Resources

For Educators

The Ellison Center offers a number of resources for K-12 and community college educators including curricula and resource packets to use in the classroom, which are often produced as companion materials for our K-14 teacher workshops. For community college instructors, we offer curriculum development grants and an annual Community College Master Teacher Institute (CCMTI) in collaboration with the UW Center for Global Studies.


University of Washington Library Access

Washington State teachers and certified school personnel who have need of library materials are eligible for a free UW Libraries Borrower’s Card, with proof of current employment. Details about Borrower’s Card privileges can be found here.

Educator Workshops

UW Community College Master Teacher Institute

Save the date for this year’s CCMTI workshop, to be held July 12-13, 2018 at the UW campus. Community college professors will engage in two days of discussions and lectures with UW faculty, graduate students, and practitioners on this year’s topic – Global Populisms. Accepted applicants will receive a $150 stipend, and travel stipends are available for educators from eastern Washington and outside of Washington State.

UW Master Teacher Workshops

The Jackson School welcomes educators to participate in the 2018 Summer Master Teacher Workshop, which will focus on the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I, and how European and international security issues have been shaped in that time. This November is the centennial of the end of World War I. The First World War was seen by many at the time as the “war to end all wars,” and few expected another conflict to break out just 21 years later. The end of WWI was marked by the establishment of a new and short-lived intergovernmental organization called the League of Nations, which was the brainchild of US President Woodrow Wilson. Wilson’s liberal institution was designed to bring conversation and cooperation to states who were previously at war, to bring about disarmament, and to establish the concept of collective security – a novel idea at the time.

UW STARTALK

July 9th – July 20th, 2018 (plus 15 hours of online coursework beginning June 25th)

The STARTALK Teacher Program, “Preparing Language Teachers for the 21st Century,” will prepare 10 native (or near native) speakers of Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, or Russian to teach in a standards and content-based program, focused on developing communicative proficiency and accuracy in students learning these languages. Teachers will be able to work toward obtaining a P-12 World Language Endorsement for teaching these languages in Washington K-12 public schools. The program is designed to teach them the STARTALK principles and standards-based language teaching and curriculum development, as well as the content knowledge needed to pass the Washington Educator Skills Test – Endorsement (WEST-E) for World Languages. The program also provides scholarship assistance to complete the required assessments (WEST-E and ACTFL OPIc and WPT). This Teacher Program has a special focus on integrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into language instruction to prepare teachers to work effectively with today’s students. In 2018, the program will offer six UW credits of EDC&I 495 from the University of Washington College of Education.

The STARTALK Student Program, “Russian in the Sky and in Outer Space,” aims to enroll 20 high school and early college Russian heritage language students in a four-week intensive language program. The program combines the history of the most important events of space exploration with that of aircraft design and the language of science and technology. A content-based component STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is woven into this program through a partnership with the Museum of Flight. Students’ various interests are further addressed by a range of projects above and beyond the STEM topics.

K-14 Curriculum and Classroom Resources

Resource Packets

Classroom Country Profiles

  •  Two-page overviews designed to help teachers welcome newly-arrived students from different countries into their classrooms. Additionally these profiles can serve as starting-off points for student research projects on particular regions of the world.

Newspapers in Education – Thematic articles and curricular resources for the following topics:

  • Global Energy Today: The Asian Nexus
  • Global Asia: Turning Points in Modern Asian History
  • Global Asia: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
  • Asian Cities
  • Political Change in the 21st Century
  • Islam in Asia: People, Practices, Traditions
  • Exploring Asia: Human Rights
  • Asia and the Environment
  • Global Health: Asia in the 21st Century
  • Exploring Asia: Performing Arts
  • Youth Culture in Asia
  • Continuity and Change in Asia

ACTR (American Councils for the Teaching of Russian) Teaching Materials

Resources for teaching Russian language and culture.

Annenberg Learner’s Teaching Foreign Languages K-12: A Library of Classroom Practices

This video library captures best practices in foreign language teaching in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms across the U.S. The languages featured in the collection are: ArabicChineseFrenchGermanItalian,JapaneseLatinRussianSpanish.

Model EU Toolkits

Classroom resources to help U.S. high-schools and universities run Model EU simulations in their classroom or on a larger scale. Those toolkits represent 3 different negotiation settings:

  • negotiation within the European Council (Heads of State or Government of EU Member States, President of the European Council, President of the European Commission)
  • negotiation within the Council of the European Union (Member State ministers and European Commissioner)
  • normal legislative procedure, with the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, with the European Commission acting as honest broker

Stanford History Education Group

A compilation of lesson plans and resources for K-14 educators of history and the social studies. No payment required to become a member.

SPICE: Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education

Multidisciplinary curriculum materials on international themes for K-12 classrooms.

Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT)

WAFLT seeks to meet the needs of a profession dedicated to the teaching of world language skills and cultural awareness by providing information and sensitive global perspectives in an era of ever-increasing internationalization.

Washington State Council for the Social Studies

The premier resource for connecting Washington’s Social Studies educators to high quality professional development, developing professional relationships, and advocating for the advancement and funding of the Social Studies in Washington State.