The REEI Outreach Program implements the institute's mission as a U.S. Department of Education-funded Title VI National Resource Center to serve as an informational resource on the Russian and East European area for the needs of local, regional and national constituencies.
Pre K and K-12 Education
Bridges: Children, Languages, World
"Bridges: Children, Languages, World" is a project that offers exploratory language and culture classes in the greater Bloomington area. Knowing that learning world language at an early age enhances linguistic ability overall, the central goal of Bridges is to ignite interest in learning about different languages and cultures and inspire children to pursue both with excitement and enthusiasm all their lives. Bridges emphasizes Less-Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL), many of which have been identified as Critical Needs Languages by the U.S. State Department. The teaching approach used by instructors is the communicative method, which means fun for kids through games, stories, free play, crafts, puppet shows, and other interactive activities to help children acquire new vocabulary in the target language.
Teacher training workshops
REEI organizes one-day teacher training workshops on a variety of topics. These may take place all over the state of Indiana. Topics vary from year to year. The series, Geography and History of the World, is designed to assist Indiana teachers with implementation of the new Indiana Department of Education Standards.
Indiana University arranges for faculty, advanced graduate students or international students to give presentations on a variety of topics. In recent years we’ve focused a great deal of attention on doing site visits to all of the precollege Russian language programs in Indiana and neighboring states. We have also formed a partnership with the Bloomington campus Upward Bound Project to offer Russian language training in their six week summer residential academic experience.
Audiovisual & curriculum lending library
REEI lends material free of charge to users nationwide. The collection includes new releases of Russian and East European feature films (with English subtitles) and documentary programs designed for college -and precollege-level audiences. Books and teaching aids, youth-specific videos, and maps are also available.
Email distribution list
You may subscribe to our reei_k12 e-mail distribution list by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. This list will inform K-12 teachers of opportunities for professional development related to teaching about Russia and Eastern Europe. Postings will include such items as free curriculum materials, announcements of teacher training workshops, opportunities to apply for grants, and other outreach services. Postings will average one message per month during the academic year.
Summer Institute for International Studies
The Indiana University Center for the Study of Global Change hosts a residential international studies institute for K-12 teachers. Recent workshop topics have included environmental problems, population and gender and conflict management.
REEI publishes a free biannual newsletter, REEIfication, which reports on research projects of faculty, students and alumni. A section entitled Outreach Notes shares information about new publications, audiovisual materials, teaching aids, workshops and fellowships.
Indiana in the World
Indiana in the World has been selected for inclusion in the ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies / Social Science Education. Over 4,000 copies of materials have been distributed to Indiana middle and high school teachers, education faculty and teachers in training across Indiana, various Indiana education associations, and other national global educators.
K - 12 Teaching Resources
REEI is committed to furthering REE related education across all grades and regions. We have compiled a list of useable teaching resources from universities and education centers across the United States.
In the interest of furthering its commitment to REE related education across all grades and regions, some REEI staff members have created lesson plans and unit plans related to the region.
Resources offered by other universities and institutes.