Spotlight on Belgium Education Programs 2015-2016

For more than sixty years The International Center has served over 1.5 million children with educational material and cultural experiences and over 35,000 teachers with training and materials to assist them in the teaching about other cultures. Overall, TIC has served more than 3 million people by bringing music, art, dance, theater, and other cultural programs into their lives. TIC is this state’s most authentic and compelling means of exposing students and parents to the concept of global education. BIC provides new education material such as websites and bibliography sources, tools, and curriculum to enhance the education experience of the children of Alabama. 

I wanted to thank you for bringing the Lira Trio to our school during the recent celebration of Poland. I can say definitively that my students had never been exposed to anything like it. Being in a rural area, with almost half of our students receiving free and reduced lunches, the opportunities for exposure to the larger culture is limited.
— Shelly Vail-Smith, Ed.D.; Principal, Hayden Elementary School

2015-2016 Education Programs

All programs, dates, and times are subject to change.


Professional Development Workshop for Teachers--The Changing Face of Alabama’s Schools Spotlight on Belgium

April 30th A one day workshop featuring experts from Belgium along with regional and national presenters on Belgium history and culture. All sessions are grade-level specific and feature hands-on activities that can be immediately taken back and used in the classroom. Teachers earn state-approved professional development credit hours and take away resource materials, including lesson plans and CDs.

To register please click here

Session Topics Include 

Culture Shock: What You Need to Know About Belgium

Cultural Informants Share Their Stories

Inventions, Famous People and Celebrations of Belgium

Imaging the Emergence of the Modern World in 16th and 17th Century Flanders through Fine Arts

Global Competency Today

Global Initiative in the Classroom

Climb to the Top Using Science, Technology and Math

Art through Comic Strips – The Art and the Expressions!


Speakers and In-School Performances

TIC plans to expose elementary, middle, and high school students targeted at rural schools in Alabama. Programs on the arts and culture of Belgium will be led by professionals combining music, song, and dance. All performances are free for K-12 schools. Once scheduled, teachers and administrators may receive materials so that students will be prepared to learn and participate in the programs. 

Unique Techniques - This year will be incorporated into our Professional Development Workshop.