The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt seeks to expand awareness and knowledge of Latin America in K-16 settings. CLAS works closely with the Tennessee Department of Education to award continuing education credit to teachers for their attendance at professional development. On average, CLAS organizes 150 educational and cultural events per year; the impact of these efforts is amplified through teachers who attend many of our events. In 2018-2019, more than 125,000 people attended CLAS events and more than 100,000 students received CLAS content.
Our outreach strategy builds upon faculty areas of expertise in ways that simultaneously enrich research and teaching, and we program multiple activities around a specific visitor or event. The Center collaborates with area organizations such as Cheekwood, the Frist, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Opera and the Adventure Science Center to expand our outreach in the community, as well as the Library of Congress, ReadWorks, Teaching for Change, and other institutions nationwide. We also provide resources for classroom use in the form of online curriculum resources, a lending library, culture boxes, and guest speakers upon request.
Teacher Advisory Board
The Teacher Advisory Board consists of thoughtful educational leaders who advise the Outreach Coordinator. These educators act as ambassadors for CLAS in their schools and districts, provide honest feedback on the teacher workshops and events, and articulate programming recommendations for the future. These educators represent a variety of schools, grades, and areas of expertise.
Emily Baughman – McGavock High School
Stephanie Knight – Center for Applied Second Language Studies, University of Oregon
Maria Milliken – Maplewood High School
Sharlyn Scott– Desert Vista High School (Phoenix, AZ)
Dalila Suarez – Lipscomb University, Glencliff High School