Educator Outreach: Workshops & Online Resources


CLAS Teacher Training Workshops are an ongoing series offered by the Center for Latin American Studies with support from the United States Department of Education and other programs, such as the other UChicago National Resource Centers and the Newberry Library. Workshops are designed by university faculty, graduate students, and Center staff to enhance the classroom curriculum of educators from local public and private high schools and community colleges. Workshops introduce pedagogic methods and materials that facilitate the study of Latin America in the classroom and address subjects not traditionally taught in the US school system.

To request a workshop, please contact Claudia Giribaldi.

Recent workshops: 

Summer Teacher Institute–Global Issues in Local Contexts: Turning International Journalism into Teachable Lessons

June 27–28, 2016

Conflict and international migration. Consumption and waste. Environmental degradation and conservation. No matter where we live, these issues affect our lives. But how do these issues manifest differently around the world? How do global issues connect to local contexts? How are contemporary challenges handled in different places around the world? And how can we present these important topics to students in ways that will both engage them and connect them to the larger world?

This two-day professional development workshop brought together award-winning journalists supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and digital educational resources created by Pulitzer Center and UChicago to address the incorporation of current global issues in the classroom.

The Institute was presented by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Neighborhood Schools Program, Oriental Institute, and UChicago Engages, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. It was made possible through generous support from the Title VI National Resource Center grants from the US Department of Education.

Online Resources for Educators

CLAS posts educational materials, free of charge, for educators and others who find them useful. For more info, please see the links below.

Refugees, Fragile States and Our Communities (resource lists developed for educational events conducted in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and City Colleges of Chicago)

Migration and Human Rights in the North American Corridor: Dilemmas, Contradictions, and Challenges

Modernidad, Vanguardia y Revolución en las Poesía Mexicana, 1919–1930

Política Ambiental, Movimentos Sociales y Ciência para a Amazônia Brasileira: A Ciência Frente a Atuais Projetos para o Desenvolvimento da Amazônia Brasileira

2015 Summer Teacher Institute: Inequality: Conditions, Consequences, Solutions

2014 International Education Conference: Problem-Solving: Classroom, Community, and the World

2014 Summer Teacher Institute: Energy & the Global Environment: Science, History, Politics

2013 International Education Conference: Global CitizenshipCenter for International Studies

2013 Summer Teacher Institute: Natural Disasters & Social Responses: A Global Perspective

2012 Summer Teacher Institute: Feeding the World: Challenges to Achieving Food Security

2011 Summer Teacher Institute: Migration: Causes and Consequences

From the North American Council on the Americas (NACLA) Report on the Americas:

Suggested Books:

  • Michael Peter Smith and Matt Bakker. Citizenship Across Borders: The Political Transnationalism of El Migrante. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008.
  • Castañeda, Jorge G. Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants. New York: The New Press, 2007.
  • Merz, Barbara J. New Patterns for Mexico Observations on Remittances, Philanthropic Giving, and Equitable Development. Cambridge: Harvard University Press,2006.
  • Hernández, Juan. The New American Pioneers. Why are we Afraid of Mexican Immigrants? Pneuma Life Publishing, 2007.
  • Pallares, Amalia and Nilda Flores González. Marcha! Latino Chicago and the Immigrant Rights Movement. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2010.
  • Bloemraad, Irene and Kim Voss. Rallying for Immigrant Rights. The Fight for Inclusion in 21st Century America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.
  • Iskander, Natasha. Creative State. Forty Years of Migration and Development Policy in Morocco and Mexico. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010.
  • Stephen, Lynn. Transborder Lives: Indigenous Oaxacans in Mexico, California,and Oregon. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.

2010 Summer Teacher Institute: Water: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the World's Most Valuable Resource

2009 Summer Teacher Institute: Understanding the Global Economy: Bringing the World Market into Your Classroom