International Schools Mini Symposium August 29

August 29, 2016 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Chief Sealth International High School
2600 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126

Cost: $30, includes refreshments, resource packet and 3 free clock hours

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Join us on Monday, August 29th for a mini-symposium all about international education. Network with Seattle International School teachers, share ideas, discover classroom resources, and learn new strategies for preparing global citizens.

Teacher-led workshop sessions will include information on Earning the SPS International Education Category; Globalizing Curriculum through Interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning; Developing Global Competence; Investigating the World and Recognizing Perspectives; and Running a Global Leadership Class in High School. Educators will have the option to attend 2 different workshop sessions of their choice.

Keynote Remarks by Professor of Social Studies Education at the University of Washington Walter Parker.

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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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Job: Specialist-Secondary Spanish Language & Literacy

Highline Public Schools seeks an experienced teacher specialist to lead exciting World Language and Bilingual work.

Job Number:2016-1580  Read full job description

2016/2017 school year.


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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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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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