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Talk Story Deadline is February 1, 2012

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2012 Grant Information & Application Sponsored by APALA & AILA

Program Overview
Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. Children and their families can connect to rich cultural activities through Talk Story in their homes, libraries, and communities. This grant is aimed to give financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program into their library, focusing on APA or AIAN cultures.

Talk Story grant funding is available due to the generous support of Toyota Financial Services.

Eligibility
Libraries and community organizations that serve children and their families are eligible to apply. We encourage libraries and community organizations to work together on a Talk Story program.

Please submit an Application and 500 word essay detailing what your library or community organization would do with the award and what types of programs highlighting APA or AIAN cultures you are interested in planning for your community. You may apply for either an APALA grant OR an AILA grant.

Deadline
Applications must be received by Feburary 1, 2012
Award will be announced by March 15, 2012

For more information and for the application visit us at www.talkstorytogether.org

International Education Week

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http://iew.state.gov

  • A joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, International Education Week (IEW) was first held in 2000 and today, is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.
  • IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States.
  • Exchanges are critical to developing mutual understanding and respect, building leadership abroad, fostering an appreciation for the U.S., and investing in the future relationship between Americans and people around the world.
  • According to Open Doors, 260,327 U.S. students studied abroad in 2008/09.
  • International education prepares U.S. citizens to live, work, and compete in the global economy.
  • International education is also a vital service industry, bringing more than $20 billion into the U.S. economy in 2009/10.
  • According to Open Doors, 690,923 international students studied in the U.S. in 2009/10.
  • The more than 40,000 students, scholars and other exchange participants that the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs supports are in the vanguard of the hundreds of thousands of students and scholars who come to the United States and study abroad each year.
  • International cooperation on education contributes to education reform and education solutions for the U.S. and for our partner nations.