Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

To: All LATTICE members and friends
Date: January 19, 2012


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter # 518

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Message from LATTICE Session Director
  2. LATTICE International Book Club
  3. Welcome Event for Professor Donald Heller
  4. Countdown to the Broad Art Museum - Lecture Series
  5. East Lansing's Winter/Spring 2012 Children's Concert Series
  6. Higbee Award Application Deadline
  7. Opportunities
  8. Resources

1. Message from LATTICE Session Director

Greetings LATTICE Family,

I still remember quite well how excited my young students would become when we were about to have an international LATTICE visitor.  For my rural students, meeting somebody from another country rarely, if ever, occurred before my school’s involvement with LATTICE began.  The students would study our map, be filled with questions, and treated our guests like rockstars.  I also found our international guests were equally curious about how our school and classrooms functioned, and truly enjoyed their time with the kids.  If you have not already done so, I hope you will consider arranging school visits soon. 

Here are two upcoming events looking for volunteers: 

1. World Culture Day at Howell Middle School on March 2, 2012.  There will be a group going, so we can help arrange rides.  We will be leaving MSU around 9:00 a.m. and returning around 3:15 p.m.  If you would be willing to present about your culture, please contact either Kathleen Gut (,) or me at

2. World Friendship Day at People’s Church in East Lansing on March 24th.  Volunteers needed from 9:45 a.m. to noon.  If you would be willing to volunteer, please contact Linda Dow ( or, again, me.

If you are interested in volunteering, but you are unable to attend either of these events, just let me know.  I will help arrange a visit that fits your schedule. 

On a sadder note, one of our longtime LATTICE members, Virginia Sheets, recently suffered the loss of her mother.  I am sure you all join me in sending Virginia our heartfelt sympathy and condolences at this difficult time.  If you would like to send Virginia a personal message, her email is

Our next meeting is February 2nd at Haslett High School's Viking Room from 12:30 - 4:30.   We will be continuing last month’s impromptu conversation about obstacles to quality classroom instruction.  Please plan on joining us!

Karen Klein

LATTICE Video, LATTICE Facebook and MSU LATTICE Linked In



2. LATTICE International Book Club

Hello everyone,

We  had a wonderful session of the LATTICE Book Club on January 12. A special thanks to our guests for coming and sharing their thoughts about the books and about Vietnam.  Thanks, too, to Cathy for bringing spring rolls for us to enjoy!

Click here for an interview with Thanhha Lai and learn how it took her 15 years to write her National Book Award Winning Book, what parts of it she experienced herself, and her thoughts about poetry. Click here for a teacher's guide to Noodle Pie, put out by Scholastic Australia.  There are lots of good ideas for using this book with your class.

If you click here you will find a bibliography entitled "Vietnam and Vietnamese Americans: Helping K-8 School Librarians and Educators Understand the History, Culture and Literature"  by Frank Alan Bruno and Patricia F. Beilke.   Books on this list include the subjects of folklore, festivals/culture, history, biography, fiction and more.   It is a little dated - published in the fall of 2005, but the resources are still good and worth tracking down.

Here are some of the books mentioned at our meeting:

Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey by GB Tran.  This graphic memoir by GB Tran is about a young Vietnamese American artist who grew up distant from (and largely indifferent to) his family's history. Born and raised in South Carolina as a son of immigrants, he knew that his parents had fled Vietnam during the fall of Saigon. But even as they struggled to adapt to life in America, they preferred to forget the past and to focus on their children's future. It was only in his late twenties that GB began to learn their extraordinary story. When his last surviving grandparents die within months of each other, GB visits Vietnam for the first time and begins to learn the tragic history of his family, and of the homeland they left behind. 

Judy mentioned that a friend wrote this book of Vietnamese folktales:
The Brocaded Slipper and Other Vietnamese Tales by Lynette Dyer Vuong.

Grandfather's Dream by  Holly Keller. The Vietnam war is over, and Grandfather and young Nam dream that the new dikes will restore the wetlands, bringing home the beautiful cranes that once filled the winter sky. But other villagers think that growing rice is a more practical use for the land. 

Here is a movie that was recommended: Buffalo Boy, "Set along the southern coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s."

A book with a similar title, but a different plot, is Song of the Buffalo Boy by Sherry Garland. "Seventeen-year-old Loi, whose father was an American soldier, is ostracized by her fellow villagers because she is con-lai, a half-breed. Loi has been promised to a cruel older man, but rather than marry him, she flees to Ho Chi Minh City, and along with thousands of other Amerasians, she begins the confusing process of applying for the Amerasian Homecoming Program. Drawing attention to painful and neglected topics, Garland's writing is strongly atmospheric, with graceful interpolations of Vietnamese words and references to Vietnamese culture and traditions."

One book that Judy said was not very authentic was by Quang Nhuong Huynh and Vo-Dinh Mai.

A book I strongly recommend, that has nothing to do with Vietnam, is The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser. Some walked across deserts and mountains to get here. Others flew in on planes. One arrived after escaping in a suitcase. And some won’t say how they got here. These are “the new kids”: new to America and all the routines and rituals of an American high school, from lonely first days to prom. They attend International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, which is like most high schools in some ways—its halls are filled with students gossiping, joking, flirting, and pushing the limits of the school’s dress code—but all of the students are recent immigrants learning English. Together, they come from more than forty-five countries and speak more than twenty-eight languages."

Judy mentioned Faces, a world cultures magazine for grades 5-9.  It is put out by the same people who publish Cricket and Cobblestone magazines.  Their web site has a great section of Teacher's Guides with lots of ideas and classroom activities to use when studying different cultures.

Finally, I wanted to let you know that a children's version of  The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is being published very soon. 

In February we will meet on Thursday February 9 at 4:15 at the East Lansing Public 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.

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



3. Welcome Event for Professor Donald Heller

You and your significant other are cordially invited to a reception to welcome the new dean of the Michigan State University College of Education, Professor Donald Heller.

The reception, hosted by the College's Faculty Advisory Council, will be held in the Stadium Room at Spartan Stadium on Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will include hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. A brief program will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Please RSVP by January 26 if you plan to attend. Questions? Please call (517) 355-1734.



4. Countdown to the Broad Art Museum - Lecture Series

Museum Director, Michael Rush, will host regular conversations highlighting up-and-coming artists and trends in contemporary art based on his visits to galleries and museums in different U.S. and international cities. Each talk will include exciting photos and stories that he brings back from the field.

Some of the past events are available here:

Gregory Volk Lecture (October 13, 2011); Broad Art Museum Gala (November 4, 2011); Peter Plagens Lecture (December 8, 2011); Update on the building.

To receive e-mails announcing future Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum events, exhibitions and programs, please e-mail and indicate that you would like to subscribe.

Jayne Goeddeke
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Michigan State University



5. East Lansing's Winter/Spring 2012 Children's Concert Series

Concerts start at 11am at East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Rd. There is plenty of parking and it is FREE!!!

Feb. 4:  Mark Dvorak – Mark will be performing as part of the Mid-Winter Singing Festival.  His performances capture the innocence, strength and beauty of folk music while audiences smile, laugh and join in.  Mark shares his love for traditional music with dignity and care.

Feb. 18:  Cathy & Marcy – Cathy & Marcy will play dozens of instruments from banjos to mandolins to rockin’ electric guitar, steel drum and ukulele.  They sing, yodel, chicken cluck in harmony, twirl a mean lariat rope, scat sing and inspire effortless participation for every audience.

March 3:  Tim the Music Man w/ Spanish Dave – This engaging, eccentric and energetic duo has shifted its musical gears from 90’s pop/rock to entertaining pos music for kids.  Tim the Music Man and Spanish Dave are 19 Wheels bassist Tim Marzorati and Go Go Yugo Bassist Dave Stowell.  Don’t miss this rockin’ show!

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6. Higbee Award Application Deadline

The extended deadline for submitting your application for the Homer Higbee International Education Award is this Friday, January 20, 2012. 

The Homer Higbee Award is designed to recognize full time and degree seeking MSU students at the undergraduate and graduate level who demonstrate the characteristics Homer Higbee represented.  These include making significant contributions to the support of international awareness at MSU through involvement in programs that promote cross-cultural understanding on campus and in the community.  The recipients will receive a cash award however; financial need is not a criterion for this award.  

For more information on the award and on how to submit your application, please click here.

Office for International Students & Scholars (OISS)
Michigan State University
105 International Center
(517) 353-1720



7. Opportunities

English Classes at East Lansing Public Library

i) Conversation English! Every Tuesday 7-8 PM

This is not your traditional lecture-style class – we learn through ACTIVITIES and really get you talking! Learn and improve your English speaking and listening through fun and interactive activities! If vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and comprehension sound scary and boring to you - fear not! We have just the exercises to practice them - and have fun doing so.

Classes are held on Tuesdays, 7-8 pm beginning January 10, 2012 in the Meeting Room at the library. They are free and open to all (designed for adults). You can pre-register or just walk in. Contact:

 ii) Practice Your English! Every Wednesday 7-8 PM

Join us for conversations to practice speaking and listening in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Refreshments will be served.  No Registration Required. Children Welcome, activities provided. It is held in the Meeting Room at the East Lansing Public Library.                  

Mary Hennessey
East Lansing Public Library
Reference/Teen Services Librarian
Ph: 517.351.2420 ext 145; Fax: 517.351.9536


2012 MABE Institute - May 10 & 11

We are pleased to announce the Registration for the 2012 MABE Institute, Becoming Multiliterate, is now open!  We invite you to join us May 10 & 11 at the Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124 as we explore literacy and language. RSVP by: Friday, May 04, 2012

See the 2012 Institute Agenda as we develop this year's two-day program, including almost forty individual break-out sessions.  If you are interested in joining this year's lineup, presentation applications are being accepted through January 23.  Email for application materials.

Once again, MABE is pleased to provide 0.5-1.0 SB-CEUs for this Institute.  Credit will be provided through the Michigan Institute for Educational Management (MIEM).  To qualify, you must complete a Validation sheet, which will be available at the MABE Registration Table.  MIEM will require payment on-site. 

Don't forget accommodations!  The Dearborn Inn offers MABE participants discounted room rates of $104 per night and are available through the MABE Registration site.  Rooms are limited, so plan on reserving your spot as soon as possible.

For questions regarding participation or to submit a presentation proposal, visit our website or contact Jaime Norwood, Institute Director at (231) 769-3588 or email

We look forward to seeing you in Dearborn!

Jaime Norwood
Institute Director
Michigan Association for Bilingual Education


Shona Language Classes for Kids (ages 6-17)

The Community Language School at Michigan State University is excited to announce our newest addition to our weekly language classes for children: Shona for Kids.

Our unique program offers language and culture instruction and provides practice for speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Shona. 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; two concurrent sections will be offered in spring 2012.

The class will meet on Thursdays, starting January 19, 2012 and running through April 19, 2012. We will meet on the campus of Michigan State University in Wells Hall from 5:30-7:00 p.m. There will be no class sessions during MSU spring break (March 8) and area schools spring break (March 29 and April 5).

The fee for the 11-week program is $185. Multiple-program/child discounts are available (25%). You can register and pay online. Paper-based registration forms are available upon request. Checks and cash are also accepted (payments can be split into 2 installments when paying by check or cash, please contact us for more information). Classes will be cancelled if fewer than 5 students enroll. No previous knowledge of the target language is necessary. Children with prior knowledge can be accommodated.

Angelika Kraemer, Ph.D.
Director, Community Language School
Center for Language Teaching Advancement
Michigan State University
A-605 Wells Hall


GATE Program by Lansing Community College

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) is an enrichment program that offers classes in the arts, science and technology to students 2nd through 8th grades who have potential in the visual or performing arts, science, and technology or those students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability in a particular subject area.

GATE is offered in the spring and fall and is a partnership with the Ingham Intermediate School District, the Clinton County Regional Educational Service Agency, the Eaton Intermediate School District, and the Shiawassee Regional Educational Service District. Tuition for GATE classes varies. Refer to course descriptions to determine the cost of individual classes.


John Dewey Society Digest, Vol 83, Issue 3

Invitation for a submission to a themes issue on Poverty.

In Fall, 2013, the journal International Education, will publish a special issue that focuses on the theme of poverty, at an international level. We invited scholars from around the world to submit work they think addresses this theme to the journal editor for consideration.  The deadline for initial submission is September 1, 2012. Submissions will go through the journaląs standard review process, and will be selected for this special themed issue by our reviewers.

Guidelines for Contributors:

International Education is a refereed journal that focuses on multiple issues, policies and practices related to all levels of international education, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Although the journal covers a variety of issues in education, it pays close attention to: (1) studies on comparative education; (2) cross-national education and international students; (3) education issues in different countries. International Education publishes critical essays, research studies, and book reviews. Recommended lengths vary for critical essays, research studies (7500 words); book reviews (1000-2000 words). Authors should include an abstract with their submission.  Manuscripts should conform to the most recent Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Articles accepted for publication but not in conformance will be returned to the author for revision. Manuscripts are sent out for anonymous review.  

To preserve the advantages of anonymous reviewing, authors should avoid self-identification in the text as well as in the references of the manuscript.  Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.  Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts become property of the publisher.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to International Education via The journal can be found under łBrowse Research & Scholarship. You will need to create an account which will give you the ability to unload your manuscript to the site.  Most editorial decisions will be rendered within 4 months. Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the senior editor Dr. Barbara Thayer-Bacon with any questions.

Craig A. Cunningham, PhD
Associate Professor
Educational Foundations, Technology, and Inquiry
Phone/fax: 312.261.3605
E mail:

The John Dewey Society


TOP Study Tour Application

The Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) at Goethe-Institut USA is organizing Study Tours whereby Social Studies educators are given the opportunity to experience Modern Germany in the most dramatic way possible: in person. From Berlin to Frankfurt, from Stuttgart to Munich, from Hamburg to Kiel, from Dresden to Schwerin, and from Weimar to Leipzig, each corner of Germany is sampled through sight, sound, touch, and taste!

These all-expense-paid study tours are two weeks in length and take place during the summer.

Deadline for application is February 6, 2012. Application forms and information is on the website.

Transatlantic Outreach Program Credit
Goethe-Institut Washington
812 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20001


GEEO Summer Travel Programs for Educators

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers. 

GEEO is offering 16 different travel programs for the summer of 2012: India/Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand/Laos/Cambodia, China, Russia/Mongolia/China, Egypt, Turkey 8 day, Turkey 15 day, South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Botswana, Morocco, Argentina/Uruguay/Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica. Space is limited! 

Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit (3 credits through Indiana University) and professional development credit while seeing the world.  The trips are 8 to 24 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators and administrators, as well as retired educators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest.

Please get detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, dates etc. on the website. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, between 9 am-9 pm EST. 

Jesse Weisz
Executive Director
Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO)
Toll Free Phone: 1-877-600-0105


"Opportunities For Teachers" from the International Institute

The International Institute of University of Michigan has released its January 2012 issue of "Opportunities For Teachers" with sponsored programs for teachers and the public. Some of the highlights are as follows:

East Asian Celebration Teacher Workshop: Language across Borders and through Modalities (March 10). This workshop is designed to introduce educators to the similarities and differences in the languages of China, Japan, and Korea in speech, writing, and movement. SB-CEUs available.For more information, contact

Nam Center KAFE Travel Grant. Seminar dates are July 30-August 3. Application deadline: Mar 15
The Nam Center for Korean Studies is accepting application for its 2011 travel grant for Michigan educators to attend the Korea Academy for Educators (KAFE) seminar in Los Angeles. KAFE is dedicated to informing educators about Korea's history and culture and the Korean American experience. If you would like to develop your knowledge of Asia and understanding of Korean-American relations and reach out to Korean students in your classroom, this workshop will provide you with useful materials and resources. For more information, contact

Step Afrika Dance Performance: This free performance is on January 19th. It is by a professional company noted for its efforts to promote an appreciation for stepping and the dance tradition's use as an educational tool for young people worldwide.

AAS Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) Korean Studies Grants: This is co-sponsored by the Korea Foundation for "Projects that Enhance Korean Studies Teaching." Application deadline: Feb 1 for spring/summer awards; Oct 1 for fall/winter awards.

iEARN-USA: Offers face-to-face workshops and online professional development (courses and webinars) for educators seeking to engage their students in online global project work (e.g.a 4-week asynchronous online course on "Planning a Global Collaborative Project" from Feb 6-Mar 4).
Intensive Summer Language Institutes: U.S. Department of State-funded program offering fully-funded 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. Deadline: Mar 2

2012 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop: Includes lectures and discussions of the literature and history of China, Japan, and Korea and strategy sessions led by high school world literature teacher(s) experienced in teaching East Asian literature. Free materials, lodging, $300 school resource-buying grant, and option to purchase graduate credits; $100 registration fee.Sun, Jul 8-Fri, Jul 13. Application deadline: Mar 5

Doors to Diplomacy: U. S. Department of State-sponsored contest to encourage middle school and high school students around the world to produce web projects that teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Each student member of the winning "Doors to Diplomacy" Award team receives a $2,000 scholarship; winning coaches' schools each receive a $500 cash award.
Registration deadline: Mar 7. Project deadline: Mar 16



8. Resources

Documentary: Wangari Muta Maathai

Here is a documentary on Wangari Muta Mary Jo Maathai (1 April 1940 - 25 September 2011). She was a Kenyan environmental and political activist. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya.

In the 1970s, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women's rights. In 1986, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, and in 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for "her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace."


Documentary Film on European Eco-villages

The DeWitt Creativity Group will screen A New We on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the DeWitt High School Auditorium.

This documentary profiles the efforts of 10 European eco-villages to create healthy and sustainable eco-friendly communities. Cost of admission is free. For more information regarding the film please see For any additional information about the film screening please contact

Jason LaFay
DeWitt Creativity Group


Asian Studies Center

Here is the upcoming schedule of events from the Asian Studies Center.

January 19th - INPEP 2011-2012 Brown Bag Lecture Series: Health Needs of Rural Women of Nepal. Presentation by Professor Murari Suvedi, professor in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU. From 12:00 pm-1:30 pm at E-4 East Fee Hall.

January 20th - State, Peasant, Mosquito: Public Health Education and Governance in Early Republican Turkey. Presentation by Kyle T. Evered, PhD, Assistant Professor of Geography. From 12:00 pm-1:30 pm at 204 International Center.

January 23rd - Spring festival. The 2012 Chinese Undergraduate Students Association are presenting a showcase of Chinese art and culture in celebration of the Chinese Spring Festival (Lunar New Year).  This event will take place from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm in the Pasant Theater. Wharton Center.

January 29th - Chinese New Year Celebration.This will be held at Okemos Library, 4321 Okemos Rd. from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Join this drop-in celebration of Chinese New Year with games and activities for all ages. 


Tuesday Bulletin

 The January 17th, 2012 issue of Tuesday Bulletin from The African Studies Center is now available online and in PDF version.


Chinese New Year Celebration by ISC

Everyone is welcome to join the celebration program organized by International Spouse Connection (ISC).

Date: Jan 20, 2012 (Friday)
Time: 1:00-2:30pm
Place: Friendship House 1 floor (929 Sever Drive, East Lansing)

The members from ISC will share about how they celebrate Lunar New Year in their countries, China, Korea and Vietnam.  

You will have a chance to make New Year decoration and taste New Year food.   You are welcome to bring some food to share.

RSVP or inquiry to


Education and Outreach Web Sites

The International Studies and Programs at MSU (ISP) has provided a database of Education and Outreach websites that will benefit educators and students. These resources include the following areas: Global, Africa, Latin America, Canada, and Arts and Culture at MSU.


Sand art from Ilana Yahav for 2012 (with her message) 

As I do every New Year, I've created a new Sand Art composition for 2012 which I'd like to share with you: "Home is where the heart is."

Seeking adventure and danger, he leaves his dearest ones behind, knowing that if he is ever in trouble, only they will be the ones who will save him.

I wish you A Happy New Year. My website; My FaceBook

Grace, Peace and Love

5 Nachal Adas St, Kfar-Saba, IL


Newsletter - Wisdom, Words & Women

Please check the January 2012 edition of the MSU Women's Resource Center Newsletter, Wisdom, Words and Women.

Jodi Roberto Hancock
Educational Program Coordinator
MSU Women's Resource Center
332 Union Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1029
517.432.3846 [FAX]



End of LATTICE Newsletter # 518

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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