Global Diversity Mini Grants for Teachers

Small Grants for Large Global Vision
RPCVs of Wisconsin initiate mini-grants to promote global diversity

Press release, May 2015: Across the state, teachers often need just a few extra dollars to paint a world map on the playground, add multicultural books to the library, or initiate a world language project. The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison (RPCV Madison) offer mini-grants, with a quick turn-around, to K-12 teachers who have ideas for teaching about the diversity and commonality of the world’s peoples. The we all Project was initiated in 2008 by RPCVs who created a set of 15 posters that feature global commonalities of cultures in over 64 countries where volunteers have served. Such commonalities as We All Learn, We All Need Water, and We All Celebrate vibrantly illustrate differences in global cultures and communities for use in world language and social studies classrooms, elementary schools, and libraries and community centers.
September 1, 2015, is the first of four quarterly deadlines to which schools, libraries, or non-profit groups may apply for mini-grants. Poster order forms, curriculum resources, and mini-grant application forms are available on the we all Mini-Grants for Global Diversity web site:



WAIE grants for International Education Institute (apply by June 10, 2015)

WAIE is excited to offer two $200 grants for registration in the International Education Institute: Health, Safety, and Emergency Planning for Study Abroad at Madison College in Madison, WI from August 6-7. Membership in WAIE is required to receive the grant award. The grant application instructions are listed below.

matc-aug-2015-flyerWisconsin Association of International Educators
International Education Institute: Health, Safety, and Emergency Planning for Study Abroad
Madison College, Madison, WI, August 6-7, 2015
Award amount: registration reimbursement up to $200
Application Deadline: June 10, 2015

Please send the following information to Jodi Simek:

Professional Title:
Email Address:
Phone Number:

Please respond to the following and limit to one paragraph response for each question:

1. How do you see health, safety, and emergency planning in study abroad benefit the you, the students, and organization that you serve?

2. What are some specific areas that you would like to learn about in the institution and how do you plan to apply them in your work?

3. How will your participation contribute to the international education community in Wisconsin?

4. Please include your résumé or CV.


Up to $200 will be awarded to the recipients once the receipt is submitted showing registration for the International Education Institute: Health, Safety, and Emergency Planning for Study. (Check is issued from WAIE past chair)


  • are expected to attend and present at the following WAIE conference to share the knowledge that they learned at the International Education Institute: Health, Safety, and Emergency Planning for Study Abroad
  • are responsible for arranging and paying for their own registration, accommodations, travel, etc.
  • must be an active member of the Wisconsin Association of International Educators, preference will be given to members who have professional responsibilities within the state of Wisconsin

Application Submission:

Please send completed application in PDF to Ms. Jodi Simek by June 10 at with “WAIE international Institute Grant” in the subject line.

More Information:

For more information about WAIE can be found at:

For more information about the International Education Institute: Health, Safety, and Emergency Planning for Study Abroad, please visit:


Exploring Global Stories Locally: children’s literature, migration histories, and Wisconsin experiences (June 27, 2015)

Register today!

“Exploring Global Stories Locally: children’s literature, migration histories, and Wisconsin experiences”

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Fall Creek School District, Auditorium, 336 East Hoover Avenue, Fall Creek, WI

The Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC) along with the College of Education and Human Sciences at UW-Eau Claire will be hosting an all-day workshop for K-16 educators, pre-service teachers, school and public librarians, and children’s literature enthusiasts with an aim to internationalize statewide reading materials through the classroom and public libraries. The theme of the one-day workshop is exploring global stories at the local level. The workshop will include presentations by faculty members from UW Systems, other scholars, and community members, on the history of migration into northern Wisconsin of the Polish, Hmong, Mexican, Norwegian and other immigrant groups. Award-winning author Karen Lynn Williams will offer the keynote presentation on her stories, and teacher resources. The goal of the workshop is to provide educators with practical information about the background of some of the children and families with whom they interact in schools and libraries, and to incorporate this knowledge into their lessons and library programs.

Workshop cost: $40 fee will include the choice of one book by Karen Lynn Williams, breaks and lunch at the workshop. $25 fee for pre-service teachers.

Register online today! Go to:

Registration deadline is June 18, 2015.

Credit option: 1-graduate credit will be available through the College of Education and Human Sciences at UW-Eau Claire.

Promotional flyer available here (pdf).

For more information about this workshop contact: Rachel Weiss, or Jill Prushiek

Sponsored by Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium, and UW-Eau Claire, College of Education and Human Sciences.


Teacher Institute: Essential Themes in Latin American History for Teaching World History (July 6-8, 2015)

Culebra Cut, Panama Canal (1907)CLACS Summer Teacher Institute
Essential Themes in Latin American History for Teaching World History
July 6-8, 2015

This summer institute introduces high school educators to important content about Latin America’s significance in world history. The program explores innovative sources and approaches that scholars are using to engage students in learning about the region and its integration into a larger world system. The institute will largely focus on three eras: Latin America before the Europeans, Latin America’s integration into the world economy and the struggle for democracy and human rights.

Cost: $75 in-service teachers / $25 Education students (includes continental breakfasts, lunches, and materials)

Dorm housing is available for $55/night.

1-3 graduate credits (History) available for additional cost through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (will require subsequent online discussion and curriculum development work). To request full informational and registration packets please contact the Credit Outreach office at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, or 800-621-5376.

Application deadline: May 30, 2015

Announcement and application available at

For more information, contact Julie Kline at or 414-229-5986.

A collaboration between UW-Whitewater, UW-Madison Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS) and the UW-Milwaukee Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). CLACS and LACIS are a consortial Title VI National Resource Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.


“Girl Rising” Film Screening & Discussion (April 29, 2015)

Join us for a free screening of Girl Rising, a documentary film about the strength of human spirit and the power of education to change the world, followed by an engaging discussion and critical dialogue about girls’ education in both international and local contexts.

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m. Reception; 6 p.m. Screening

Location: Downtown Madison Public Library
201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison WI

Join us for a free screening of Girl Rising, a documentary film about the strength of human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

There will be a brief reception at 5:30 pm, followed by the film at 6, and an engaging discussion and critical dialogue to follow about girls’ education in both international and local contexts.

After welcome remarks by University of Wisconsin–Madison Dean of Students Lori Berquam, the discussion will be moderated by Professor Nancy Kendall of UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Policy Studies.

Panelists include:

  • Hilary Shager, Associate Director for La Follette School of Public Affairs
  • Kathryn Moeller, Assistant Professor, Education Policy Studies
  • Lori DiPrete Brown, Executive Director, Women’s Well-being in Wisconsin and the World Initiative
  • Dora Zuniga, Former Executive Director of Big Brother Big Sister and Centro Hispano
  • Selah Agaba, Doctoral Student, Anthropology & Educational Policy Studies

This event is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education,The Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network, The Morgridge Center for Public Service, She’s the First, and the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).


Workshop for World Language Teachers (April 17, 2015 in Milwaukee)

“Tools and Strategies on How to Implement the Smart Technology in a Foreign Language Classroom”

This is a free workshop for language instructors being organized by UW-Milwaukee’s Language Resource Center on Friday, April 17th from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

A flyer with additional details is @

Register online at


New Perspectives on the Ancient Indus Civilization (teachers workshop)

logo-priestcollegeUW-Madison Center for South Asia
Teachers Workshop: “New Perspectives on the Ancient Indus Civilization”
Saturday, March 21, 2015 │ 9 am – 5 pm
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison WI

The Center for South Asia at UW-Madison invites middle and high school teachers to participate in a one-day workshop that will introduce new perspectives on the Indus Civilization, the first civilization in India and Pakistan. The Indus Civilization (2600-1900 BC) ranks with Egypt, Mesopotamia, and China as one of the earliest state-level societies in the world. However, it has many features that make it unique and thus an especially interesting topic for high school history courses. Particularly striking are its lack of evidence for militarism, monumental temple and palace architecture, and royal burials rich in exotic grave goods. While these unique features have been known to archaeologists for quite some time, new evidence of Indus contacts across the Arabian Sea points to even greater social and economic complexity than previously imagined. This workshop will provide a detailed overview of many key issues in the study of the Indus Civilization today, including:

  • The origins of the Indus Civilization
  • Diversity in the social and ethnic composition of Indus cities and towns
  • Regional diversity in material culture and ways of life
  • Factors leading to the end of the Indus Civilization
  • The current status of the “Aryan Invasion Theory” and the concept of “aryan”
  • New archaeological evidence for links between the Indus and communities in the Arabian Peninsula and beyond
  • New information about trade and migration gained from the cutting-edge scientific techniques of archaeological chemistry
  • The role of ethnographic studies in understanding ancient civilizations

The workshop leaders, Katie Lindstrom, Randall Law, Gregg Jamison and Brett Hoffman, are alumni of the UW-Madison Department of Anthropology and specialists in the archaeology of the Indus Civilization, and South Asia more broadly. They are trained by UW Madison Professor Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, one of the world’s foremost experts on the Indus.

This workshop will provide background information and teaching materials that school teachers can use to develop their own lesson plans. Articles and teaching materials will be made available including “The Silent Walls of the Indus” documentary film, and Dr. Mark Kenoyer’s high school-level text book, “The Ancient South Asian World” (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Registration: $50 will be required to register for this course – this will cover breaks and lunch, as well as a reader and DVD. Deadline to register will be Tuesday, March 17th. Register online now!

UW credit: 1-graduate credit is pending for this course. Very likely students interested in the credit option will be required to pay the UW segregated fees ($94-115) and required to attend a follow-up meeting on Saturday, April 11th, from 10 am – 1 pm to demonstrate lesson plans on the workshop topic.

For more information please contact Rachel Weiss, (or visit the workshop website).


Exploring South Asia through Children’s and YA Literature

This online course is offered through UW-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies, but is open to all!

Exploring South Asia through Children’s and YA Literature
February 23 – March 20
Program #3088
1.4 CEUs/14 LEUs
You will receive an email with login instructions a few days before the class begins.

This course examines recently published books that reflect stories, characters, and cultures from South Asia for grades pre K through high school. Due to the growing number of books published on this unique region; and the growing number of patrons in our libraries and schools seeking materials that reflect their heritage, this course will offer tools to plan specialized programing and collection development to fulfill this need. We will be highlighting the South Asia Book Award books and highly commended titles published since 2011.


  • Geography & History: locating Afghanistan, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the region of Tibet
  • Culture & Society: exploring arts, religion, and social structures
  • Collection Development: finding new resources through South Asia Book Awards, and beyond
  • Programming: reaching new audiences, sharing best practices

Expectations: You are expected to actively participate in the weekly online discussion. While this course is pass/fail, you are required to complete two short projects. The projects are meant to encourage you to take this course and directly put it to use in your library! Examples are: a book review, program description, book talk slide or book discussion questions.

Instructors: Svetha Hetzler is Head of Children’s Services at Middleton (WI) Public Library. Svetha has been a children’s librarian for 19 years in New York, Connecticut, Florida, and Wisconsin. She served as the chair of the South Asia Book Award (SABA) committee (2012-2014). Svetha immigrated with her family to the United States from India in the late 60’s. Exploring South Asia through literature has been very meaningful and has brought together her personal and professional reading interests. Rachel Weiss is the Assistant Director of the Center for South Asia, UW-Madison. Rachel received an M.A. in South Asian Studies and after graduate school, she studied Tamil Language in Madurai, Tamilnadu. Rachel remained in Madurai for two additional years, serving as the “Monitor” for the College-Year-in-India, Madurai Program and has since traveled with many educational groups to India. In 2011, she established the South Asia Book Award, sponsored the South Asia National Outreach Consortium.

To register:

Questions? Contact Anna Palmer ( or Meredith Lowe (


Travel to Belize & Tikal (Guatemala) in July 2015

tikalThe Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico, and The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago are excited to announce a summer 2015 educator travel opportunity to Belize and Tikal (Guatemala)! We are working with GEEO which is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting as many teachers as possible to travel abroad and then share their experiences with their students upon their return to the classroom.

Follow in the footsteps of Mayan warriors to lost cities cloaked in jungle mists. This adventure offers an intriguing mix of ruins, beaches, wildlife and the rich cultures of Belize and Guatemala. It’s a perfect blend of activity and relaxation—spend three days canoeing deep in the jungle and snorkeling the crystal-clear turquoise-blue waters before easing into the laid-back Belizean lifestyle while relaxing on the beach.

In addition to the local guides arranged by GEEO, you will be accompanied by an academic representative from one of these institutions who will help you process the experience for your classroom. Participants can earn 3 graduate credits while traveling with GEEO.

This trip is open to:

  • K-12 teachers
  • Pre-service teachers
  • Post-secondary educators including community college instructors

Dates: July 12th to July 26th, 2015

Cost: $1804.00 per person

What’s Included in the Cost?

  • Tikal guided tour; jungle canoe trip (3-day, fully guided); Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Belize Barrier Reef snorkeling trip (full-day); Caye Caulker stay; all transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Adventures tour leader throughout, local guides
  • Public bus, private van, canoe, water taxi
  • Hotels (13 nts), basic lodging (2 nts, multi-share)
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners (allow USD 300-400 for meals not included)

What’s Not Included in the Cost?

  • International airfare
  • Insurance
  • Incidental expenses
  • Applicable visas
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Beverages
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Optional tours/admissions
  • Airport taxis

Learn more @
And feel free to contact Sarah Ripp, LACIS’ Outreach Coordinator, with any questions: 608-444-3725 or


Teachers for Global Classrooms: 2015-16 application now live

The 2015-16 application for the Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) is now live! The deadline for submission is March 18, 2015.

TGC is a year-long professional development opportunity for U.S. elementary, middle and high school teachers to become leaders in global education.  For more information please visit