Category Archives: K-12 Opportunities

K-12 Opportunity: Global Ethics & Conflict Resolution Summer Symposium (UT-Austin)

Dates: June 19-July 2, 2016

Each summer The University of Texas Project on Conflict Resolution hosts the Global Ethics & Conflict Resolution Summer Symposium for high school students. This exciting program explores sources of conflict and how to discover effective resolution at all levels, from the personal to the international.  These are leadership skills the future will need from you.

Experienced professionals and distinguished faculty of The University of Texas at Austin will take you through critical and creative processes to acquire ethical and creative problem-solving strategies, conflict analysis methods, negotiation skills, and more. Come for the full two weeks, or one of the two weeks.

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Each summer for over 10 years the University of Texas Project on Conflict Resolution hosts the Global Ethics & Conflict Resolution Summer Symposium for high school students. An exciting program that explores sources of conflict and discovering effective resolution at all levels, from the personal to the international. Continue reading

Prof. Devel.: Summer Institute on Slavic & Eurasian Language Pedagogy, Research & Testing (Duke University)

Institute Dates: August 10-12, 2016

The Duke Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center will host a summer institute from August 10-12 for instructors (K-12 and university faculty) and language program coordinators in Slavic and Eurasian languages. The institute will be held on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

The institute will include presentations by speakers from Duke University, Indiana University, the University of Arizona, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration, the Department of Defense, and other leading institutions on topics including:
**Teaching language and culture through film
**Specialized language instruction at the advanced and superior levels
**The use of technology in the language classroom
**Integrating heritage students in the language classroom
**Addressing the needs of differently-abled students
**Using computer technologies to create pedagogical materials
**The role of grammar in proficiency-based instruction
**Popular culture and language instruction
**Web resources for Slavic and East European language teachers

The final day of the institute will be devoted to a workshop on Russian language proficiency testing conducted by a leading Russian language proficiency test developer who is a TRKI [тестирование русского как иностранного] examiner. TRKI is the Russian Federation language proficiency testing system for five areas of linguistic competence (aural comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar/lexicon) developed and administered by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, and is the Russian component of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) developed by the Council of Europe.

Cost: There are NO registration or tuition fees to attend the SEELRC Summer Institute. Any participant may attend one or both sessions. However, participants must pay for their own travel expenses, accommodations, and food. Lunches and one dinner will be provided. Depending on the availability of funds, SEELRC may award partial stipends to defray travel costs to qualified applicants.

Lodging: SEELRC staff will assist participants in making housing arrangements. Accommodations will be within walking distance of the Duke campus.
Attendance for the summer institute is limited to 20 people.

Interested language instructors should contact Michael Newcity at mnewcity@duke.edu for further information.Aus

K-12: STARTALK 2016 Program for Teachers of Russian (U of Iowa)

Deadline: May 10, 2016

Faculty member in The Department of Asian and Slavic Languages (part of the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Irina Kostina, Senior lecturer; Marina Kostina, CEO of Wired@Heart; and Anastasia Pryanikova, CEO of E-Studio, LLC have received the fifth grant from STARTALK, a unit of the federal National Security Language Initiative, for their program “Bridging the Gap: STARTALK, Teachers and High Tech.”

STARTALK 2016 program for Teachers of Russian will put great emphasis on high technology in education. Our outcomes will be: (1) the creation of innovative learning materials based on contemporary methodology, such as serial lectures for students of Russian based on 21st Century curriculum topics; (2) use of technological tools in the classroom;(3) the creation of learning objects and the use of devices such as iPads and tablets for distance learning.

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K-12 Opportunity: STARTALK Teacher Leadership Academy (Kent State)

Deadline for Applications: April 15, 2016

The 2016 STARTALK Teacher Leadership Academy for K-12 teachers of Chinese and Russian is designed to expose participating teachers to a variety of technologies to facilitate twenty-first century learning.

The Teacher Leadership Academy offers participating teachers the following benefits at no cost to the individual:

  • Three graduate-level credit hours from Kent State University
  • Use of a laptop with all relevant foreign language software for the duration of Teacher Academy
  • Room and board for the duration of the Teacher Academy
  • Opportunity to observe and participate in the 2016 Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy, a summer immersion program for local high school students

The Academy recognizes that in addition to the issues faced by all foreign language teachers, teachers of critical languages share some unique challeges, such as non-Roman scripts and longer time to proficiency. Moreover, many teachers of critical languages work part-time in more than one school and with administrators and colleagues who have little experience with critical languages, and may feel isolated as a result. Therefore, the Academy seeks to provide participating teachers with a supportive learning community composed of their fellow teachers of Chinese and Russian. The 2016 Academy builds on the foundation of the successful 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Kent State STARTALK Teacher Leadership Academies.
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Professional Development: 016 Project-Based Language Learning & Interculturality Intensive Summer Institute (Honolulu, HI)

Deadline to Apply to Intensive Summer Institute: April 15, 2016
Deadline to Submit Project Blueprint for PBLL: March 31, 2016

Digital Badge should be received no later than April 5, 2016

How can Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) help learners develop interculturality — the ability to inhabit and interpret different cultures and to see one’s own culture through the eyes of another? How do I design rigorous PBLL projects to incorporate intercultural telecollaborations? The NFLRC 2016 Intensive Summer Institute (ISI) will help you answer these questions with guidance from experts in the field through a dynamic, technology-rich professional development experience. You will further develop a Project Blueprint for your own language classroom assisted by colleagues and guided by a group of language professionals with background in PBL, language pedagogy, instructional technology, and assessment.

In-service K-16 world language educators are invited to apply for this on-site, in-person institute. The NFLRC 2016 Intensive Summer Institute is not a beginner’s workshop. In order to join, applicants will need to first create an interculturality-focused Project Blueprint and earn a digital badge from the 2016 Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning Online Institute as a prerequisite. (Participants who have already obtained a 2015 Fundamentals of PBLL badge need to take an additional module and submit an interculturality-focused Project Blueprint to be able to apply.) Seats are limited and applications will be competitive.

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Job: Records Management Officer (Kiev, Ukraine)

Deadline: March 17, 2016

To Apply, click here!

Tasks and Responsibilities:
Initial duration of appointment/assignment for this post is until 31 March 2017, subject to a subsequent OSCE Permanent Council Decision to extend the mandate of the Mission.

If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.

Potential applicants should be aware that this is a non-family posting.

Under the general supervision of the Chief of Staff and in co-ordination with the Senior Information Management Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for documents and records management in the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM). In particular, the Records Management Officer:
  • Acts as the primary focal point in the SMM for records, document management and archiving as well as provides guidance on these matters to staff and the Mission’s senior management
  • Is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the SMM electronic and paper archives for the entire Mission
  • Reviews documents for content and defines their initial distribution; determines documents for retention and for retirement/destruction
  • Proposes and implements Mission-wide standards and policies for the distribution and storage of documents, including organization of electronic systems, archive indexes, databases and spreadsheets
  • Co-ordinates the implementation of policies and tools developed by the Records Management Unit in the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna
  • Co-ordinates the transfer of relevant records to the OSCE Research and Documentation Centre (Prague Office)
  • Conducts training for SMM staff on all aspects of archiving and registry, and usage of the OSCE Electronic Document and Record Management System
  • Co-ordinates and supports the document distribution at SMM conferences and their post-event processing
  • Performs other duties as assigned and travels within the Mission area as required

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K-12: Special Global Learning Opportunity: US and Russian Youth Collaborate on Innovative Global Forest Link Project

Deadline: Ongoing

Project Duration: Now through June 2016
Register at Global Forest Link (GFL): Collaborative analysis of local forest change

Forests help purify the air we breathe. Millions of people around the world depend, directly or indirectly, on forests for their livelihoods. Forest health is a multidisciplinary and collaborative field of study that involves the understanding, monitoring, and protection of the world’s forest resources. Global Forest Link participants have an opportunity to build an interactive database that will help environmentalists worldwide to conduct important research. Global Forest Link contributes to Global Forest Watch,  a partnership of Google, ESRI, World Resources Institute, USAID, and other key US and transnational organizations and companies to monitor forest conditions worldwide.

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K-12: NEH Central Asia 2016 Summer Institute (Ohio State University)

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Explore the history of Central Asia through a three-week Summer Institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities in Columbus, Ohio. Central Asia in World History will offer middle and high school teachers from all subjects an intensive experience to hear presentations by experts, interact with scholars, work with research materials, view and discuss films, and sample the traditional food and music of the region. Participants will also develop a curriculum resource and have the opportunity to consult with a master teacher about pedagogy and how Institute content articulates with current education standards.

Participants will:
  • Receive a stipend of $2,700
  • Receive a certificate for in-service credit and/or professional development hours
  • Have the option of enrolling for three graduate credits from The Ohio State University

For more information and to apply, please visit here!

Funding Opportunity: 2016 Summer Russian Language Teachers Program (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2016

American Councils for International Education (ACTR) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Summer Russian Language Teachers Program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad, the program provides current and pre-service Russian instructors the unique opportunity to study Russian culture, language, and pedagogy at the Russian State Pedagogical (Herzen) University in downtown St. Petersburg, Russia for six weeks, from June 22 to August 8, 2016. The program begins with a mandatory pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC on June 22.

This year’s Fulbright-Hays Summer Teachers Program features:

  • Intensive language classes conducted by leading Russian faculty in small groups geared toward individual proficiency   levels and designed to strengthen essential speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills.
  • A specially designed course to help participants develop a comprehensive portfolio of assignments, lesson plans, and exercises based on authentic materials gathered in Russia. Participants will introduce the newly developed portfolios into their classrooms upon returning to the U.S. and report on teaching outcomes.
  • A series of seminars exploring key components of Russian culture and society to provide participants new insights into Russia’s past and present.
  • Weekly cultural excursions and a multi-day trip to maximize participants’ exposure to key historical sights and provide additional opportunities to gather authentic teaching materials.
  • Housing with Russian host families and meetings with Russian peer tutors to maximize linguistic and cultural immersion.
  • Ongoing logistical support, guidance, and emergency assistance from a full-time resident director.

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K-12 Opportunity: 2016 Summer Institute (Ohio State University)

Deadline for Application: March 1, 2016

CENTRAL ASIA IN WORLD HISTORY
2016 SUMMER INSTITUTE
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
JULY 10-29, 2016

Explore the history of Central Asia through a three-week Summer Institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities in Columbus, Ohio. Central Asia in World History will offer middle and high school teachers from all subjects an intensive experience to hear presentations by experts, interact with scholars, work with research materials, view and discuss films, and sample the traditional food and music of the region. Participants will also develop a curriculum resource and have the opportunity to consult with a master teacher about pedagogy and how Institute content articulates with current education standards.

Participants will:

  • receive a stipend of $2,700 
  • receive a certificate for in-service credit and/or professional development hours
  • have the option of enrolling for three graduate credits from The Ohio State University

Institute Director: Dr. Scott Levi

Questions? Email Institute Coordinator, Eileen Kunkler, at kunkler.10@osu.edu.

Please visit our website for complete information! http://slaviccenter.osu.edu/outreach/training/central-asia-world-history-2016-summer-institute