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January Issue
January Issue 
Happy 2018 to all of our DCPS global educators! 
We hope you enjoyed a well-deserved holiday break, and that you are looking forward to the global adventures that lie ahead this year.  As we reflect and prepare for our work in 2018, our team is keeping in mind our District value of Students First: We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.  This is the primary value that guides all of our work, and in the month ahead, we are keeping students at the center of our work.  Students are first as we announce the 450 acceptances to DCPS Study Abroad next week, but also as we share waitlisted and not accepted notifications with students, and share alternative opportunities like Local Global Spaces.  Students are first as we host our first ever Parent and Community Advisory Council late this month, so we can learn from our families about what their students need.  And students are first as we begin to accept student applications for the first DCPS Global Scholar Certificate cohort, to be awarded this spring.  
We know you keep students first every day, all year round.  Please let our team know how we can support you and your students throughout this year, so that we continue to keep this critical value always front of mind.  Thank you as always for your work!

Global Snapshot: Excellence in Action

From top left, clockwise: Students at Brightwood EC learn about Moroccan handicrafts with their Embassy Adoption Program partner; Congrats to Kareem Farah, IB Math Studies teacher at Eastern, winner of the Standing Ovation 2018 Excellence in Classroom Innovation Award for his work with blended learning and student-paced instruction; Global scholars at Roosevelt HS visited the National Museum of the American Indian as part of their Latin American studies course; 3 Full Diploma International Baccalaureate Eastern students earned full scholarships to college through the Posse Foundation!  Louis W., Clinard S., and Yarnetta L. will be attending Lafayette College, Bucknell University, and the University of Rochester, respectively.
Have a photo you'd like featured in our newsletter? Submit your global photos to DCPS Global Ed using the link here

Professional Development & Educator Opportunities

Hollyhock's Fellowship 2018 Cohort 
The Hollyhock Fellowship Program supports highly motivated, early-career high school teachers to persist and thrive in the classroom by providing them with rich learning opportunities with colleagues nationwide. Accepted school teams of teachers begin this two-year professional learning experience at Stanford with a two-week summer institute where they will participate in a sequence of research-based professional development. The monthly, video-based instructional coaching during each school year supports and extends the summer learning during the school year. Learn more here
Deadline: January 15, 2018

Photography & Visual Literacy Workshop
Please join Pulitzer Center and the DC Public Schools (DCPS) Arts for a special discussion and workshop on visual literacy led by Nathan Diamond, Director of Arts at DCPS, and award-winning photojournalist Allison Shelley. Diamond and Shelley will draw on their experiences as photographers and educators to lead a discussion that explores these questions. Participants will also engage in a series of hands-on photography and curation exercises that examine how the creation and ordering of images can influence a viewer’s perception of a community. Learn more and register here
Date: January 16, 2018
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM 

DC Bilingual Education Fair
Join the DC Language Immersion Project for the 2nd annual Bilingual Education Fair of DC. With over 40 exhibitors and a multilingual program for children and grownups, this event will provide tools for families and educators across DC, Maryland, and Virginia to foster multilingual education in their communities. As a part of the program, a morning professional development session will be held for educators. More info here.
Date: January 20, 2018

Teachers of Critical Languages Program
(TCLP) places highly qualified English as a Foreign Language teachers from China, Egypt, and
Morocco in U.S. K-12 host schools for an academic year, where they teach Mandarin Chinese or
Arabic language and culture. TCLP is a fully-funded program which provides teachers’ salaries,
healthcare, roundtrip airfare, training, professional development workshops, and ongoing program support. Host schools provide mentorship and community support for TCLP teachers, who in turn bring
schools and communities global awareness and understanding in addition to providing excellent language instruction. Interested in hosting a teacher at your school? Learn more here
Deadline: January 22, 2018

Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students, and their school communities. Full-time PK-12 teachers, with at least 3 years teaching experience, may apply for up to $5,000 individually for a summer learning experience of their own design. A team of teachers may apply for up to $10,000. More information here.

Deadline: January 31, 2018
Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad
The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides short-term summer seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Each seminar features educational lectures and activities specifically designed for the group, including visits to local schools and organizations, meetings with teachers and students, and visits to cultural sites. In 2018, three summer programs will be offered to Ecuador, India, and Poland. Click
here for more information. 
Deadline: February 2, 2018
NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship
Through the NEA Global Learning Fellowship, K-12 educators develop the knowledge and skills to integrate global competency into their daily classroom instruction, advocate for global competency within their schools and districts, and help students thrive in our increasingly interconnected world. This fully-funded 12-month professional development program includes in-person workshops, online coursework, webinars by leading experts, peer learning, and an international field experience (expected to be South Africa) in late July 2019. Applicants must be active NEA members who are current K-12 classroom teachers.. For more information and to apply, click here.

Deadline: February 5, 2018
NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is hosting one- to four-week summer study and professional development programs for K-12 educators on a wide range of subjects including: Cold War era art, music, and film; the impact of the 1918 Spanish Flu on U.S. and world history; Alabama’s civil rights legacy; and Roman Daily Life. or a list of the seminars and institutes to be offered in the summer of 2018, along with eligibility and application requirements, please visit the website here
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Academic World Quest Competition Coaches
Join the World Affairs Council Washington-DC for the regional qualifier of Academic World Quest. To compete, educators organize teams of four high school students who want to learn more about international affairs, geography, history, and culture. Team coaches earn 25 professional development credit hours for participating. The 2018 regional qualifier will take place in D.C. on March 17th. For more information please click
here. To register please email Sarah McLewin Kincaid, Director of Global Education at
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
Japan Exchange & Teaching Program Alumni
Are your students interested in learning more about Japan? The Japan Exchange and Teaching program (JET Program) Alumni Association has enthusiastic volunteers who have each spent at least one year in Japan teaching English to 5-12 grade level students. The JET Ambassadors Program is a volunteer-based program allowing JET alumni to visit interested schools in the DC metro area and share their experiences from Japan. Alumni provide interactive self-designed presentations on topics ranging from school life in Japan and geography to Japanese culture, food, and many others. 
Learn more:
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!
Asia Society's Center for Global Education Program
A free professional development course and toolkit for career and technical education (CTE) instructors from Asia Society's Centre  for Global Education Program in partnership with ACTE and Advance CTE is available to help educators prepare students to be more globally competitive. Find out more here.
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

World Learning Youth Ambassadors
Sponsored by the Department of State's Education and Cultural Affairs bureau, the Youth Ambassadors Program is a 3-week leadership exchange abroad for U.S. teenagers ages 15-17 and adult mentors. The program provides full scholarships for 120 students and adult mentors to take part in one of five exchange programs to countries in Central and South America. The program aims to develop a cadre of young adults in the United States who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to their communities, an awareness of current and global issues, and strong interpersonal leadership skills. Learn more

Deadline: January 12, 2018

Experiment Leadership Institute Full Scholarships
The Experiment in International Living (EIL) equips students with essential leadership, language, and problem-solving skills, while also cultivating global competency and a complex understanding of the world. EIL offers two Leadership Institute programs in summer 2018: India: Public Health and Community Development and South Africa: Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics, and Human Rights. These fully-funded, highly-competitive, six-week programs are for rising seniors who are 16-18 years of age at the time of the program. The programs consist of a four-day leadership seminar in DC, four weeks in country (India or South Africa), and four days of project-planning sessions in Brattleboro, Vermont at the School for International Training (SIT) campus. A follow-up student student project is required. 30 full scholarships are available. For more information and to apply, click here.
Program Dates: Summer 2018
Deadline: January 17, 2018

Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest
Grades 5-8 can participate in the American History Essay Contest, where the topic is “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars.” Grades 9-12 can enter the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest, where this year’s topic is “Advantages and Disadvantages of Working Relationships Between Foreign Parties.” The national winners may receive a certificate, medal and monetary award. Learn more
here. Essays can be submitted to Michelle Lockwood at the Manor House Chapter of DAR.  
Deadline: February 2, 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
American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Essay Contest
This year's High School AFSA Essay contest is now open! The AFSA is accepting submissions of essays on why diplomacy and peacebuilding matter. The writer of the winning essay will receive $2,500 and an all-expenses-paid educational voyage. Essays must be between 1,000 and 1,250 words. For more information, click here
Deadline: March 15, 2018
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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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