July Issue
July Issue

July Issue 
Happy summer to all of our DCPS Global Educators!

In September, DCPS Global Education will celebrate four years.  There is a lot that lives in those four years.  A new world language curriculum, a fully-funded study abroad program, a major Embassy Adoption Program expansion, the inception of Global Studies Schools and the Global Scholar Certificate.  And there are a lot of students who have been impacted in those four years.  World languages now have some of the highest AP passing scores of any content area in the district (even with a 26% enrollment increase); over 1400 students and educators have traveled on 60 trips to 17 countries; over 800 students have received their first passport.  We’ve started to build out exciting international content through global electives together with DCPS and Georgetown educators, launched a new virtual exchange project, and will host our first #GlobalEdCon in October.

It's an incredible amount of work in a short amount of time, and I want to pause this month to voice my gratitude to not only you, our educators, but also to the phenomenal team of women who make up DCPS Global Education.  In my 9.5 years with the District, I have never met a more devoted, tireless, creative team.  They spend their nights, weekends, and sometimes holidays to bring global access to all of our students—because they each passionately believe this must be a fundamental part of our students’ DCPS experience.  On August 10, I will leave DCPS for a new role and company.  It has been the honor of my professional life to work for the students and educators of DC; it has been a privilege to work alongside this committed team, who inspire me on a weekly, if not daily, basis.  Thank you all.

I know that another year of incredible global innovation awaits our students, and while I am saddened to not be a part of the everyday, I am excited to watch as DCPS continues to set the bar, nationally and internationally, for K-12 global ed in action.  Thank you again for everything you have done to ensure that #DCPSGoesGlobal!

With all my gratitude,

Kate Ireland
Director, Global Education

Global Snapshot: DCPS Study Abroad On the Road! 

From top, clockwise: High Schoolers in Peru pose in front of Machu Picchu; the High School China trip visits a Buddhist temple; Middle Schoolers in Costa Rica work hard on their service project; Students on the High School Mediterranean trip (France & Italy) stop for a photo opp in front of the Uffizi Gallery. Want to see more? Check out the trip blogs here
Have a photo you'd like featured in our newsletter? Submit your global photos to DCPS Global Ed using the link here
The Embassy Adoption Program's application for the 2018-19 School Year is now open for 5th and 6th grade educators! 
A partnership with Washington Performing Arts, the EAP uses the unique resources of embassies in Washington, DC to provide students with the opportunity to increase their knowledge and appreciation of the culture, government, arts, and geography of other nations.  To date, more than 50,000 youth have partnered with over 100 embassies representing countries ranging from Australia to Zimbabwe. Learn more about the program here and e-mail Jillian Flood with any questions. 
Deadline: August 8th, 2018

 Volunteers Needed: English Learners' Fair

Interested in helping English Learner families? DC Public Schools, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs, OSSE and My School DC, will be hosting an English Learners’ Back to School Fair on Saturday, August 11th, 2018, from 10am-2:30pm at Columbia Heights Education Campus (3101 16th St. NW). The fair targets linguistically and culturally diverse families and English Learner students with the goal of connecting them to academic and community resources. The event will feature dozens of local organizations that provide a wide range of services, and there will be workshops for caregivers interested in learning how to help their children succeed in school. 

Please join in helping our English Learner families feel welcomed and empowered with tools that will help their children get a head start on a strong school year.  If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this
volunteer form. Also, please share the flyers found in this link with anyone who is interested in attending. 

If you have any questions, please contact Leidy Navarro at Leidy.navarro@dc.gov or (202) 671-0750.

Virtual Exchange Program Outreach

Do you know any teachers outside of the United States eager to engage in virtual exchange? We have launched a new virtual exchange program for public school students and teachers in Washington D.C and classrooms around the globe! DCPS is seeking to build partnerships with schools around the world to participate in a virtual exchange program in order to give all students the unique opportunity to be world-thinkers and engage in an increasingly global community. DCPS is looking for more school and classroom contacts around the world and would appreciate your help in getting this information out to teachers in schools around the globe (outside U.S only) that might be interested in participating. If teachers abroad are interested in connecting with U.S classrooms through live virtual exchange or video exchange where time zone differences are a concern, please encourage interested parties to complete this form. Please see use this infographic to learn more about  DCPS Virtual Exchange and share with teachers.

Professional Development & Educator Opportunities

World Affairs Council Summer Institute on International Affairs for Educators
Join the World Affairs Council for a five day institute on international affairs for educators. Educators will explore themes such as globalization, human rights, world religions, contemporary conflicts, and trade. Learn from experts in international affairs through workshops led by researchers, journalists, and ambassadors. Participants earn 40 hours of professional development credit. Learn more
Deadline: Friday, July 16th 
Dates: July 30th - August 3rd

Global Teaching Dialogue
The U.S. Department of State is hosting its third annual Global Teaching Dialogue where educators can learn about U.S. Department of State fellowship programs for K-12 teachers and hear from alumni how globalizing their teaching improves student learning. The event will also include speakers from the U.S. Diplomacy Center at the Department of State who will discuss diplomatic simulations on global issues and the policy making process. Learn more & register
here. All teachers will receive a certificate for 4 hours of training to present to their educational authority for potential CEU credit.
Date: Friday, July 27th, 2018

Africa in the Classroom & Community
The Center for African Studies Outreach Program at Howard University is hosting a three-day summer institute for highly motivated grades 5-12 educators interested in reading, learning, and teaching about Africa African Studies scholars will introduce educators to history, culture and contemporary issues in Mali. Educators who complete the 3 day course and design a related lesson will receive a stipend of $300.00 upon completion and submission of lesson plans at the end of the Institute. Register here & contact Brenda Randolph with any questions. 
Dates: August 1st - 3rd, 2018 

Teaching Conflict: A Pedagogy Workshop for Teachers
The Institute for Middle East Studies at The George Washington University is hosting a one-day workshop where teachers will learn specific teaching strategies to engage contentious subjects in the classroom through inquiry-based learning activities led by pedagogy experts. Using a current affairs topic in Middle East studies, teachers will participate in a classroom simulation. Learn more & register here
Date: August 1st, 2018 

Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants
Teaching Tolerance will fund projects that encourage students to learn about and engage in the democratic process, including non-partisan voter registration, information and turnout efforts. Voting and Democracy Grant awards range from $500 to $5,000 for classroom or school projects and up to $10,000 for projects on the district level.  Learn more
Deadline: August 31,  2018

Diplomatic History Experiences
The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) captures and preserves the experiences of America’s diplomats (also known as Foreign Service officers, or FSOs) to strengthen the public’s understanding of diplomacy’s contribution to our national interest.  ADST’s collection of primary source oral histories over the past 70 years are available free at adst.org now exceeds 2,000 interviews and more than 60 podcasts. These first-person narratives of diplomats' experiences as front-seat witnesses to world events can bring history alive in your classroom, fostering historical empathy in your students, and teaching them that even one person can be an historical agent for change in the world.  Check out the free teacher and student resources

World Bank Visitor Center Open 

The World Bank's Visitor Center is available for student field trips. Information displayed in the center connects to many topics, including geography, history, math and art. Interactive visits include lessons with a World Bank Group expert on a a variety of topics (to be determine by educators) such as education, poverty, conflicts and fragility, etc. Learn more here and take a virtual tour here
Contact: wbgvisitorcenter@worldbank.org 

United States Diplomacy Center Simulation Programs

The United States Diplomacy Center trains teachers to run simulations to expose students to the world of foreign affairs and help them develop global skills. In simulations, students work together, as opposing countries with competing interests, to find solutions. More information here.

Global Student Opportunities

Assist with the Teachers of Critical Languages Program
American Councils for International Education is offering an opportunity for students interested in world languages and cultures to earn community service hours this summer! The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) is looking for enthusiastic high school students to help prepare international exchange teachers for their new teaching assignments in US classrooms by participating in a disucssion with visiting educators and a classroom simulation. Program times are Monday, August 6th and Tuesday, August 7th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM each day at Washington Latin Public Charter School, located at 5200 2nd St NW, Washington, DC 20011. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Apply here
Deadline: July 23rd, 2018

Turkish Young Cultural Ambassadors Program
Launched by American Turkish Association of Washington DC the Young Cultural Ambassadors Program (YCA) is an initiative to encourage students to celebrate diversity and promote intercultural dialogue. The YCA Program will run through the month of September as part of the Turkish Heritage Month activities and offer a group of high school students from DC-MD-VA area a chance to learn more about the Turkish culture, take part in the organization of the award-winning annual DC Turkish Festival, meet with members of the Turkish-American and international community, gain experience in organization of grassroots events, and enhance their communication and diplomacy skills. Learn more here and apply here.
Deadline: August 1st, 2018

Japanese After-School Program
Globalize DC is seeking interested and highly motivated DC students for its SY2018-19 JAPANESE PLUS Program. JAPANESE PLUS is an afterschool Japanese language, culture, and career exposure program open for free to DCPS and DC charter high school students. Learn more
here & apply here

Citizen Diplomacy Initiative
Based in Washington D.C., Learning Life is an educational nonprofit that seeks to spread learning in everyday life beyond school walls.  Learning Life’s Citizen Diplomacy Initiative (CDI) is a new, free program that engages eligible lower-income American families, starting in Washington DC’s Ward 8, in live internet dialogues and project collaborations with families in other nations to nurture more informed, skilled, connected and caring global citizens in the long-term.  Here is a short video explaining the program; you can also learn more here. If you are interested and think your family is eligible, please contact Learning Life at email@learninglife.info
Opportunity for Ward 8 Families: Home-Based World Learning
Learning Life, a DC Ward 8-based educational nonprofit, is now accepting inquiries from eligible, motivated Ward 8 lower-income families interested in learning about the world from the comfort of their own home. The Citizen Diplomacy Initiative, engages eligible Ward 8 families in live internet dialogues and project collaborations with families in other countries of the world free of charge.This year, participating families will explore their own and another country's food culture through interviews with their own family, an immigrant in DC, and a family in another country. Learn more here, or contact Paul Lachelier at 202-910-6966 or paul@learninglife.info.  

Looking for more information about DCPS Global Ed? Visit dcpsglobaled.org


Kate Ireland, Director, Global Education
Allyson Williams, Manager, World Languages 
Kayla Gatalica, Manager, Global Programs 
Ximena Marquez, Manager, Global Studies
Jillian Flood, Coordinator, Global Education

Be sure to keep up with DCPS Global Ed on the web! 

Embassy Adoption Program on Facebook: fb.com/EmbassyAdoption

Follow our team on Twitter:

• Global Education: @DCGlobalEd 
• World Languages: @dcps_WorldLang 
• Embassy Adoption Program: @EmbassyAdoption  

And on Instagram: @DCPSGlobalEd

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