E-Newsletter – April 24, 2006 
from the Washington State Coalition for International Education

In the News

For complete information, see: http://internationaledwa.org/news.htm.

New Chinese language, cultural initiative (April 19, 2006)
NEW YORK, April 19 (Xinhua) -- China and the United States kicked off a new Chinese language and culture initiative here on Wednesday by signing an agreement of cooperation in promoting Chinese language and culture programs in the United States.

Language: Mission Critical  (April 5, 2006)
This chat, featuring two Education Week reporters, focused on the changes facing foreign-language education in the U.S. Transcript:

Local Parents Fill Gap in World Language Programs
Interview with Ruby de Luna on KUOW March 6, 2006.

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For complete information, see: http://internationaledwa.org/news/announcements.htm.

Chinese Position at West Seattle High School: Anyone interested in teaching Chinese, please send email to our Dept. head Joy Patman: japatman@seattleschools.org. Chinese .5 position at West Seattle High School for school year 2006-2007. 

2006 Arabic Summer Camp: American Cultural Exchange together is pleased to announce 2006 Arabic Summer Camp for children ages 6 to 12 at Olympic View School. The whole day program (9am-3 pm) starts on June 26 until July 7. Price: $370.00 per child. Each additional sibling is half price. Full or partial scholarships are based on financial need. Registration due date is June 1. For more information, please contact Maka Janikashvili at (206) 217-9644 or email her at makaj@cultural.org. To download registration forms, please visit: www.cultural.org/wlp/.

FRENCH LANGUAGE CAMP for Middle School beginning French students Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-noon, June 26-July. 7; Refund deadline is May 31, 2006. Instructor: Perle Deutsch. For details and registration information visit us online at: www.summeryouth.washington.edu.

New CHOICES Curriculum: “U.S. Immigration Policy: What Should We Do?” is an online lesson plan that enables students to consider the issues surrounding the current debate on immigration policy within the context of long-term goals. This resource is free from the Teaching with the News section of our website at http://www.choices.edu/curriculum_twtn.cfm. 

AFS INTERCULTURAL PROGRAMS LOOKING FOR TWO HOST SCHOOLS FOR VISITING TEACHERS: AFS Intercultural Programs (formerly known as American Field Service) of Greater Puget Sound plans to host two visiting teachers in the Puget Sound area and is looking for two schools to host them. All paperwork for community and school placement must be submitted before June 16. Please contact Pat Griffith as soon as possible if you would like an AFS Visiting Teacher for the 2006-07 school year. Phone: 206/682-4068 days 206/285-2452 home
Email: pgseattle@aol.com Go to: www.afs.org for additional information on student and teacher exchanges.

EarthCorps June 26 – December 14, 2006: This coming June EarthCorps will be hosting 12 emerging environmental leaders from the following countries: Armenia, Bolivia, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Dominica, Ghana, Liberia, Philippines, Russia and Tanzania! Participants are representatives of environmental and educational organizations in their home countries. EarthCorps hosts emerging environmental leaders from around the world for six-months of hands on training. Homestay opportunities are flexible offering both short and long term options. EarthCorps works to promote cross-cultural understanding, protect the environment and empower youth! Please visit our website to learn more! http://www.earthcorps.org/international.php.

UW Intensive Summer Spanish Institute In Guatemala: The Institute is open for enrollment. Dates are July 23-August 9, 2006 in Antigua, Guatemala. Successful participants earn 6 credits of UW SPAN 493. To receive a copy of the brochure, please contact requests@EXTN.washington.edu and specify that you want the brochure for Guatemala, or contact asadlier@EXTN.washington.edu  or Lynn Klausenburger at lhk@u.washington.edu. Please check out our website at http://www.outreach.washington.edu/k12/spanish/. 

Questions on Bilingual/Bicultural. The Bilingual/Bicultural Family Network is delighted and honored to announce that Harriet Cannon, M.C. is on board to answer your questions. As parents, spouses and families raising bilingual and bicultural children, sometimes we want to ask an expert for some advice... at the very least to just ease our mind and verify that our intuition isn't completely off. Harriet is here to share her experience and knowledge with us. Check out her answers to some of your questions at: http://www.biculturalfamily.org/askharriet.html Bilingual/Bicultural Family Network: www.biculturalfamily.org  Die Kinderstube: www.seattlekinderstube.org

In Search of the "Zen" of Second Language Acquisition. Second Language Research Forum is seeking proposals (for paper and poster presentations) for our Seattle Conference on October 6-8, 2006. Due date for emailed submissions: May 1, 2006. The theme of the conference is "In Search of the 'Zen' of Second Language Acquisition: Examining the Learner at the Crossroads of Language, Culture and Identity." With our theme, we seek to gain clarity around the experiences of SLA with a focus on various sociocultural facets of language learners. We are seeking proposals that reflect the converging approaches and methods that different disciplines bring to the study of language, culture, and identity. For more information and submission requirements, please visit http://students.washington.edu/slrf/

2006 Penn Chinese Language Teachers' Institute. The Institute began in the summer of 1998 as a response to the demands of prospective Chinese language teachers. The institute aims at providing prospective teachers of Chinese with the pedagogical training necessary for obtaining foreign language teacher certification in their home states. In most states, the Institute courses meet partial requirements of teacher certification. All courses meet intensively for one week, supported by continuing online interactions throughout the summer and the subsequent academic year. Registration Deadline: June 5, 2006. Space is limited; registration may close prior to this date. Institute Director is Dr. Shuhan Wang, who visited Seattle for the International Education Leadership Summit on 1/30/2006. For more information, visit http://www.gse.upenn.edu/degrees_programs/led_chinesesi.php 

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Upcoming Events

For complete information, see: http://internationaledwa.org/calendar.htm.

April 27, 2006 4:00-7:00 pm For Educators - Korea: Art and Storytelling Seattle Asian Art Museum SAAM, 1400 E. Prospect St., Volunteer Park. Experience Korea through storytelling and visual art with special guest Chan E. Park from Ohio State University. Observe and participate in a hands-on activity and receive a book and tape of Korean stories. Korean food will be served. Funding by The Korea Society, New York. Reservations are free but required. Leave your name, school and district name, and phone number at 206.654.3121. One ticket per person.

April 29, 2006, Friends of Bosnia will be showing two Bosnian movies, "Dobro Ustimani Mrtvaci" (Well Tempered Corpses) and "Mizaldo" both directed by Benjamin Filipovic, who will attend the event at Foster High School's Performing Arts Center. The movies are made in the Bosnian native language but they have English subtitles. This is the first time in the Seattle area that a Bosnian marathon will be shown. More info can be found at their website http://sarajka.googlepages.com.

April 29, 2006 Slavic Fest 2006. This year the event will coincide with Washington Weekend, UW’s campus-wide open house.
* Helene Cincebeaux’s Exhibit of Slavic and Czech Folk Costumes. Allen Library, University of Washington Campus. Join us for a grand opening celebration beginning at 12:30 p.m. with heirloom identification outside Allen Auditorium. At 1:00 p.m. Helene will give a short talk about her collection before viewing the exhibit. This event is free.

Folklore Parade and Concert. Parade begins at 3 pm, concert at 4 pm. University of Washington Campus. Starting at Drumheller Fountain, we will celebrate the rich diversity of local Slavic cultures with a community folklore parade in Red Square followed by a 90-minute concert of local Slavic children's performances in Kane Hall.All are welcome to participate in the parade and encouraged to wear a Slavic costume. This event is free.

Slavyanska Vecher. A Celebration of Slavic Cultures, 7:00 to midnight. Russian Cultural Center, 704 19th Ave East. Seattle. Our annual concert and dance featuring live entertainment from Damir & Sons. Traditional food prepared by the Polish Ladies’ Auxiliary will be available for purchase along with a bar serving beer, wine and Slivovic. Evening Event Admission: $13 to $16 - UWAA members; $17 to $20 Non-members; $6 students; $25 sponsors; $40 patron; Free — children under 10. Please register at http://UWalum.com or call 206-543-0540.

May 1, 2006 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Japan in Transition (includes a special visit to the Seattle Japanese Garden). Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum. The World Affairs Council and the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies invite you for a late afternoon focusing on understanding Japan today. Join Robert Pekkanen, Assistant Professor of International Studies, University of Washington, for a simulating look at the political, economic, and social challenges facing Japan today. An engaging speaker, Professor Pekkanen will lead participants on an exploration of some of the critical issues impacting the lives of Japanese today including: the rise of nationalism, party politics, economic changes, youth issues, Japan-China relations, and Japan’s role in the world. Leave with an updated understanding of Japan that goes beyond the headlines.

May 5, 2006 U.S. – Korea Relations Featuring Korean Ambassador to the United States Lee Tae-sik and U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Alexander Vershbow.
Time: 12:00 - 1:30pm
Location: Rainier Club (820 4th Avenue, Seattle, 98104)
Cost (includes lunch): $35 Members & Students with I.D.; $42 Non-members
Registration: Please register on-line at www.world-affairs.org or call the World Affairs Council at (206) 441-5910.  
For more information: World Affairs Council Calendar Item 

Community Reception
Time: 4:30 - 6:00pm
Location: Boeing Customer Experience Center (1020 SW 34th Street, Bldg W-8, Renton, 98055)
Cost: $5 Members & Students with I.D.; $10 Non-members
Registration: Please register on-line at www.world-affairs.org or call the World Affairs Council at (206) 441-5910.  
For more information: World Affairs Council Calendar Item. Our 2006 World Citizen Essay Contest Winners will be honored at the afternoon reception!

May 6, 2006 1:00-4:00 pm Contemporary Art of Bamboo
Seattle Asian Art Museum SAAM, 1400 E. Prospect St., Volunteer Park. Info-line: (206) 654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org. Artist Tanabe Takeo is the fourth generation in a family famous for its bamboo sculptures and basketry. Takeo demonstrates his contemporary work that comes from the tradition of bamboo objects for the chanoyu tea ceremony. Free admission.

May 7, 2006 Festál - Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration. Seattle Center. Festál is a series of cultural festivals produced by the Seattle Center. For info, visit Seattle Center Events > Festal or call (206) 684-7200.

May 13, 2006 10:00 am to 9:00 pm World Sacred Music Festival is bringing sacred music from many traditions to the South Puget Sound. Created by Interfaith Works, the annual festival is a rare opportunity to hear music from many sacred traditions on one day in one location. Olympia's second World Sacred Music Festival takes place at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (1601 North Street, Olympia). A donation of $5-10 is requested, and refreshments and ethnic food will be available for purchase. The full schedule, directions, and up-to-date details can be found at the festival website: www.olysacredmusic.org. Or call the Interfaith
Works office at 360-357-7224.

May 15-20, 2006 Seattle International Children's Festival
at the Seattle Center. For more information, see Performers at a Glance.

May 20, 2006 8:30 am - 12:30 pm 6th Annual Documentary Film Workshop: Teaching Diversity & Cross-Cultural Understanding through Documentary Films. For high school, community college and in-service educators. Mary Gates Hall, Room 238, UW Campus.
$25 includes 4 clock hours, continental breakfast, curriculum materials. Pre-registration necessary. (Student fee - $15 – please include student number and institution in your registration.). Questions or to request registration form: 206-221-6374 or canada@u.washington.edu.

May 24, 2006 The Global War on Terrorism – 2006 Community Discussion Series #3 Featuring Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Central Command. Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm; 7:00pm Formal Presentation; 7:40pm Q & A with Speaker; 8:10pm Discussion Groups. Location: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (104 17th Avenue S, Seattle 98144) Cost: $10 Members & Students with I.D.; $15 Non-members. Great Decisions books are an additional $15. Registration: Please register on-line at www.world-affairs.org or call the World Affairs Council at (206) 441-5910. For more information: World Affairs Council Calendar Item.

May 26-29, 2006 11 am - 11 pm Northwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center. Northwest Folklife is the most visible advocate of the traditional arts in the Northwest region. For more information and schedules, see: http://www.nwfolklife.org/.

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Highlighting New Members

Our members are organizations, schools, colleges, universities, and businesses that are aligned with the goals of the Washington State Coalition for International Education (see http://internationaledwa.org/contacts.htm)

Choices for the 21st Century  new 4/2006
"CHOICES for the 21st Century is an educational outreach program of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University in Rhode Island. Through its curricular resources, professional development programs, and special projects, CHOICES engages secondary level students in current and historical international issues and contributes to a renewal of civic engagement among young people in the United States."

Successful Schools in Action new 4/26
Successful Schools in Action is an educational nonprofit comprised of seven Seattle public schools, K-12. We work with the schools and community to promote and facilitate collaboration, active partnerships, and shared student programs.

Tacoma Chinese Language School new 4/2006
A weekend heritage school which has been teaching Chinese to kids age 5 to 18 in the local community for about 25 years. Call 253-512-8911.

Magellan Toy Store  new 4/2006
Magellan's Toy Shop is your online source for 'Learning and Fun from Around the World.' Take a look inside and see what you can find for your little explorer. Help her learn a new language. Encourage him to connect with his heritage. Let her embark on a voyage to discover more about herself and the world. Whatever you need, we've got it here, or we will search the globe to help you find it.

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