Upcoming Opportunities for Teachers
Interested in Latin American and the Caribbean? Would you like to study about the region this summer in a teacher institute at Yale? the University of Georgia? Or in a study abroad in Belize expressly for teachers?
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will provide support up to $750 each for two Wisconsin K-12 teachers to participate in summer teacher institutes offered nationally.
The national Latin American Studies Teacher Training Network: Six U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers (NRCs) for Latin American Studies* have committed professional development support for their regional teachers. By collaborating, the participating centers hope to give K-12 educators access to the quality summer teacher institutes offered nationally by a network of Latin American studies centers. A selected list of summer opportunities is attached.
Expenses covered: CLACS will provide up to $750 toward professional development expenses. Expenses might include round trip airfare, lodging, institute/course fees. (In the case of institutes overlapping with the school year, an appropriate expense could also be the cost of a substitute.) Funds must be expended by August 11, 2013.
To apply, please send a resume, a brief budget, and a 1-page cover letter detailing: 1) how you incorporate Latin America in your teaching; and 2) how participation in a specific Latin American studies institute/course will contribute to your professional development. Applications may be sent by e-mail or regular mail. See address on letterhead.
For more information or to discuss options, please contact Julie Kline at (414) 229-5986 or email@example.com
Application deadline: April 9, 2013
Priority will be given to applicants not previously funded by CLACS and to applicants who demonstrate strong need for an intensive professional development opportunity.
Tulane University (Stone Center for Latin American Studies)
University of Florida (Center for Latin American Studies)
University of Pittsburgh (Center for Latin American Studies)
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies)
Vanderbilt University (Center for Latin American Studies)
Yale University (Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies)
Teacher Institute (Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, University of Georgia)
June 9-13, 2013
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 40 hours of professional development if desired. Participants in
this institute may have the opportunity to take their experience further by travelling to Brazil in the
summer of 2014 on a specialized curriculum development institute.
Contact: Denise Woltering , 504.862.3143, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Schmaltz, 706.583.0388, email@example.com
Claire Gonzalez, 615.343.1837, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher Institute (Hemispheres outreach consortium, University of Texas)
June 11-14, 2013
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, email@example.com
Teacher Institute (University of Florida)
June 16-23, 2013
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Course (UW-Milwaukee, 3 credits)
June 24-July 20, 2013
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, email@example.com
Teacher Institute (PIER and CLAIS, Yale University, in collaboration with the Yale Peabody Museum)
July 8-12, 2013
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher Institute (UW-Milwaukee)
July 10-12, 2013
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
Contact: Julie Kline, 414.229.5986, email@example.com