Summer 2019
Volume 7, Number 6
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Please forgive us for interrupting your summer with a few timely announcements. The first 2019-20 edition of Global Talk will arrive to your inbox in September. 

In This Issue

  • Dr. Anciaux Aoki retiring
  • EU Teacher Workshop: August 13
  • New Teacher Workshop: August 22
  • Full Circle Workshop: August 30
  • Scholarships for AFS Conference
  • 2018-19 Highlight: UW Professional Interviews

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.

A Fond Farewell

Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, International Education Administrator for Seattle Public Schools, will be retiring at the end of August. For the past five years, Michele has been responsible for developing and supporting the ten international schools in the district and their K-12 Dual Language Immersion programs in Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish, as well as supporting all World Language teachers throughout the district. She is Co-Director of the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, a partnership among the University of Washington, Seattle Public Schools, the Governor’s Office, and Hanban in China.

From 2008 to 2014, Michele served as World Languages and International Education Program Supervisor at the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). While there she worked with the State Board of Education and Washington State School Directors Association to develop and implement a model policy and procedure for Competency-Based Credits to award high school credits to students with demonstrated language proficiency.  She was instrumental in introducing the Seal of Biliteracy in Washington State and serves on the ACTFL Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines Work Group and the Board of Advisors for the new Global Seal of Biliteracy. Since 2011, Michele has partnered with the University of Washington on their Russian and Portuguese STARTALK Teacher and Student Programs. Michele has a Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics and taught Russian language and English as a Second Language at the University of Washington for a number of years and as a Fulbright lecturer in Romania. She has received two leadership awards from the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) and continues to volunteer as an advocate for languages.

While Michele is retiring, we know that she will continue to advocate for global education and language learning in our schools. We wish her the best!

EU Master Teacher Workshop: August 13 @ UW 

Do you want to learn more about the European Union? The Jackson School at the University of Washington is offering a workshop for middle and high school teachers. It will focus on contemporary issues in the European Union including: 
  • Trump and the E.U.
  • Brexit, the Never-ending Story
  • Populism and Nationalism in an age of Globalization and Migration
  • E.U. Adaptations to Climate Change
  • The 2019 E.U. Parliament Elections
The registration fee for the workshop is $35. The workshop includes 7 clock hours (for WA teachers), parking, teaching materials, and lunch. Preference will be given to full-time teachers.

Click here for registration information. 

Workshop for Teachers New to International Schools: August 22

Teachers new to Seattle's International Schools are invited to attend a special orientation  workshop on international education presented by the International Schools Leadership Team (ISLT) -- teacher leaders from the International Schools. Participants will gain an understanding of the components of international education in Seattle Public Schools, including the four domains of global competence. Resources for globalizing curriculum will be provided. 

Cost: Free! 

Date:  Thursday August 22, 2019 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: Hamilton International Middle School Commons
1610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103

Engaging Language Students in American Classrooms - Aug. 30

Engaging Language Students in American Classrooms
August 30, 2019 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Welcome Table Church, Beacon Hill, Seattle
1322 S. Bayview St, Seattle, WA 98144 
3 blocks from light rail stop/buses36 & 60
Cost: FREE for Seattle teachers and free clock hours from Full Circle Leadership
This interactive workshop, led by Chris Fontana, will engage participants to explore hands-on strategies to build a democratic classroom in which students embrace the target language in unprecedented ways because they are relating to one another and taking on ownership of their learning in entirely new ways. Workshop participants will 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.
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, Full Circle Leadership, Seattle Public Schools International Education.
Register at:  (Use district email to get free registration.)

2019 AFS Global Conference in Montreal: Scholarships Available

AFS Global Conference interactive and ideas-driven sessions facilitated by leading university professors, K-12 experts and non-formal educators will explore integrating global competence education into school curricula, student-driven study abroad programs, how to mentor the next generation of global citizens and more.

Scholarships are available for K-12 teachers and administrators. The scholarship includes:
  • Full coverage of the AFS Global Conference registration fees;
  • Up to 3 night-stay in double room accommodation in the Conference hotel from 9 to 12 October;
  • Partial or full reimbursement of international round-trip travel costs to Montreal up to established limits based on the origin of travel.
Click here for more information. Hurry! The deadline for the scholarship application is August 9th!

2018-19 Highlight: Mercer and Chief Sealth Immersion Students Interview Professionals at the UW

On May 31st, 9th grade students from Chief Sealth International High School’s Spanish Immersion Program and 8th grade students from Mercer International Middle School’s Spanish and Chinese immersion classes traveled to the University of Washington for an authentic language experience. Students prepared for an interview of a professional by reading a resume and developing questions in the target language. Once on campus, students received a tour of the UW and listened to a panel of current heritage language learning students in the target language. Lastly, students completed their interviews with UW professionals.

This annual program supporting Seattle Public Schools Dual Language Immersion students to visit the University of Washington is a project of the UW’s Alliance for Multilingual Teaching, Research, and Learning, which has recently launched its website

Here is a link to an article on the Chinese learners visit posted by the Asian Languages and Literature Department.
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