LATTICE

Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

From: lattice@msu.edu
To: All LATTICE members and friends
Date: January 3, 2012

Reply-To: lattice@msu.edu
Website: www.latticeworld.org

Subject: LATTICE Newsletter # 517


Newsletter highlights:

  1. Message from LATTICE Session Director
  2. LATTICE International Book Club
  3. Second World Friendship Day (March 24th, 2012)
  4. MSU Summer program in IsiZulu
  5. Professional Development in Ireland
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1. Message from LATTICE Session Director

Greetings LATTICE Family,

Welcome to 2012!  I wish each of you a happy, healthy New Year, filled with great adventures, special memories, and the loving affection of family and friends!  I am looking forward to our first gathering of this new year on Thursday, January 5th at Haslett High School's Viking Room from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.  Please plan on joining us!  Our theme for the year is The Power of One - Social Change in a Global Context, and our topic for January is WATER.   We will be focusing on a global update, direct classroom applications, and teacher resources.  

One popular LATTICE tradition has always been the sharing of food and fellowship at our gatherings!   We continue to learn about our families and cultures through this sharing of our favorite dishes.  Please send Jane Fitch, our wonderful food coordinator, a quick email (janeafitch@hotmail.com) letting her know that you will be bringing a dish to share.   With the recent break and holidays, she would be very relieved to hear some confirmations!  Thank you in advance.

The next planning team meeting will be on Thursday, January 19th at the Grand Traverse Pie Companyfrom 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.    Please come join us and help plan the direction of our meetings for the remainder of the year!   If you are interested, please send me a quick email at kklein76@aol.com just to let me know you are coming. 

Lastly, one of the great assets of LATTICE is learning through relationships.  This is also true in our classrooms and with our students.  The greatest resource in LATTICE is our LATTICE family itself.  I encourage you to make those personal connections that result in school visits, cultural exchanges, and learning opportunities for both yourself and your students.  Also, sharing integration ideas from teacher to teacher can facilitate and inspire.  Remember, LATTICE is bigger than the Viking Room!   

Peace and blessings,

Karen Klein

LATTICE Video, LATTICE Facebook and MSU LATTICE Linked In

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2. LATTICE International Book Club

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had some time to rest and relax during this holiday season, and that you also had time for some good reading!

The next meeting of the LATTICE Book Club will be on Thursday January 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm at the East Lansing Public Library.  The meeting is free and open to all. We will be discussing two books: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai and Noodle Pie by Ruth Stark. I will bring some handouts and bibliographies about Vietnam in children's books, that I hope will be helpful to you in your classrooms.

In February we will meet on Thursday February 9 at 4:15 at the East Lansing Library to discuss the book A School for my Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri. The author, Jackson Kaguri, will be our special guest. An additional,  optional title for this session is Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji.

On Thursday March 8 we will be discussing Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins.  We hope to have a special guest from Burma here for this discussion.

Looking forward to seeing you on Jan. 12. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!

Mary Hennessey (maryhenn@sbcglobal.net)
Amy Kilbridge (KilbridgeA@aol.com)
Co-leaders, LATTICE Book Club

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3. Second World Friendship Day (March 24th, 2012)

To our international friends:

Please consider volunteering for a wonderful day of entertaining and educating middle school students and get a free lunch, too!  Planning is under way for our 2nd World Friendship Day to be held at The Peoples' Church on March 24th.  You would be part of the "Cultural Mall" which was so very popular last year!  Examples of booths from last year include Chinese calligraphy, Indian henna, script, and clothing, Indonesian dance & toys, Taiwanese games & songs, Turkish and African art, Japanese origami, and more! 

Please contact Linda Dow at dowlinda@gmail.com and Nancy Lubeski at lubeskin@hotmail.com if you would be willing to lend your considerable talents to a good cause! 

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4. MSU Summer program in IsiZulu

The Michigan State University African Studies Center announces the 2012 Intensive Summer Institute in IsiZulu! The Institute will be Monday, June 18 to Friday, August 10, 2012 on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

Please visit this website to apply for the program. All inquiries should be directed to the MSU African Language Coordinator, Dr. Galen Sibanda at (517) 353-0746; or e-mail: sibanda1@msu.edu; or Dr. Yacob Fisseha at (517) 353-1700; or e-mail: fisseha@msu.edu.

African Studies Center
100 International Center
East Lansing, MI  48824-1035

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5. Professional Development in Ireland

A course called “Literary Ireland: Thematic Study in Tolerance and Diversity” is being offered for teachers in Summer 2012. The course descriptions says there will be an emphasis on practical applications for classroom activities and school inclusion. 

Amy Kilbridge
KilbridgeA@aol.com

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End of LATTICE Newsletter # 517

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 984 subscribers worldwide. To be removed from this list, please mail to List-Unsubscribe

Karen & Kaliamma

LATTICE Session Director
Karen Klein
kklein76@aol.com

LATTICE Graduate Assistant
Kaliamma Ponnan
lattice@msu.edu

LATTICE
(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
www.latticeworld.org