The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt seeks to expand awareness and knowledge of Latin America in K – 16 settings. CLAS works with the Tennessee Department of Education to award continuing education credit to teachers for their attendance at professional development.
Dinner and a Movie: Menino 23
Tuesday, February 7 add to calendar
Join CLAS for Dinner and a Movie to celebrate Black History Month! Enjoy a warm meal while watching Menino 23, a film exploring the enslavement of fifty black and mulato boys in rural Brazil during the 1930s. During that time, local elites in Brazil bought into Nazi and Fascist regimes and even subjected victims to racist experiments. Two of the surviving boys, now in their 80s, share their stories for the first time. CLAS Assistant Director Dr. Nicolette Kostiw will lead a discussion exploring how fascism, Nazism and scientific racism play out in Latin America, as well as possible avenues for classroom application.
Exploring Latin America through Digital Gaming: Lessons from Second Language Acquisition and Interdisciplinary Approaches (online)
Wednesday, February 8 add to calendar
The study of Latin America is relevant and meaningful for all disciplines. Simply put, articulating the cross-curricular connections that exist within the study cultivates learning that is both meaningful and enduring for learners. While these strengths certainly merit the efforts required to plan and execute interdisciplinary content involving Latin America, the execution of this endeavor is complex. In this webinar, we aim to address this complexity by exploring, evaluating, and experiencing digital games that promote interdisciplinary inquiry related to Latin America. We will discuss research regarding the transformative power of digital games in the world language classroom and how that research relates to other disciplines, and we will dissect various digital games that feature interdisciplinary connections that are relevant to the region.
Numbers and Graphs: Integrating Latin America in Any Classroom
Friday, March 3 add to calendar
Come explore how to implement real-world data from Latin America into any classroom! CLAS is partnering with the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) to bring public opinion data in Latin America to your classroom. Through years of polling in most of the countries of Latin America, LAPOP has developed a treasure-trove of databases of public opinion information about varying viewpoints across Latin America. LAPOP is the leader in cutting-edge methods and best practices in research on opinions and behaviors with respect to democratic governance, economic well-being, health, security, education, etc. Dr. Mariana Rodriguez will introduce teachers to LAPOP’s methodology, data collection process, and ways to access and bring the data right into your classroom. Teachers from Hillsboro High School will share how they used LAPOP data to plan and teach a PBL unit on Social Justice in their Spanish, Math, History and Social Studies classrooms.
Math experts and Social Studies teachers alike will find value in LAPOP’s data and discover interdisciplinary ways to bring Latin American content to your classroom!
Afro-Latino/Afro-Francophone Cultural Heritage: Embracing Diversity across Disciplines (online)
Wednesday, March 8 add to calendar
As the diversity of the United States continues to rise, educators’ classrooms are ideal settings for examining diverse perspectives and intersections of identity. With five times as many enslaved Africans being trafficked to Latin America than to U.S. colonies, there are many historical, cultural, social, and economic comparisons between the United States and Latin America. This webinar provides an overview of how educators can engage all learners through culturally responsive lessons. The presenter will use Afro-Latino/Afro-Francophone research as a bridge to engage diverse learners. This presentation will be multidisciplinary, and will have relevance for all disciplines. Webinar participants will leave with a wealth of resources and ideas to implement the next day.
#TechCLAS: Teaching Latin America and World Language Using Technology
Wednesday, April 12 add to calendar
This workshop is designed to teach effective ways to incorporate technology into the world language classroom. The workshop will be taught through the lens of Latin America and participants will participate in a mini lesson designed for a high school level world language class. Led by members of the CLAS Teacher Advisory board, this workshop will explore various technologies and how to incorporate them into the classroom. The workshop will conclude with time to create a #TechLesson and share ideas with fellow educators. Even the teacher who is uncomfortable with technology will walk away confident and ready to use some tech in class!
Somos Nós: Brazil on the Move
June 19 – 23, 2017
K-16 educators of any discipline and grade-level are welcome to apply to attend this intensive institute. Throughout the week, participants will work together to develop interdisciplinary curricula, which they can bring back to their schools to teach and share with colleagues. The focus of this year’s workshop will be diversity and the environment. Sponsored by The University of Georgia, Vanderbilt University and Tulane University. Hosted this year by The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.
Additional Summer 2017 Programs
Many member institutions of the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) also offer national and international summer institutes that are open to, and welcome participation from, teachers across the country. For more information on upcoming national and international summer programs, click here.
Additional FREE Resources for Teachers
Curriculum Resources CLAS offers downloadable lesson plans, multimedia materials and other resources to help teachers incorporate Latin American content into their classrooms. All materials are available to teachers free of charge. Lesson plans, curriculum units and PowerPoint presentations may be downloaded here.
Lending Library CLAS maintains a comprehensive collection of books, lesson plans, multimedia materials and other resources to help teachers incorporate Latin American content into their classrooms. All materials are available to educators free of charge. To borrow books, films or multimedia materials, please visit the lending library webpage.
Culture Boxes CLAS has travelling “culture boxes” filled with cultural artifacts for a hands-on experience for students and teachers. These boxes are available for check-out and use in classrooms. To see photos and descriptions of the items in these boxes, click here.