book Award and the 1971 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.

I told about a series of early reader books that I enjoyed very much by a Nigerian storyteller named Atinuke.  The books are about a girl names Anna Hibiscus who is growing up in Africa.  Read my review about them here.  I asked Scott Harris at Everybody Reads to order them so hopefully you can get them there. Atinuke has a new book out called The No. 1 Car Spotter.  You can see Atinuke herself read a short clip from the book here. 

Someone mentioned books by Jo Dereske. She is an author originally from Michigan who writes light adult mysteries about a librarian named Miss Zukas. Dereske says she has drawn heavily on her Lithuanian heritage for this series. Miss Zukas is also a librarian, and the author says she also draws on the "oddities of the library world."

Do you get The Web English Teacher's newsletter?  She always has some good information for teachers. This month she has some lesson plans and teaching resources for using  the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind in classrooms. 

The next LATTICE Book Club meeting will be Thursday afternoon, November 10 when we will be discussing the book A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux.  As usual, we will meet at 4:15 at the East Lansing Public Library. All are welcome. Come and meet like-minded teachers, interested in creating an international perspective in their classrooms, as well as MSU international students who want to help make that happen. For more information about attending LATTICE monthly sessions, contact Karen Klein at

If you are interested in reading adult books with an international theme, you might be interested in The International Book Club, which I started at the East Lansing Public Library. Since I learned so much from reading global children's books at the LATTICE Book Club, I decided to start one with adult books for the general public at the East Lansing Public Library. We will be discussing the book Little Princes by Conor Grennan (Nepal) on Thursday Nov. 17. Please email for more info. 

Mary Hennessey (
Amy Kilbridge (
Co-leaders, LATTICE Book Club



3. MSU Global Festival on Sunday, November 13

Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP) at MSU would like to encourage the participation of LATTICE members in the 27th Annual Global Festival on Sunday, Nov. 13th from 12-5 pm at the MSU Union Building. Festival admission and parking on campus are free.

In this fun-filled and engaging event, MSU international student organizations share their cultures with exhibits, performances of ethnic dances and music; fashion shows; and demonstrations of native games and crafts. The World Gift shop offers a variety of international gift items (proceeds support scholarship fund for spouses of international students to attend MSU classes). The Global Cafe will serve international cuisine from all over the world. 

For questions, please call (517) 488-5820 or email

Dilek Kirca
27th Annual Global Festival 2011
Planning Committee



4. Support for Lansing Refugee Development Center

There is an urgent need for support of the Lansing Refugee Development Center. The RDC has provided a safe place for refugee youths in the Lansing area to learn how to navigate schooling and life in the US.  It has also served as an important site for MSU teacher preparation program. Every semester, large numbers of MSU students complete field placements for their early teacher preparation courses at the RDC. Several undergraduate and graduate students have been closely involved with the RDC and have developed their research as well as teaching skills in and through the RDC. 

The RDC suffered severe cuts this summer greatly reducing the funds to support the unique tutoring and after-school programs they provide for refugee youth.  As of this August, RDC staff have been volunteering their time to continue these programs. Please give your support to this center.

The Refugee Development Center
122 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912
Phone: (517) 482-2252
(517) 482-4719



5. "Tale of Three Cities" from Dr. Jack Schwille

Please check this link for an interesting account of Dr. Schwille's trip to Ireland and Scotland that he recently shared with the MSU Int.Ed.mailing list.



6. Opportunities

5th annual Internationalizing Michigan Education conference

This conference will take place on Monday, November 21st, 2011 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. It is sponsored by the Office of K-12 Outreach in the MSU College of Education, will feature special presentations by Alan November, an international leader in education technology and senior partner and founder of November Learning, a Boston-based education consulting group whose clients have included AASA, ASCD, the George Lucas Education Foundation and Harvard's Principal Center.

The lunch hour will feature an opportunity to hear from and talk with schools willing to share their innovative practices in an informal session in the Lincoln Room of the Kellogg Center.

The cost for the conference, including registration, materials, lunch, snacks and parking is $75 per person.  Teams of 3 or more can register at the discounted rate of $55 per person. Registration deadline is Monday, November 14th.

Barbara Markle
Assistant Dean for K-12 Outreach Programs
MSU College of Education


MOFET Study Tours in Israel

MOFET International is a center for the professional development of teacher educators. The institute is offering two professional study tours. You are cordially invited to join, and invite colleagues from the field. We believe these study tours are a wonderful opportunity for you to experience Israel from a professional facet, as well as experience its unique sceneries and historical landmarks.

1. March 11 - 18, 2012: "T&T and ICT: Teacher Education, Teaching and Information & Communication Technologies." This study tour will expose participants to the ways ICT is implemented in the Israeli education system and to issues of bridging between social and economic gaps, and reducing the differences between genders using technological means. Please click to see the brochure.

2. March 25 - April 1, 2012"Education for Sustainability: Bridging Cultural, Social and Political Gaps." Please check out the study tour and brochure.

Please email me if you are interested in joining one of the study tours, and I will gladly send further information regarding costs and registration. Also please get updates from our Twitter and Facebook.

Miriam Schneider | Online Coordinator
The International Channel
The MOFET Institute
(T) 972-3-698-8613; (Fax) 972-3-698-8618
Pittsburgh, PA 15260-4425


Preparing leaders for Education in India: What Will It Take?

Thursday, Nov 3rd 12-1 p.m. 507 Erickson. Pizza provided.  

In one of a series of on-going exchanges, Indu Prasad and Rajashree Srinivasan from Azim Premji University will be visiting MSU College of Education Oct 31st to November 3rd, to learn more about our teacher education program, to share information about APU with us, and to exchange ideas about the sort of institution they are building. They have agreed to an open session to discuss what kind of programs and experiences it takes to build a world class educational institution that prepares educational leaders for elementary and secondary education and undertakes the research needed to guide them. If you are interested in teacher education reforms, curriculum development, or organizational development in an international context, join the conversation in order to learn more about this new university, and to share your experiences. Please click here to read more.   

Punya Mishra   


NCTA Residential Summer Study in China Program

Announcing the inaugural 2012 NCTA Residential Summer Study Program: “Window on Economic Development in China: The View from Hangzhou.” July 8-22, 2012 (tentative)

In July of 2012, Dr. Kristin Stapleton (University at Buffalo) will be leading a group of 20 NCTA teachers on a new NCTA initiative—a two week Residential Summer Study Program at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. The NCTA National Coordinating Site at the University of Pittsburgh is organizing this residential summer program for its own teachers as well as those from four other NCTA national coordinating sites:  Five College Center for East Asian Studies, Indiana University, University of Colorado and University of Washington. See the attached document for information about the number of participants for each site.

Please note that this summer opportunity is NOT A STUDY TOUR. It is a residential program.  The group will be based in Hangzhou, China with local travel within that region (although there will be one final program trip to Shanghai).  Teachers wishing to travel more extensively in China may opt to do so at their own expense once the NCTA program is finished. As of now the program dates are listed as tentative (July 8-22, 2012).  However, the final dates should only deviate by 1-2 days due to airline schedules.

Eligibility requirements
You are eligible to apply if you:
(1)   have completed all requirements for an NCTA Teaching about Asia seminar between spring 2000 and spring 2011 through the Indiana University East Asian Studies Center or its partner sites (University of Kentucky, Michigan State University, Ohio State University)
(2)   teach about China as part of a formal teaching assignment
(3)   are a minimum of 3 years from retirement
(4)   have a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience
(5)   meet the minimum medical/wellness expectations as outlined on the Physician’s Form (included in the attached application)

Please follow the instructions below:

1. Submit one (1) copy of the attached application (sections A-E) to Cathy Gao, East Asian Studies Center, 1021 East Third Street, Memorial Hall West 207, Bloomington, IN 47405-7005 by January 9, 2012. Application must arrive on or before this date.

2. Submit three (3) copies of the attached application (all sections, A-G, must be completed) as well as three (3) copies of letter of recommendation from supervisor to the following address by January 9, 2012. Application must arrive on or before this date. Please address further questions to Diana Marston Wood,, 412-648-7411.

National Consortium for Teaching about Asia
Asian Studies Center
University Center for International Studies
University of Pittsburgh
4400 Wesley W. Posvar hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260-4425


2011 / 2012 Youth Leadership Programs

The Youth Leadership Programs by the U.S. Department of State consist of four programs: the Youth Ambassadors, Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute, Youth Leadership, and American Youth Leadership Programs. For more information about the individual programs, contact the administrating organization for your home country Please include your name, country of origin and reason for interest in the program in your message.

Youth Ambassadors Program - brings together high school students and adult mentors from 25 countries across the Americas to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youths to make a difference in their communities. Exchanges are primarily from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States, but also include delegations from the United States to select countries

Benjamin Franklin Summer Institutes - intensive academic institutes hosted by a U.S. college or university. These programs are more academic in nature than other Youth Leadership Programs, and focus on global issues, in addition to leadership and community service. American youths participate in these institutes, but do not travel abroad.

Youth Leadership Programs - these began in 1999 with the Bosnia and Herzegovina Youth Leadership and Teacher Professional Development Program. These programs now include both one and two-way exchanges. One-way exchanges bring foreign youth to the United States, but do not send an American delegation abroad. A two-way exchange sends a delegation to the United States and a delegation from the United States to another country/other countries.

American Youth Leadership Program - this is for participants from the United States to travel abroad to gain firsthand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues.

Guven Witteveen
Outreach Education Consultant and Evaluator


Ford Fall Scholarship Video Contest for College Students

Ford Motor Company is pleased to announce that Ford Blue Oval Scholars is launching its Fall scholarship contest, the 2nd Annual Heart Behind the Oval. Ford is committed to putting its heart behind communities where we live and work. This scholarship contest asks college students to upload a short video showing us how they are making a difference in their communities at a local non-profit organization. 

1st prize: $5,000 scholarship to student and $2,500 grant to featured non-profit
2nd prize:$2,500 scholarship to student and $1,500 grant to featured non-profit
3rd prize: $1,000 scholarship to student and $1,000 grant to featured non-profit


Please see this overview to help you easily share the information. The program website is an online resource to support Ford scholars as they proceed through their academic and professional endeavors. At Ford Motor Company, we truly believe that a great company strives to make the world a better place.  We are confident that our Ford Blue Oval Scholar community will continue to build better tomorrows.

Mallory Isenberg
Marketing & Communications


Humanitarian Law Workshop by Red Cross

The Red Cross is offering a free Exploring Humanitarian Law workshop on Sunday, November 20, 2011. The workshop and materials are free and  meet the national educational standards for social studies. The program is geared towards individuals who are 13-18. There are more than 30 hours of activities and they can be mixed and matched. The source of information is from primary sources and case studies. Exploring Humanitarian Law is a great way to diversify your classroom for free.

Ashley M. Goll
Disability Advocate
Mid-Michigan Red Cross
(423) 847-7560 (cell); (517) 484-7461 (office)


The Center for New Enterprise Opportunity (NEO)

All Michigan State University/Lansing Community College international students and scholars who are interested in learning more about American business should attend the grand opening of the NEO Center on Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 3:00 PM through 9:00 PM. The NEO Center is a business incubator that rents space and provides shared facilities at reasonable rates for entrepreneurial start-ups. Please click here for an application form. Any interested students and/or scholars can contact Jason LaFay at for more information. The NEO Center is located at 934 Clark St. in Lansing, Michigan.

Jason LaFay
International Club at DHS


Newly added Opportunities at the MCSS Web site

Just in time for the 7 billionth inhabitant of earth, 50 new "Opportunities" and resources have been added to the MCSS web site. plus 15 new entries for your non-social-studies colleagues. See you at the Michigan Joint Social Studies Conference.

Sylvia Meloche
Piast Institute of Hamtramck
Michigan Council for the Social Studies
formerly of the International Institute at the University of Michigan



7. Resources

Asian Studies Center

Please check the Asian Studies Center website for information about workshops and other events. Do consider putting yourself in the mailing list to get regular information from the center.


"Tuesday Bulletin"

The Fall No.8 issue (October 2011) of Tuesday Bulletin from the MSU African Studies Center is now available. Any Africa-related events or news can be sent seven to ten days in advance of publication. They can be sent to the African Studies Center, 100 International Studies and Programs, at Michigan State University. Telephone: (517) 353-1700; Fax: (517) 432-1209; Email:


"Opportunities for Teachers"

This October issue from the International Institute of University of Michigan has information on teaching resources, workshops, public lectures, and films.



End of LATTICE Newsletter # 514

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 (ISP), Women & International Development (WID) at Michigan State University. With members from 80 countries, the LATTICE list currently has 976 subscribers worldwide. To be removed from this list, please mail to List-Unsubscribe

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