International Education Washington

Model for Global Perspectives in Education

This project is funded by a 2007 State Innovations grant from Longview Foundation.

Purpose: Provide guidance to schools who want to internationalize their curriculum but don’t know how

Timeframe: Spring through January, 2008


  • Work with Karen Kodama and Seattle Schools to define and elaborate the model begun at the John Stanford International School and Hamilton International Middle School; provide communications support
  • Hold workshops to share “best practices” experience of teachers in the International Schools (such as scaffolding and GLAD – Guided Language Acquisition Design)
  • Develop globalized curriculum in Math & Science, especially for use in elementary language immersion programs (Spanish, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Present workshops on the model at statewide venues, such as the Washington State Council for the Social Studies, Washington Association for Language Teaching, and OSPI Winter Conference and the Phi Beta Kappa Conference in Vancouver in October

Key Personnel:

  • Karen Kodama, Principal of John Stanford International School and now head of international education and world languages for Seattle Public Schools
  • Michele Anciaux Aoki, Ph.D., P.M.P., International Education Consultant; 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 State Team Member; and Project Director for 2003, 2005, and 2007 State Innovations grants

Status as of:  2/2/2008 | 1/28/2008 | 11/27/2007 | 9/2/2007 5/7/2007

Status as of 2/2/2008

  • The "Best Practices for Language and Instruction" workshop held on February 2, 2008 attracted over 75 participants ranging from elementary to middle to high school world language teachers, teachers of English Language Learners, school psychologists, and others. For photos showing the John Stanford International School teachers sharing some of the strategies they have incorporated into their classrooms, you can download the Best Practices (PPT - 11 mb) or PDF (9 mb).

Status as of 1/28/2008

  • Copies of the premier issue of the Washington State Kappan Journal (PDF) were distributed at the annual International Business Breakfast on January 17, 2008. The magazine featured an interview with Karen Kodama, "Global Education: Not Just For a Few," and articles by Walter Parker, "'International Education' in U.S. Schools: The Second Wave," and Michele Anciaux Aoki, "World Languages: State of the State."

Status as of 11/27/2007

  • Teachers from John Stanford International School are scheduled to present a workshop on "Best Practices in Language and Content Instruction" on February 2, 2008.
  • Chinese teachers Pollyanna Wang and Chia Chia Wang and language consultant Kristin Percy Calaff presented a workshop on Content-Based Curriculum development at the WAFLT Conference October 11-13. They shared examples from the Math curriculum they have been developing under the FLAP Grant to Seattle Public Schools.
  • Karen Kodama, International Education Administrator for Seattle Public Schools, was on a panel at the Phi Beta Kappa Conference on Global Education in Vancouver, Canada in October. She shared the model for international schools developed while she was principal at John Stanford International School in Seattle.
  • Michele Anciaux Aoki is scheduled to present on "College Readiness in the Arts, Social Studies, and World Languages" at the OSPI Winter Conference in Spokane in January, 2008. Her presentation focuses on putting the world into "world-class" education.

Status as of 9/2/2007

  • Pollyanna Wang, Chinese teacher at John Muir Elementary in Seattle under the FLAP Grant to the Seattle School District, is scheduled to present a workshop on Content-Based Curriculum development at the WAFLT Conference October 11-13, where she will share some of the Math curriculum in Chinese that she has developed for Seattle schools.

Status as of 5/7/2007

  • Karen Kodama is meeting with schools in the Seattle Public Schools that are considering becoming "international schools."


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