Fall 2017
Volume 6, Number 1
Please send examples of global learning in Seattle's international schools or exciting international opportunities for students and teachers to
This is the 6th year of the Global Talk e-newsletter! This year we will be sending Global Talk out quarterly (November, January/February, March/April, June). In between issues, please see the SPS International Education web page for updated information about Seattle's international schools. 

In This Issue

  • International Education Week
  • Global Education Conference
  • Global Competence Workshops
  • Student Travel Programs
  • Teacher Travel Opportunities
  • Girl Rising Teacher Trainings
  • Pulse: Facing Difference Series

Student Global Learning Opportunities

CIEE Global Navigator High School Program
Application due December 1

Amigos Summer Program
Application due December 10

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad Program (YES Abroad)
Application due December 5

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
Application due December 12

AFS Project: Change
Application due December 31

For a list of student travel opportunities, click here.

Teacher Travel Opportunities

NOAA Teacher At Sea Program
November 30

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program
Application due December 13

Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program
Application due December 31

Transatlantic Outreach Program (Germany)
Application due January 31, 2018

NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship
Application due February 5, 2018

For a list of funded teacher travel opportunities, click here.


Global Talk Archives



Please subscribe to Global Talk to receive updates on travel opportunities for students and teachers. Many of the programs are fully funded!

The Global Talk e-newsletter is sent out monthly during the school year. You can also find up-to-date information about travel opportunities on the CSIHS Global Programs web page.

Celebrate International Education Week November 13-17

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

For a list of suggested activities for K-12 schools, click here

Also taking place this week is the 8th Annual Global Education Conference.

The 8th Annual Global Education Conference (GEC)
All Online, All Free
November 13 - 16, 2017

The Global Education Conference Network's eighth annual worldwide collaboration on globally-connected education starts today, Monday, November 13, and continues through this Thursday, November 16.
This event is FREE, but does require that you REGISTER.
Please register HERE to get instant access to the conference AND to receive all the recording links after the conferences

24 hours/day
127 live sessions
27 keynote speakers
...and an amazing amount of global learning and fun!

The GEC features thought leaders from the world of education and beyond, is completely free to attend and takes place online in live webinar format. We invite you to join the 25,600 GEC community members (from 170+ countries) and actively participate in dozens of sessions focused on international education topics. 

New SPS/World Affairs Council Global Competence Workshop Series

The World Affairs Council and Seattle Public Schools International Schools are pleased to invite you to attend one or more of a series of workshops on 21st Century Global Competence. Each of the three workshop sessions is $30.00. Earn 3 clock hours by completing the online module that accompanies the workshop.

The first workshop took place on Monday, November 13th at Hamilton International Middle School. Upcoming workshops include: 

Session 2: Collaboration in the Classroom and Beyond 
January 8, 2018 4:30-6:30 pm 
Location: Mercer International Middle School Library
1600 S Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108


  • Identify the components of collaboration.   
  • Examine how collaboration is interconnected with other 21st century skills and Global Competence.
  • Set professional goals for how you can intentionally teach collaboration skills.

Session 3: Communicating Ideas across Cultures and Taking Action 
March 1, 2018 4:30-6:30 pm 
Location: Hamilton International Middle School Room 219 
1610 N 41st St. Seattle, WA 98103

  • Describe approaches for communicating ideas effectively with diverse audiences.
  • Explore considerations for international online collaboration.
  • Consider how to apply these concepts to take action in specific projects using examples from Seattle’s International Schools.

 Registration will open soon on the World Affairs Council website

Deadlines Approaching Fast for Global Travel Programs - Apply Now!

While only Chief Sealth International High School is currently a Global Navigator School, all Seattle public high school students (current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors) are eligible to receive generous scholarships to study abroad next summer with CIEE. The application deadline is December 1

CIEE offers 35 exciting programs in 21 different locations around the world.
CIEE offers three types of programs:
  • Language and Culture Programs: These 4-week programs use the ACTFL language assessment at the beginning and end of the program to measure and prove language progress.  The programs balance interactive instruction time with fun excursions, cultural activities and interactions with local teens. Students can work in a language they have already studied or try a new one.  These programs can earn 4 credits from Tulane University.
  • Service and Leadership Programs: These 3-week programs are developed in partnership with local NGO’s and offer a balance of service time, local excursions and interactions with local peers.  Students will make a lasting impact on a community and return with a whole new set of skills, including an action plan for service in their home communities.
  • Global Discovery Programs:  These 3-week programs will immerse students in the culture by working and studying alongside scientists in the field.

AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. They provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. 

See the Seattle chapter's website for more details. Application deadline: December 10. 

The U.S. Department of State's Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) program, provides competitive merit-based scholarships for U.S. citizens in secondary school (age 15-18.5) to study for one academic year in select countries.

Click here for more info. Application deadline: December 5. 

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) is for motivated high school students who want to experience a culture and learn a language through a full immersion experience. Learn about German culture first-hand by living with a host family and attending a German high school.

Click here for more information. Application deadline: December 12.

AFS Intercultural Programs, which runs semester, year, and summer study abroad programs is offering a full scholarship to spend two weeks abroad in the country of your choice. U.S. 8th to 12th grade students are eligible for Project Change

To enter, students must develop an original idea for a volunteer project that could have meaningful impact in another country. Students then submit their ideas in a one-minute video or a 200-500 word essay. 

Application deadline: December 31.

For a longer list of global travel opportunities, click here

Global Travel for the Entire Family

Join Global family Travels on the evening of Giving Tuesday, November 28th, to learn about their 2018 Immersive Spanish language trips to PeruNicaraguaCuba, the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador! These programs are perfect for families and friends traveling together.  Also, get a jump on holiday shopping with Awamaki, a partner of the Peru: Learn Serve and Immerse Trip, who will have a booth with their fair trade woven and knit crafts made by the Andean artisan women with whom they work.  RSVP and more details here.

Global Travel Opportunities for Teachers

The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Teacher at Sea Program is to provide teachers hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists, thereby giving them unique insight into oceanic and atmospheric research crucial to the nation. The program provides a unique opportunity for kindergarten through college-level teachers to sail aboard NOAA research ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew. 

Click here for more information. Application deadline: November 30.

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level educators to take part in an intensive professional development program for three to six months abroad. The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Program Components:
  • Study in a research center or university abroad (academic support will be provided by a host institution advisor who will support the U.S. teacher and help contribute to the design and activities of the inquiry project);
  • Participate in a virtual community with other participants to collaborate and share best practices about education in the participating countries;
  • Work within local schools in the host country;
  • Complete an inquiry project which should enhance teachers’ learning and have practical applications to their teaching (see the Inquiry Project section for sample projects).
As part of the program, Fulbright Distinguished Teachers:
  • Study and observe international best practices in education;
  • Share professional expertise with educators and students in the host country;
  • Develop leadership skills and understanding of educational policy;
  • Enhance their ability to work in diverse and multicultural environments. 
For more information, please read the Program Overview for 2018-2019 U.S. Grantees and visit the program website. Application deadline: December 13.

Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program
Selected educators will travel aboard the ships National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endeavour II, and National Geographic Sea Lion on expeditions to regions including the Arctic, British and Irish Isles, Canadian Maritimes, Iceland, the Galapagos, Antarctica and more. While aboard, Fellows will share the importance of geographic literacy with fellow travelers, develop activities to bring back to their classrooms, and have an adventure of a lifetime. Prior to the expedition, all 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows will travel to Washington, D.C. (March 23–26, 2017) with all expenses covered to participate in a pre-voyage workshop sponsored by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. 

Click here to apply.  Application deadline: December 31.

Transatlantic Outreach Program

Travel to Germany for free next summer. 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!

Click here for more information. Application deadline: January 31, 2018.

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship offers educators 12 months of professional development to support them as they build global competence skills and create their own lesson plans to share with educators around the world. Fellows will also travel to another country in the summer for a nine-day international field study.
  • Learn transformative ways to integrate global competency into classroom instruction and prepare students to thrive in the flattened global age
  • Discover a global, peer-learning community of educators committed to global education advocacy
  • Explore the history, culture, and educational landscape of another country
Application deadline: February 5, 2018.

Click here to apply.

For a longer list of travel opportunities for teachers, click here

Free Online Teacher Trainings for Girl Rising

For teachers interested in using the film Girl Rising in their classroom, there are three upcoming free online training sessions:

November 18
December 2
December 6

The trainings are a free resource for educators who are inspired by the idea of teaching their students to be global thinkers and local leaders. You can expect to explore and get access to a variety of classroom tools and materials, as well as hear from educators who have already used Girl Rising in their classrooms. 
These sessions are hosted via the free conference call app Zoom. Please sign up here.

Connect Your Classroom to the World with Pulse - Apply Now for Fall Sessions

Facing Difference Series

Differences help define who we are, and engaging with people who are different - sharing stories and learning about their experiences - broadens our own perspectives and makes us more creative, innovative, and aware. Why then is it so difficult to meaningfully engage with people and ideas that are different from our own? The Facing Difference webcast series will explore topics of religion, race, and immigration, while the virtual reality experience moves you through a sequence that raises questions about identity. 
  • Facing Difference: Religion Webcast: November 21st, 2017; 11:00am EST
  • Facing Difference: Race Webcast: February 28th, 2018; 11:00am EST
  • Facing Difference: Immigration Webcast: April 27th, 2018; 11:00am EST
  • The VR Experience: January 2018 (15 class pilot; first come, first serve)
Click here to register. 
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