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About the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies Outreach Centers

For K-14 educators looking for professional development opportunities in international studies, the Jackson School of International Studies Outreach Centers provide opportunities for educators to learn about the world and earn clock hours at the same time. Funding for outreach programs comes from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI and other grants. Eight outreach centers are designated as National Resource Centers by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Jackson School of International Studies Outreach Centers are listed below by region or topic, and listed to the right in alphabetical order. Peruse the descriptions below and follow links to individual center pages for more information. What kind of opportunity are you looking for?

Outreach Centers

Asia | Canada | Europe | Global Studies | Jewish Studies | Latin AmericaMiddle East

Asia

East Asia Resource Center in partnership with the East Asia Center

The East Asia Resource Center provides a wide range of professional development programs and services on China, Japan, and Korea for K-14 educators, including 30-hour seminars, residential summer institutes, study tours to East Asia, evening and weekend workshops, and curriculum materials. The EARC works in partnership with the East Asia Center, a federally funded National Resource Center. The East Asia Center offers a number of opportunities for K-14 educators, including public programs, language pedagogy workshops, and professional development opportunities.

Herbert J. Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies

The Herbert J. Ellison Center is an information clearing-house on Russian, East European and Central Asian topics, and provides outreach support for K-14 teachers and college instructors interested in this area of the world. REECAS sponsors a variety of public events and professional development opportunities including Master Teacher workshops, Newspapers in Education, the Exploring Asia Series, Mosaics, Documentary Film Workshop, International Classroom (at Whitworth University) and Summer Seminar, to help K-14 teachers to learn about the culture, politics, geography, history and other aspects of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Japan Studies Program

In partnership with the East Asia Resource Center, the Japan Studies Program offers a summer course for pre- and in-service K-14 educators called Perspectives on East Asia for Teachers: Contemporary Japan, a month-long intensive course that gives educators an outstanding grounding in Japan studies and in curricular strategies for bringing Japan into the classroom.

Center for Korea Studies

As part of a grant from the Academy of Korean Studies, the Center for Korea Studies offers an annual K-14 Teachers' Conference on Korea Studies in the spring.

South Asia Center

The South Asia Center is funded by the US Education Department as a National Resource Center. The Center provides professional development about South Asia—India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka—for educators at all levels. This includes evening and weekend workshops, a resource library, and consultation.

Southeast Asia Center

The Southeast Asia Center actively organizes Southeast Asia-related programs such as teacher training, outreach activities, and an accessible resource library that includes: print materials, microfilm, maps, and instructional media materials. The center promotes the study of Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, with special emphasis on those regions from which significant numbers of migrants and refugees have resettled in Washington State and the U.S., and which are important to our role in the Pacific Rim.

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Canada
Canadian Studies Center

The Canadian Studies Center works with the Center for Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University to offer professional development workshops and training to educators, including two summer institutes (K-14 STUDY CANADA and the Jackson School Summer Seminar for Educators); the Documentary Film Workshop; the Québec workshop conducted in French; Mosaics for K-8 educators; and participation in the state and national social studies conferences.

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Europe

Center for West European Studies in partnership with the European Union Center of Excellence

The Center for West European Studies, together with the European Union Center of Excellence of Seattle, offers a variety of professional development opportunities for educators, primarily at the secondary level. These programs focus on developments in the EU, issues in contemporary Europe as well as individual countries, and languages spoken in the region. Offerings include the annual summer seminar on the European Union, overseas study opportunities, weekend and evening workshops, Team EU-27 classroom visits, and resource materials.

Herbert J. Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies

The Herbert J. Ellison Center is an information clearing-house on Russian, East European and Central Asian topics, and provides outreach support for K-14 teachers and college instructors interested in this area of the world. REECAS sponsors a variety of public events and professional development opportunities including Master Teacher workshops, Newspapers in Education, the Exploring Asia Series, Mosaics, Documentary Film Workshop, International Classroom (at Whitworth University) and Summer Seminar, to help K-14 teachers to learn about the culture, politics, geography, history and other aspects of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

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Global Studies

Center for Global Studies

The Center for Global Studies possesses expertise on different parts of the world and an institutional commitment to connecting the events of particular moments in time and particular parts of the world to the larger forces that shape our present and future. The center offers workshops for teachers and cosponsors an annual Newspapers In Education series with the Asia outreach centers.

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Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies Program

The Jewish Studies Program takes a broad interdisciplinary and multidimensional approach to the global study of Jews, exploring the rich diversity of their cultures, their philosophies, their religious practices, their histories, their roles in politics, and other areas of contemporary life. The Jewish Studies Program sponsors events for the general public and occasional speakers for jointly sponsored outreach programs.

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Latin America

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program presents speakers and other public events focusing on a wide range of topics and issues related to Latin America and the Caribbean. Latin American and Caribbean Studies occasionally provides speakers for jointly sponsored outreach programs.

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Middle East

Middle East Center

The Middle East Center offers a wide range of K-14 student opportunities and professional development activities for teachers. For students, the Center cooperates with OneWorld Now! in Seattle to provide Arabic language instruction to high school students in selected Seattle schools in an after-school program. For elementary students, the Center supports a summer Arabic language day camp. The Center also provides a variety of professional opportunities for educators via summer institutes, seminars, and workshops. The geographic range of the Center stretches from North Africa, the Levant, Turkey, the Gulf, Iran, to Afghanistan, totaling 21 different countries.

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