Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

To: All LATTICE members and friends
Date: November 21, 2011


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter # 515

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Message from LATTICE Session Director
  2. LATTICE International Book Club
  3. Announcing A Zulu Basket Opportunity
  4. 2011 International Human Rights Day Commemoration
  5. "Saturday Breakfasts" Series
  6. "Spring Languages for Kids" Classes at MSU
  7. LATTICE Recipe Series - Apple Yam Bake
  8. Opportunities
  9. Resources

1. Message from LATTICE Session Director

Greetings LATTICE Family,

As we approach this Thanksgiving season, I look back over all my LATTICE experiences through the years.  I think of all the amazing people I have met and how these connections and experiences have changed me as a teacher and as a citizen of the world.  I am truly thankful for LATTICE!  I continue to encourage each and every one of you to explore how you can strengthen and deepen these LATTICE connections between people and across cultures.  Remember LATTICE is bigger than the Viking Room!

Our next LATTICE meeting will be Thursday December 8th at Haslett High School's Viking Room.  We have social time from 12-12:30, with the regular meeting from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.   We always include and enjoy our traditional international potluck, and I encourage you to prepare a dish to share.  Remember, the only way this beautiful meal can be shared together is if we all help prepare the food! Many of you have already signed up to bring food with Jane Fitch, our meal coordinator.   If you are unable to complete this commitment, please contact Jane at  so she may locate a replacement for you.  If you did not sign up, please feel free to bring food anyway! 

The Sally McClintock Memorial Quilt project continues!  I want to thank everybody that has completed and returned their quilt squares.   You are still enthusiastically encouraged to participate in this project.  We are continuing to distribute and collect quilt squares for the next few weeks.    If you would still like to complete a LATTICE prepared square, please email me at   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! 

Lastly, there will be a LATTICE planning meeting on December 15th at 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Pie Company’s meeting room.  This restaurant is at the corner of Hagadorn and Grand River, with the exact address being 1403 E. Grand River, East Lansing.  This venue is easily accessible, close to campus, and has lots of free parking.  Please consider joining us!  Also, if you are planning on attending, please send me a quick email at

I hope you all have a happy, healthy, wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. 

Thanks so much!

Karen Klein
LATTICE Session Director

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2. LATTICE International Book Club

Book Club Notes for November 10, 2011

We had a nice discussion about A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux. We had some good discussions on questions such as: is it OK to lie to your child?  Is violence (such as that of the father) ever justified?    Here is the author's web site.  It is in French, but here is how I translated it:  Put the author's name into the Google search engine.  When the list of websites with her name comes up, find her website and click on "translate this page".  The translation isn't great, but you'll get the gist of what she says. She has a lot of information about how she came to write this unusual and very moving book.

Joan checked wikipedia for information about the dissolution of the Soviet Union.  Since the book was about refugees from soviet Georgia, it was interesting to hear of the upheaval that other Soviet states went through, and how different they all were.  You can find that info here.

Amy told us about some reviews of the book on National Geographic Kids.  I wasn't familiar with this web site.  You can find their comments about the book here.  While you're there, click around the site for good information on animals, countries, and much more. I'm going to have to remember this site for kids who come to the library to do animal reports.


Margy told us about LibraryThing.  This is a free cataloging and social networking site for book lovers.  Margy created a page for the LATTICE Book Club that lists all the books we've read over the years.  You can join Library Thing to keep track of the books you've read, as well as joining groups on topics of interest to you. Of course, you should join our LATTICE Book Club group!   I will be adding the names of books as we read them.  You can add comments, too.


Margy recommended a book she recently read:  Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and my Journey from Homeless to Harvard. by Liz Murray. Both CADL and ELPL own copies of this book.


Amy told about going to hear poet Jack Ridl at MSU's RCAH.  Here is more information about this poet.

Finally, if you like (and have time to!) read, the One Book One Community. This committee is looking for community members to read some of the books they are considering and give feedback.  If you are interested, let me know and I will pass along your information to the committee.


Cuba and Vietnam 

It was just announced that the winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature is  Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, which we will be reading for our January 12th meeting!   It is the story, told in verse, of a Vietnamese family who escapes before the fall of Saigon, and settles in Alabama.  All are welcome to attend our meeting at 4:15 Thursday Jan. 12 at the East Lansing Public Library.

Also, there is an article in this week's City Pulse newspaper about two local men who were part of "Operation Pedro Pan".  We talked about this a little last year when we read Margarita Engle's books.  You can find the City Pulse article here.

And here are some children's/YA  books on the subject, most of which just came out in the last year. :
My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood by Rosemary Wells with Secundino Fernandez. Relates events in the childhood of architect Secundino Fernandez, who left his beloved Havana, Cuba, with his parents, first to spend a year in Spain, and later to move to New York City.

The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez.
In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to the United States when her parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away from them as others have been.

Leaving Glorytown: One Boy's Struggle Under Castro by Eduardo Calcines.
When Eduardo Calcines was three years old, Communists took control of Cuba. Eleven years passed before Calcines and his family were finally able to leave the country. Now sixty-three, Calcines, a successful American businessman, recounts what it was like to grow up under Fidel Castro's rule.

90 miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis.
When Julian's parents send him and his two brothers to Miami to escape from the Cuban revolution, the boys are thrust into a new world where bullies run rampant and it is not always clear how best to protect themselves.

Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa.  
Review from Booklist:
*Starred Review* Gr. 6-10. Violet Paz, growing up in suburban Chicago, barely knows Spanish, and her dad refuses to talk about his Cuban roots, so it's a real surprise when Abuela insists that Violet have a grand quinceanero, the traditional Latina fifteenth-year coming-of-age ceremony. But Violet insists that she is an American. After all, she looks a lot like her Polish American mother. What's more, she wouldn't be caught dead in any onstage ceremony wearing a ruffled pink dress and a tiara. As wonderfully specific as this first novel is to one immigrant family, many teens will recognize the cross-generational conflict between assimilation and the search for roots. Violet's hilarious, cool first-person narrative veers between slapstick and tenderness, denial and truth, as she shops for her party dress, attends a Cuban peace rally, despairs of her dad's values and his taste in clothes, sees that her American friends are also locked in crazy families, and finds the subject for her school comedy monologue in her own wild home, where she is "sentenced to life." There's no message, unless it's in the acceptance that resolution doesn't happen and that Dad is still worth loving--even if he comes to the elegant quinceanero in his favorite sunshine-yellow shirt with multicolored monkeys printed on it. Hazel Rochman"

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



3. Announcing A Zulu Basket Opportunity

LATTICE is hosting our final Zulu basket sale December 3 and 4. You may purchase these beautiful baskets made by artists in South Africa, while supporting a scholarship fund and LATTICE at the same time!  Our sale will be part of the "Alternative Holiday Mart" held at All Saints Church, 800 Abbott Road in East Lansing on Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday, December 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Nancy Lubeski and Lynn Bartley are spearheading the sale and need volunteers to help them.   Please email Lynn Bartley at as soon as possible to volunteer for at least one of the time slots below.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your continued support for this wonderful project!

Saturday, December 3                                    Sunday, December 4
8:15 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.                                        11:15 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
9:40 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.                                       12:40  p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
11:00  a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
12:25 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
1:50 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.

 Note: if your replacement comes early, you may leave early!



4. 2011 International Human Rights Day Commemoration

Teachers, students, faculty and general public are cordially invited to a program organized by the Greater Lansing Chapter of the United Nations Association (GLUNA), MSU Center for Advanced Study of International Development (CASID), Mid Michigan Red Cross, and LATTICE. It will be on Sunday December 4 at East Lansing Hannah Community Center. Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Parking is free and refreshments will be served. Please invite your colleagues, friends and family to attend with you.



5. "Saturday Breakfasts" Series

Niagara Foundation continues to host “tasty” and friendly session of “Saturday Breakfasts” Series. As William Blake beautifully puts it “The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.”

Niagara Foundation aims to  have warm conversations to strengthen our friendships, or establish new ones,  while enjoying a variety of delicious home-made Turkish breakfast treats. After the breakfast, we will also serve Turkish coffee along with a slide show of Turkey’s attractive places.

We would be honored if you and/or your guests could join us for a morning of warmth in terms of food, friendship and dialog. We appreciate  if you could RSVP by emailing to by December 1st.

Date: December 3, 2011
Time: 10-12 noon        
Place: Niagara Foundation Lansing office
Address: 5020 Northwind Drive Suite: 209, East Lansing, MI  48823



6. "Spring Languages for Kids" Classes at MSU

Registration is now open for MSU's Community Language School spring 2012 programs. Please enroll online. Please check the course outline. We are in the process of transitioning systems, so you may experience some problems when enrolling. Please notify us if there are any problems by contacting our programmer at


a) Spring 2012 Languages for Kids classes

Our weekly Languages for Kids classes will continue in the spring and classes are offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Our unique programs offer language and culture instruction for kids and provide practice for speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Our interactive and engaging learning environment and the small size of our groups ensure active learning and individualized attention. Children are grouped by age and proficiency; concurrent sections are offered for most languages.

Early registration discount (full payment due by December 1, 2011):
$125 for 60-minute classes
$170 for 90-minute classes
Post December 1 registration rates:
$140 for 60-minute classes
$185 for 90-minute classes

Multiple-program/child discounts are available (25%). Classes will be cancelled if fewer than 5 students enroll. There will be no class meetings during the MSU Spring Break (March 5-9) and area schools Spring Break (March 26 - April 6). Contact us for more information about Tamil for Kids and German and Spanish for Preschoolers (ages 3-5).

In Spring 2012, the following classes are offered:
Arabic: Thursdays, January 19 - April 19 (11 sessions), 5:30-6:30 pm (60 minutes), Wells Hall
Chinese: Fridays, January 20 - April 20 (11 sessions), 5:00-6:00 pm (60 minutes), Wells Hall
French: Fridays, January 20 - April 20 (11 sessions), 5:15-6:15 pm (60 minutes), Wells Hall
German: Wednesdays, January 18 - April 18 (11 sessions), 6:00-7:00 pm (60 minutes), Old Horticulture
Hindi: Thursdays, January 19 - April 19 (11 sessions), 5:00-6:00 pm (60 minutes), Wells Hall
Italian: Wednesdays, January 18 - April 18 (11 sessions), 5:30-6:30 pm (60 minutes), Wells Hall
Japanese: Fridays, January 20 - April 20 (11 sessions), 5:00-6:00 pm (60 minutes), Wells Hall
Spanish: Fridays, January 20 - April 20 (11 sessions), 4:30-6:00 pm (90 minutes), Wells Hall


b) Teacher Immersion Workshop in French (April 12, 2012)

Join us for a professional development opportunity that fully immerses you in the target language. French immersion workshop titled "Teaching French Culture" on Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 10 am - 4 pm, led by Dr. Anne Violin Wigent. Participation is limited to 15 teachers. To cover our material costs, a small registration fee of $30 applies, which also covers morning and afternoon snacks and an authentic lunch. SB-CEU approved (.5 SB-CEUs; an additional fee of $35 applies).

Additional workshops in other languages will be scheduled soon. Please check our website for more information.

Angelika Kraemer, Ph.D.
Director, Community Language School
Michigan State University
A-605 Wells Hall
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1027



7. LATTICE Recipe Series - Apple Yam Bake

This is my mother's recipe that I have enjoyed since childhood.  It is very easy to make and a staple in our home every Thanksgiving.  The version I brought to LATTICE was made in a crock pot and substituted crushed pineapple for the apples.  I also double the recipe because one is never enough and the left-overs reheat well in a microwave.

2 apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup brown sugar (I think the dark brown is best in this dish, but light is good too)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (40 oz) can yams (drained and large pieces cut)
1/4 cup butter

1. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a medium bowl.  Toss apples (or pineapple) and nuts in the sugar mixture.
2. Alternate layers of yams and apples in a 1-1/2 quart baking dish.  Dot with butter.
3. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes (longer if making a double recipe).

Kathy Richards



8. Opportunities

Free Training for teachers at the Mid-Michigan Red Cross-Exploring Humanitarian Law

I am pleased to announce that the Mid-Michigan Red Cross will be having a FREE teacher training on Sunday, November 20.  Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) curriculum can help you keep your students connected to the world around them and it also aligns with the National Council for the Social Studies’ (NCSS) ten thematic strands for secondary education. The curriculum is completely free.

Exploring Humanitarian Law is designed to fit seamlessly into a wide variety of courses, including social studies, history, law, literature, civics and gifted programs for students in between the ages of 13 and 18. One aspect of the EHL curriculum that has been most helpful is that you can easily pull out pieces of the toolkit to use in class and the various components fit easily into your lesson plans. The toolkit’s five modules include primary source materials, such as news accounts, photos, videos, letters and hands-on activities that help you connect with students and keep them interested. This program covers a variety of topics such as the Civil War, WWII, Civil Rights Movement, landmines, criminal tribunals, ethics of war, and moral dilemmas.

The workshop will be at the Mid-Michigan Red Cross on Sunday November 20 from 8-5 P.M. Lunch will be provided. Please email to sign up for this opportunity to diversify the classroom. Please contact by November 17th.

Ashley Goll
American Red Cross
Disaster Services, AmeriCorps
(517) 484-7461 ext.167 (office)
(423) 847-7560 (cell)


State Department Grants

My name is Alena Palevitz and I work for American Councils for International Education in Washington, DC. We implement three fully-funded programs for teachers and administrators that I believe might be of interest to you and to your listserv membership. I would appreciate your Assistance distributing these announcements to anyone who you think is interested, and I am happy to answer any questions you have about these programs.

Bring the World to Your School

Explore these fully funded programs that are supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and implemented by American Councils for International Education.

*Connect Internationally*

The Educational Seminars Program provides short-term professional development opportunities to teachers and administrators from around the world, for 2-3 week reciprocal exchange programs and one-way professional development programs. Participating countries include Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, and Uruguay for reciprocal exchanges and Greece, India, and Italy for one-way programs. All Educational. Seminars provide airfare, training, travel health care, and living costs. Please visit this website for more information or email

*Upcoming Program Application Deadlines*: January 6 and March 30, 2012

*Host a Guest Teacher*

The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) places EFL teachers from China and Egypt in U.S. K-12 host schools for an academic year where they teach Mandarin or Arabic language and culture. TCLP provides teachers’salaries, healthcare, roundtrip airfare, training, professional development funds, and ongoing program support. To increase the number of Americans teaching and learning these critical languages, selected host schools also receive access to grant opportunities to support language learning projects. For more information, please visit this website or email

*Program Application Deadline*: January 9, 2012

*Study Language In Egypt and China*

Intensive Summer Language Institutes (ISLI) provides fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt, and Chinese in Changchun, China. Current K-12 teachers, community college instructors of Arabic and Mandarin Chinese, and students enrolled in education programs who intend to teach these languages can apply. Participants earn ten hours of graduate credit through Bryn Mawr College, and are provided with peer tutors and roundtrip airfare. All travel and study-related costs are fully covered. For more information, please visit this website or email

*Program Application Deadline*: March 2, 2012

Alena Palevitz
Program Officer, Teacher Programs,
Arabic and Chinese Intensive Summer Language Institutes
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1828 L Street, NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202.833.7522
Fax: 202.833.7523


2012 No-cost Teaching about Asia Seminar in the Midwest and South
(stipends and school grant available)

This spring the East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University will hold National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) Teaching about Asia seminars in Chicago, IL; Urbana-Champaign, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, MI, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. Generously funded by the Freeman Foundation, the NCTA seminar is a no-cost professional development program for educators who are interested in learning about East Asian history and cultures. This 11-week/33-hour seminar provides a broad overview of the history and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea and gives participants the opportunity to discuss classroom applications and resources.

Those who complete the program will receive:

  • a solid foundation for teaching about East Asia;
  • texts and resources on East Asia ($200 value);
  • the option to purchase three graduate credits from Indiana University;
  • a certificate of participation;
  • a $300 grant to your school for the purchase of East Asian resources; and
  • a $500 personal stipend.

First priority is given to middle and high school teachers who are in the strongest positions to teach East Asia in their classes, but elementary educators may also apply. Highest priority is given to teachers of world geography, world history, world cultures, religion, economics, and language arts/literature. Media specialists, art teachers, world language teachers, guidance counselors, and Gifted and Talented teachers who are in a position to promote the sustained presence of Asia are also eligible to participate. In-service educators must be employed half-time or more in a K-12 public or private school to be eligible.

The online application form is available here: application form. The deadline is December 9, 2011 or until the seminar is full. For more details, please check this website.

Cathy Gao
Outreach Coordinator
East Asian Studies Center
Indiana University


MSU Simply Speaking Toastmaster Group

Dear International students, faculty, staff, and friend community!  

I am writing to promote MSU Simply Speaking's Toastmaster group.  Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving speech and communication skills.  MSU Simply Speaking is unique in that it has a strong international student contingent in addition to staff members and members of the community as a whole. Our group meets every Monday from 12 pm-1pm in Room 252 in Erickson Hall. All are welcome.  We hope to see you there.

Paul Artale (
Vice President for Member Education
MSU Simply Speaking Toastmasters


Job Openings at Capital Area Community Services

Applications are now being accepted for the following positions:

 1.   Head Start Area/Education Supervisor
* Entry-level pay range is $16.19 - $17.01/hour, * 40 hours/week for 42 weeks/year

 2.   Early Head Start Home Visitor
* Entry-level pay range is $14.34 - $15.06/hour, * 40 hours/week for 52 weeks/year

3. Mechanic Assistant
* Entry-level pay is $10.34/an hour, * 40 hours a week/52 weeks per year

Please visit this website for more information.

Lori Strom, MPA, CHRS
Michigan State University
Family Resource Center Coordinator
Work/Life Consultant
1407 S. Harrison Rd. , Suite 225 Nisbet
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 432-3745: Fax: (517) 432-3862



9. 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 November 10th issue 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"

The November-December issue from the International Institute of University of Michigan has information on teaching resources, workshops, public lectures, and films.



End of LATTICE Newsletter # 515

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 982 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