Summer 2018
Volume 6, Number 4
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Happy Summer!

In This Issue

  • Seal of Biliteracy Recipients Honored
  • FIUTS Ambassador Program
  • Host Families Needed
  • International Schools August PD
  • Democratic Classroom Summer Institutes
  • Intl. Education Workshop 8/25
  • UW Summer Teacher Workshop 8/14
  • NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows

Student Global Learning Opportunities

Go Global Language Camp
July 10-28

Seattle Language and Culture Institute
July 24 - August 7

For a list of student travel opportunities, click here.

Teacher Travel Opportunities

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.

Seal of Biliteracy Recipients Honored at School Board Meeting


At the June 6th Seattle School Board meeting, Seal of Bilteracy recipients from several SPS schools were recognized. 

Seal of Biliteracy Recipients – June 2018
(Count will increase after AP and IB test results come in July)

Language Count
Amharic 18
Chinese-Mandarin 17
French 35
Japanese 36
Spanish 205
Tagalog 14
Tigrinya 11
Vietnamese 17
12 additional languages* 34
Grand Total 387

* Additional languages include: Arabic, Cambodian, Cantonese, Fur,
Japanese, Lao, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Thai, Tigrinya, Ukrainian

FIUTS Ambassador Program

The FIUTS Ambassador program offers an opportunity for Seattle-area youth to connect with visiting international youth for cross-cultural friendship, learning, and growth. Apply to be a FIUTS Ambassador here.

FIUTS Ambassadors are youth ages 14-17 from the greater Seattle area who volunteer to be matched with a visiting international student from the Caribbean during workshops and activities taking place between August 14-23, 2018. There is no cost to participate (meals and admissions tickets are covered by the program), and students can earn up to 17 service hours.

The Caribbean youth are participants in the Youth Ambassadors Program with the Caribbean, an intensive leadership development opportunity for young people from countries throughout the Caribbean (countries may include Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and others from the region). More details about the program for Caribbean youth is here.

FIUTS Ambassadors will participate alongside these Caribbean youth for the following activities:

1) A cross-cultural teambuilding and leadership workshop on the UW campus - Tuesday, August 14, 2:00-5:00pm

2) A group social activity (location TBD; will either be downtown or on the UW campus) - Wednesday, August 15, 5:00-7:00pm

3) A trip to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center and Museum of Pop Culture at Seattle Center - Friday, August 17, 12:00-5:00pm

4) A group volunteer service project at Food Lifeline at 815 S 96th St - Tuesday, August 21, 5:30-8:30pm

5) A final celebration dinner (near UW campus) - Thursday, August 23, 6:00-8:00pm

Fill out the application here to apply to be a FIUTS Ambassador, and contact Ellen Frierson ( with questions.

Host Families Needed!

As you figure out your summer plans, please consider joining the World Affairs Council as a volunteer to provide a two-week homestay from August 5-19, 2018 for a high school Youth Leader from Iraq. This is a meaningful volunteer opportunity to build lifelong friendships and contribute to a more peaceful and compassionate world!

We need 4 more host families for this program. Host families will be confirmed by July 13th, so don't delay! Sign up today!
About the Youth Participants:
  • They speak English and are juniors and seniors in high school (15-17 years old). 
  • They will participate in a daily program M-F organized by the World Affairs Council with the evenings and weekends open to spend 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 lunch M-F, bus passes, and cell phones. 
  • They have been awarded highly competitive and fully-funded scholarships sponsored by the U.S. State Department.  
 About Hosting:
  • This is a volunteer opportunity.
  • A private room with an individual bed and most meals are required. 
  • Hosts can provide a homestay for one or two guests. Visitors of the same gender can share a room, but they must have individual beds.
  • Hosts can be from the greater Seattle area but students must have access to transportation to/from downtown that is an hour or less.
  • The World Affairs Council will provide group airport transportation and 24-hour staff support.
  • Interested hosts must complete all application requirements. 
 Questions? Email the International Visitor Program.

International School Teachers: Save the Date!

Monday, August 27, 2018 (tentative)
1:00-4:00 pm New Teachers to International Schools Workshop 
and International Schools Mini-Symposium for ALL International Schools Teachers

Location: TBD

Preparing Global Citizens Through Democratic Classroom Leadership Summer Institutes

July 30-August 3, 2018 8:30 am - 3:30 pm 
August 6-10, 2018 SOLD OUT | August 13-17, 2018 SOLD OUT
Facilitated by Chris Fontana of Full Circle Leadership, a Seattle Schools Partner for PD
Location: to be announced (Seattle)
Cost is $800. Plus 30 free clock hours.
Contact about scholarship help.
For details, visit

Participants learn to build a democratic classroom within which students learn the 4 C’s of 21st Century skills: collaboration, communication, creativity (and innovation), and critical thinking; students become civically engaged and empathetic global citizens inside and outside of the classroom.

International Education Workshop: How to Respect Students' Rights, Promote Social-Emotional Development, and Facilitate Agency. August 25th @ SPU


August 25, 2018
 8:30 am - 6:30 pm 

Venue: Seattle Pacific University
Cost: $10 (includes 8 clock hours)

Join renowned practice-oriented researchers and educators for an engaging, interactive workshop on the work and legacy of Janusz Korczak (1878-1942). A Polish/Jewish educator, pediatrician, and writer, Dr. Korczak was a strong advocate for youth and an author of the first Declaration of Children’s Rights. His work has influenced educational practices around the world, led to creating International Korczak movement and helped establishing compassionate schools, culturally responsive classrooms, and providing unique opportunities for social emotional learning in schools. Learn more about the inspirational legacy of Dr. Korczak and apply his innovative ideas, tools, and practices into your own classrooms and schools. This daylong, professional development workshop will feature expert speakers (see list below) and expound on Korczak’s work and its pedagogical implications across nations. Participants will develop a greater understanding of Korczak’s role in promoting student agency and self-advocacy. As youth consider the importance of actively engaged citizenship, this workshop is both timely and important across nations and cultures.

Educators will also be presented with teaching resources and learn how to translate and apply Korczak’s framework into appropriate pedagogical materials. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to collaborate with presenters and teachers to design and share Korczak-based projects for classroom use. Overall, this unique workshop will provide educators with new strategies for developing innovative ideas and projects supporting students’ emotional and social development across diverse communities.

For a full workshop outline click here. 
Register at World Affairs Council Global Classroom!

K-14 Summer Teacher Workshop August 14th @ UW

The EU Policy Forum for Educators, begun in 1999, is an annual, day-long policy forum for K-14 educators organized by the Center for West European Studies. Each summer, the EU Summer Teachers Workshop series involves approximately 20 K-14 educators in addressing contemporary European and transatlantic issues.

Past workshop themes have included the challenges of globalization, the future of the EU, European environmentalism, and European security and defense. The workshop provides K-14 educators with training and curriculum materials to address these themes in their classes. More than 300 educators have participated over the course of the last 15 years.

The annual teachers workshop is held in August, and is an excellent opportunity for middle school, high school, and community college educators to learn about the events and challenges facing Europe today.

The registration fee includes clock hours, parking, teaching materials, and lunch. Clock hours are only available to teachers who attend the full six hours of the workshop. Priority registration goes to full-time educators.

Please contact the Center for West European Studies at with any questions.

McDonald Teacher is a 2019 Global Learning Fellow!

Jennifer Morris, a dual language immersion teacher (Spanish) at McDonald International, was chosen from over 400 applicants to represent Washington state in the 2019 class of NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows. This is the second consecutive year that a teacher from one of Seattle's international schools was selected. Sadly, Morris will be leaving Seattle - she has accepted a 1st grade Spanish immersion position in Spokane for the 2018-19 school year. 

The members of the Class of 2019 come from schools in 47 states, plus one Department of Defense school abroad, and work in rural, suburban, and urban communities. They teach all grade levels – and all subjects: from visual and performing arts to agri-science. They are National Board Certified, curriculum coaches, IB coordinators, foreign language speakers, and more. The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship will support these 48 educators as they build their own and their students’ understanding of the world and how they fit into it. The new cohort joins more than 250 Global Learning Fellowship alums, providing this year's class with a dynamic, growing peer learning community. Past Fellows shared free lesson plans created for their students with their colleagues locally and around the world via an open-source platform, brought global art and culture to their communities, and more.
Chosen from over 400 applicants, these educators will spend the next year building global competency skills to prepare themselves and their students for global citizenship. They’ll meet this fall for a two-day workshop, and next summer, they’ll take part in an international field study, where they will experience all aspects of the culture including school visits, and learn with and from local educators. Learn more about the program here
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