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Nov. 10, 2005
Contact: Randi Hacker, Center for East Asian Studies, (785) 864-3832

International education committee offering first Kansas in the World prizes

LAWRENCE -- The Kansas Committee for International Education in the Schools is pleased to announce the first Kansas in the World Award for Excellence in International Education 2006 to promote international knowledge and skills in Kansas schools and communities. This program will award two prizes of $1,000 and a plaque each year, one to an elementary/middle school and one to a high school that show a commitment to increasing international learning across the curriculum. Any elementary/middle or high school in Kansas is eligible to apply.

The Kansas Committee for International Education in the Schools, established in 2005, is a statewide group of educators whose goal is to promote international education at all grade levels and across all curriculum areas. KCIES is hosted by the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas. The KCIES Web site, www.kansasintheworld.org, is a clearinghouse of information and events for teachers and students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

" This award is an opportunity for schools in Kansas to be recognized and rewarded for the way they are preparing their students for future success in an increasingly international market place," said William Tsutsui, member of the KCIES Executive Board and KU associate professor of history.

Any public or private elementary/middle school or high school in Kansas with a clear focus on raising student awareness of the world and closing the international knowledge gap is eligible. Schools can nominate themselves or be nominated by a second party. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Kansas educators including Glyn Rimmington, Boeing Distinguished Professor of Global Learning, Wichita State University; Melanie Stuart, Kansas State Department of Education; and Shari L. Wilson, Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education.

Applications and criteria are available online at www.kansasintheworld.org. All materials must be received by March 1.

The awards will be presented at the April meeting of the Kansas State Department of Education Curriculum Leaders in Topeka.

" It is our great pleasure to be able to offer this award to Kansas educators," said Tsutsui. "We encourage every school with international content in the curriculum to apply."

For questions or more information about the awards, please contact rhacker@ku.edu.

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