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December Issue
December Issue
December Issue 
Happy end of year to our DCPS global education community!  We have so much to be grateful for this year, because of your work.
  • Because of your work, over 1500 students applied for DCPS Study Abroad this fall;
  • Because of your work, world languages is celebrating the highest AP scores in the District (for the third year running);  
  • Because of your work, and the work for our partners at Georgetown University, content for 6 globally-focused electives will be written and ready for SY 18-19.
We continue to work together with you, our teacher leaders, to change the narrative around what is possible in K-12 global education.  Thank you for being a part of the #GlobalEd movement in DC, and helping us show other districts what is possible.  As you prepare for a well-deserved break, we invite you to spend some time reading the new international OECD PISA Global Competence Framework.  This framework will mark a first in providing an international benchmark for measuring global competence, and we are excited about what it can mean for our work together!  
We hope you find time this break to relax, rewind and recharge, and look forward to a very global 2018 together with you!

Global Snapshot: Joy in Action

From top left, clockwise: DCPS Study Abroad Travel Ambassador Emily Allshouse (Brightwood EC) receives a surprise visit from Chancellor Wilson to announce her winning School Staff of the Year; Travel Ambassador, GLOBE Fellow & Global Curriculum Fellow Joanna Davila (Cardozo EC) celebrates with her students after learning she has been awarded a Rubenstein Award; Another Rubenstein Award-winner, Kaila Ramsey (H.D. Cooke), DCPS/Project Zero Fellow, explores global competency teaching practices with her colleagues during a World in DC Fellowship Seminar; Students from School Without Walls traveled to Rome over Thanksgiving break; St. Nicholas visits the Embassy of Austria's Embassy Adoption Program class at Eaton ES to teach students about Austrian holiday traditions. 

Global Curriculum Fellows

We would like to congratulate the Global Curriculum Fellows, who are working on designing content and curriculum for eight global elective courses with support from Georgetown faculty experts to be ready for SY18-19. Many thanks to these educators for their hard work!
Robert Stearman (Bell HS)
Kim Stalnaker (McKinley Tech)
Sarah Elwell (McKinley Tech)
Carey Bednardz (McKinley Tech) Margaret Thomas (Dunbar HS)
Allen Brown (Dunbar HS)
Monica Kurude (Wilson HS)
Coretta Martin (Stuart-Hobson HS)
Joana Davila (Cardozo EC)
Alejandra Zarzycki (Burroughs/Bunker Hill)
Corey Sherman (Roosevelt HS)
Travis Bouldin (Ron Brown HS) 

Global Student Opportunities

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

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

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

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
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
World Bank Visitor Center
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
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.
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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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