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Greetings, DCPS Global Educators!

It seems that the groundhog was right, and winter has stuck around a bit longer than hoped.  But that hasn’t stopped the incredible global work happening around our district from moving ahead full steam!  Over the past month, students have explored DC’s many global places through the Local Global Spaces program; others have learned to tango from the Embassy of Argentina, or sung traditional songs in Armenian for the Ambassador of Armenia, as Embassy Adoption Program capstones begin.  Students at Shepherd Elementary were treated to wonderful Francophone celebrations throughout the month of March, and teachers and students across the District are preparing for our third annual World Language Festival, held this May 19th at Eliot-Hine.  At our Global Studies Schools, students are engaging in global problem solving with the US Diplomacy Center’s simulations, and bringing global issues home by planting trees in Rock Creek for World Health Day.  Our IB schools are preparing for all of the exciting end of year events, including IB exam season, and our culminating IB Showcase!    

In other exciting news, researchers from the George Washington University recently reported that students who participate in DCPS Study Abroad have improved learning outcomes. The fact that access to global opportunities is beneficial to students won't come as a surprise to our readers; we know that each of you goes above and beyond to bring the world to life for your students because you believe they deserve access to these opportunities, and because you want to prepare them as global citizens. Thanks for ensuring that #DCPSGoesGlobal through all your tremendous work; it is making a difference!

Global Snapshot: Joy in Action

From top, clockwise: Four students from RHS participated in the World Affairs Council regional World Quest competition. They spent two months studying and preparing on difficult topics including climate change, NAFTA, the rise of India as a global power, and cybersecurity; Students at LaSalle-Backus EC participated in cultural activities organized by the Embassy of Japan in celebration of Japanese Food Day; MacFarland Middle School students participate in a Diplomacy Center simulation, acting as various organizations and governments working together to resolve a global issue; Students at McKinley participated in the school's annual International Day. 
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Save the Date!

Professional Development & Educator Opportunities

Workshop on Iran for Teachers
Join WAC-DC and The Institute of Middle East Studies at George Washington University for a professional development workshop on Iran.Go beyond the latest headlines on deals and protests to explore US-Iran relations, culture, and more. Educators can earn up to 5 professional development credit hours. Register here
Date: April 14th, 2018

China in the Middle East and Africa Summer Institute
This Summer Teacher Institute at Georgetown University will focus on Chinese relations with the Middle East and Africa. Participants will learn from experts on the region and gain access to a wide range of resources for background reading and classroom engagement.  Lunch provided daily. Learn more & apply
Deadline: April 15th 

World War II in the Pacific Project: Developing Museum Materials
The Australia National Maritime Museum is connecting high schools in the United States, Japan, and Australia to take part in developing materials for museum exhibits on World War II history.  This year’s theme is “On the Homefront”, examining what life was like for people in towns across the world during WWII.  There is also opportunities for students to become “youth ambassadors” and travel to Australia as part of the project. Click here for more information. 
Deadline: April 30th, 2018

Frederick Douglass Theater Workshop & Performance
Solas Nua, a local Irish arts organization, has commissioned a play about Frederick Douglass's 1845 trip to Ireland (and Great Britain). The play will be performed in May, with special performances during the day on May 17-18 for DC high school students. If you or a high school educator you know might be interested in taking advantage of this wonderful and free opportunity, submit a request for tickets
here. The DC Collaborative for the Arts and Humanities is sponsoring free bus transportation, and Solas Nua will come to the school to do a pre-performance workshop with the students. 
Dates: May 17-18th, 2018

Fighting Words Poetry Workshop
How can poetry be an effective response to conflict and current events? How can we use poetry to connect global issues to our local and personal contexts? The Pulitzer Center's Fighting Words Poetry Workshop guides students in exploring poetry and global journalism and prepares them to craft successful entries for the Fighting Words Poetry Contest. The workshop can be facilitated in 60-90 minutes.  If interested in bringing this workshop to your school, e-mail Hannah Berk with times and dates that your classes are available.
Dates: Workshop available until May 18th 

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program
The Fulbright program offers a unique international professional development opportunity for 2-6 weeks in Fall 2018. Teachers selected may travel to Brazil or Spain, with the award funding travel costs, lodging, meals, local transportation, and related costs. Learn more & apply
Deadline: May 30th, 2018 

Narrative Atlas
MapWorks Learning, a D.C.-based education not-for-profit, is offering free use of Narrative Atlas, a secure multilingual online platform designed to support cross-cultural collaboration.  A description of Narrative Atlas can be found .Through Narrative Atlas, students can work with overseas counterparts in a password-protected "studio space" on projects that feature storytelling, digital media, data collection, and mapping. Final projects can be posted to an openly accessible "exhibition space." MapWorks Learning is currently seeking teachers who want to engage their students with overseas classrooms in collaborative challenge-based projects that address the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more here or e-mail

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

Peace Corps Speakers Match Program
Connect with a returned volunteer to enrich students' intercultural awareness and communication skills through the Peace Corps World 
Wise Schools 
Speakers Match Program. The organization will bring the Peace Corps experience directly to your learners via an in-person presentation from a returned Peace Corps Volunteer in your area. Request a speaker today!

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

Fighting Words Poetry Contest
How can poetry be an effective response to conflict and current events? How can we use poetry to connect global issues to our local and personal contexts? Students are invited to explore these questions in their entries to the Fighting Words Poetry Contest. Winners of the Fighting Words Poetry Contest will receive cash prizes up to $100, publication, and performance opportunities. Learn more here
Deadline: May 18, 2018

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
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  

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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

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