January 2015: Upcoming Events and Resources

2015 STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K12 Educators 

Across the Salish Sea: Canada-US Connections in the Pacific Northwest

June 22-June 26, 2015 in Seattle, WA and Victoria, BC Canada

$600 Registration Cost – Some Travel Awards Available to Registrants

Registration is now open to participate in "STUDY CANADA", a 3 quarter credit/40 clock hour professional development course offered by Western Washington University that provides teachers with an excellent foundation for teaching about our northern neighbor. For almost 40 years, teachers, librarians, social studies supervisors, and education faculty from across the U.S. have attended this renowned program to develop a better understanding of Canada, gain global perspectives of civic issues, and receive numerous resources for curriculum development.

The program’s subtitle reflects the workshop’s additional focus on trans-border issues in the Pacific Northwest. Participants will not only learn from distinguished faculty and government officials but also experience Canada’s culture, history and environment through unique activities not possible through regular tourism. The registration cost includes tuition for credits/clock hours (if needed), instruction, 4 nights’ hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, most course activities and one-way transportation from Seattle, WA to Victoria, BC on the Victoria Clipper ferry.

A draft 2015  agenda, detailed program guide and feedback as well as photos from previous workshops can be viewed online. To register, simply download the form and mail it with full payment to Western Washington University as instructed online. Payments by credit card can be faxed to a secure line. Check your eligibility for a $200 travel award and, once you have registered, apply separately to tina.storer@wwu.edu as instructed.  Also contact Tina Storer for a personal response to any program and financial support inquiries.

2015 Choices Leadership Institute

The Middle East in Transition


July 13-17, 2015

The Choices Program, Brown University, Providence, RI

For more information and an application:

Applications are due by Monday, March 16, 2015.

The Choices Leadership Institute is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Choices Program’s award-winning curriculum materials and approach, and to plan strategies for introducing the Choices Program to your colleagues.  Participants will examine strategies for engaging secondary students in the study of contested international issues, share best practices with other dedicated teachers, and explore methods for conducting effective professional development.

Showcase Schedule

Social studies showcases provide a glimpse inside our public school classrooms where, on a daily basis, teachers and students are engaged in the work of teaching and learning. These showcases focus on what is arguably the most important classroom work of all: preparing students to become enlightened, engaged, and effective citizens.

Held twice each school year, these showcases provide an opportunity to learn from the success and challenges faced by individual teachers as they use the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework* to teach toward Washington State Social Studies Learning Standards. Each showcase focuses on the work of an individual teacher and classroom within the context of a specific school and district. Through this lens, we are able to shine a light on social studies in action.


Union Gap School District: January 2015

Evergreen School District: May 2015



Mead School District: Fall 2015

Ferndale School District: Spring 2016


To attend a social studies showcase or host one in your district, please contact Carol Coe, Social Studies Program Supervisor, OSPI (carol.coe@k12.wa.us).

*The C3 Framework is a powerful tool for enhancing social studies instruction. With inquiry at its core, the four dimensions of the C3 Framework center on the use of questions to spark student curiosity, guide instruction, and deepen investigation. The Framework is aligned with Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy in History/Social Studies; it challenges students to acquire rich social studies content and to rigorously apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings. 

Innovative Implementation of the Common Core in secondary Social Studies

Do you teach social studies? Need ideas on how the Common Core State Standards all fit in with the curriculum? The Puget Sound UniServ Council will host a training focused on Innovative Implementation of the Common Core in secondary Social Studies. The training will be held from 5-8 p.m. March 3 at the Washington Education Association office in Federal Way. The session will be led by highly recommended members of our Association.

Registration cost is $20 for WEA members ($10 for WEA members in the Puget Sound UniServ Council) and $50 for non members. The fee covers training, materials, and a light dinner.

Three clock hours will be available for $5 at the door (free for members in Puget Sound UniServ).
Registration is required and space is limited!

If you have questions, please contact Albina Terpay or call 253-852-2002.

2015 EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels

The European Union Centers of Excellence of Seattle and Wisconsin, and the the Institute for European Studies of the Free University of Brussels are proud to announce the 2015 EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels

July 6 - August 7, 2015
Application forms and info available here:

The European Union Centers of Excellence at the University of Washington and University of Wisconsin are pleased to announce the 2015 EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels, hosted and co-organized by the Institute for European Studies at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). This program is supported by grant funds from the European Commission.

This is an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students pursuing degrees at US and Canadian universities to study the EU up close with leading experts from both sides of the Atlantic; and to gain an understanding of the "real world" of EU institutions through discussions with officials and site visits in Brussels, the political capital of the European Union. The program includes site visits to EU institutions in Brussels and Luxembourg, along with several special group activities and meals. This five-week program will run from July 6th to August 7th, 2015. Applications are due February 6th, 2015.

Program Courses and Credits:

The program includes two courses: "Current EU Policy Debates", taught by Dr. Joseph Jupille (Political Science, University of Colorado at Boulder), and "EU Institutions: Views from inside the Brussels Complex" taught by Dr. Peter Hobbing (former Principal Administrator, European Commission). In addition, students will participate in a European Union simulation. The two courses are 5 quarter credits each and the EU simulation is 2 credits. Students will be awarded 12 UW quarter credits upon successful completion of the program.

Costs and Financial Aid:

The program fee for 2015 is $3,500. The program fee includes instructional costs and program trips & events. The program fee does not include airfare, meals, textbooks, personal expenses or the fees charged by IPE: $300 for UW students or $500 for non-UW students.

A limited number of grants from the EU Center of Excellence are available on a competitive basis to students on this program. UW students are additionally eligible to apply for the quarterly International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) scholarship. Non-UW students may also qualify for funding from their home institution.

The application deadline is February 6th, 2015.

For any questions regarding this program please contact:

Phillip Shekleton
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
120 Thomson Hall, Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195-3650
Email: euc@uw.edu

Posted on January 22, 2015 .