February 2015: Upcoming Events and Resources

Washington State Council for the Social Studies Chelan Conference and Retreat


Travel to relaxing Lake Chelan to network with other Washington Social Studies teachers  to hear keynote addresses from tribal leaders in education, civil rights, and culture from all over the Pacific Northwest including:

  • Swil Kanim: actor, composer, and violinist of the Lummi Nation
  • ChiXapkaid (Michael Pavel): Professor of Education at the University of Oregon and collaborator on the Tribal Legacy Project with the National Park Service
  • Valerie Segrest: a member of Muckleshoot tribe and native foods educator, will be one of this year’s featured keynotes; her talk will remind us that when we take better care of our land, we are taking better care of ourselves.  She’ll show us how nature models love, generosity and abundance that we can apply to our own lives. Valerie will also offer a Saturday afternoon extended, hands-on session.
  • Sarah Augustine: co-director of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund and Professor of Sociology at Heritage University. Sarah's address will consider a global response to the Doctrine of Discovery, a body of legal and economic policy that undermine the human rights of indigenous peoples.  Sarah will address the impact of this legal doctrine by exploring the stories of indigenous women in the Americas.

Panelists will include Patsy Whitefoot, (Yakama, Toppenish School District) facilitator of Indian Education and community mobilization programs from pre-school to higher education, Fern Renville (Sisseton Wahpeton), Managing Director of Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theater in Seattle,  Swil Kanim (Lummi), classical violinist, story teller and facilitator with HonorWorks, Michael Vendiola (Swinomish), Director of Native Education at OSPI, ChiXapkaid (Michael Pavel), Professor of Education at the University of Oregon and Tradition Bearer, South Puget Salish and Shana Brown, teacher at Broadview Thompson School in Seattle and trainer on Since Time Immemorial. ChiXapkaid and Shana collaborated on a Tribal Legacy Project with the National Park Service.

And one more!

A group of young people ages 8 - 18 from the Yakama tribe (called the Little Swan Dancers) will perform either Friday night or Saturday morning during the meal! This will be their first visit to their ancestral homeland!

In addition, workshops will be led by:

  • The Burke Museum
  • Facing the Future
  • The Jackson School
  • The Museum of History and Industry
  • The World Affairs Council
  • OSPI:  Office of Indian Education
  • OSPI Cadre Leaders representing ESDs from all over Washington State

This year, the Chelan Conference is Co-sponsored by the UW Jackson School of International Studies and will highlight 

The Power of Stories: From Native Washington to Global Movements

The conference will convene from 1PM on March 6 to late morning on March 8th, 2015

Travel to Turkey!

For the 9th year in a row, Global Classroom is proud to announce that five Washington State teachers or principals will journey to Turkey this summer on an almost-all-expenses-paid study tour! This 14 day tour from July 21 to August 4 is sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation, the World Affairs Councils of America, and the World Affairs Council of Seattle.

Completed applications are due at the March 11th educator workshop Debunking the Myths of Teaching about Turkey. Applicants must attend the workshop in order to be eligible for the study tour. 

Save the Date: Debunking the Myths of Teaching about Turkey
Wednesday, March 11th @ 5:30 - 8:30pm @ Billings Middle School
Cost: $20; includes Turkish cuisine, resource packet, and 3 clock hours

Tour Bali and Lombok with the Southeast Asia Center and the Global Exploration for Educators Organization

Educators are invited to join SEAC and GEEO on a two-week adventure off the beaten path, where we'll meet locals from the Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok and gain insight into a completely different way of life. Dates: July 25 - August 7.

Can't make the trip but want to learn more about Southeast Asia? Sign up for SEAC's new educator email list, which will be used to announce events and opportunities geared specifically at K-16 educators.

Learn about East Asia this summer!

The East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia announce their 2015 summer seminars, held on the UW campus:

July 13-17, 2015:  Tokugawa Japan: Multiple Voices, Multiple Views  A Summer Institute for Teachers of Grades 3-8

Learn about the Tokugawa period, when shoguns ruled, foreigners were banned and cities and arts flourished creating significant economic and social change.  Work with colleagues to address State Standards such as close reading of complex text and visual materials, citing text evidence to support an opinion, applying facts from non-fiction text to compose creative narratives and building their own presentations.

Presented by Veteran K-12 Educators and EARC Seminar Leaders Patricia Burleson, Oralee Kramer and Mary Roberts

July 27-31, 2015: Reading Spaces and Places: Exploring East Asian Cities through the Visual and Literary Arts

Examine major cities in China, Japan and Korea across different eras to witness the emergence of political and cultural centers as they responded to shifting politics, religious traditions, foreign incursions and natural disasters.  Focus will be on Xi’an, China, home of the First Emperor’s Army and the terminus of the Silk Road; Nara and Kyoto, Japan, sites of the emergence of a uniquely Japanese perspective during the Heian period; and 20th-century Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo.

Presented by Melanie King, Art History faculty at Seattle Central College

All EARC NCTA seminars are free, including room and board for out of town participants. Participants will also receive extensive course materials, thirty-five clock hours, $100 for the purchase of additional teaching materials and a subscription to Education about Asia for the 2015-16 school year.

Applications will open soon! Sign up for email notifications at jsis.washington.edu/earc/email/

Posted on February 17, 2015 .