The Ellison Center is an information clearing-house on Russian, East European and Central Asian topics, and provides outreach support for K-12 teachers and college instructors interested in this area of the world. REECAS sponsors several activities to help K-14 educators learn about the culture, politics, geography, history and other aspects of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Workshops and events for social studies teachers, art teachers, language teachers and their students are offered throughout the year. Washington state clock hours are usually available for attending JSIS-sponsored educator events. The Center makes available teaching curricula and develops original teaching resources tied to our educator programs.
The center houses an Outreach Collection that includes curricular material as well as films and documentaries. These material may be borrowed (at no charge) for up to two weeks by educators and the UW community. Our center is located on the UW campus, in Thomson Hall 203B, and is open from 8:30-4:30, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and from 8:30-6:00 Tuesday and Thursday. If you live outside of the Seattle-area, the Ellison Center will mail you requested materials. You may submit requests via email or telephone.
A Speaker’s Bureau, where you may request a speaker on a regional topic and the center will try to locate faculty, staff or graduate students to come to your school to present on that topic. A minimum of a month’s notice is requested. There is no charge for this service. You may submit requests via email or telephone.
The center also maintains a collection of Educator Resources for K-12 teachers and college instructors.