MARCH 15TH, 2013

2013 CLASP/NRC Teacher Training Network

The national Latin American Studies Teacher Training Network: Five Title VI-funded National Resource Centers for Latin American Studies, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, have committed funding to support professional development for their regional teachers. By collaborating, we hope to give K-12 educators access to quality summer teacher institutes offered nationally by a network of Latin American studies centers. A selected list of summer opportunities is below.

June 9-13, 2013
Teacher Institute (Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, University of Georgia)
Exploring Brazil: A Window into the Language and Culture of a Country on the Rise
Location: Athens, GA
K-12 educators of any discipline and grade-level are welcome to apply. The goal of this institute is to encourage and promote the teaching of Portuguese and the culture of Brazil through film, literature, service learning, and technology in any K-12 classroom. During the week, educators will work in teams to develop interdisciplinary units that address applicable state learning standards. Educators may receive a certificate of completion for 20 hours of professional development if desired. Deadline to apply May 3, 2012

Denise Woltering , 504.862.3143, dwolteri@tulane.edu
Kathleen Schmaltz, 706.583.0388, schmaltz@uga.edu
Claire Gonzalez, 615.343.1837, claire.p.gonzalez@vanderbilt.edu
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June 11-14, 2013
Teacher Institute (Hemispheres outreach consortium, University of Texas)
Untangling World History
Location: Austin, TX
Hemispheres has been hearing from educator professionals with questions about the new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam in World History. This year’s Summer Teachers’ Institute will focus extensively on the World History TEKS, with the intent of helping you gain the background knowledge you need to prepare your students for the rigors of the STAAR exam. The core of the workshop will consist of content presentations from scholars at the University of Texas on a myriad of state- and national standards-accessible topics in World History. Discussion sessions will focus on trends in history, covering key concepts, and “bundling” content and skills standards to help you cover topics efficiently in the classroom. Daily wrap-up exercises will involve working with primary source documents concerning the content presented that day to turn them into Document-Based Question (DBQ) activities to use with your students. You’ll leave with content, resources, primary documents, and a new outlook and enthusiasm for teaching world history!

Contact: Christopher Rose, 512.471.3582, csrose@austin.utexas.edu
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June 16-23, 2013
Teacher Institute (University of Florida)
Discovering Ecosystems
Location: Belize
The Rainforest is YOUR Classroom! Shake up your professional development experience with the ultimate HANDS-ON learning experience in the rainforests of BELIZE! The UF Center for Latin American Studies Outreach Program is partnering with the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE). The institute is designed for and open to teachers and pre-service teachers of all disciplines and grade levels. We will be encouraging interdisciplinary connections in this program.
*Some scholarships will be available.

Contact: Mary Risner, 352.273.4723, maryr@ufl.edu
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June 24-July 20, 2013
Online Course (UW-Milwaukee, 3 credits)
Using Children’s Literature to Explore Latin American/Latino Cultural Heritage
This course will focus primarily on children’s books that have been recommended by the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP). When read and explored as a body, together with supplemental readings/resources, Américas Award titles offer a unique resource with which to explore Latin America, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino cultures in all their diversity.

Contact: Julie Kline, 414.229.5986, jkline@uwm.edu
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July 8-12, 2013
Teacher Institute (PIER and CLAIS, Yale University, in collaboration with the Yale Peabody Museum)
Indigenous Cultures of the Americas and their Response to European Contact Across Time
Location: New Haven, CT
The summer institute will focus on a number of indigenous American cultures in the context of the extensive exchange of goods and ideas that took place with the European settlers. We’ll also explore the contemporary lives of indigenous peoples in the Americas, and consider the relationship of indigenous Americans today to those of the past. Our institute will feature first-hand explorations of Yale Peabody Museum collections, participation in seminars led by world-class scholars, and in-depth exchanges on select indigenous ethnic and tribal peoples, while offering practical tools to assist teachers in developing innovative approaches and resources for effective classroom teaching.

Contact: Margaret Marcotte, 203.432.3412, margaret.marcotte@yale.edu
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July 10-12, 2013
Teacher Institute (UW-Milwaukee)
Indigenous Movements in Contemporary Latin America
Location: Milwaukee, WI
In the past three decades, Indigenous peoples have been organizing in new and effective ways to counter their traditional exclusion in Latin American societies. These movements have sought land rights, protection of natural resources and the environment, cultural recognition and political rights. Many of the Indigenous peoples’ demands have become part of international human rights agreements and integrated into new constitutions of several Latin American nations. This summer institute will examine a variety of contemporary Indigenous movements with a particular focus on themes and materials about the topic that lend themselves to inclusion in Spanish language and global studies courses.

Contact: Julie Kline, 414.229.5986, jkline@uwm.edu
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For information on how to apply for funding from your local institute to any of these institutes, please visit the center’s site directly.

For a printable list of these institutes please download the PDF version here.