[WSCSS] Updates and Opportunities in Social Studies.11.13.07

Caleb Perkins Caleb.Perkins at k12.wa.us
Tue Nov 13 15:54:20 EST 2007



Below is a list of the latest updates and opportunities in social
studies. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.
If you have a specific issue you would like to discuss, please email me
with a time to call you (Caleb.Perkins at k12.wa.us). Thank you.


I hope to see you at the OSPI Conference in January!


Caleb Perkins

Program Supervisor, Social Studies/International Education

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction


Titles -

OSPI Updates:

1.     OSPI January Conference

2.     CBA Trainer of Trainers

3.     CBA Requirements and Reporting

4.     Social Studies GLEs - First Public Draft

5.     CBA Repilot



6.     Washington State Council for the Social Studies - Annual K-8

7.     Teaching American History Grants

8.     Gilder-Lehrman 2008 Summer Seminars 

9.     UW Teacher Workshop- "A Delicate Dance: Multicultural Issues in
Modern Day France"

10.  Model United Nations Conference

11.  Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) - Teacher Workshops and

12.  Global Source Network - "Special Dialogue on Burma"

13.  Student Essay Contest - Association of Washington Generals

14.  The Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International
Education 2007 Call for Applications

15.  2008 Reischauer Scholars Program

16.  Fulbright Teacher Exchange program

17.  The International Economic Summit (IES)

18.  Teachers' Institute on the Chesapeake in Revolution:  Daily Life
and Politics in Virginia and Maryland, 1750-1800

19.  Making the Revolution: America, 1763-1789 - Summer Institute

20.  iEARN Upcoming Events

21.  Resources and Workshops from the Washington State History Museum

22.  Global Impact Opportunity Summer 2008

23.  Bill of Rights Institute - Summer Institute 

24.  WSAME 2008 Workshops

25.  Asia Society and College Board - Conferences

26.  2008 Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund (JFMF) Teacher Program


Details - 

OSPI Updates:

1.     OSPI January Conference - January 29-31st - Spokane - OSPI will
be holding its annual winter conference in Spokane this year. I hope you
will be able to join us for a number of sessions on CBA instructional
strategies, programs, and teacher leadership.


2.     CBA Trainer of Trainers: OSPI plans to develop a cadre of CBA
trainers that will be available to help districts with the
implementation of the CBAs in the 2008-09 school year. The first
training of these trainers is slated to occur in May and June of 2008 at
your local ESD. If you think you might be interested in becoming a CBA
trainer for the schools and districts in your ESD, please email
Caleb.Perkins at k12.wa.us.


3.     CBA Requirements and Reporting: Some have had questions regarding
requirements and reporting related to the CBAs. OSPI recently released a
memorandum in an effort to address these questions. To see this
document, go to the Social Studies homepage:
www.k12.wa.us/CurriculumInstruct/SocStudies. It includes a model
reporting form for the 2008-09 school year. 


4.     Social Studies GLEs - First Public Draft: As you know, OSPI has
posted a draft of the Social Studies Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) on
the Social Studies website: www.k12.wa.us/CurriculumInstruct/SocStudies.
We appreciate all those who took the time to provide feedback through
our online survey. We have used these comments to make additional edits
and revisions and plan to release the final document in late February.


5.     CBA Repilot: I would like to thank all those who volunteered to
participate in the repilot of selected CBAs. Our goal is to collect a
range of student work that illustrates the diverse ways students can
demonstrate proficiency when completing a CBA. We are particularly
interested in working with teachers who are interested in videotaping
CBA presentations. If you are still interested in participating in this
pilot but do not receive earlier notification, please email
Caleb.Perkins at k12.wa.us. The deadline for submitting student work is
January 18th. 



6.     Washington State Council for the Social Studies - Annual K-8
Conference - Saturday, February 2, 2007 - Seattle University - There
will be several excellent sessions, including presentations on the CBAs
for K-8 teachers. In addition, librarians will be presenting resources,
trade books, internet sites, appropriate research skills, guest speaker
ideas, and their general expertise. For more information, go to


7.     Teaching American History Grants - It was announced over the
summer that six different ESDs and districts in Washington received
federally-funded Teaching American History Grants: Clarkston School
District, Educational Service District 101, North Central Educational
Service District 171, Northwest Educational Service District 189,
Seattle Public Schools, and Washougal School District. Now, this federal
program is once again seeking proposals for projects that aim to raise
student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge, understanding, and
appreciation of American history. Grant awards assist local educational
agencies, in partnership with entities that have extensive content
expertise, to develop, implement, document, evaluate, and disseminate
innovative, cohesive models of professional development. The deadline is
December 10, 2007. For more information, go to


8.     Gilder-Lehrman 2008 Summer Seminars - The Gilder Lehrman
Institute has announced the 2008 Summer Seminar schedule. There are
thirty-two seminars available this year, with fourteen new topics:
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, The American Judiciary; Edward L. Ayers,
The South in American History; Carol Berkin, From Colonies to Nation:
America in the 18th Century; Christopher L. Brown, British and American
Antislavery; Nancy Cott, Twentieth Century Women's Rights Movements;
John Demos, Everyday Life in Early America; Fritz Fischer, Teaching
American History through Documents (for elementary school teachers);
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Higginbotham, African American Lives;
Michael Kazin and Michael Flamm, The Sixties in Historical Perspective;
Steven Mintz, Teaching Digital History; Patricia O'Toole, Woodrow Wilson
and the War Years ; Christian Ostermann, The Cold War; Orlando
Patterson, Key Moments in American Freedom; Ted Widmer, The Age of
Exploration. For more information and to apply online, click here:
www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/seminars1.html. The deadline for
applications is February 15th, 2008. 


9.     UW Teacher Workshop- "A Delicate Dance: Multicultural Issues in
Modern Day France" - Wednesday, November 14, 2007 / 5:00-8:00 pm, Kane
Hall 220 - Registered participants will receive 3 clock hours,
curriculum materials, parking, dinner, and entrance to the Friday
performance by Compagnie La BARAKA. Registration is limited.  For more
information about Compagnie La BARKA, visit the UW World Series web site
at http://www.uwworldseries.org.


10.  Model United Nations Conference for high school students -
Saturday, December 1, 2007 held at the Viking Union on Western
Washington University's campus (Bellingham).  Model United Nations is a
simulation of United Nations committees where students learn to
negotiate, research, and play the role of a diplomat from one of the
UN's 180 member countries.  VIKMUN 2007 has been developed with the goal
of being challenging to advanced students, as well as educational to
beginning students, so everyone gets something out of the experience.
For more information, and registration details please e-mail Rachel
Lewis, lewisr21 at cc.wwu.edu <mailto:lewisr21 at cc.wwu.edu>  or Kristina
Mader, kmader at gmail.com <mailto:kmader at gmail.com> .


11.  Global Source Network - "Special Dialogue on Burma" - This program
will take place on Wednesday, November 28, 5-8pm in Seattle (location
will be announced soon). Guest speakers include local Burma expert,
Larry Dohrs, with the US Campaign for Burma and Seattle Burma
Roundtable.   During the dialogue, we will explore ways to study the
current conflict in Burma in our curriculum, include how to use Burma as
a topic of study for the Causes of Conflict Social Studies CBA.   Clock
hours will be available. For more on the project, visit:


12.  Student Essay Contest - Association of Washington Generals - The
Association of Washington Generals sponsors an essay contest each year
for students in grades 7-8, students in grades 9-10, and students in
grades 11-12.  The winning student in each grade-level category will
receive $500.  This year's essay topic asks the question: "How wil the
future of the Internet make a difference in our lives both academically
and personally?"  Essays must be received by Monday, December 3, 2007.
If you have any questions regarding this competition, please e-mail
ssjonas at comcast.net.  For more information or to get a copy of the
application, go to www.washingtongenerals.org.


13.  Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) - Teacher Workshops and
Programs: Workshop: Nearby History - An Introduction to Oral History,
Saturday, November 3rd, 9:30a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Special Program on
Nuremberg Trials, Thursday, November 8th, 7:00-9:00 pm; Annual History
Makers Gala, Friday, November 9th; Building Connections: The Untold
Stories of the ALCAN Highway - a new documentary, Saturday, November
10th, 2:00 p.m.; Ruffle your Feathers at the MOHAI Bird Bash, Thursday,
November 15, Party, at 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Film begins at 7:00 p.m.;
Model Train Display, December 1st & 2nd; Boat Parade of Lights, December
1st; Holiday Tea with Vintage Fashion Show, Saturday December 8th. For
more detailed information visit www.seattlehistory.org. 


14.  The Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International
Education 2007 Call for Applications - The Goldman Sachs Foundation and
Asia Society are seeking applications for the 2007 Goldman Sachs
Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education.
Applications for the elementary/middle school, high school,
district/state, and media/technology prizes are due Monday, December 3,
2007. For more information and to access the online application, please
visit http://www.internationaled.org/prizes
<http://www.internationaled.org/prizes> .   


15.  2008 Reischauer Scholars Program - The Stanford Program on
International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) and the Center for
Global Partnership and the Japan Foundation are inviting all interested
high school juniors and seniors to apply to the 2008 Reischauer Scholars
Program (RSP).  The RSP annually selects 25 exceptional high school
juniors and seniors from throughout the United States to engage in an
intensive study of Japan. Selected students participate in an
Internet-mediated course on Japan from February to June 2008.  For more
information and to download the application, please visit
www.reischauerscholars.org <http://www.reischauerscholars.org/> .


16.  Fulbright Teacher Exchange program - Since 1946, the Fulbright
Teacher Exchange Program has helped nearly 23,000 teachers and
administrators contribute to mutual understanding between the United
States and countries around the world. If you are a full-time U.S.
teacher or administrator, you may be eligible to apply to the regular
program. The website listed here contains information and links to the
online application. www.fulbrightexchanges.org. 


17.  The International Economic Summit (IES) - Upcoming Training
Opportunity in Seattle, January 9-10, 2008 - The International Economic
Summit (IES) is a world trade simulation that teaches fundamental
economic concepts within the context of international trade. The program
challenges high school students to think critically about the costs and
benefits of trade while exploring the concept of globalization. For more
information visit:


18.  Teachers' Institute on the Chesapeake in Revolution:  Daily Life
and Politics in Virginia and Maryland, 1750-1800 - The Colonial Dames of
Washington would like to pass on this opportunity for social
studies/history teachers for next summer (Tuesday, July 29 through
Friday, August 1, 2008) in Mason Neck, Virginia.  This would be an event
that qualifies for Washington Colonial Dames grant applicants as well
(visit www.coldameswa.net for our grant information).  This Teachers'
Institute program is presented by Gunston Hall Plantation and The
Society of the Cincinnati with sessions to take place on Mason Neck,
Virginia. Applications are accepted beginning Monday, February 25, 2008.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the Education
Department, Gunston Hall Plantation at (703) 550-9229, ext. 237 or
website www.gunstonhall.org <http://www.gunstonhall.org/>  and
connecting on the teacher resources link.


19.  Making the Revolution: America, 1763-1789 - Summer Institute for
High School Teachers of History, Literature, and Art - National
Humanities Center - June 23 - July 4, 2008 - Research Triangle Park,
North Carolina - The institute will explore these and other questions
through history, literature, and art. Under the direction of leading
scholars, institute participants will examine the American Revolution in
a global context. Participants will assist National Humanities Center
staff in identifying texts and defining lines of inquiry for a new
addition to the Center's Toolbox Library, which provides online
resources for teacher professional development and classroom
instruction. The application deadline is March 7, 2008. Participants
will receive a stipend of $1,000. The National Humanities Center will
cover the cost of travel and provide lodging. For more information, go
to www.nationalhumanitiescenter.org/revolution 


20.  iEARN Upcoming Events

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a global
non-profit network that empowers teachers and students to undertake
projects designed to make a meaningful contribution to the health and
welfare of the planet and its people. Started in 1988, iEARN is
currently active in over 120 countries, with 1,000,000 students
participating as part of their education. For more information visit:
http://www.iearn.org <http://www.iearn.org> 


*         International Chain of Awareness Conference - Turkey - March
14-16, 2008.

The conference will be about Millenium Development Goals of United
Nations.  Students will present their projects that they have done, and
then will create a global action plan together. For more information,
contact Ayse Yavuz <ayseyavuz at enkaschools.com
<mailto:ayseyavuz at enkaschools.com> >.


*         YouthCaN 2008. Event scheduled for April 7, 2008 at the
American Museum of Natural History in New York City, USA. See
http://www.youthcanworld.org <http://www.youthcanworld.org>  for details
of this and other YouthCaN events happening around the world. YouthCaN
is a year-round network within iEARN of students using
telecommunications for environmental project work. Join the YouthCaN
forum - http://media.iearn.org/projects/youthcan
<http://media.iearn.org/projects/youthcan> .


*         Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2008. This year's theme: Global
Warming and Disaster Reduction. NDYS 2008 International Conference will
be held in Trinidad and Tobago in April 2008. For more about the
project, see http://ndys.jearn.jp/ <http://ndys.jearn.jp/>  and to join
discussions, http://media.iearn.org/projects/ndys
<http://media.iearn.org/projects/ndys> .


21.  Resources and Workshops from the Washington State History Museum -
The Washington State History Museum has created
www.washingtonhistoryonline.org, a website designed to develop and
deliver free online curriculum and educational resources. The website
currently features topics such as U.S.-Indian Treaties in Washington
State and the Lewis and Clark expedition, as well as free photos, games,
and videos.


22.  Global Impact Opportunity Summer 2008

The Seattle Community Colleges, in partnership with Seattle-area
medical, educational and service-oriented community organizations, are
announcing Summer 2008 GLOBAL IMPACT healthcare and volunteer service
opportunities in developing countries.  Last summer (2007), the Vietnam
Medical Trek provided health examinations to over 1,000 villagers and
built an elementary school classroom.  For more information on these
projects, visit the Global Impact website


23.  Bill of Rights Institute - Summer Institute - Shaping the
Constitution: A View From Mount Vernon 1783-1789; June 16-20 and July
28-August 1. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities We the
People initiative, the Landmarks of American History and Culture
Workshop, Shaping the Constitution: A View from Mount Vernon 1783-89, is
an opportunity for you to gain a better understanding of Mount Vernon as
a crossroads for the discussion of ideas that led to the Constitution.
For more information, go to


24.  WSAME 2008 Workshops - Six workshops will make up the 2007-08 WSAME
multicultural/diversity offerings that begin this fall.  Four focus on
cross cultural competence, diversity programs, equity, and the role of
whites in a multicultural society.  Two are specifically designed for
those working with young people in grades K-7, using hands-on activities
designed to broaden understanding of African-American and
Chinese/Chinese American traditions and culture.  For workshop
descriptions and details, and to register, see below or go to:

*         Chinese New Year Activities for Elementary Classrooms

Saturday, January 5, 2008, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

A cultural enrichment workshop focused on the 14-day Chinese Lunar New
Year celebration (beginning February 7, 2008, the Year of the Rat).
Integrate learning about special New Year customs into all parts of the
curricula with hands-on activities guaranteed to foster awareness and
understanding of the world's largest ethnic population.


*	The Why, What & How of Diversity Programs - February 6, 2008, 9
A.M. - 3 P.M. Join participants as they learn some fundamentals
regarding diversity.  Topics include: Demographic trends and profiles;
The law and diversity: its application to agencies and educational
institutions; Current institutional status of practices, policies,
procedures related to diversity; Failure and success in diversity
practices;  Best practices of exemplary diversity programs and why they
work! (Five clock hours available)


*	Bringing Equity Alive in the Classroom - March 6, 2008, 9 A.M. -
12 P.M. Gary Howard, Founder/CEO of the REACH Center and author of You
Can't Teach What You Don't Know, presents five phases of a staff
development process that brings equity alive in the classroom.  Based on
his recently published article in Educational Leadership, "As Diversity
Grows, So Must We," Howard challenges educators to address the growing
needs we all face in today's schools. (Three clock hours available)


*	The Role of Whites in a Multicultural Society - May 1, 2008, 9
A.M. - 3 P.M. Participants will explore the concept of white privilege
and why it is invisible to some.  Explore models of unity; consult on
ways to bridge barriers between whites and people of color to construct
harmonious and productive relationships. (Five clock hours available)
For questions, contact WSAME at 206-522-5438 or email
WSAME at mindspring.com <mailto:WSAME at mindspring.com> ; or visit our
website at www.wsame.org <http://www.wsame.org> .


25.  Asia Society and College Board - Save the Dates:

*         Putting the World into World-Class Education: A National Forum
for Policymakers and Practitioners will take place July 10 - 12, 2008 at
the Renaissance Hotel, Washington, D.C.

*         Also, the Asia Society and College Board ask you to mark your
calendar for the National Chinese Language Conference in Washington, DC
on April 17-19, 2008. For more information on these conferences visit


26.  2008 Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund (JFMF) Teacher Program - The
Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund (JFMF) Teacher Program, sponsored by the
Government of Japan, provides American primary and secondary school
teachers and administrators with fully-funded short-term study tours of
Japan. The program is designed to increase understanding between the
people of Japan and the United States by inviting U.S. elementary and
secondary educators to visit Japan and share their experiences with
fellow Americans upon their return. For application and more
information, please visit:


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