Winter 2021
Volume 9, 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

  • Exchange Projects at McDonald
  • Mercer and Denny Students Participate in Latinx Book Festival
  • Global Competence at Chief Sealth IHS
  • Global Issues Club at Ingraham
  • The Experiment Digital
  • World Citizen Essay Contest 2021
  • Arctic Series 2021
  • East Asia Teacher Programs
  • HIV/AIDS Teacher Workshop
  • Teachers for Global Classrooms
  • FIUTS CulturalFest 2021
  • National Geographic Educator Certification

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.

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 more information about the Seattle Public Schools International Education Program here

Exchange Projects at McDonald Intl. 

5th Grade Artist Trading Card Exchange

This year, 5th graders at McDonald International Elementary are doing an art exchange with students at the Anatole de Monzie School in Nantes, France. Students designed their own artist trading cards, introducing themselves to their pen pals. Some students created cards that give a tour of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Students are excited to receive trading cards from their new friends in France!

                 Map of learning Global Exchange Project partners

4th Grade Global Exchange Project

Fourth graders at McDonald International school have been participating in a global exchange projects with different schools around the world.  During this 10-week Learning Circle, students present information about their classroom and their school.  Students may choose to write stories, take photographs, prepare multi-media presentation, create video, or use other media formats to share and highlight information about their school.  Each participating class will complete a class survey and project.

     Screenshot from a video from one of the global exchange schools

Mercer IMS and Denny IMS Dual Language Immersion Students Participate in Latinx KidLit Book Festival

This December 8th grade Dual Language Immersion students at Denny and Mercer International Schools participated in the Latinx KidLit Book Festival. The festival highlighted the works of Latinx Young Adult authors and illustrators and offered various discussion panels regarding, Latinx issues, racial identity, LGBQTIA issues, literary genres, and much more!

Denny and Mercer students first researched an author and explored the works of that author. Students also submitted questions for the Q&A sessions with authors. Then, students were able to explore the live or recorded panels of their author or other authors of interest.

Students were also lucky enough to win a class set of the book Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevas!

A fresh start. 
broken heart. 
A menu of posstbllltles. 
It's not too late to participate!

  • Check out this amazing festival and the authors using this link.
  • Listen to the various panels from the festival on Latinx Kidlit Festival Youtube channel here.

Global Competence at Chief Sealth IHS

A group of students from Chief Sealth International High School are participating in the Heritage Language Program Grant awarded by The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Migrant/Bilingual Department to Evergreen Public Schools (Vancouver, WA). These students will be working on this project until the end of the school year in order to obtain the Global Competence Certificate and the Global Seal of Biliteracy. This program is implemented in Romanian, Russian and Spanish. For more information about this program, please click here.

Also happening at Chief Sealth IHS:

Students in Japanese classes has been participating in a grant-funded program called Global Classmates - 22 Sealth Students interact with 24 students in Miyazaki, Japan over Schoology engaging in written discussions and a gift exchange.

Global Issues Club at Ingraham Intl. HS 

Each week in Ingraham's Global Issues club, a student researches a global issue that connects to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and leads a discussion about it. The club has started bringing in guest speakers, too. On December 10, a speaker called in from Baku, Azerbaijan to talk about the conflict with Armenia, an issue that the club had previously learned about.

The Global Issues Club is also planning to organize a half-day virtual Washington Global Issues Network (WAGIN) Conference in March or May. It would likely be a 9-12 event on a Saturday with one keynote speaker and one or two sessions of student-led workshops. Stay tuned for more information about WAGIN 2021.

The Experiment Digital - Virtual Exchange

U.S. youth between the ages of 14-19 are invited to apply for this this 8-week fully-funded program (summer 2021) on Youth Leadership and Community Service. Participants will collaborate in a virtual cultural exchange with youth from the Middle East and North Africa. The time commitment is approximately four hours per week.
Upon successful completion of the program, experimenters receive a Certificate of Completion in Leadership & Global Issues Analysis, unique project funding opportunities, and a $400 scholarship towards participation in one of The Experiment in International Living’s Summer 2022 programs around the world. 
Learn more and apply at Applications are open now - the early admissions deadline is February 16, 2021.
The  Experiment Digital is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute.

World Citizen Essay Contest 2021

Each spring, the World Affairs Council hosts the World Citizen Essay Contest (WCEC) for third through twelfth graders. The goal of the contest is to promote discussion among students, teachers, families, and community members about the ways that individuals can effect positive change in the global community. The contest lends the opportunity for students to engage in conversations about critical world issues with their peers, teachers, and families and allows them to gain confidence in expressing their thoughts in writing by submitting their work to a panel of community judges from both the business and education communities. Many teachers use the WCEC as a way to engage their students in real life global issues. Below is the upcoming prompt for 2021,

2021 Essay Prompt:
The COVID-19 global pandemic has illustrated that today’s world is truly interconnected. With so many changes happening at once—climate change, domestic political unrest, the global economy, education, health care, trade and tourism—we are seeing new ways local and national actions impact international issues. According to the United Nations, “the world is at a defining moment for collective action” to solve challenging global issues. Therefore, in 1000 words or less, discuss an issue of global significance, explain its impact on a specific context (local, national, regional, or global), what steps you would take to address it, and how you would inspire others, especially youth, to take action on this important issue.

For more information about the essay contest, past winners, and more, please check out the World Citizen Essay Contest Home Page, here.

Logistics and additional guidelines for the 2021 WCEC can be found, here.

Arctic Series 2021 | Public Lecture with Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm & K-16 Educator Workshop Series

The World Affairs Council - Seattle, the Canadian Studies Center and Center for Global Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington and Center for Canadian-American Studies, Western Washington University, are thrilled to present Arctic Series 2021. To kickstart the K-16 Educator Workshop Series, we will be hosting a public lecture focusing on The Climate Change Emergency and Gwitchin Leadership. Leela Fernandes, Director, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington will provide the welcome for the program followed by Consul General Brandon Lee, Canadian Consulate General of Canada in Seattle, who will provide an introduction for the featured speakers: Dana Tizya-Tramm, Chief, Vuntut Gwitchin Government, Old Crow, Yukon in discussion with Kevin Turner, Brock University, 2020-21 UW Fulbright Canada Chair in Arctic (details below).

The accompanying K-16 Educator Workshop Series, will introduce educators to the Arctic today including the role of Arctic Indigenous peoples in international relations, their communities and languages. University of Washington’s network of scholars in Arctic and Indigenous studies will provide a historic context for the circumpolar world as well as address the role of ice in nature and culture and the tremendous impact of climate change in the region.

PUBLIC LECTURE | The Climate Change Emergency and Gwitchin Leadership
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:30PM PST

Much more information about the series and the upcoming workshop on 2/9 can be found here

East Asia Online Programs for K-12 Teachers - A few spots left.

East Asia Beyond the Headlines: Contemporary Issues in China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea - NCTA 2021 Online Program
Tuesday February 23, Tuesday March 9, Tuesday March 23 and Tuesday April 6, 2021; 6:00-8:00 PM (MT)
This 20-hour NCTA online seminar is geared for secondary current world affairs, geography, history, and social studies teachers and curriculum specialists to help educators expand and update their own knowledge of current issues in East Asia or incorporate content on East Asia into their curriculum for the first time. School librarians and administrators are also encouraged to apply. It provides content and resources for teaching about China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea.

In partnership with the Montana World Affairs Council Distinguished Speaker Program and webcast Connect Montana, designed especially for this seminar, together with the Mansfield Center of the University of Montana, a combination of live 2-hour sessions and asynchronous virtual content will be provided over 8-weeks. Zoom will be the virtual tool and asynchronous content will be delivered on a Moodle site. Benefits include a stipend, materials and resources, and free clock hours for MT and WA tecahers.

Click here for details and registration link.
Write About Asia Winter 2021 - Art and Renewal in Times of Crisis in Asia - NCTA 2021 Online Program
Each Saturday from February 6 to March 6, 2021.
Write about Asia is offered by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s (SAAM) Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas and its seasonal Saturday University Lecture Series. This series is titled Art and Renewal in Times of Crisis in Asia and will look at how has art and creative activity contributed to confronting crises in Asia. While we face the current pandemic, along with deep social, political, and economic challenges, perhaps we can take heart in artists’ creative responses to violent conflict, environmental change, and panic. 
Write About Asia is offered following each SAAM public lecture and facilitated by Mary Roberts. During the workshop, time will be given to solitary writing in response to the morning lecture. The workshop will nurture educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion, and will place after each lecture from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
Click here for details and registration link.

Global Classroom Teacher Workshop: Banishing the Stigma of HIV/AIDS - February 11

Join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center and the World Affairs Council’s Global Classroom for an informative educator workshop on banishing the stigma of HIV/AIDS in our classrooms and community. Participants will learn more about the work of the Gates Foundation in addressing HIV/AIDS, experience the Discovery Center’s “Through Positive Eyes,” a new virtual exhibition featuring photography, stories, sculpture, and video by those living with HIV/AIDS and engage with local leaders who are taking meaningful action in our schools and communities. Please join us for this timely and essential discussion that encourages dialogic learning to challenge the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in our local, national, and global community.

When: Thursday, February 11 – 4 pm - 6 pm


Due to limited space, please register only if you are sure that you are able to attend the event! 

Please contact the Director of Global Classroom, Ryan Hauck, at with any questions or for more information.

Global Professional Development for Teachers - Apply Now!

The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a year-long professional development opportunity for U.S. teachers (K-12) who have been in the classroom at least five years, to become leaders in global education. Global education is integral to building 21st century skills, and teachers are the greatest resource to empower students as global citizens.
The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program has four main components:

  • Online Course – a ten-week, graduate-level course on globalizing classrooms and curriculum;
  • Global Education Symposium – held in Washington D.C., teachers and their administrators attend to build networks, collaborate, and develop strategies to enhance global learning;
  • International Field Experience – a  two to three-week practical international field experience for teachers to experience another country's culture and education system; and
  • Global Education Resource Guide – a participant-created website that serves as a resource for their local education community to enhance global learning.
Click here for more details.

FIUTS CulturalFest 2021 - A Virtual Global Celebration on February 10th

FIUTS CulturalFest is an annual event honoring the diversity and vitality of our international community. Join us for two exciting virtual opportunities to learn and celebrate together:
The CulturalFest Performance Showcase will take place online on February 10, featuring music and dance acts from around the world. And the CulturalFest International Expo will run from Feb 10-20, with all kinds of opportunities to explore different countries and cultures through photos, videos, music, crafts, recipes, and more. 
Visit for updates on how to participate.

National Geographic Educator Certification Course - Enroll Now

National Geographic Educator Certification is a free professional development program that recognizes pre-K through 12 formal and informal educators committed to inspiring the next generation of explorers, conservationists, and changemakers. These educators are part of a powerful movement to make the world a better place by empowering students to be informed decision-makers equipped to solve meaningful challenges in their communities and beyond. Don’t just teach students about the world—teach them how to change it.

Audience: Formal and informal educators—any grade, any subject
Dates: February 15–April 25

Click here to learn more. 
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