Global Leadership Summer Institute

Create a Democratic K12 Classroom and Global Leaders:

Increase youth engagement, responsibility, and achievement

August 15-19, 2016

Designed by teachers for teachers

30 Clock Hours and/or 3 Credits available from Seattle University College of Education

15 hours of professional coaching throughout the school year for teacher teams (included)

What are the key benefits?
The Summer Institute for K12 teachers (high school preferred; all welcome) provides teachers of all disciplines with highly effective, best practices pedagogical approaches for creating a climate of mutual respect and shared ownership in which students become empowered and accountable leaders who are engaged in their own learning, and the learning of others, inside and outside the classroom.
Teachers are encouraged to apply with their colleagues in teacher teams (singles welcome). The institute is interactive with time for individual reflection, application of new skills, small team break-outs for academic specialties, and collaborative larger group sessions.

You will leave the week fired up for the new school year—with sample class policies, proven strategies and teacher-tested techniques tied to best practices, an understanding of how these strategies and practices align with the Danielson Framework for Teaching evaluation criteria, and with access to ready-to-use curriculum.

As current and former classroom teachers and college faculty, we know that teachers are central to student success.  Global Visionaries’ innovative professional development programs for K12 teachers are steeped in our values of inclusion, equity, shared responsibility for learning, academic achievement, emotional growth, leadership development and local-global community service in furtherance of a just and sustainable world.

When we invest in teachers, they reconnect to the passion that brought them to the classroom in the first place.  When we invest in teachers, they create supportive, successful and rigorous learning opportunities for each student.

When we invest in teachers, teachers and students benefit.​​​

Learn more and register at:

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Seal of Biliteracy 2016

Although the State Seal of Biliteracy was officially launched in Washington state last June, this is the first year that most districts have had a chance to actually prepare for awarding the Seal to qualified high school graduating seniors. Information about the Seal and criteria for awarding is posted on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) World Languages website. However, there’s lots of nitty gritty details to think through at the district level.

We have posted on the Seattle Public Schools Seal of Biliteracy webpage including State Seal of Biliteracy: The Journey in Washington State (PDF of PPT slides). The Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) has also posted Seal of Biliteracy Documents (from presentation at WAFLT Spring Regional Conference) including Implementing the Seal of Biliteracy #2bilit2quit (PDF of PPT slides) and

Good luck!

Michele Anciaux Aoki
International Education Administrator, Seattle

Washington State Seal of Biliteracy

Washington State Seal of Biliteracy

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Russian Dual Language in Bellevue

April 27, 2016

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am reaching out to you about our initiative which will support cultural and linguistic diversity in Bellevue School District through introduction of another dual language immersion program – with English and Russian languages. As you may know, Bellevue schools have 2 dual immersion programs (in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish), which demonstrate terrific academic success and allow many kids to feel recognized in the community. Unfortunately, many kids still do not have access to proper language education, whereas the resources which we have in Bellevue – the most diverse place in our state – are in abundance.

Working as a substitute teacher in BSD405, I meet Russian-speaking kids in almost every classroom. As it turns our, Bellevue and Redmond together have over 11 Russian preschools, a great number of Russian businesses, and are home to over 4000 families (with more Russian speakers in Kirkland). But the reasons for starting such a program in Bellevue go far beyond numbers and statistics.

If you look at the example of the state of Utah (which already offers 6 languages and expands it to 8 next year), or even a little closer – Portland Public Schools (also has 6 immersion programs, and looking to expand), lots of emphasis there is put on learning languages early in life. The research shows that language acquisition during elementary school happens faster, more effectively and less stressfully. With such structurally challenging languages like Russian it is probably the only chance for students to master all the aspects of the language at a native-speaker level.

The steps towards success we made so far:

  • we started a petition over a week ago, and by now have 400 signatures (link to the petition:;
  • we had a successful presentation at Bellevue School Board meeting on April 19 (link to the recording: );
  • in my conversation with one of the School Board members I heard approval of our initiative and support of the proposed idea;
  • we started a Facebook group to keep everyone updated (link to the group:;
  • in cooperation with OneCityProject (a non-profit which promotes language education programs) we were able to identify certified and prospective teachers for the program.

Right now we are looking for support from the broader community, because such programs make positive change not only among immigrant population, but enrich school culture, educational practices and bring new opportunities for monolingual families. We would like to find connections with the people who share our values – who are also passionate about education and giving their kids best opportunities. Our next steps will include a Russian book donation campaign, building connections with local businesses, getting heard by the media and petitioning to the State.

Such a partner like Washington State Coalition for International Education would mean a lot to our initiative. Please, let us know if you would like to consider cooperation, and if we can assist you with any concerns.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I am looking forward to your reply.


Alexey Kuznetsov


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International Schools Symposium

On Saturday, May 21st you are invited to the International Schools Symposium at John Stanford International School (4057 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105). Please come spend the morning with colleagues from schools across the district and beyond and earn FREE CLOCK HOURS. This event is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council Global Classroom Program and the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington.

“Symposium” is a fancy word, but ours promises to be comfortable and network-y. We will have coffee on hand with danishes for dunking, and a few sessions that we hope will pique your interest.

The purpose of this short day (8:30 – Noon) is to provide time and occasion for colleagues from international schools across our district and beyond to meet and exchange ideas and information.

  • If you want to meet people from other schools and talk informally about the global education initiatives taking place in their schools… this is the place for you!
  • If you’d love to earn the International Education Category in Seattle Public Schools but want to see what the process looks like… we can dispel the myth!
  • If you are brand new to International Schools (in Seattle) and you need to get a handle on the big picture… you will find what you need here!
  • If you want to talk with teachers who have successfully planned school wide interdisciplinary global projects in Elementary School… look no further!
  • If you want to learn about communicating across cultures… or collaborating… or investigating the world… we have ideas to share!
  • If you need 3 clock hours to lane change and you love coffee… we’re ready for you!

Come and explore of the world of global education with colleagues on Saturday the 21st of May. Earn free clock hours, have coffee, and exchange ideas.

8:30-9:00       Check-in, coffee, and treats
9:00-10:00      Session #1
10:30-11:00     Networking break
11:00-12:00     Session #2

We need to know how much coffee and how many danishes to buy. Help us out by registering for this event HERE.

But wait! There’s more!

If you are interested, there is an extend-the-day opportunity to attend the GET GLOBAL Conference, which is the High School Global Issues Conference put on by One World Now! We’re excited to be sharing the day with them and recommend you take a trip just down the road to the Ethnic Cultural Center at the University of Washington where you can peruse the resource fair, catch a workshop, and watch local high school students demonstrate what it means to be global citizens. (up to 3 additional clock hours available for participation in the GET GLOBAL portion of the day).

Get Global Schedule:

12:15-1:15      Lunch and resource fair
1:15-2:15       Afternoon workshop session
2:15-4:00     OWN Talks and cultural performances

If you plan to attend the Get Global Conference, please register separately with OWN – lunch will be provided for you if you attend.

We are excited by the prospect of meeting and networking with you. Please come.

Please register for the Symposium HERE. 

Please register by Friday, May 13.

Questions? Contact Rachel Evans:

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Seattle International Schools Community Meetings

“Our vision is to prepare students, in partnership with family and community,
for global citizenship in an increasingly interdependent world.”
SPS International Education Brochure (PDF)

Seattle Public Schools has initiated a process for studying the impacts, risks, and benefits of sustaining and expanding Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs through the establishment of an International Schools / Dual Language Immersion Task Force. The role of the task force is to gather, analyze, review, and consider information and data and to prepare a report to the Superintendent of Schools regarding Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs. The Superintendent will use this report, along with other important data, to make recommendations to the School Board for potential changes in the 2017-18 school year.

There will also be community outreach meetings throughout the city through April and May, 2016. Interpreters will be provided at each site for Spanish, Mandarin, and Japanese and additional languages as needed.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6:00-7:30 pm at Chief Sealth International High School
2600 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126
(Join us from 4:30-6:00 pm for an Open House and refreshments at Chief Sealth’s new Confucius Classroom too!)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 6:00-7:30 pm at Mercer International Middle School
1600 S Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108

Thursday, May 12, 2016 6:00-7:30 pm at Hamilton International Middle School
610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103

Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:00-7:30 pm at the Seattle World School
301 21st Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

To help us with planning, please RSVP to let us know which meeting(s) you plan to attend and whether you will need interpretation services or childcare:

For more information or to submit comments, contact Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, International Education Administrator

Learn more at:

International Education in Seattle Public Schools graphic

International Education in Seattle Public Schools

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Heritage Language Research Institute 2016

Ninth Heritage Language Research Institute

From bilingual children to adult heritage speakers

The University of Washington has the honor of hosting this year’s Heritage Language Research Institute, organized by the National Heritage Language Research Center at UCLA.

JUNE 15- 18, 2016

Director: Maria Polinsky (University of Maryland, College Park)
Workshop Director: Maria Luisa Parra (Harvard University)

Heritage languages are learned early in life, either simultaneously with the dominant language or prior to the acquisition of the dominant language of the country. Early childhood bilinguals are often fluent in both languages, their home language and the dominant societal language. Furthermore, both languages influence each other in early childhood bilinguals. Many of such bilinguals grow up to become adult heritage speakers who are typically stronger in the dominant language and whose knowledge of the home language is less strong.

How do bilingual children turn into adult heritage speakers? What are the vulnerable domains in the languages of both populations, what are their strengths, and where are the differences? And how can we preserve and maintain the relative stability of early childhood bilingualism? The Institute will bring together language scientists and language educators who will examine these issues from the standpoint of research, language planning, and linguistic training.

For more details about the schedule, presenters, location, and Saturday workshop, visit:

Registration for all 4 days is only $100. Free clock hours for teachers will be available.

Register Now.

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, there will be a special one-day workshop:

Workshop: Project-based learning and the teaching of heritage languages
The purpose of this day-long workshop is for participants to become familiar with a range of project-based experiences designed for the teaching of heritage languages at different educational levels.

Project-based learning aims to engage students in tasks that require them to explore, investigate, create and, sometimes, respond to complex questions, solve problems, or meet challenges. Such projects involve important cognitive, linguistic, critical thinking, and social skills. For these reasons, this teaching-learning method suits the needs of heritage language learners at all levels as it fosters: the use of the language (and its different registers); the development of written heritage language skills; language and cultural awareness; and potential connections and involvement with the heritage community.


  • Olga Kagan (UCLA): Project-based learning in the context of heritage language teaching: an introduction
  • María Carreira (Cal State University Long Beach): Differentiated teaching for heritage languages
  • Irina Dubinina (Brandeis University): Service learning in the Russian community in Boston
  • Helen Yung (Seattle Public Schools): Dual Language Voices and Choices: Project-Based Learning in an after-school Chinese Literacy program for middle school Dual Language Immersion and Heritage Language students
  • María Luisa Parra (Harvard University): Journalism for Latino students: Learning, serving and writing about the community.

Registration for the workshop only is $75. Free clock hours for teachers will be available.

Register Now for the workshop.

Many thanks to our local co-sponsors:

University of Washington Co-Sponsors:

  • Dean of Arts and Humanities
  • Language Learning Center
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Spanish and Portuguese Studies
  • Confucius Institute of the State of Washington
  • Center for Spanish Studies
  • Linguistics Department
  • Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies: Global Studies Center
  • Ellison Center for Russian, East European, Central Asian Studies, etc.

Community Co-Sponsors:

  • One America
  • One City Project

Sponsors of Morning Refreshments:

  • Avant Assessment
  • Santillana Publishing

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