September 2019
Volume 8, Number 1
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In This Issue

  • Global Climate Strike
  • World Educator Award
  • Welcome Dr. Thad Williams
  • Global Collaboration Week
  • Global Programs for Students
  • Free Teacher Travel
  • Euro Challenge Workshop 10/7
  • Fall Educator Conferences
  • EARC Fall Programs
  • Students Rebuild: Hunger Project
  • iEARN Project Book
  • Empatico
  • OneWorld Classrooms
  • Chinese Innovation Forum
  • WAGIN 2020

Student Global Learning Opportunities

One World Now! Global Leadership Program
Application due October 1

Global Visionaries Leadership Program
Application due October 28

National Security Language Initiative for Youth
Application due October 30

Impact India
Rolling Applications

AFS Project Change
Application due November 25

CIEE Global Navigator High School Program
Application due December 6

For a list of student travel opportunities, click here.

Teacher Travel Opportunities

Educator Tour to Qatar and Oman
Application due October 11

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.

Global Climate Strike: Beacon Hill International Walks for the Planet

On Friday, September 20th Beacon Hill International School participated in a whole school teach-in looking at climate change through the lens of science and sustainability. Led by our 5th Global Leadership Team,  the school community Walked for our Planet to raise awareness of climate change and the impact it can have on future generations of humans and animals.

2019-20 World Affairs Council World Educator Award: Congratulations Hiromi Pingry!

Hiromi Pingry grew up in Tokyo, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Tohoku University. During her time at university, she also participated in the Japanese equivalent of the Peace Corps, the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, through which she taught math and science at a secondary school in Kenya. After college, and before moving to Seattle, Hiromi worked for the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

While raising her sons in Seattle, Hiromi began volunteering at kindergarten and developed an interest in educating young children. In order to help her provide the best education and support for her students, in 2002 she earned her teaching certificate and in 2005 she gained a Master of Arts in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest.

Hiromi has taught Japanese at the John Stanford International Elementary School for sixteen years. As a teacher at John Stanford, she has become beloved by staff, students and families for her dedication to global studies, dual-language education and her belief in the capability of all of her students. Building on the Primary Years Program and the Asia Society’s Global Competence Framework, Hiromi has helped to lead the staff and community in growing students as bilingual and biliterate global citizens. She has also been instrumental in developing materials for teaching Japanese at John Stanford, and has shared her experience of creating new teaching resources with other foreign language educators across the country.

During her time as a teacher, Hiromi has also become involved in the International Schools Leadership Team and the Seattle Public Schools’ Racial Equity Team, helping to align curriculum to global citizenship standards, develop international education, and advance equity goals in the Seattle School District. Her efforts to bring the world into the classroom in innovative and meaningful ways has made a significant difference in the lives of students.

Meet Dr. Thad Williams, SPS International Education Administrator

Thad is excited to join Seattle Public Schools where he lives in southwest Seattle and his four children attend school. He recently was the Multilingual Curriculum Developer and Professional Development coach in the Bellevue School District and helped lead several key initiatives in the district to promote dual language, biliteracy and racial and linguistic equity. Thad has a background as a Spanish World Language teacher, ELL teacher/facilitator, and in dual language education. Thad has participated as a presenter and professional development facilitator for the Washington Association of Bilingual Education the past several years with a focus on serving emergent bilingual students and dual language education. He also has worked closely with Dr. José Medina and the Center for Applied Linguistics providing professional development on dual language leadership and biliteracy approaches.

Thad has served as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, curriculum developer and adjunct professor. He is committed to the language learning community in Puget Sound, earned his doctorate from the University of Washington in Language, Literacy and Culture and is a passionate advocate for teachers and students in an international education and dual language environment.

Global Collaboration Week

Students, teachers, and organizations will get online to celebrate global collaboration on September 23 - 27, 2019, as back-to-school season begins in the northern hemisphere.

During this week (and beyond), experienced global educators and other professionals will host connective projects and events and invite public participation. The primary goals of this whole day event are to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world, and to introduce others to the tools, resources, projects, and networks that are available to educators today.

Click here to get connected. You can view a list of all events and projects. here

Fall Deadlines for Global Programs - Apply Now!

Global Visionaries

Are you interested in a cultural immersion trip to Guatemala? Would you like to participate in local and international service projects focused on social and environmental justice?  If you answered yes, then Global Visionaries (GV) might be right for you. Global Visionaries has a long-standing partnership with Seattle Public Schools. Traveling to Guatemala is a transformative experience for the dozens of SPS students who participate in the program each year.

The deadline for the GV application is October 28. 


One World Now!

One World Now! combines language and leadership instruction with study abroad. Students can take Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Korean classes after school twice a week and receive world language credit. A leadership class meets monthly on Saturdays. By fulfilling their commitment to the language and leadership classes, students will be eligible to travel abroad in the summer. OWN provides partial and full scholarships for summer travel. Applications are due on October 1Apply on the OWN website.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. Applications are due October 30

Programs may take place in the following locations:

China, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Korea, Latvia, Moldova, Morocco, Russia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkey


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 6.

CIEE offers exciting programs in more than 30 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.

Impact India

A cultural immersion program in Prune, India designed to positively impact High School students and create global awareness. The program encompasses a year of India’s festivities and culture in 7 days. Participants go through a process of self-discovery, through daily yoga and reflection series conducted by a certified life coach.
Students experience off-grid living, spread over 24 acres, encompassing spectacular hills and waterfalls. They learn to live sustainably off the grid as they experience the use of alternative energy and natural resources.

Click here for more information about Impact India.

More programs will be highlighted in the October edition of Global Talk. For an up-to-date list of current global programs, click here

Funded Teacher Travel Opportunities

Each winter and spring, educators travel to Qatar and Oman for a 12-day experience where they explore historical and cultural sights led by in-country guides. Sessions during the evenings facilitate curriculum connections and discussion. Expenses covered for participants include travel, lodging, and meals.

The program is open to all primary and secondary U.S. teachers in public and public charter schools. Preference is given to educators who are in the social science, humanities, and arts fields and demonstrate both a strong interest in and commitment to teaching about the Arab world in their classrooms.

Click here for application information for the winter program (December 21 – January 3).

Euro Challenge Workshop for Teachers and Students: Oct. 7

The Center for West European Studies and EU Center, in partnership with the World Affairs Council and W!se, is hosting a Euro Challenge Orientation on October 7, 2019 for high school teachers and students at the University of Washington to learn about the Euro Challenge Competition.

The orientation will include an introduction to Euro Challenge from W!se, a review of the challenge issues and key economic concepts, a Q&A session with Euro Challenge Alumni, and more. Parking and food will be provided.

Where: Thomson Hall, Room 317, University of Washington

To register, click here

Fall Conferences for Teachers

These three October conferences include several workshops with global content. 

Washington State Council for the Social Studies Fall Conference: October 12th at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (500 5th Ave N) 

This fall, meet with other Social Studies educators, future educators, university faculty, and staff at the Fall WSCSS Conference.  Attend great sessions focused on current methods and the latest content by some of the best teachers from around the state. Social Studies teachers in Washington State are always looking for good ways to teach our students in a way that helps them take action – whether it’s in writing about events of the past, in playing a role in a game or simulation in the classroom, or in using their knowledge of civics to make change in their communities. This conference is designed to help teachers do just that!
  • Choose from over 30 sessions and discussions
  • Receive classroom-ready resources
  • Interact with well-known speakers and educators
  • Discover the latest teaching services and resources
  • Have a great day exploring your favorite subject with coworkers
Click here for registration info.

Washington Association for Language Teaching Fall Conference: October 11-13 in Spokane

The WAFLT 2019 Fall Conference will be held on October 10th-12th, in Spokane at the Northern Quest Resort and Conference Center. The theme of the conference is "Where Language Educators Connect!" 

Individual sessions will run Friday, October 11th, 8am-5pm and Saturday 8am-12:30pm. There will be two post conference workshops on Saturday, October 12th, 2pm-5pm. (Thoughtful Technology Integration for World Languages and Competency Testing and Seal of Biliteracy).
Click here more more information.

Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference: October 19 at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle

This year's NWTSJ conference is fast approaching - the 12th annual conference! Register now at Just $35 ($10 for students), which includes lunch.
This year’s keynote speaker is Barbara Madeloni. Madeloni is the Education Coordinator at Labor Notes. From 2014 to 2018, she served as president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association where she played a key role in revitalizing the 116,000-member union and defending teacher rights and quality public schools. 
This year's conference has more than 80 workshops. A sampling of past years' workshops:
  • Nurturing Black Children: Black Mothers Speak About Raising and Teaching Black Lives in White Spaces
  • Teaching Labor History in a Time of Teacher Uprisings
  • K-12 Ethnic Studies: Where We Are Now and Where Should We Be Headed?
  • Little Kids, Big Ideas: Teaching Social Issues and Global Conflicts with Young Children
  • Using Math to Calculate Arguments About Climate Change
  • Being an Open (and Out) Ally for LGBTQ Students
  • Discussing Reproductive Justice in Health Education
  • Home Language as a Human Right: Welcoming Students' Languages into Our Classrooms

East Asia Resource Center:
Fall Programs

The writing workshop Write about Asia, offered by the East Asia Resource Center in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas, is led by Mary Roberts and offered after each public lecture event. This series is titled “Silk Roads Past and Present: Ancient Afghan Treasure to China’s Belt & Road Initiative“. Join EARC for solitary writing, reflection and group discussion on Saturdays in October, November, December 2019 and January 2020. You can find all details here

Join seminar leader Pat Burleson for the day-long program "The Japanese Garden" on October 19, 2019. Participants will look into Japan’s basic geography, climate and seasons, Japanese aesthetic values, and types, elements and symbolism of Japanese gardens. This program is designed for current teachers of grades 5 – 8. Click here for additional information.

Students Rebuild: Hunger Challenge

Part art project, part philanthropy, part immersion in global learning, Students Rebuild Challenges connect K-12 students worldwide in a common effort to make a difference, while giving you the tools and flexibility to teach your way. Students Rebuild makes it easy for students to help their peers while also taking away a lasting understanding of hunger and its effects, nutrition, agriculture, and global citizenship. Just follow these steps:
  1. Register.
  2. Send in a creatively presented recipe.
  3. Put food on the table for children around the world. For every recipe you send in, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $3 to hunger relief programs.
Click here for more information about the Hunger Challenge. 

2019-2020 iEARN Project Book

The 2019-2020 iEARN Project Book is out!

iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.

There are over 150 projects in iEARN, all designed and facilitated by teachers and students to fit their curriculum and classroom needs and schedules. To join, participants select an online project and look at how they can integrate it into their classroom.

With the project selected teachers and students enter online forum spaces to meet one another and get involved in ongoing projects with classrooms around the world who are working on the same project.

Click here to learn more about iEARN.

Empatico: Connect Students with the World

Empatico is a free tool for educators to connect their classrooms with others around the world. They make it simple for virtual connections to exist in classrooms by combining everything needed in one platform: live video, file sharing, a partner classroom, and activities.

They focus on ages 6-11 because children at this age are old enough to understand their role in the world, but young enough to be positively influenced by experiences.

Click here for more information.

OneWorld Classrooms

OneWorld Classrooms offers three ways to connect students with global peers. 

In the K-12 Global Art Exchange, students exchange art (physically or digitally) with their global peers and, optionally, complete online follow-up conversations with them. The art you receive serves as a primary source that supports your study of world cultures, and the conversations make the learning more personal and therefore more powerful. Students may also trace their own art as it travels to different countries around the world. T Registration is open now and details are here.

In Songs Around the World, your class is matched with a global partner class so you can share each other's music. Each class teaches one song to the other, so each class learns a new song. The classes introduce themselves via audio or video, then share documents with song lyrics and notes, a video of students performing their song, and "practice videos" of students teaching specific verses and the refrain. The classes also have an option to complete a Q&A session about each other and the songs they have shared. All of the sharing takes places in a password-protected VoiceThread (or, alternatively, via Google Slides and Email). Registration is open now and details are here.

With Classroom Conversations with the World, get connected with a global partner class. Choose a curricular topic and OneWorld Classrooms will match you with a partner in your same grade range for an online asynchronous conversation about that topic. Each conversation requires approximately 1 hour of class time over the course of one month. Registration is open now and details are here.

Chinese Innovation Forum

Dates: Friday, October 25 – Saturday October 26, 2019
Time: Registration opens at 3 PM
Location: University of Puget Sound 
(1500 N Warner St, Tacoma, WA 98416)
Admission: $50 (early bird) before October 10 
Forum theme: Advocacy and Leadership
The 5th forum will include keynote speeches, panel discussions, innovation trade fair presentations, and many opportunities to meet and network with other K-16 educators, and to get to know their work. A key feature of the forum is to encourage exchange of ideas and to foster collaboration among peers.
Keynote Speakers:
  • Anna Vassilieva, Director & Professor, Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Christopher Livaccari, language educator, former US diplomat, author, senior adviser for China Learning Initiatives in Asia Society’s Center for Global Education, and Head of School at Presidio Knolls School
  • Jianhua Bai, Chinese AP Chief Reader, Professor of Chinese at Kenyon College, former Director of Chinese School of Middlebury College, and senior academic adviser to the American Councils for International Education
Oct. 25 (Friday) 1st half-day Conference Schedule
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM Registration
  • 4:00 – 6:30 PM Add-on Workshops
  • Workshop 1: Language and Beyond: 互动式教学活动设计, Presenter: Ya-Ching Hsu-Kelkis (K-12), Chinese American International School
  • Workshop 2: Student-Centered Classroom in Second Language Learning:
    差异化教学的实例与分享 Presenters: Samantha Yang (K-2) & Miye Lin (3-5), Yew Chung International School of Silicon Valley
  • Workshop 3: Teaching with Mobile Tech: 如何在教学中应用 GarageBand App 和 Extempore APP, Presenters: Juei-Chuan Hung, University Prep & Luna Yu, Annie Wright Schools (All Levels)
  • 6:30 – 8:00 PM Opening  Night Reception & Buffet Dinner
Oct. 26 (Saturday) 2nd full-day Conference Schedule
  • Morning Sessions
    • 7:45 – 8:45  Check-in/Registration; Breakfast, Welcome
    • 8:45 – 12:00 Keynote Speakers & Discussions
  • Noon Buffet Luncheon
  • Afternoon Sessions
    • 1:00 – 1:45 Educator’s Trade Fair Table Setup & Intro
    • 1:45 – 3:15 Various Presentations at the Trade Fair
    • 3:15 – 4:00 Discussions
    • 4:00 – 4:30 Reflection & Concluding Remarks
    • 4:30 – 5:00 Closing Reception
    • 4:30-7:00 Workshop 4: How to Teach Grammar 互动式的语法教学, Presenters: Yuwen Yao, UCLA & Liping Yu, University of Washington
      (All Levels)
For more information, please visit the website: 
Chinese Innovation Forum

Save the date: March 20-21, 2020: 5th Annual Washington Global Issues Network Conference 

In March 2015, Chief Sealth International High School hosted the inaugural Washington State Global Issues Network (WAGIN) Conference. See this West Seattle Blog article for some highlights. In 2016, Ingraham High School hosted the 2nd annual WAGIN Conference, also called the ACT Conference. In March 2017 Chief Sealth hosted a couple hundred middle and high school students for the 3rd annual WAGIN Conference. And in 2019, Chief Sealth hosted the 4th annual WAGIN Conference where groups from 30 different schools attended, including schools from Cuba, Mexico, and South Korea. WAGIN is co-sponsored by the Global Issues Network (GIN), a nonprofit that supports global issues conferences in Latin America and Asia.
Youth from Ingraham High School are collaborating to organize the 5th Annual WAGIN Conference, which will take place March 20-21, 2019 at Ingraham. Registration for middle and high school student teams will open in November. More details will be included in the November edition of Global Talk. Contact for more information.
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