The rain has come, the leaves are falling, the landscape is
This is the perfect time to acknowledge the importance of the
work our coalition members do, with such committment and
compassion, to prepare young people to be stewards of our world.
Thank you everyone!
If you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback, please
email the editor, Aysha Haq, at
World Languages Summit & Resource Fair
World Languages Summit: Pathways to PK-20 Language
Learning and "Models of Success for World Languages and Global
Learning" Resource Fair
November 6, 2008
8:00 pm - 5:30 pm
University of Washington HUB, Seattle
It's not too late to register for the Summit or the "Models of
Success" Resource Fair. We have an exciting day of speakers,
panels, presentations, and exhibits, with ample opportunities
for interaction and exploration of the current status of world
languages teaching and learning in Washington state.
Join us for an early morning business panel breakfast with
Gov. Gary Locke and other representatives from area businesses.
Come listen to and engage in discussion with keynote speaker,
Paul Sandrock as he shares with us the national context for a
vision of world language pathways PK-20. Learn about what
languages are being taught in Washington state. Share in a
discussion about what it will take to bridge the gap for world
languages from high school to college or a discussion on
developing a cadre of excellent world language teachers to
address growing demand in world languages at all grade levels.
Or join us for a session highlighting research on babies and
language learning and implications for K-12 language programs,
led by Jackie Mighdoll, founder of Sponge.
For schedule details, visit:
"Models of Success for World Languages and Global
Education" Resource Fair & Pecha Kucha Stage:On hand, from 4:00-5:30, will be organizations from around
Washington state exhibiting their successful models, examples,
and ideas for engaging students and teachers with world
languages and global learning. We've also planned some exciting
visual Pecha Kucha presentations during this time.
Some of the many organizations that we will be there: FIUTS,
University of Washington | Spanish Embassy's Office of Education
| World Affairs Council | Washington Academy of Languages |
University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies
Outreach Centers | Crooked Trails | Seattle Public Schools
| Alliance Franšaise de Seattle | The Laurasian Institution |
Sponge | International Education and Resource Network | Office
of Superintendent of Public Instruction Migrant/Bilingual
Education, Social Studies, World Languages, International
Education, and Arts | Puget Sound Millennium Goals Project|
Bridges to Understanding | iLEAP: The Center for Critical
Service | Instituto Cervantes | Associates in Cultural Exchange
| and more.
There is still some room for exhibitors, so
apply online if you are interested. It's free.
See you there!
SPOTLIGHT: Facing the Future
Facing the Future is a nonprofit organization dedicated to
educating and motivating today's students to be responsible
stewards of tomorrow's world, inspiring students to look at
local and global communities as an interconnected whole. They
develop and deliver standards-based hands-on lessons, student
textbooks, curriculum units, and professional development
opportunities for educators that promote critical thinking on
global issues, sustainability, and positive solutions. Their
curriculum is in use in all 50 states in the United States and
in over 60 countries by teachers and students in grades K-12, in
undergraduate and graduate classes, and across multiple subject
Responding to an increasing interest
in sustainability education (2005-2014 is the United Nations
Decade of Education for Sustainable Development), Facing the
Future will be releasing "Understanding Sustainability," a
two-week unit for high school social studies. The curriculum
unit includes engaging National Council for Social Studies (NCSS)
standards aligned lessons, student readings, homework
assignments, assessments, action projects, and resources for an
in-depth introduction to global sustainability. "Understanding
Sustainability" will be available for download from their
website in November of 2008.
The unit supports investigation of sustainability on local,
national, and international scales. Students will develop an
understanding of important sustainability concepts and their
interconnections, such as resource consumption, human population
growth, and social equity. At the close of the unit, students
will envision and design a sustainable future for themselves and
Also new at Facing the Future is an online course, "Educating &
Inspiring a Global Generation." This course encourages educators
to build upon their teaching expertise, to think creatively
about global issues, and to integrate local solutions into their
curricula. Appropriate for educators working with students in
grades 5 through 12, this 1 credit or 10 clock hour online
course uses their standards-based curriculum resources and
website content to provide examples of integrating
sustainability in the classroom. Additional online tools and
resources assist educators in thinking and learning about
sustainability in new ways. For more information about this
online course, please go to
For more information about Facing the Future, please visit
New MELL Policy Briefs
Several new policy briefs from the Mapping and Enhancing
Language Learning (MELL) project at the University of Washington
are now available at
Policy Brief #1 Winter 2008: Establishing an Understanding of
World Language Teaching Trends in Washington
Policy Brief #2 Summer 2008: Taking a Closer Look at High
Schools that Don't Offer World Languages
Policy Brief #3 Fall 2008: Explaining a High School's
Likelihood of Offering World Languages
Policy Brief #4 Fall 2008: Mapping Languages Taught in
Washington High Schools
Policy Brief #5 Fall 2008: Taking a Closer Look at High
Schools that Offer German
This set of policy briefs is based on data from the 2007
survey of high schools in Washington state.
Calendar & Announcements
For full details, visit the
Announcements pages on our website.
Talk: "The Rise of Asia: A New World Order?" Seattle
November 5: Making Sense of World Language Standards and
Options for Assessing Language Proficiency, Seattle
November 6: World Languages Summit: PK-20 Pathways to
Language Learning, Seattle, WA
November 6: WSAME workshop: "Religion in the Workplace,
November 19: Talk: "A Fire Pot of Tongues: Asian Languages
in a New Global Environment," Seattle
December 7: Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Seattle
January 7-8: International Economic Summit (IES), Renton
January 10: Capitol Forum Winter Pre-Forum Planning Meeting,
February 17: WSAME workshop: "Putting an End to Bullying
& Bias in Schools", Seattle
March 26: Capitol Forum on America's Future, Olympia
March 31: WSAME workshop: "What I Said and What I Meant:
Improving Cross-Cultural Communications," Seattle
May 20: WSAME workshop: "The Role of Whites in a
Multicultural Society," Seattle
-Arabic Teachers Needed at OneWorld Now!
-Free Interactive Lesson Plans Available From Choices: The
U.S. in Iraq: Confronting Policy Alternatives - Free From
Teaching With the News
The Washington State Coalition for International Education was
formed in 2003 out of a focus group on international education.
Today we are a volunteer run, grassroots affiliation of over 300
individuals and organizations committed to preparing all
students for today's interconnected world.
Making Sense of World Language Standards and Options for Assessing
Wednesday, November 5
John Stanford International School Seattle
3 free clock hours, light buffet refreshments
Special workshop with Paul Sandrock, former World Languages
Consultant with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and
past President of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign
Languages and co-author of "The Essentials Of World Languages
K-12: Effective Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
(Priorities in Practice)." Besides helping us make sense of
Content, Performance, Proficiency, and Program Standards, Paul
will share some of the latest work on Integrated Performance
Assessments for World Languages.
The workshop will also feature breakout sessions by local language
teachers on a variety of proficiency assessment instruments, such
as ELLOPA, SOPA, COPE, ACTFL OPI, STAMP, AP, and IB in Spanish,
Japanese, and Chinese and other languages.
Register for the workshop via the OSPI
You'll need to create an ID, then you can select the November 5
Workshop and register online for free. (This is a separate
registration from the Summit registration on November 6.)
International Education Week
This year International Education Week(IEW) falls on November
17-21. A joint initiative introduced in 2000 by the U.S.
Departments of State and Education, today, IEW is celebrated in
more than 100 countries.
IEW "aims to promote international understanding and build support
for international educational exchange by encouraging the
development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in
a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to
study in the United States."
Are you doing anything special to mark the week? Let us know and
we'll put it on our calendar.
For more information, visit:
Chinese Language Teachers Network
Fall Meeting and Workshop
was held on Sept. 14 with over 40 local teachers gathering
at the University of Puget Sound. If you missed the workshop you
can download and view Ms. Lanting Xu's PPT presentation,
"Engaged Classroom" at