Spring 2018
Volume 6, Number 3
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In This Issue

  • ALBATROSS Screening 6/4
  • Japan Night at JSIS
  • Get Global Youth Conference
  • Seal of Biliteracy
  • Summer Institutes for Teachers
  • Summer Language Camps
  • Chief Sealth Mariachi
  • Free Global Ed Books

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.

ALBATROSS Screening June 4th in Ingraham HS Auditorium

Student leaders from the Ingraham Environmental Club in partnership with the World Affairs Council and SPS International Education are organizing a free public screening of ALBATROSS, the long awaited documentary film from Seattle-based photographer and filmmaker Chris Jordan. 

ALBATROSS started when Chris Jordan and activist photographer Manuel Maqueda began studying ocean plastic pollution in 2008. They focused on Midway Island, a small island in the North Pacific Ocean, and the lives and journeys of the albatross that live there. The pair began to investigate how the plastic in the ocean impacts the albatross, and traveled to Midway Island eight times over four years to investigate the birds, the island itself, and the ocean surrounding it.

On World Oceans Day (June 8, 2018), ALBATROSS will be shown at the United Nations, and from that day on, it will be made permanently free. Don't miss this chance to see the film before it is released to the world!

Before the public screening, Chris Jordan will lead a workshop for teachers. Educators attending the workshop will be provided with refreshments between the workshop and the film screening. Global Classroom will also provide free clock hours and educational resources. Click here to see an article about using ALBATROSS in the classroom.

Teachers from Seattle Public Schools can register for the workshop for FREE by using the code sps. Click here to register. (The fee for non-SPS educators is $30.)

5:00-6:00 pm  Teacher Workshop (register online)
6:00-6:30 pm  Refreshments and networking
6:30-8:00 pm  Film screening - open to the public
8:00-8:30 pm  Q&A with Chris Jordan

Japan Night at JSIS

John Stanford International School recently enjoyed their 11th annual Japan Night event, which is an all-school celebration of Japanese culture. Hundreds of families, students, staff, alumni, friends, and community partners came together for a night of entertainment, food, games, and learning. 

Kindergarteners gave a special performance to a song from the Japanese animated film Totoro, and fifth graders gave an energetic performance of a traditional dance called Soranbushi. JSIS alumni at Hamilton who recently formed a taiko drumming group, named Nami Daiko, came to give their debut performance. Seattle University's Hidaka Taiko performed, too.

Students demonstrated judo with Seattle Judo Dojo.
Festival-goers were also able to try their hand at temari ball embroidery, the chess-like game of go, and many other crafts and games. New York Times bestselling creator of the Amulet graphic novel series Kazu Kibuishi was also there, signing books and drawing sketches for kids.

This year's Japan Night educational exhibit came from the Wing Luke Museum. Meet Me at Higo tells the story of Seattle's historic Japantown and one of its main gathering spots, the Higo Variety Store, which is now an art gallery.

Get Global Youth Conference

On Saturday, April 21, OneWorld Now! students showcased their leadership skills at the annual student-led Get Global  conference. From conference logistics to workshops and speakers, youth envisioned, planned and executed an outstanding event. Get Global empowers youth to take action on the pressing issues they care about. Some the topics addressed included: Gun violence and control in school; Islamophobia; governance and the opioid crisis; hardships of emigrating from Iraq and climate change. 

Seal of Biliteracy Recipients to be Recognized at 6/6 School Board Meeting

Approximately 400 graduating seniors in Seattle Public Schools will earn the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy this year. Students can qualify for the Seal by taking a world language competency test in their home language and earning four credits. Many students also qualify for the Seal by passing the AP or IB Spanish or Japanese exams or by testing with the STAMP test (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency) at overall Intermediate Mid-level proficiency (i.e. earning 4 credits).

A School Board recognition of Seal of Biliteracy recipients will take place on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence Auditorium. 

Host An International Student This Summer

The World Affairs Council is seeking families in the greater Seattle area to provide a short two-week homestay for high school Youth Leaders from Mexico and Iraq. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity to build lifelong friendships and contribute to a more peaceful world!

Sign up today to provide a homestay for one of these programs:
  • Mexican Youth Leaders: July 21-August 2
  • Iraqi and Kurdish Youth Leaders: August 5-19
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 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 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.
  • Host families will be confirmed 3 weeks prior to the start date of each program, so don't delay! 
           Apply to be a host family today!

Building Democratic Classrooms
Summer Institute July 30 - August 3 

3rd session added! Click here to register.

Key Take-Aways from the Summer Institute: Preparing Global Citizens Through Democratic Classroom Leadership

Structures for a Culture of Equity & Inclusion
Address and discuss issues of identity and diversity effectively to enable students to not have to “check” some or most of their identity at the door and to raise awareness of how students can become active change agents for equity in and outside the classroom.
Understanding behavior
Learn to understand the student’s belief behind the behavior so that your interventions can be more effective.  Learn how you can turn negative behaviors (“confrontational”, “annoying”, “withdrawn”) into positive opportunities for positive engagement and leadership.
Class Agreements
Create a process in which students collaborate to build curriculum and assessment norms, class-room environment and management. 
Class Meetings
Establish a weekly forum to work out all “behavioral”, classroom climate issues and build authentic relationships (student : student and student : educator).  Get a return on investment in more class content time.
Community Building
Create a powerful team in which all students are integral to the whole; use theatre of liberation to build group integrity, cooperation, collaboration and compassion.
Class Jobs/Roles
Share ownership and responsibility of class, teaching and community with students.
Processes for Mutual Respect
Move beyond reward & punishment; learn to use natural & logical consequences, encouragement; ie: methodologies based on mutual respect (“power with” rather than “power over”).
Culture of Critical & Systems Thinking Essential for Interdependent Cooperation
Facilitate project-based learning in which students learn and practice leadership skills to address critical 21st century global issues.

Summer Language Camps - It's Not Too Late to Sign Up!

One World Now! Summer Language & Leadership Camp: Learn Arabic, Chinese or Korean

This language and culture camp focuses on fostering language acquisition, intercultural understanding, and a desire for international travel. During the camp, students will learn basic communicative writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills in classes taught using immersion methodology.  The camp will introduce students to practices and perspectives of the Arabic-, Korean- and Chinese-speaking world, as well as the leadership skills that will enable them to become local youth leaders with a global perspective. Students will learn through classroom activities, guest speakers, music, and field trips. The last day of the camp will feature student performances in a culminating showcase for classmates, family, and community members.

July 9th to July 27th, 2018
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Franklin High School
3013 S. Mt. Baker Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98144

Instructional Time
  • 30 hours per week, 90 hours total
  • Students can earn 0.5 world language credits on their high school transcript.
Program Cost
There is a $25 registration fee that should be paid within one week of completing the application. OneWorld Now! will send an invoice to the email listed in your application. Due to support from STARTALK, there are no other fees or deposits to attend this camp; all meals, snacks and supplies will be provided.

Application Deadline
  • Thursday, June 15th, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply now!
  • Admission will be offered to 17 students for each language.
  Click here for more details.

Seattle Language and Culture Institute
The Seattle Language and Culture Institute is an opportunity for middle and high school students to take part in a two-week global experience (July 23-August 3) 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.
Global Leadership class participants will take part in morning sessions focused on leadership, international awareness, and cross cultural topics. English Language class participants will spend the morning in interactive classes focused on speaking and listening skills. Afternoon excursions bring both groups together to inspire sharing and cultural exchange while enjoying Seattle and the Puget Sound region.
In addition to daily activities, students will also take part in a two-day, one-night camp experience from Thursday, July 26-Friday, July 27 and visit Mount Rainier with international participants.
As part of a cohort of young people from around the world learning alongside one another, students in the Seattle Language and Culture Institute will develop deep cultural awareness, global perspective, and enduring friendships with other youth around the world.

Click here for more information.

Chief Sealth Mariachi in the News

Chief Sealth International High School's mariachi program was featured in the May edition of School Beat

The Chief Sealth Mariachi Program began in the 1990s as an after-school club, started by a local community activist. In the early 2000s, the mariachi class was started as part of the Proyecto Saber program. A year or two later, mariachi was incorporated into the music department. Chief Sealth won two grants from the City of Seattle in 2007-08 to purchase traditional mariachi suits and to start an after-school program at Denny. The mariachi program was cut from the Chief Sealth schedule for three years starting in 2011-12. It was a devastating loss for the students and for the community. In 2013-14, the director of Mariachi Quinto Sol from the University of Washington volunteered her time after school and on Saturday mornings to bring the group back together. Students and teachers organized to reestablish the class for the 2014-15 school year. In 2016-17, with support from the Creative Advantage Arts Program, the after-school mariachi program was reestablished at Denny and teaching artists began working with middle and high school students during class and after school. 

Global Citizenship Education Kindle Books Free This Week Only (through 5/25)

If you are interested in learning more about global citizenship education, check out these books from Harvard professor Fernando Reimers and his graduate students. They are filled with lesson ideas for K-12 classrooms. The are free for Kindle this week only.

Learning to Collaborate for the Common Good

Empowering Students to Change the World in Sixty Lessons

One Student at a Time: Leading the Global Education Movement

Empowering Global Citizens - A World Course
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