Thursday, May 18th
At last weekend's World Language Festival, World Language Teachers of the Year were announced. Congratulations to all winners and be sure to click on their names to view a short video about each of these inspiring educators! 
Elementary Teacher of the Year:  Koutouan Gadie, Shepherd Elementary School 
Middle Grades Teacher of the Year: Francis Medley, Whittier Education Campus
High School Teacher of the Year: Amy Wopat, Woodrow Wilson HIgh School 
Be sure to scroll on to read more about all the fun we had at the World Language Festival! 

Global Snapshots

Clockwise from top left: Mr. Stephen Sholtas' physics students at Eastern HS had a Q&A session with renowned Uruguayan astronomer Professor Julio Fernandez; Ms. Laure Hunter's Embassy Adoption Program class at Janney ES manned a table at the Belgian Embassy for the EU Open House; visiting student chefs from Slovenian taught Ms. Leah Greenglass' 5th graders at Tubman ES how to make traditional dishes in honor of Slovenian Food Day; Ms. Terry Thomas' 5th graders at Seaton ES visited the Japanese Ambassador's Residence for their EAP Final Presentation. Students had the opportunity to roll their own nigiri and taste traditional treats! 
Have a global photo of your class that you'd like featured here? Submitphotos with brief descriptions here

 DCPS World Language Festival 

The 2017 DCPS World Language Festival was held this past Saturday from 10 am to 1pm. on May 13th at Alice Deal MS . The event was a huge success, thanks to the hard work of our teachers, partners and volunteers who contributed to the day.  Over 250 participants visited the event, which included 18 classroom activities hosted by teachers, students and partners, 7 professional and student performances, 16 partners in our exhibition hall, and delicious international food tastings provided by SodexoMAGIC. 
A special congratulations to the 2017 DCPS World Language Teachers and Students  of the Year who were honored during the closing ceremony:

Professional Development & Educator Opportunities

Global Competence Across DC 
Join the DC-Project Zero group for for an evening that will showcase the way global competence is being explored in classrooms and museums across the city.  The event will be hosted at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School in NE on Thursday, May 25, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. . Breakout sessions led by practitioners, including DCPS teachers from Francis-Stevens, Roosevelt High School and School Within School, will highlight ways to engage young people with the world, using resources in abundant supply in DC. Click here to RSVP by Thursday, May 18. 

The World in DC
 A cohort of DCPS teachers from H.D. Cooke ES, MacFarland MS, and Roosevelt HS will stage an exhibition that documents their journey to educate for global competence on Thursday, June 8, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Roosevelt High School in Petworth. Click
here to RSVP by Thursday, June 1.
The Middle East in Middle America Workshop
The George Washington University's Institue for Middle East Studies invites applications for a 2-day workshop for Middle and High School teachers in Washington, DC, July 31 -- August 1. Workshop session topics will range from "Muslims and Islam in American Media & Culture" to "Music and Political Expression in the Middle East". More information on how to apply

Applications due: June 10th 
National Geographic Education Grants
National Geographic education grants will support projects that aim to teach people about the world and how it works, empowering them to make it a better place. Funded projects must align with one of the Society’s three focus lenses: The Human Journey, Wildlife and Wild Places, and Our Changing Planet. These lenses are described in more detail on the new grants website. Deadline is July 1. Learn more here
I Speak Arabic Resources
Qatar Foundation International (QFI) has created an Arabic language awareness campaign with on-line resources available for teachers. In addition to documentary shorts, which highlight inspirational individuals from around the world who found success from speaking Arabic as a second language, the platform provides access to resources, tools, and kits that expand on the teaching and learning of the Arabic language to non-native speakers. 

Grants for PD Related to the Middle East
Qatar Foundation International (QFI) is offering Teacher Professional Development Awards for K-12 educators in the social sciences/humanities and arts fields to participate in professional development events that will enhance his/her ability to teach about the Arab world or Arab culture. These awards will provide up to $2,000 towards travel and registration costs associated with relevant PD opportunities. Learn more here

Peace Trail on the National Mall
The U.S. Institute of Peace collaborated with the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, D.C. and the National Park Service to develop this path to a dozen sites on the Mall. The trail brings a “peace lens” to the experience of visiting the National Mall and it may be used as a self-guided walking tour or a reference guide, elevating stories of key figures, institutions, and moments in history that demonstrate America’s enduring commitment to peace. Learn more here

Visit the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
This spring semester the museum will have the following exhibitions on view: Bridging the Americas: Community and Belonging from Panama to Washington, DC, Gateways, and The Backyard of Derek Webster’s Imagination which features a display that showcases the creativity and imagination of DC school students. For additional information about the exhibitions, please click here. If you are interested in scheduling a tour of the exhibitions for your students, feel free to contact Sheila Montague-Parker.

Fund for Teachers Travel Grants
Interested in designing your own summer professional development experience? Fund for Teachers offers grants – up to $5,000 for individuals and up to $10,000 for teacher teams – for self-designed learning opportunities that can inspire D.C.'s educators. Previously, DCPS fellows have traveled to international locations such as Mexico, Finland, India, Ecuador, Spain, El Salvador, Vietnam, Cambodia, and South Korea. 

Global Student Opportunities

Japan in DC Program
20 DC teens will get the opportunity to explore and get to know a wide variety of people, places, organizations, and businesses with connections to Japan through a summer-long program. Applicants should be current 9th, 10th, or 11th graders in a DCPS or DC charter high school. Students who successfully complete "Japan in DC" will be invited to join "Japanese Plus," our afterschool Japanese language, culture, and career exposure program, next school year. Interested in learning more? Click here.
Deadline: May 19, 2017 

U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations
The U.S. Youth Observer to the UN is a role appointed annually by the U.S. Department of State and UN Association of the USA. For a one-year term, an American between the ages of 18-25 is selected to engage young people in the U.S. in the work of the United Nations and international issues. The Youth Observer will travel to high schools and colleges across the nation to build a connection between the UN and young Americans. Interested? Learn more here and submit your application here. Deadline: May 21, 2017 

Student Voices on the State Board
The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) is looking for students in the District to serve as student representatives on the State Board next year. This opportunity provides students the opportunity to represent their peers in the decision-making process for education policy in the District. Apply now to serve as a student representative for SY2017-2018. Interested students can find applications here and more information about SBOE here. Applicants MUST be a D.C. resident and be at least a sophomore in high school. 
Deadline: May 30, 2017

Teen Travel Writing Scholarship
The Family Travel Forum and the Society of American Travel Writers invite teens to share their travel experiences in words and images.The tenth annual Teen Travel Writing Scholarship is available to junior- and high-school students between the ages of 13 and 18. To be considered, applicants must submit a travel blog of no more than six hundred words with at least one photo, digital artwork, or video. Learn more here
Deadline: July 14, 2017

Peace Club Starter Kit
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has updated their Peace Club Starter Kits with refreshed content, new ideas for action, FAQs and a place to share what clubs around the country are up to. Learn more here. Also be sure to check out USIP's new Peace Trail on the National Mall

Looking for more information about DCPS Global Ed? Visit


Kate Ireland, Director, Global Education
Allyson Williams, Specialist, World Languages 
Kayla Gatalica, Global Programs 
Jillian Flood, Coordinator, Global Education

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