October/November 2019
Volume 8, Number 2
Please send examples of global learning in Seattle's international schools or exciting international opportunities for students and teachers to

In This Issue

  • Visit from Peru and Bolivia
  • Mr. Toilet Film Screening 11/26
  • Youth Ambassadors Program
  • International Education Week 11/18-22
  • Global Education Conference 11/18-20
  • Global Classroom Book Club
  • Confucius Institute Day 11/16
  • Global Issue Letter Writing Contest
  • Student Global Travel Programs
  • Teacher Global Travel Programs
  • Euro Challenge
  • Online Certificate Program for Educators
  • World Kindness Week
  • Design for Change USA
  • WAGIN 2020

Student Global Learning Opportunities

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad Program (YES Abroad)
Application due December 3

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
Application due December 3

CIEE Global Navigator Program
Application due December 6

Amigos Summer Program
Application due December 15 (priority deadline 11/15)

The Experiment in International Living
Application due January 15

AFS Project: Change
Application due January 15

For a list of student travel opportunities, click here.

Teacher Travel Opportunities

Bali Educator Trip

NOAA Teacher At Sea Program

Application due November 30

Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program
Application due December 10

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


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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.

Chief Sealth IHS Hosts Visit from Bolivian and Peruvian Students

On Tuesday, October 23rd thirteen high school students from Bolivia and Peru visited Chief Sealth International High School. They were selected through a government program in their countries in collaboration with FIUTS (Foundation for International Understanding Through Students).
The students were paired with other Chief Sealth students and enjoyed the lessons implemented by the teachers throughout the day. In some classes they were invited to present and talk about their countries. At the end of the day all the students, locals and visitors, engaged in an interesting conversation about education, lifestyle comparisons and other global and local concerns of the youth. Great experiences and connections were made!

Special Film Event: Mr. Toilet November 26 @ SIFF Cinema Uptown

Please join World Affairs Council Global Classroom in partnership with Seattle Public Schools International Education and the Seattle International Film Festival for a screening of Mr. Toilet: The World’s #2 Man at the SIFF Cinema Uptown on Tuesday, November 26th.
Did you know that November 19th is World Toilet Day? Not having a place “to go” isn’t just an inconvenience; it’s a problem that impacts 2.4 billion people worldwide. In India alone, 200,000 children die each year from lack of safe sanitation, while women are regularly raped because they have to defecate in public spaces.
To strangers, Jack Sim is a guy obsessed with toilets, but to those who know him, he’s “Mr. Toilet,” a crusader for global sanitation. He founded the World Toilet Organization and has spent the last 13 years lobbying 193 countries to raise awareness about proper sanitation. He even successfully lobbied the United Nations to create World Toilet Day. A 2019 feature-length film about Jack Sim and his work, Mr. Toilet: The World’s #2 Man, will be screened at SIFF Cinema Uptown on Tuesday, November 26th at 7 pm.
Educators: please join Global Classroom and SIFF with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for an exclusive educator workshop with Jack Sim and filmmaker Lily Zepeda from 5:15-6:15 pm and then stay for the public screening of Mr. Toilet. To register for the educator workshop, click here. Teachers can earn 4 clock hours. Students are welcome to attend the public screening. If they are part of the Teen Tix program (it’s easy to sign up online), they can purchase $5 tickets at the box office. Otherwise, tickets for the general public are $14 for adults and $13 for youth. Mr. Toilet is currently showing in film festivals in New York and Los Angeles. It won the student audience award at the Toronto Hot Docs Festival in April.

Youth Ambassadors Program - Deadline Extended to 11/13!

Don't miss this amazing opportunity for FULLY FUNDED travel and leadership education for high school students. Students can travel to Argentina & Chile, Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, or Uruguay. Click here for application details

The Youth Ambassadors Program is a three-week leadership exchange for high school students (age 15-18) and adult mentors. The program provides full scholarships for participants to take part in cultural and educational programming focused on civic engagement, social entrepreneurship, social justice, multiculturalism, and environmental protection.
The Youth Ambassadors Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government. The program is administered by World Learning in partnership with Amigos de las Americas, Georgetown University, and SUNY Plattsburgh. Youth Ambassadors aims to develop a cadre of young adults throughout the Americas who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to their communities, an awareness of current and global issues, and strong interpersonal leadership skills. The program aims to promote mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration between people in the United States and other countries across the Western Hemisphere.

International Education Week: Nov. 18-22

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

For a list of suggested activities for K-12 schools, click here

Also taking place this week is the 9th Annual Global Education Conference.

The 9th Annual Global Education Conference (GEC)
All Online, All Free
November 18 - 20, 2019

The Global Education Conference (GEC) is a collaborative and world-wide community convening designed to significantly increase opportunities for globally-connecting educators and programs. The primary event seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real-world problems.

The Global Education Conference is FREE, but does require that you REGISTER.

Please register HERE to get instant access to the conference AND to receive all the recording links after the conferences.

Last Change to Register for Global Classroom Book Club

The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un by Anna Fifield
How can we begin to understand the complex history of North Korea and its leader? Delve deeper into this question by engaging in a dynamic discussion with other educators, explore contemporary challenges facing North Korean society, and share diverse strategies for bringing North Korea into the classroom.
This book club is led by Tese Wintz Neighbor and by Ryan Hauck, and is open to current K-12 in-service and pre-service teachers. The registration fee of $10 includes a copy of the book, a light dinner, 4 clock hours, and resources.
The North Korea Book Club will meet in December in Seattle, Bellingham and Bellevue. This program is sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center and the World Affairs Council in Seattle, and funded by a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).

Seattle –  Tuesday, December 3, 2019, from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM; University of Washington, Thomson Hall, Room 317, King Lane NE, Seattle, WA 98105.

Click here for more information

Confucius Institute Day - November 16

Global Issue Letter-Writing Contest: Enter by November 15th!

Students: make your voice heard this election season by writing a letter to a member of Congress that explains the global issue you want them to prioritize. Make your case using Pulitzer Center reporting.
Prizes: 3 winners:
  • $100 to support global community engagement in your classroom (prize distributed to your class teacher)
  • Publication of your letter, photo, and bio on the Pulitzer Center website
  • A personal video message from a journalist who reported on the issue you select
Finalists: Publication of your letter, photo, and bio on the Pulitzer Center website

Eligibility: Any current K-12 student in the United States or abroad may enter. Students outside the United States should address a local equivalent to their member of Congress. Letters may be in English and/or Spanish.
Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019 11:59 PM EST

More info: CLICK HERE

Deadlines Approaching Fast for Global Travel Programs - Apply Now!

Seattle public high school students (current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors) are eligible to receive generous scholarships to study abroad next summer with CIEE. The application deadline is December 6

CIEE offers 35 exciting programs in 21 different locations around the world.
CIEE offers three types of programs:
  • Language and Culture Programs: These 4-week programs use the ACTFL language assessment at the beginning and end of the program to measure and prove language progress.  The programs balance interactive instruction time with fun excursions, cultural activities and interactions with local teens. Students can work in a language they have already studied or try a new one.  These programs can earn 4 credits from Tulane University.
  • Service and Leadership Programs: These 3-week programs are developed in partnership with local NGO’s and offer a balance of service time, local excursions and interactions with local peers.  Students will make a lasting impact on a community and return with a whole new set of skills, including an action plan for service in their home communities.
  • Global Discovery Programs:  These 3-week programs will immerse students in the culture by working and studying alongside scientists in the field.

The Experiment in International Living is one of the most experienced providers of summer abroad programs for high school students. For more than 87 years, their immersive programs have allowed participants to explore the world in an authentic and meaningful way, while developing enduring friendships through cultural experiences and homestays worldwide.
You can learn more about the Experiment programs and their Seattle specific Essay Contest scholarship here and here.

AMIGOS is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize their full potential as leaders and global citizens. They provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. 

See the Seattle chapter's website for more details. Application deadline: December 15. Priority deadline: November 15. 

The U.S. Department of State's Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) program, provides competitive merit-based scholarships for U.S. citizens in secondary school (age 15-18.5) to study for one academic year in select countries.

Click here for more info. Application deadline: December 3. 

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) is for motivated high school students who want to experience a culture and learn a language through a full immersion experience. Learn about German culture first-hand by living with a host family and attending a German high school.

Click here for more information. Application deadline: December 3.

AFS Intercultural Programs, which runs semester, year, and summer study abroad programs is offering a full scholarship to spend two weeks abroad in the country of your choice. U.S. 8th to 12th grade students are eligible for Project Change
In their own words, applicants must write a project proposal essay that answers both of the following prompts (in min. 500 – max 1500 words):
  • Choose one to three of the Sustainable Development Goals for your project proposal. Why are you passionate about meeting the Goal(s) you chose? If you have chosen more than one Goal, explain how they are related.
  • What project would you propose to help meet your chosen Goal(s) in one of the available AFS Countries? Demonstrate the relevance of your proposed project to the Goals and communities in the country chosen.
Application due January 15. Click here for more info. 

Global Travel for Teachers

Bali Educator Trip: Examining the Effects of Plastic on Marine Life
April 3 – April 12, 2020
The Global Classroom Seattle World Affairs Council has partnered with Global Family Travels to offer an educator trip in April of 2020 to Bali to take a deep dive into examining the negative effects of plastics on  Life Below Water, as well as the looming water crisis on the island.  With a focus on some key United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this trip, led by Global Classroom Director Ryan Hauck, offers opportunities for educators to learn hands-on from Balinese non-profit organizations involved with critical global issues, as well as Bali’s deep cultural traditions in respecting nature, thereby bringing important lessons back to the classroom.
For more information, please check out the Global Family Travels website or download detailed itinerary.

Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF) Program

The Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship is a professional development opportunity for Pre-K–12 formal and informal educators from the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, and US Department of Defense schools. This program is made possible by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society and takes educators on Lindblad Expeditions’ voyages to places like Antarctica, the Galápagos Islands, and beyond for a life-changing, field-based experience.

Application due December 10. Click here for more info

NOAA Teacher at Sea Program

The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Teacher at Sea Program is to provide teachers hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists, thereby giving them unique insight into oceanic and atmospheric research crucial to the nation. The program provides a unique opportunity for kindergarten through college-level teachers to sail aboard NOAA research ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew. 

Click here for more information. Application deadline: November 30.

Euro Challenge

This is a competition for 9th and 10th grade students passionate about world history, European studies, economics, trade, migration, health, environmental security, and global business. The program aims to increase students’ knowledge of the Euro Area and its single currency, the euro, through a unique learning experience that moves students out of the classroom and into the real world.
Don't miss this opportunity to engage students as EU policymakers with the chance of competing in New York City.

Contact for more details. 

For more information click here!

You can view the Euro Challenge Video here!

New Online Certificates in Teaching for Global Competence

The Center for Global Education at Asia Society is offering a new certificate program for educators in partnership with EdPlus at Arizona State University. The program offers certificates in The Essentials of Global Competence, Project-Based Learning in a Global Classroom, and Classroom Assessment of Global Competence. To earn each certificate, educators take three online courses comprised of short videos, interactive learning objects, and competency-based assessments, as well as readings and reflective activities. The certificates are designed for any K-12 education professional interested in learning how to incorporate best-practices in global competence education. You can find more information here.

Empatico: World Kindness Week - November 11-15

Help Empatico celebrate World Kindness Day this year by connecting 10,000 students in classrooms around the world! 
We all experience acts of kindness - both big and small - that help connect us to others. When we make a new friend, share our lives, and learn to appreciate different perspectives - we spread a little kindness. Join Empatico this November as we explore the positive ways #KindnessConnectsUs by pledging to complete a virtual exchange with Empatico.
Empatico is a free tool for educators to connect their classrooms with others around the world. They make it simple for virtual connections to exist in classrooms by combining everything needed in one platform: live video, file sharing, a partner classroom, and activities.

They focus on ages 6-11 because children at this age are old enough to understand their role in the world, but young enough to be positively influenced by experiences.

Click here for more information.

Design for Change USA

Design for Change equips young people to transform empathy into social action using 4 steps: Feel, Imagine, Do, Share. Educators use DFC to facilitate a design process that fosters empathy and student agency. Students brainstorm, plan, and execute community change projects.
Every year, student teams from around the world submit their projects to Design for Change. An Ambassador Team is selected from each country to attend the DFC Global Conference. This conference brings together student teams from across the world to share and celebrate their solutions! The conference has been held in India, China, Mexico, and Spain. In 2018, the conference was in Taipei, Taiwan.
To learn more about Design for Change, click here.

WAGIN 2020: March 20-21

Attention all middle and high school teachers, students and community partners!
Are there student groups or classes in your school or program who are learning about and taking action on global issues? Don't miss this great opportunity for students to share their projects and ideas with peers from around the world. 
On March 20-21, 2019 (Friday/Saturday) a couple hundred middle and high school students will gather at Ingraham High School in Seattle. WAGIN 2020 is organized in partnership with Global Issues Network (GIN), a nonprofit that supports global issues conferences in Latin America and Asia. They have worked with a few independent schools in the U.S., but our conference is the first international youth conference of its kind in the United States.
In 2015, 2017, and 2019 Chief Sealth International High School hosted the inaugural Washington State Global Issues Network (WAGIN) Conference. See this West Seattle Blog article for highlights. In 2016, Ingraham High School hosted the 2nd annual WAGIN Conference, also called the ACT Conference. To see what WAGIN looks like, take a look at the 2019 website.
Here's what WAGIN 2020 will look like:
  • The aim of the conference is to bring youth together to share ideas for taking action on critical global issues. Here is a list of the 20 global issues. We have added a 21st issue: racial justice. We are also integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals this year.
  • All students who attend the conference are invited to present workshop sessions about action projects that they have carried out or that they plan to carry out (connected to one or more of the 21 global issues). All workshops are youth-led.
  • Keynotes (2-3 per day). We are in the process of inviting some exciting adult and youth speakers.
  • Throughout the weekend, students will meet in "Global Villages" - these are groups of 10 students, all from different schools, who will have small group discussions (facilitated by youth).
  • Each team of students that attend (2-6 in a team) will create a 1-2 minute trailer for their workshop. These will be shown as part of a film festival throughout the weekend.
  • There will be a Global Action Fair with nonprofit organizations who carry out work related to the 20 global issues.
  • We are inviting schools from around the region to participate. We also hope to have students from Latin America attending this year (last year schools came from Mexico, Cuba and South Korea).
  • There are about 100 leadership roles for students for planning and implementing the conference. Several student planning committees have been meeting for the past several weeks.
Detailed information about registration, and the conference schedule will be posted on the conference website SOON.
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