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

The 2022 CCMTI curriculum development workshop, to be held on the UW campus in Seattle on July 21-22, 2022, will focus on changes and challenges to the process of globalization, and how educators can incorporate these pressing issues into their classrooms.

UW Master Teacher Workshops

The Jackson School welcomes educators to participate in the EU Policy Forum Educators Workshop, which will focus on contemporary issues in the European Union. The EU Policy Forum Educator Workshop takes place annually in mid-August.



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

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.

Slavic East European Teachers’ Association of Washington

The Slavic East European Teachers Association of Washington (SEETAW) was formed in October 2018 to provide recognition of and support to the growing number of teachers of Russian and other Slavic and East European languages in Washington state. The association supports heritage language learners and hopes to increase interest in expanding language programs for second language learners who have an interest in the languages and cultures of these regions and perhaps hope to live, work, study, or travel there in the future. SEETAW is a chapter of AATSEEL (

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.