This week's postings: 1. Reminder: National Peace Corps Association/Peace Corps Open House in Baltimore this Sunday 2. A Global Effort to Educate Children in Conflict-Affected Countries 3. New Lesson Book on Global Sustainability from Facing the Future! 4. Nonviolence in our Classrooms, in our Lives: Conference for Teachers 5. Baaba Maal concert tour 6. Library of Congress: Selections of Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Calligraphy Dear subscribers, Over the summer months, since many of you will not be in the classroom, we may not be posting the GlobalEdNews listserv every week. We look forward to communicating with you regularly again in September, and hope all of you have a wonderful summer! Ellen Frierson Global TeachNet National Peace Corps Association http://www.globalteachnet.org -------------------------------------------- 1. National Peace Corps Association/Peace Corps Open House in Baltimore this Sunday The last in the series of National Peace Corps Association/Peace Corps Open Houses to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Peace Corps service will be held on June 18 in Baltimore, Maryland. We invite all who are interested in learning more about the work of Peace Corps volunteers and returned Peace Corps volunteers to join us. Educators can take advantage of this event to learn firsthand about the experiences of Peace Corps volunteers who have worked all over the world in areas such as health, education, the environment and business development. The event will feature a panel discussion on the topic of “Crisis Mitigation and Disaster Response.” Expert panelists and audience members will share their experiences and the diversity of tasks that play a part in disaster relief, reconstruction, and mitigation efforts. In addition to the panel discussion, there will be three workshops led by members the Peace Corps community. Workshop topics will include: *Talking so You will be Heard: How to Communicate on Global Issues *Keep the Flame Alive: Engaging in "Third Goal" Activities *Picture Yourself in the Peace Corps: A Conversation with Peace Corps Recruiters During the program, keynote speakers will address the impact that the Peace Corps experience has on the lives of people in communities around the globe. Visit our website at http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/openhouses for more information and to register. Sunday, June 18 University Center Ballroom The University of Maryland, Baltimore County 1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, Maryland ------------------------------------------- 2. A Global Effort to Educate Children in Conflict-Affected Countries Save the Children, an independent international humanitarian organization, is seeking input and support from U.S. teachers with a special interest in assisting children in conflict-affected countries. More than half of the 100 million school-aged children currently not attending school today live in countries affected by armed conflict. Save the Children believes that the best way to meet these children's protection needs is by providing access to a quality education. With this in mind, the Save the Children Alliance is launching a global initiative this fall to improve and expand educational opportunities for children affected by armed conflict. As part of the initiative, Save the Children USA is seeking support from U.S. teachers interested in discussing the issue in their classrooms next fall. We are especially interested in identifying teachers and students with direct ties to developing countries that have experienced conflict. To learn more about this global initiative, please contact James Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.savethechildren.org ------------------------------------------- 3. New Lesson Book on Global Sustainability from Facing the Future! Posted by request: "Engaging Students through Global Issues: Activity-Based Lessons and Action Projects" Facing the Future's new activity-based lesson book for middle and high school teachers contains 40 lessons (including updated versions of current lessons and 20 new ones). This book is a companion to Facing the Future’s student texts. The inspiring, standards-aligned, step-by-step lesson plans are designed to help students understand complex global issues and sustainable solutions. Each lesson offers creative tools for students to take action in their local and global communities. Topics include: refugee issues, biodiversity, media literacy, global health, governance and taxes, microcredit, and conflict mediation. To purchase a copy of "Engaging Students through Global Issues," please visit http://www.facingthefuture.org/purchase.htm or call (206) 264-1503. To download a selection of Facing the Future’s activity-based lessons for FREE, please visit: http://www.facingthefuture.org and click on "Download Facing the Future Curriculum" For more information about Facing the Future, please visit http://www.facingthefuture.org. -------------------------------------------- 4. Nonviolence in our Classrooms, in our Lives: Conference for Teachers Posted by request: NONVIOLENCE IN OUR CLASSROOMS, IN OUR LIVES Conference for Teachers at U.C. Berkeley July 21 & 22, 2006 Nonviolence is an inspiring subject rarely if ever mined for its educational value. This conference will offer teachers proven methodologies for conducting a less troubled classroom such as training students in the techniques and skills of creative conflict resolution. It will also present valuable resources for teaching the basic principles and history of nonviolence as a subject within California Standards through biography, history and other avenues. The conference will be held July 21st & 22nd on the UC campus in Berkeley, CA. Schedule: Friday, July 21st, 7:00 to 9:30 pm *Introduction by Dr. Michael Nagler Professor Emeritus, Founder of Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley; Author of The Search for a Nonviolent Future *Film, The Nonviolent Moment Saturday, July 22nd, 8:00am to 6:00pm Morning Session: The Nonviolent Classroom Presentations include Jonathan Kathrein representing Future Leaders for Peace and the Bay Area chapter of Marshall Rosenbergís Nonviolent Communication. Afternoon Session: Nonviolence in the Curriculum Workshops with members of Educators for Nonviolence specific to grade level, lessons, courses, materials, strategies, and standards. Also, Pace e Bene & "Engage" curriculum. The $90 cost of the conference includes treats on Friday evening and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Participant may choose to receive UC Berkeley Extension units for an additional cost of $120. Early registration discount and student scholarships available. For more information contact Educators for Nonviolence visit http://www.efnv.org -------------------------------------------- 5. Baaba Maal concert tour Posted by request: Baaba Maal, a celebrated Senegalese musician and an activist who campaigns against hunger, poverty and disease, will be performing at The Showbox in Seattle on June 24, at 8pm. Visit http://www.palmworldvoices.com/baabamaal.aspx for more information about the musician, see tour dates in other cities this summer, and to find out about supplementary materials including a CD, DVD, book and map. Also visit http://www.myspace.com/baabamaal for music downloads and more information about Baaba Maal. -------------------------------------------- 6. Library of Congress: Selections of Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Calligraphy >From Global SchoolNet K12Opps: The African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the release of a new Web presentation: " Selections of Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Calligraphy," now available at http://international.loc.gov/intldl/apochtml/apochome.html During the late 1920s, early 1930s, and 1990s the Library of Congress acquired a large collection of Arabic script calligraphy sheets. Almost all of the Library's calligraphy sheets came by way of Mr. Kirkor Minassian of New York and Paris. The remaining sheets were acquired by the Library's Field Office in Islamabad, Pakistan, with permission from the Pakistani government. Calligraphy was a skill to be mastered, and it was used to express religious sentiment and many other aspects of personal and cultural life. Calligraphic art developed gradually over the centuries, and has been the subject of numerous studies analyzing its role in the faith, culture, and art of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish speaking lands. _______________________________________________ Please note: The materials and information included in this listserv are provided as a service to you and do not necessarily reflect endorsement by Global TeachNet or the National Peace Corps Association. We encourage subscribers to pass the information along to colleagues and other interested parties. Please credit this listserv as the source and include subscription information. 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