WAGIN 2019 Registration Open!
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 with peers from around the world.
On March 22-23, 2019 (Friday/Saturday) Chief Sealth International High School will host a couple hundred middle and high school students at the 4th annual Washington State Global Issues Network (WAGIN) Conference.
Registration is open through Friday, February 15th. For more details, visit the conference website: http://globalissuesnetwork.org/wagin2019/
- 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.
- 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 20 global issues). All workshops are youth-led.
- Keynotes (2-3 per day). The list of keynote speakers will be released in January.
- 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.
Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP)
IYLEP provides an opportunity for 12 United States high school students to join Iraqi counterparts in a four-week program aiming to develop leadership and peacebuilding skills, foster relationships among youth from different backgrounds, and to promote mutual understanding between the people of Iraq and the U.S. This program takes place domestically in the U.S throughout different program locations in Vermont, a host community, and Washington, D.C. IYLEP is a fully funded program, covering travel, lodging, food, and all program activities.
The U.S. students are full participants on the program and have the opportunity to share their own culture with the Iraqi participants while learning more about their counterparts’ cultures and way of life. Through teambuilding activities, dialogue, skills and theme-based workshops, living in dorms and with host families, and meeting teenagers from all over the U.S. and Iraq, participants will gain skills needed for their future education and professional goals.
U.S. students will participate in:
To apply, click here. The application is due January 15.
- Leadership training
- Cross-cultural communication and exposure
- Skills development
- Networking opportunities
- A unique and authentic exchange program
- Civic and social responsibility workshops
- Teambuilding and group work
- Cultural awareness and sharing opportunities
Global Citizenship Camps
Riveted Kids takes teens on transformative travel camp adventures that plant the seeds for global citizenship. With just a few exclusive camps each summer, each adventure is a curated, small-group experience to connect teens directly to trusted locals, hands-on activities, and culture. Camps are off the beaten path and are immersive by design, incorporating lots of Spanish learning and service learning. Themes relate to sustainability, responsible travel, social justice, and self-awareness. Each day is structured to help campers have fun while learning from locals and then to process the experience to develop an appreciation for the global community. The use of technology (i.e. smart phones) is prohibited to help deepen camper experiences and connections.
For the summer of 2019, there are three curated camps: a community-led smokeless oven building project in Peru, street photography with local teens in Oaxaca, Mexico, and a third adventure to get hands-on with Oaxacan art and culture.
Riveted Kids is based in Seattle. All camps are led by Jay Waltmunson who is a Spanish teacher, photographer, past Peace Corps Volunteer, and has a Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics. Local experienced trusted guides also accompany each group. For more info, registration, and testimonials, see here: https://rivetedkids.com/summer2019
Democratic Classroom Leadership Workshop
Administrators from across Seattle and Highline School Districts gathered on December 13 to participate in Full Circle Leadership Center’s “Democratic Classroom Leadership Workshop for Administrators” led by Co-Founder and Executive Director Chris Fontana. Throughout the interactive workshop, administrators explored strategies for building inclusive, democratic learning communities in which students are empowered to become global leaders. Participants discussed the ways in which a democratic classroom promotes social-emotional learning, embraces diversity, and strengthens skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. Many teachers from SPS international schools participated in a week-long summer institute with Full Circle.
Global Competence Workshop
January 10 @ Hamilton IMS
Teachers, please join us on Thursday, January 10th for the second in a series of three Global Competence workshops for educators in partnership with the World Affairs Council.
JANUARY 10, 2019 4:30-6:30 pm
21st Century Global Competence Workshops
Session 2: Collaboration in the Classroom and Beyond
Location: Hamilton International Middle School Room 219
1610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103
Presenters at this event will include Mary Thompson and Mary Howard Logel (Beacon Hill Intl Elem), Noah Zeichner (Ingraham HS), Brandon Severance (Hamilton Intl MS), Cassandra Garcia-Stokes (Mercer Intl MS), and Joshua Hansell (Chief Sealth Intl HS).
2 hours + 1 hour online component in Schoology: Access Code: 3T2T2-CQX42
3 clock hours free from World Affairs Council Global Classroom
Register at: https://www.world-affairs.org/event/21-century-global-competence-workshop-session-2-teaching-collaboration/
Pay $30 to register. SPS International Schools teachers will receive 2 extra hours pay for attending.
SAVE THE DATE….
- Identify the components of collaboration.
- Examine how collaboration is interconnected with other 21st century skills and Global Competencies.
- Set professional goals for how we can intentionally teach collaboration skills.
MARCH 7, 2019 4:30-6:30 pm
21st Century Global Competence Workshops
Session 3: Communicating Ideas across Cultures and Taking Action
Location: Mercer International Middle School Library
1600 S Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108
Presenters: Noah Zeichner and International Schools teachers
2 hours + 1 hour online component in Schoology: Access Code: 3T2T2-CQX42
3 clock hours free from World Affairs Council Global Classroom
- Identify types of communication across cultures in the classroom.
- Describe approaches for communicating ideas effectively with diverse audiences.
- Explore considerations for international online collaboration.
- Consider how to apply these concepts to take action in specific projects using examples from Seattle’s International Schools.
Gender Equality through Design Workshop for Teachers
Join the World Affairs Council and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center for an educator workshop that takes a closer look at how design thinking has improved economic opportunity and health for women and girls across the globe. Connect with stories that illustrate the use of design innovation to address some of the world’s most critical problems in our current special exhibit, Design with the 90%, and leave with ways to apply this work in your classroom.
The evening will include a discussion addressing gender equality and poverty through the lens of design thinking.
The workshop cost is $20 and includes food, 3 FREE clock hours, and an in-depth curriculum resource guide on the topic. Validated parking is also available.
Click here to register.
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 in early May!!
Please contact Global Classroom Director, Ryan Hauck, for more details at Rhauck@world-affairs.org
For more information click here!
You can view the Euro Challenge Video here!
Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program for U.S. Teachers (Fulbright DAST) provides an opportunity for outstanding K–12 teachers from the United States to take part in a two- to six-week professional development experience abroad. Teachers will share their educational expertise with schools, nonprofits, teacher training institutions, and other educational organizations abroad.
Fulbright DAST – Mexico
Location: Toluca, Mexico
Dates: June – September 2019
Theme: Natural sciences/STEM teacher training
Host institution: Regional Center for the Teaching of Languages, Normal Superior School of the State of Mexico
Description: An American specialist in natural sciences and/or STEM will work with school administration, faculty, and pre-service Mexican public-school teachers to improve teaching methods in natural sciences and/or STEM
Preferred qualifications: Experience teaching natural science and/or STEM topics; experience teacher training; ability to speak Spanish fluently; 5 years of teaching experience in middle/secondary schools
Fulbright DAST – Uganda
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Dates: June 2019
Theme: ICT teacher training
Host institution: Nabisunsa Girls’ Secondary School
Description: An American ICT education specialist will equip sixty teachers with skills, knowledge and attitudes to effectively use modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as tools for enhancing teaching and learning outcomes
Preferred qualifications: Experience implementing ICT in classrooms; experience teacher training; 5 years of secondary school teaching experience
Fulbright DAST – Uzbekistan
Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Dates: June – September 2019
Theme: TEFL teacher training
Host institution: A. Avloni Central Institute for Training and Re-training of Public Education Staff (Division of the Ministry of Public Education)
Description: Two American TEFL specialists will be responsible for providing local English language teaching practitioners with training workshops on modern and innovative TEFL teaching methods
Preferred qualifications: Experience teaching TEFL; experience leading TEFL training; 5 years of secondary school teaching experience
Fulbright-Hays Travel Seminar in China
The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona is inviting applications for educators wishing to take part in a Fulbright-Hays travel seminar in China next summer.
Education, Society, and Globalization in China:
A Collaborative Teacher Training Program
Inviting applications for a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Travel Seminar
The program will provide educators a unique opportunity to learn about education and social structure in China in an immersive cultural and linguistic experience. Engaging in guided collaborative activity with their peers in the US at varying stages of their careers, participants will also work telecollaboratively with Chinese teachers before, during and after the in-country phases of the program.
Travel and materials are funded by the Fulbright-Hays grant. Participants contribute only $500 to the cost of the program and pay for one unit of University of Arizona credit.
For full eligibility information and other details, see
Deadline to submit an application to participate: January 14, 2019
Questions? Contact CERCLL at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the project leaders: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
East Asia Resource Center
Winter Programs for Teachers
The Silk Roads: Yesterday and Today
An NCTA seminar for middle and high school teachers will be offered in Everett, WA.
The Silk Road was not one road but a great network of trade routes, which linked China to Europe and all the lands in between. Products were traded, but ideas and beliefs, techniques and works of art were also transmitted, which shaped the civilizations that flourished along the way. In this seminar, teachers will follow the ancient footsteps of merchants, monks and warriors. Teachers will also learn about the Silk Road’s history and examine contemporary Silk Road “explorers” such as Yo-Yo Ma and President Xi Jinping, who recently proposed a $900 billion “new Silk Road” trade/investment plan.
Dates: January 23, February 13 and March 20, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Location: Mariner High School in Everett, WA
Topics will include:
Through readings, movie clips, class discussion, and lesson plans, you will gain the knowledge necessary to support your students as they grapple with the historical and continuing significance of the great Silk Road. Join us as we explore the Silk Road from its ancient camel routes to its 21st century high speed train tentacles. Tese Wintz Neighbor, China specialist and long-time teacher seminar leader, will facilitate.
- The role of merchants, monks, explorers, and warriors
- Significance of trade
- Spread of religions
- The development of powerful military forces and empires
- Diffusion of technologies and artistic motifs
- Geopolitics today
- China’s new Silk Road Economic Belt
The seminar is open to current K-12 inservice and preservice teachers. Space is limited to 20. There is no registration fee, but you must apply below.
Teachers who complete the seminar will receive a $100 stipend, 20 OSPI clock hours (free) or two 400-level UW credits (for a fee of approx. $225), and a subscription to Education about Asia.
China on our Minds and in our Classroom Book Club
This book club 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. Once you register below, you will receive a notification email confirming your spot. You will receive instructions on how to complete your registration by sending a check made out to the “University of Washington”. Once your check is received, a copy of the book will be mailed to you along with a short assignment to complete prior to the meeting.
Book: Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
Locations and dates:
Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Squalicum High School Room (Bellingham)
Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Stadium High School (Tacoma)
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM, University of Washington
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 4:15 PM – 7:15 PM, Issaquah Valley Elementary
- a copy of Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve
- resource packet
- four free Washington State OSPI clock hours
- light supper
- parking is free or provided for free at all locations
Write About Asia
“Write about Asia” is offered by the East Asia Resource Center in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Saturday University Lecture Series. Each Saturday (with the exception on February 23), there will be a lecture followed by a writing workshop which will be facilitated by Mary Barber Roberts.
Each Saturday, educators will attend the public lecture from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and then meet for a writing workshop from 11:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m. During the workshop, time is given to solitary writing in response to the morning lecture. The workshop will nurture educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion. Priority will be given to full-time K12 teachers. Teachers must sign up for and attend two or more lectures in the application below. Spaces are limited.
This upcoming series is titled, “Roots of Culture: Essential Plants of Asia”. This seven-part series will begin with “an arts approach to plants through a comparison of musical structures and trees. Then six talks each focus on cultures and histories of one type of plant. Their uses vary from garden ornamentals to craft, agriculture, fiber, and fruit.” (excerpt from the Gardner Center website)
More Free Global Travel for Teachers
Transatlantic Outreach Program
Travel to Germany for free next summer. From Berlin to Frankfurt, from Stuttgart to Munich, from Hamburg to Kiel, from Dresden to Schwerin, and from Weimar to Leipzig, each corner of Germany is sampled through sight, sound, touch, and taste!
Application deadline: January 28th.
NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship
The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship offers educators 12 months of professional development to support them as they build global competence skills and create their own lesson plans to share with educators around the world. Fellows will also travel to Peru in the summer for a nine-day international field study.
Read Noah Zeichner's reflections on his trip to South Africa with this program in 2018.
- Learn transformative ways to integrate global competency into classroom instruction and prepare students to thrive in the flattened global age
- Discover a global, peer-learning community of educators committed to global education advocacy
- Explore the history, culture, and educational landscape of another country
Application deadline: February 4
Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship 2019
Keizai Koho Center (KKC), in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS), will offer "KKC Study Tour to Japan 2019" for U.S. and Canadian social studies teachers.
Dates in Japan: June 24 (Mon) - July 2 (Tue), 2019 (Tentative)
Primarily in Tokyo, the itinerary will be developed to provide vivid and enjoyable experiences with participants, which include:
• Visits to Japanese schools to interact with students and teachers,
• Meetings with scholars and experts on Japanese society and its education system,
• Visits to major Japanese companies and meetings with senior company executives,
• Home stay with a Japanese family, and
• Cultural and fun events.
KKC provides round trip air transportation from participants' home city to Japan, as well as accommodations, ground transportation and meals associated with the ten-day program.
Application deadline: February 1st.
Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms
Application due in March
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.
New Book by and for Global Educators
12 Lessons to Open Classrooms and Minds to the World is a book of 12 lesson plans, one per grade, created by the NEA Foundation's 2018 Global Learning Fellows, a diverse cohort of 46 educator leaders. It is an easily-accessible guide to provide educators with essential tools they can use to prepare students for active global citizenship.
In the 21st century, it has become increasingly important that students learn how local and global affairs connect to each other, and learn to collaborate with others across national borders. The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship connects teachers with peers and stakeholders who can support them in developing a global perspective and a global curriculum. In turn, the Global Learning Fellows wanted to share their learning with other educators and help better prepare them to advocate for global education.
The book contains easily replicable and adaptable lessons that educators can use to empower their students to be global citizens.
The Fellows worked together during their yearlong professional development experience to write and test each set of lessons. They received support from the NEA Foundation and Harvard Professor Dr. Fernando Reimers. Dr. Reimers' book, Empowering Students to Improve the World in Sixty Lessons, served as a template.
The book is also linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a universal call-to-action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
Pilot New STEM Professional Development Modules and Tools
The Center for Global Education at Asia Society has partnered with ACTE and Advance CTE to create online professional development modules that support educators to teach STEM through global content via active, project-based learning. These 10 new online, 15-minute modules will help educators understand how to make global connections to local STEM issues; create high-quality global STEM projects; assess global workforce readiness skills; connect with classrooms abroad to complete collaborative projects; and teach students to be project managers so they are more successful in completing their projects. The modules, together with sample curriculum and other tools and resources are currently being piloted and you can participate! For each module you give feedback on, you will be entered in a drawing for one of two $100 Amazon gift cards.
To get started, please visit CTE Learn, create a free log-in, and click on the Career Readiness in a Global Economy: STEM and CTE button. The modules are all listed here (currently the first 5 are available – the rest will be out in the next 2 weeks), click on them to get started. When you finish each module, be sure to fill out the survey linked from the last screen of the module, to be entered into the drawing—all surveys must be completed by February 15, 2019 to be eligible for entry. For more information, view Asia Society’s website or contact Heather Singmaster.
Teachers' Guide to Global, Collaborative Teaching and Learning
iEARN-USA has compiled an online Teachers’ Guide to Global, Collaborative Teaching and Learning. This guide, a much-needed update on the Exchange 2.0 guide, is an unbranded, user-driven resource for teachers looking for projects and resources to collaborate with other classes around the world.
Ten years ago, with endorsement from the U.S. Departments of Education and State, iEARN-USA created the “Connect All Schools” initiative (http://connectallschools.org). This project sought to bring together organizations that were internationalizing U.S. education in a “one-stop shop” website. Through Connect All Schools teachers could learn what other schools across the country were doing as well as the organizations that had played a role in making it possible. More than 100 partner organizations joined the initiative to help promote their programs and extend them to new U.S. classrooms.
Road Map Project Report on Bilingualism
Celebrating the Power of Bilingualism, a report from OneAmerica and the Road Map Project English Language Learners Work Group, outlines policy recommendations for systems leaders to work on in partnership with community organizers, including:
Read the full report here.
- Expand dual language programs in the region’s most commonly spoken home languages, such as Vietnamese, Somali, and Spanish.
- Strengthen out-of-school time language programs to complement students’ regular academic curriculum.
- Increase Indigenous language revitalization efforts in tribal compact schools and school districts for Native student success.
- Build a bilingual educator workforce.
- Expand the World Language Credit Program and the Seal of Biliteracy to ensure all high school students—including English learner students—have access to these programs and are recognized for their bilingual skills.
- Encourage educators to join the Speak Your Language campaign, which affirms the importance of early home language development, encourages the regular use of home language with students, and promotes home language pride.