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GEEO Summer Travel Programs for Educators

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers.

GEEO is offering 13 different travel programs for the summer of 2011: India/Nepal, China, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey/Syria/Jordan/Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Botswana,Morocco, Argentina/Uruguay/Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica and Guatemala/Belize/Mexico.

Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit (3 credits through Indiana University) andprofessional development credit while seeing the world.  The trips are 8 to 23 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO also advises teachers on how to find funding to subsidize the cost of the trips. GEEO provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and University educators and administrators, as well as retired educators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest.

Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at GEEO can also be reached 7 days a week, toll free at 1-877-600-0105 between9AM-9PM EST. To sign-up for GEEO’s listserv, please send an email to with the subject line “subscribe.” To follow us on facebook click here and then click the “like” button.

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Educator Workshop: Ukrainian Art, History, and Cultures around the World, January 28

Educator Workshop: Ukrainian History, Art, and Cultures around the World

Presented by the Ukrainian National Museum and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Ukrainian National Museum
2249 W. Superior
Chicago, IL 60612

Free with pre-registration; 6 CPDUs Offered!

Chicago hosts a wide-range of cultural institutions, many of whose resources are rarely tapped into by K-12 teachers. Through internationalizing curricula, students obtain a global perspective and think more critically about their surrounding world. In this workshop, the Ukrainian National Museum and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art will serve as models for how you and your teachers might utilize the (more than 25) cultural institutions in the Chicagoland area to help further internationalize your school’s curricula.

This workshop will include a presentation of K-12 lessons on Ukrainian history, art, and culture, as well as tours of the two museums. The professional development day is applicable to teachers interested in thinking about new ways to incorporate world cultures into their curriculum. While the focus of the workshop will be on Ukraine, themes addressed can be integrated into general lesson plans to add cultural content.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for International Studies (CIS) and Center for Eastern European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), the Ukrainian National Museum, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and the Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA). For more information, contact Jamie Bender at

Register on the website.

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Educator Workshop: “Играем и учимся: Communicating Learning and Fun,” Franke Institute for Humanities, January 22

Играем и учимся: Communicating Learning and Fun

A Teacher Professional Development Workshop with Dr. Mara E. Sukholutskaya

Saturday, January 22, 2010

9:30am – 1pm

The University of Chicago

Franke Institute for the Humanites

This workshop will examine strategies to keep Russian language students consistently motivated and language active in the classroom. The presenter will discuss and demonstrate how to prepare and implement dynamic activities like educational games, role-play, elements of immersion techniques, etc. for the development and mastery of a variety of Russian language skills. These activities will be combined in thematic units based on standards-oriented and student- centered models. A sample lesson fragment that will include a variety of interactive techniques (including TPR and TPRS) will be offered with participants acting as students. It will be followed by a detailed analysis of the sample and a question/answer exchange. In addition, participants will be introduced to the language and culture learning game “Quartet- Faces of Russia”. The game is a fun way of teaching culture along with strengthening essential skills of speaking, listening comprehension, and reading.

Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya is Professor of Languages, Director of Russian Studies, and Global Education Director at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.  She is also the founder and President of CARTA (Central Association of Russian Teachers of America).

Sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies and Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Language and Cultural Education.

Registration for this event is required.

Pre-registration is required by January 19. To register, visit CPS University, keyword “OLCE-WL ,” and find the workshop title. If you are a charter school or non-CPS teacher, please register through Amy Hammerand by e-mailing your name, school name, and levels of Russian taught to Participants will receive 3.5 CPDU.

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Education in Afghanistan Talk Co-Sponsored by the Center for International Studies, November 16

When: Tuesday, November 16, 1:30pm
Where: Foster Hall, Room 103 (1130 E 59th Street, Chicago)

Sadiqa Basiri Saleem will be discussing her efforts to raise awareness about the rights of Afghan women and girls to education, healthcare, and civic participation. Ms. Saleem is a powerful and articulate advocate for change in Afghanistan. She is co-founder and board member of the Oruj Learning Center in Afghanistan.The Center was established to provide primary school education in remote provinces of Afghanistan that previously lacked schools entirely. Since 2002, Oruj has worked to establish six girls’ schools in rural provinces of Afghanistan. Building on the success of its primary education efforts, Oruj has expanded its mission to provide complementary social and advocacy services. The Center also provides legal assistance and counseling to victims of family violence. Since July 2009, Ms. Saleem has served as a professional development centers manager for USAID’s Higher Education Project in Afghanistan, while continuing her work with Oruj.

In recognition of her significant contributions to education and women and girls’ empowerment in Afghanistan, Ms. Saleem has received several distinguished awards. In March 2009, she was honored with Vital Voices’ Rising Voices Award. Shortly thereafter, she was honored with the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award to support her efforts on behalf of primary education in Afghanistan. She was honored with the Diane Von Furstenberg Award in March 2010, with an accompanying $50,000 grant to establish the first women’s leadership schools in Afghanistan. And most recently, Ms. Saleem has been named the 2010 Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellow.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is cosponsored by the Center for International Studies, Southern Asia at Chicago, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Gender Studies, and the Committee on International Relations.

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“Problems and Experiences in Developing and Preserving Russian Culture and Language in American: Charter Schools with Russian Language Track” Conference, October 22-24.

American Association for Russian Language Culture and Education is organizing this conference in NYC. The conference will be conducted in Russian. Follow the links to download the application form and conference program.

Applications to the conference should be sent to

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