Share your world. Become an international speaker.
This program is designed to link K-12 students with international speakers, providing them with opportunities to learn about the world from first-hand sources. There are two main activities that the ICC program facilitates: individual classroom presentations and World Cultures Days.
Individual classroom presentations give Minnesota teachers the opportunity to engage their students in interactive, age-appropriate lessons delivered by trained international speakers. These presentations often incorporate elements of culture-specific music, dance, language, folklore, geography and artifacts as a means of animating and acquainting students with other cultures.
A World Cultures Day is a half-day or day-long event, commissioned by a school and coordinated by MIC, that allows a school to unite as a community and celebrate a variety of cultures. On average, a World Cultures Day includes between 20 and 25 international presenters from as many as 18 different countries with each classroom receiving three to four individual presentations throughout the day.
This program is funded in part by
the Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
In the 2011-2012 school year,
134 speakers from 73 countries made
1,526 presentations to a student audience of 54,000.