February 2020
Volume 8, Number 5
Please send examples of global learning in Seattle's international schools or exciting international opportunities for students and teachers to

In This Issue

  • Black Lives Matter Week at JSIS
  • African Students Visit Ingraham
  • World Citizen Essay Contest
  • Preparing Global Citizens through Democratic Leadership
  • Seattle Language and Culture Institute
  • Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms
  • NCTA Summer Institutes
  • STEM Global Educator Workshop
  • Teen Action Fair
  • Girls' Voices
  • WAGIN 2020 Keynotes

Student Global Learning Opportunities

AFS Summer Student Abroad
Various countries, rolling applications

The Experiment in International Living
Various countries, rolling applications

Seattle Language and Culture Institute
July 27 - August 7

For a list of student travel opportunities, click here.

Teacher Travel Opportunities

Bali Educator Trip
August 1-10

Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program
Application due March 18

Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute
Application due March 13

Preparing Global Citizens through Democratic Classroom Leadership Summer Institute
August 3-7 or August 10-14

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.

Black Lives Matter Week at JSIS

To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s work and “Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action, the students at John Stanford studied about leaders of color from our past, present, and future.

Kindergarten classes chose Dr. Martin Luther King, 1st grade Langston Hughes, 2nd grade Faith Ringgold, 3rd grade Maya Angelou, 4th grade Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar, and 5th grade students studied about our school’s namesake John Stanford.

As a culminating project, the students used art forms to show who each leader was, and the students walked around the school to learn about the leaders each grade studied. Both English and partner languages (Spanish and Japanese) were used for all presentations!

Students from 5 African Countries Visit IB History Classes at Ingraham

Students in two IB history classes at Ingraham had the opportunity to discuss U.S. history, current politics (impeachment), and international relations with a group of college students from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Mali. The visiting students were part of the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs), a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational Affairs. FIUTS hosted the group and facilitated the visit. 

SUSI programs promote a better understanding of the people, institutions, and culture of the United States among international students, teachers, and scholars. Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) are short-term academic programs for groups of undergraduate leaders, educators, and scholars from around the world. Hosted by academic institutions throughout the United States, these 5- to 6-week Institutes include an intensive academic residency and an integrated educational study tour. Extracurricular cultural and community activities help to broaden the participants’ understanding of U.S. society. See more at: 

World Citizen Essay Contest - Due 3/13

Each year the World Affairs Council hosts the World Citizen Essay contest for third through twelfth graders. The goal of the contest is to promote discussion among students, teachers, families, and community members about the ways that individuals can effect positive change in the global community.

Essay Prompt:
Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is targeted by United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5. If you were hired by the United Nations to lead a project addressing gender equality by empowering women and girls, what would you do? Where would you work and why? Finally, what specific steps would you take to achieve your goal?

-The competition is open to all Washington state students in the 3rd-12th grades
-Essays must be 1000 words or less
-Essays are due midnight on Friday, March 13, 2020
-Submit your essay via email to
Please click here to learn more.

Preparing Global Citizens through Democratic Classroom Leadership Summer Institute

This 5 Day workshop engages educators to explore hands-on culturally responsive strategies for building inclusive, equitable, and democratic learning communities where students do not have to check their identity at the door. With Democratic Classroom Leadership (DCL), educators address the opportunity gap because it enables all students to embrace their learning and their relationships with peers in unprecedented ways.  With DCL, educators integrate a proven social-emotional pedagogy with its focus on students as whole people while underscoring the primacy of relationships—which are at the heart of all learning. Students collectively strengthen the 4 C’s of 21st Century skills: collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking as well as create an authentically transformative learning community.

DATES:           Aug 3 – Aug 7  &  Aug 10 – Aug 14
TIME:              8:15 am — 3:30 pm
WHERE:         Seattle, WA (Beacon Hill—Welcome Table Church)
WHO:              K-12 educators of all content areas
COST:             $900 / Early Bird: $850 (by April 9)
                        Group Rate: $850 (3+ from same institution)
                        32+ clock hours included.

Click here more registration and more details.

FIUTS Seattle Language and Culture Institute

The Seattle Language and Culture Institute is an opportunity for middle and high school students (ages 13-17) from the United States and around the world to take part in a two-week global experience on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, Washington. The SLCI is a powerful way for students to build cultural competency, practice communication and diplomacy skills, make friends from around the world, and become not just global citizens, but global leaders. More information is available at

Day Program Dates: July 27-August 7
Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with an overnight July 30-31
Cost: $700 

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for Day Program participants. Visit the website at for information about applying for a scholarship.

Residential Program Dates: July 25 - August 8
Cost: $2100; includes housing in UW residence halls, all meals, and a 2-day homestay experience for international students

Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms

The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a year-long professional development opportunity for U.S. teachers (K-12) who have been in the classroom at least five years, to become leaders in global education. Global education is integral to building 21st century skills, and teachers are the greatest resource to empower students as global citizens.
The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program has four main components:

  • Online Course – a ten-week, graduate-level course on globalizing classrooms and curriculum;
  • Global Education Symposium – held in Washington D.C., teachers and their administrators attend to build networks, collaborate, and develop strategies to enhance global learning;
  • International Field Experience – a  two to three-week practical international field experience for teachers to experience another country's culture and education system; and
  • Global Education Resource Guide – a participant-created website that serves as a resource for their local education community to enhance global learning.
Click here for more details. 

NCTA Summer Institute: July 13-17
20th and 21st Centuries East Asian Legacies and Futures

20th and 21st Centuries East Asian Legacies and Futures will explore the events of this time from the perspective of artists and writers of China, Korea, and Japan. Throughout this period of upheaval and moments of relative peace, producers of culture have been employed, mobilized, and inspired to communicate the ever-changing political, economic, and social landscape of East Asia. This summer program will focus on the cultural, social, and political histories of East Asia as told by visual and literary artists of the past and present. We will examine primary and secondary source documents, while also discussing how to incorporate related curricula into your classroom.

Course material will include primary and secondary source materials, art historical approaches, in addition to resources for inclusion in the classroom. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is required.

All info and application link here.

STEM Global Educator Workshop - April 3

Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center

440 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109

Join fellow STEM educators from around the state for Washington Global Health Alliance’s STEM Global Educator Workshop.

This interactive and engaging session is designed to give you activities and curriculum resources to integrate global health into your classrooms. As a participant, you'll earn 6 Washington State STEM clock hours.

The workshop sessions will feature activities tailored for high school curriculum standards, and participants will leave with several middle school adaptations. 

Claim your seat by registering before Monday, March 30.

As a participant, you will:
  • Choose from multiple sessions and participate in hands-on applied science and engineering activities aligned with Next Generation Science Standards
  • Take home global health curriculum and resources to engage your students
  • Boost your knowledge of Washington’s global health community and career opportunities for students
  • Tour the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center

Teen Action Fair - March 14

Saturday, March 14 | 10 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Gates Foundation Discovery Center

Join hundreds of Seattle area youth for the 2020 Teen Action Fair! This year’s theme is “In Community We Flourish”.

Enjoy performances, art activities and connect with youth and organizations working to make a difference in their local and global communities through volunteering, art, social justice campaigns, and more. Featuring special guest Leah the Activist, one of the young leaders highlighted in the "We the Future" exhibit.

100 Leading Ladies of Color, 14/48:HS, The Abari Collective/Richard's Rwanda Impuhwe, Alchemy Skateboarding, Archnova, Art You, The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, Camp Kindness Counts, FEEST Seattle, Global Solutions from Montana Minds, Holocaust Center for Humanity, Junior Global Connections, KUOW Public Radio's RadioActive Youth Media, Mercer Island High School Key Club, Seattle NextGenBridge, Seattle Urban Academy, Student Art Spaces, Teen Feed, TeenTix, WA State 4-H Teen Equity & Inclusion Task Force, Washington LYAC (Washington Legislative Youth Advisory Council), Water1st International and YouthCare.

Girls' Voices

Join Girls’ Voices for Creative Collaborations about Girls’ Empowerment

Girls’ Voices inspires girls in the developing world to create films about their lives, sharing stories of their triumphs, challenges and dreams. In three years 700 girls in 25 countries have produced beautiful stories, gaining valuable skills in creativity, technology, and leadership. We are currently seeking partner schools in the United States who would like to collaborate with our schools abroad. Partner schools will engage in virtual exchange, friendship, and creative collaborations related to girls’ empowerment.  If interested in participating and learning more contact Collaborations begin March 2020 and continue through May.

WAGIN 2020 Keynotes Announced!

The keynote speakers for the 5th annual Washington Global Issue Network (WAGIN) Conference are set. Ingraham HIgh School is hosting this year's conference March 20-21. 200 students from over 25 schools are expected to attend.

This year's keynotes are:

Venkayla Haynes: Sexual assault and police brutality survivor advocate, community organizer, and winner of the 2019 #SpeakHer50 Award that honors 50 Black Women and Femmes for their work in politics, advocacy, and journalism. Venkayla focuses on education, working on legislation such as defeating a mandatory police referral bill in Georgia, directly working with school administration on their Title IX policies and procedures, public speaking, and grassroots organizing.

Azure Savage: Senior at Garfield High School and author of You Failed Us as a response to the racial injustice within the Washington education system. He is working towards creating more understanding of the harm caused to students of color in order to create change in the school district.

Victoria Herrmann: National Geographic Explorer Victoria Herrmann works with coastal communities in the United States and U.S. territories on climate change adaptation.

Brianna Franco, Avrey Tuttle, and Alyssa Downing from The Mockingbird Society: The Mockingbird Society is an advocacy organization founded in 2000 by Jim Theofelis to provide meaningful opportunities for youth across Washington state to participate in the social justice effort to improve the foster care system and to address youth homelessness.

Sameer Ranade: works as a Senior Organizer at Front & Centered, a coalition focused on advancing racially and economically just solutions to pollution and climate change in Washington State. He also performs environmental spoken word.

See full bios on the conference website
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