JANUARY 24TH, 2012

CLASP Promotes Resources at Nation's Largest Social Studies Educator Conference

In 2011, for the second year in a row, a group of CLASP members collaborated to promote Latin American Studies resources at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) annual conference. As the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education, NCSS is the umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, civics, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education. Its annual conference generally attracts 3,000+ participants.

This year, under the auspices of the Outreach Committee, eight members of CLASP partnered to sponsor an exhibit booth that disseminated K–12 materials on Latin America to more than 200 conference attendees. We increased the visibility of CLASP and Latin America at the conference by distributing curriculum, publicizing our educational outreach activities (workshops, study abroad programs, lending libraries, etc.), and promoting the Américas Award.

In addition to the booth, the University of Miami, Tulane University, and University of Texas at Austin co-presented a poster session, Key Concepts in Teaching about Latin America. Poster presentations allow conference attendees to visit with several presenters during a single session and provide an opportunity for presenters to engage them in one-on-one interactions that address their interests and questions. Based on steady traffic and great interactions during the poster presentation, we plan to continue submitting proposals to present at NCSS.

Next stop: Seattle, November 16–18, 2012, for *Opening Windows to the World*–a theme that underscores CLASP’s core mission and gives us an opportunity to make a bigger splash. We welcome the participation of any interested CLASP member.

For more info, please contact:
Natalie Arsenault, Chair, Outreach Committee
University of Texas at Austin