December 17, 2015
Volume 4, Number 3
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In This Issue

  • WAGIN/ACT Conference 2016
  • Global Learning at Mercer IMS
  • World Language Credit Program
  • Study Abroad with One World Now!
  • Global Travel for Teachers

Student Opportunities

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Teacher Opportunities

For fully funded teacher travel opportunities, click here.



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Announcing ACT, the 2nd Annual Washington State Global Issues Network (WAGIN) Conference

Last year's inaugural WAGIN Conference was a huge success. About 200 middle and high school students from four states spent two days sharing their ideas about how to take action on a wide range of global issues. This year, Ingraham High School, an International School will be hosting the 2nd annual conference: the ACT Conference. 

This ACT Conference is designed to empower students to take positive actions by providing knowledge about issues, examples of successful projects, and connections to organizations, schools, and students who want to make positive change.  The conference is focused on three levels of action: local/environmental, national/race and equity issues, and global/health and education. 

For registration information, please see the conference website:

Mercer IMS Students Learn About Sustainability and Global Climate Change

At Mercer International Middle School, the 7th grade social studies classes have been studying environmental issues and solutions using materials from Facing the Future. They are learning about the concept of sustainability, especially in relation to climate change. One focus has been the use of fossil fuels. Students have read country energy profiles to gather information about how fossil fuels are consumed at different rates and for different reasons in different parts of the world. They noted connections between fossil fuel consumption, gross national income, education opportunities and health, and possible solutions. Then they took a closer look at oil extraction by doing an activity in which students turned into oil companies for a day and extracted oil (black beans) as quickly as they could. Students noted that if we use as many fossil fuels as we want, we will run out quickly.

Another topic of study has been ecological footprints. Students read an informational article about the energy and resources that go into a typical fast-food meal. They created informational posters to educate other Mustangs about just how many resources go into a burger, fries, and soda. They have been practicing argumentative writing strategies along the way and students are writing essays arguing swift action toward addressing climate change.

Earn High School Credits for a Language You Already Know

Are you an 11th or 12th grade student who speaks a language other than English? Can you read and write in it too? Do you want to earn credit for it? If you answered yes to all three questions, then you are a good candidate for the World Language Credit Program. These credits can help meet high school graduation requirements for elective credits and 4-year college admissions requirements for world languages.
Seattle Public Schools is able to sponsor tests for 11th and 12th graders. Younger students (8th-10th grades) may also sign up for testing, but they'll need to pay for their own tests at this time. Over 70 students have already tested this fall with over 70% of them earning 4 credits!

Upcoming test dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 2:00 pm at Chief Sealth International High School(priority given to Chief Sealth students)
  • Saturday Jan 23, 2016 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Seattle World School
  • Saturday Feb 6, 2016 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Seattle World School
  • Saturday Mar 19, 2016 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Seattle World School
  • Saturday Apr 2, 2016 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Seattle World School

For more information, please see the SPS World Language Credits website and watch this short video.

One World Now! Launches Language and Leadership Study Abroad Program

Many students in Seattle Public Schools have learned Chinese, Arabic, and now Korean as part of the One World Now! language program. Now students can travel in the summer to Morocco, China, or Russia to learn language, gain important 21st century skills, and develop lasting bonds with other high school students.

Students do not need to participate in the OWN! after-school language program to apply for the summer study abroad experiences. The application deadline is January 15, 2016. Students who apply by December 31 will be given priority consideration over applications submitted by the regular deadline. See the OWN! website for details. 

Global Travel Opportunities for Teachers

Photograph by Susan Seubert

There are several fully funded summer travel programs for teachers. Don't miss out on these amazing opportunities to bring the world back to your classroom!

Upcoming application deadlines:

Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF) Program
Where: Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Antarctica, or the Galapagos
Application deadline: January 3, 2016

Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Where: Japan
Application deadline: January 20, 2016

Transatlantic Outreach Program
Where: Germany
Application deadline: January 26, 2016
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