We are one of two schools who founded the International Studies School Network (ISSN) with the Asia Society as our partner, in 2004. Today, there are over 30 ISSN schools nation-wide. Opportunities will come up frequently through this organization. I will post them here and send links in the Laundry List (weekly) or email if time-sensitive.

Student Leadership Summit Pilot - Draft - 1/2011

Students will be selected by essay and interview. Ms. Marquette, the advisor for our Student Council, will be organizingt this trip. Thank you, Ms. Marquette.


See Tony Jackson's explanation of what global competence is and why it matters to a rising generation, and special kudos for the ISSN schools' many accomplishments. Yvonne Chan's inspiring, thought-provoking, and uproarious speech is also a must see!


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In this Issue
[[#LETTER.BLOCK12|Afterschool Math]]
[[#LETTER.BLOCK5|International Ed Week]]
[[#LETTER.BLOCK8|Grants and Opportunities]]

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Save the Date! PGL Conference
We are excited to announce the Partnership for Global Learning fourth annual conference to take place in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Please mark your calendars for July 7 - 9, 2011! More information on exact location and registration to coming soon.

Schools are constantly looking for ways to create engaging and rigorous courses which motivate, spark inquiry, nurture curiosity and imagination, and promote intense learning that leads to positive action.

In a globally focused school, learners are deeply engaged in studying the world around them in these very ways. They explore issues close to home and those beyond the borders of their state and nation. Students connect with peers around the world to work and learn collaboratively about matters that impact them all. As some programs have proven, a school can thoroughly teach district- and state-required content, enable students to perform well on standards-based assessments and simultaneously instill global competencies.

Is it possible to do it all? Yes, it is. In the upcoming months, this newsletter will show you how through articles examining different curricular areas. This month we look at an area often cited as the most difficult to infuse with international knowledge and skills: mathematics.

What is Global About Math?

Tips on how to teach math with international perspectives.

A Real-World Math Challenge

How one school designed an interesting student project

Tool: Performance Targets for K-12 Learners

Criteria for designing curriculum, instruction, and assessment
World Math Day is March 1, 2011!

Our three publications, Ready for the World: Preparing Students for the Global Age; Going Global: Preparing Our Students for an Interconnected World and Expanding Horizons: Building Global Literacy in Afterschool Programs also contain sections on global learning in math.

boys flying kites
boys flying kites

Children in many cultures around the world build and fly kites. They make for wonderful interdisciplinary -- and worldly -- afterschool projects. Kites can be used to demonstrate math concepts, such as symmetry, surface area, ratios, and angles, as well as scientific principles like lift. Kite flying is a sport in some cultures, for example, in Afghanistan, and kites are flown during the holidays, such as Basant in South Asia. Challenge young learners to research the holiday traditions related to kite flying.

Read on for more ideas and resources to assist you.

International Education Week
International Education Week 2010
International Education Week 2010

This week is International Education Week! The official website lists activities happening around the country, tests your Global IQ, and features video messages from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and others.

Click here to find out how you can be involved!

Grants and Opportunities

  • The 2010 Global Education Conference is being held November 15 - 19, online and free. The conference is a collaborative and world-wide community effort to significantly increase opportunities for globally-connecting education activities and initiatives. You can find more information by clicking here.
  • The College Board: Inspiration Awards celebrate America's most improved high schools, by initiating unique programs and creating partnerships among teachers, parents, community organizations, and local businesses. Maximum award: $25,000. Eligibility: secondary schools (public and nonpublic) where 40 percent or more students receive free or reduced-price meals.Deadline: November 19, 2010.
  • Bob Costas Grants for the Teaching of Writing: A grant of $3,000 will be awarded to one teacher from each of six regions who is already doing an inspiring job of teaching students to write, and who will benefit most from a grant to enhance a successful project. Due November 19.
  • NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program provides a unique environment for learning and teaching by sending kindergarten through college-level teachers to sea aboard NOAA research and survey ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew. Deadline: November 30.
  • Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program: Administered by the Academy for Educational Development, this program is open to elementary and secondary teachers. Program dates: Three-to-six month programs from August 2011 through August 2012. Application deadline: December 15.
  • Fund for Teachers invites educators from across the United States to design and submit proposals for their own educational adventures next summer. Eligible projects include tours, conferences, and independent studies anywhere in the world. Deadline: January 28. Click here.
  • Korea Study Tour: The Korea Society has announced openings for up to 70 American educators to participate in the 2011 Summer Fellowship in Korean Studies to be held in Korea in June and July of 2011. The application deadline is January 31, 2011.
  • Teachers of Critical Languages Program: Schools with existing world language programs in Mandarin and Arabic can apply to host a native language teacher from China or Egypt for the academic year. Program dates: 2011-2012 academic year. Application deadline: January 31, 2011
  • The Big Read: an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, provides U.S. communities with grants and comprehensive resources to support their efforts to read and discuss a single book or the work of a poet (the list of books includes many international options). Grants range from $2,500 to $20,000 and applications are due February 1. Click for more.
  • The Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award: Nominate a teacher to win this prestigious award. The US-Japan Foundation gives two awards year year: one to an educator who teaches about Japan, and the other to a Japanese language teacher. Nominations due February 1, 2011.
  • Council on Standards for International Educational Travel 4th Annual Global Classroom Awards. Nominate a school that creates a unique climate of support for exchange students by making global issues a focus for the entire school. The winning schools will each receive a $500 scholarship and funding to attend the 2011 National School Conference. Deadline for applications is February 4, 2011.
  • Goethe-Institut Transatlantic Outreach Program: Grade 1-12 Social Studies educators, Social Studies curriculum coordinators, and applicable State Department of Education employees are eligible for this all-expenses paid, summer study tour of Germany. Applications are due February 7, 2011.
  • Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship 2011: a ten day Fellowship to Japan this summer for Middle and High school classroom teachers of Economics, Social Studies and History (grades 6-12). Deadline February 11, 2011.
  • National Geographic Bee: Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.Register by December 10.
  • Be the Change: Students in grades 9-12 are invited to create a 2-minute video detailing a global issue that matters to them and what they are doing to make a change in their school, neighborhood, or beyond. Three winners will be selected to receive a Flip Ultra™ video camera. Deadline: December 17.
  • The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its second Annual Student Competition. Students and teachers can enter by writing an essay addressing the question: How would you improve your school so that it prepares future leaders to protect the planet? Deadline: December 31.
  • Christopher Columbus Awards: A community based science and technology competition for middle school students hands-on experience with real-world problems. Deadline February 7, 2011.
  • NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing Program: Recognizes outstanding writing by high school juniors. Deadline: February 15, 2011.
  • The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: Registration is now open for this national contest encouraging students in grade 7 - 12 to create projects on social change. Learn more.

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