June 27, 2017
Volume 5, Number 9
Please send examples of global learning in Seattle's international schools or exciting international opportunities for students and teachers to

Have a great summer!

In This Issue

  • Program Review
  • Mercer Students Take Action
  • Host a Student
  • PBL Design Lab
  • NWTSJ Workshop Proposals
  • Stories of Hope and Resilience
  • Back-to-School Workshops
  • Have a Great Summer!

Student Global Learning Opportunities

For a list of student travel opportunities, click here.

Teacher Travel Opportunities

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


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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.

International Schools/Dual Language Program Review

The Seattle Public Schools Research & Evaluation Department (R&E) has launched a program review of International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs. The evaluation will encompass a review of International Schools as a whole, as well as the subset of students enrolled in Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs in Spanish, Japanese, or Mandarin.
The evaluation will build on the work of the International Schools/Dual Language Immersion Task Force (established in 2016), which issued a comprehensive report in August 2016 on program history, program models, and pathways. SPS researchers have interviewed the principals of all ten international schools and have conducted focus groups with teachers and students at five of the schools (Chief Sealth, Concord, Beacon Hill, Mercer, and McDonald). In addition, teachers in the ten schools have responded to a staff survey.
A preliminary report will be released in late June. The final report will be presented to the School Board in November. The June report will be posted upon release on the International Schools / Dual Language Immersion Task Force website.  

Mercer IMS Students Take Action with Postcards

They may be 4 years away from voting, but 8th grade Global Leadership students at Asa Mercer International Middle School are not waiting to take action on the issues that matter most to them. In coordination with a local community group, the students sent postcards to elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels. The students informed their elected officials about issues such as climate change, poverty, income inequality, freedom of expression, cyberbullying, and ocean pollution, and urged action such as new laws and funding.

The members of the local group, which is affiliated with Indivisible, shared the reasons that they decided to get involved in helping youth express themselves and contribute to civic discourse. According to Stephen Dooley, after the 2016 presidential election, he and his neighbors wanted ways to make a difference in the world and discussed the importance of “writing letters, writing emails, making phone calls, talking to our reps for our district, going to rallies and marches, and of course speaking with people we know that feel differently than we do.”

The group shared that they chose to focus their work around postcards because postcards are particularly effective. According to Dooley, “Not all mail is opened due to security risks. Postcards usually make it. Most reps’ offices are pretty organized and make real efforts to deal with all constituent mail. A stack of 1,000 makes it clear that there are 1,000 people writing from the “no” side of a given issue.” Thanks to the efforts of the Mercer students, some stacks of mail in Seattle, Olympia, and Washington D.C. just got a little higher.

Postcard Excerpts:

“Dear Sen. Saldaña, I would like you to pass a law saying, ‘For every crop a farmer plants, they have to plant a bee-friendly flower.”

“Dear Senator Murray, I’d like to thank you for helping keep Seattle clean and safe. I’ve been reading about climate change and the Paris Climate agreement and I think it would be a good idea for Washington to continue living like the PCA is always in place…”

“Dear Senator Cantwell, I assure you that our lives will be way better without guns.”

It's Not Too Late to Host a Student This Summer

The World Affairs Council is seeking a few more globally-minded families and individuals in the greater Seattle area to volunteer to provide a homestay for high school-aged youth leaders from Mexico and Iraq:
  • Mexico Youth Leadership Program: July 18-30
  • Iraq Young Leaders Exchange Program: August 13-27
More than ever, participating in these #ExchangesMatter because they provide an authentic way for people from the around the world to build bridges, make new friends, and learn about a new culture. It's citizen diplomacy in action!
About the Youth Participants:
  • They speak English and are juniors and seniors in high school. 
  • They have been competitively selected for these programs based on their leadership abilities, community involvement, and academic performance.  
  • They will participate in a program organized by the World Affairs Council during business days with the evenings & weekends open to explore Seattle and spend time with their host families. 
  • They can take public transportation to the daily meeting spot at the World Affairs Council office downtown.
  • They will be provided bus passes, cell phones, and lunch on programming days. 
About Hosting:
  • This is a volunteer opportunity.
  • A private room with an individual bed and most meals are required. 
  • Families or individuals can host two guests, but they must have separate beds.
  • Interested hosts must complete all application requirements. 
  • The World Affairs Council will provide group airport transportation to and from a downtown location and 24-hour staff support.

PBL Design Lab for Teachers

Are you passionate about problem-based learning and sustainable systems thinking? Register now for the 2-day Educating for Sustainability, PBL Design Lab 2017.

WHEN:       August 10-11, 2017   9:30-4:00 
WHERE:    Tyee Middle School, 13630 SE Allen Rd, Bellevue, WA 98006
COST:        $50.00 (includes materials & lunch Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop
EARN:       12 Clock Hours (optional for additional fee through WWU)
                   STEM Renewal Requirement Hours
IS THIS YOU?   (For educators in grades 6-12,)
  • Leading the way to more relevant, inquiry and problem-based learning.
  • Integrating authentic STEM experiences and career choices.
  • Emphasizing relevant, applied engineering design and technology.
  • Fully integrating the human story: geography, history, civics, economics, literacy
  • waste, transport, food…
  • Overlay climate solutions toward a positive future.
  • Underlay social and environmental justice for an equitable future.
HOW TO REGISTER   (Teams strongly encouraged)
Write a one paragraph email with bullet points about what you teach, where you teach and how the Lab will serve your professional learning goals and support momentum in your district towards educating for sustainability. Email Lab facilitator Peter Donaldson.
$50.00  Covers materials and fabulous Lunch: Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop)
Make Check payable to:  
Sustainable Seattle, 220 2nd Ave S, Seattle WA 98104
Write in the subject line:  EfS Lab – Sustainability Ambassadors
Additional Fee for Clock Hours through Western Washington University (payable at Lab)
Contact:  Peter Donaldson
Director, Sustainability Ambassadors | 206-227-9597

NWTSJ Conference - Submit a Proposal by July 1!

The deadline for workshop proposals for the 10th annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference is July 1st. NWTSJ is a festival of idea-sharing, inspiration, and resources. The conference rotates between Portland and Seattle, and this October 21st, for the 10th annual gathering, we'll be back in Seattle, at Chief Sealth International High School.

The conference website includes past programs, so you can see the kind of workshops we have featured through the years. These focus on K-12 classroom teaching, education activism, policy concerns, and more. Here is the 2016 NWTSJ Conference program. 

The conference is sponsored by Rethinking Schools, along with organizations throughout Oregon and Washington: Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, the Washington Education Association, the Portland Association of Teachers, Social Equality Educators, the Critical Educators Collective, the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College, and Portland Area Rethinking Schools. 

Please consider proposing a workshop:

Back-to-School Teacher Workshops

Mark your calendars:

Friday, August 25th: Global Leadership One-Day Intensive Workshop

Increase youth engagement, responsibility, and achievement at Global Visionaries’ one-day intensive, interactive, and collaborative Global Leadership workshop. You will leave fired up for the new school year—with sample class policies, proven strategies and teacher-tested techniques tied to best practices. Includes 6 clock hours. Location and exact times will be announced soon.

Monday, August 28th: International Schools New Teacher Orientation
@ Chief Sealth Intl. High School 9 am - 12 pm

This three-hour workshop is designed to provide teachers who are new to Seattle's international schools with an introduction to global education. Participants will leave with an understanding of the four domains of global competence and ideas for how to develop curriculum with a global perspective.

Monday, August 28th: International Schools Mini-Symposium @ Chief Sealth Intl. High School 
12:00-1:00 Lunch, Registration, and Resource Tables 
1:00-4:00 Mini-Symposium

Cost: $30, includes 3 clock hours, lunch, and curriculum resources

REGISTER for the Mini-Symposium on the World Affairs Council website. Link will be posted soon here.
(Note: Teachers at Seattle's International Schools have sponsored (free) registrations. Email

Teachers from Seattle's ten international schools are invited to come together with teachers from throughout Seattle Public Schools and beyond to share ideas, discover resources, and learn new strategies for preparing global citizens.

Workshop sessions will likely include:

  • Intro to Dual Language/Immersion
  • Utilizing Interns and IAs in the DLI Classroom
  • Intro to using world languages in a gen ed classroom
  • Teaching for Biliteracy
  • Communicating research on DLI to families
  • Task Force and Program Review info session
  • Creating school-wide global projects
  • Organic brainstorm sessions (unconference style) with like grades/subjects
  • Virtual Exchanges
  • International Education through the Arts

Have a Great Summer!!!

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