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.
Stay tuned for announcements for a Latin America-focused workshop in Spring 2017 and the 2017 Summer Institute for Educators. Sign up for our educator mailing list to receive details. Contact Claudia Giribaldi to be added.
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)
- Resources on Migration and Refugees around the World
- Teaching Resources on Migration and Refugees around the World
2016 Summer Teacher Institute: Global Issues in Local Contexts: Turning International Journalism into Teachable Lessons
Dominic Bracco II—Violence and the Lives of Youth in Mexico and Honduras
Online Resources: Meet the Journalist: Dominic Bracco; Declining Violence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico [online project]; Diego's Rebirth [online project]; Honduras: Aqui Vivimos [online project]; The Journey North: Exploring reasons behind migration to the U.S. from Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala by Amanda Ottaway [online lesson plan]
Video of Bracco's presentation
- Resources on Global Issues in Local Contexts around the World
8th Chicago International Education Conference (2016): Sensing Place, Sharing Stories: Global Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom
2015 Summer Teacher Institute: Inequality: Conditions, Consequences, Solutions
Daniel Goldstein — Insecurity and Unequal Access to the Law in Latin American Cities
Online Resources: El Alto: Mobilizing Block by Block; Article: Flexible Justice: Neoliberal Violence and ‘Self-Help’ Security in Bolivia; The Edge and the Center: Gated Communities and the Discourse of Urban Fear; The Militarization of Urban Marginality:Lessons from the Brazilian Metropolis; Participatory Security: Participation, Citizen Security and the Inequities of Citizenship in Urban Peru; In Tegucigalpa, the Iron Fist Fails; Lesson Plan on Global Inequality from TeachSecondary.com
Saskia Sassen – Beyond Inequality: Expulsions
Online Resources: A Short History of Vultures: Long Before Argentina's Default, There was Elliott versus Panama; Article: The Language of Expulsion; The middle classes: An historic actor in today’s global world
7th Chicago International Education Conference (2014): Problem-Solving: Classroom, Community, and the World
- Online Resources: Forensic Anthropology in Human Rights: Resources for Teaching; Forensic Anthropology in Human Rights: Teacher's Guide; Forensic Anthropology in Human Rights: Curriculum Connections; Human Rights Teaching: Articles 26-30 Lesson Plan; Human Rights Teaching: Speak Truth to Power
2014 Summer Teacher Institute: Energy & the Global Environment: Science, History, Politics
Bret Gustafson — Natural Gas in Bolivia: Resource Curse or Development Boom?
Online Resources: “Bolivia’s Rentier Republic” (The Economist); Bret Gustafson: “Amid Gas, Where is the Revolution?” (NACLA); William Neuman: “Turnabout in Bolivia as Economy Rises From Instability” (NY Times)
6th Chicago International Education Conference (2013) : Global CitizenshipCenter for International Studies
2013 Summer Teacher Institute: Natural Disasters & Social Responses: A Global Perspective
Dain Borges— Drought in 1877 and Cholera in 1991: Victorian Governments and Privatized Governments in Latin America
Online Resources: Davis - Late Victorian Holocausts - Brazil (1); Davis - Late Victorian Holocausts - Brazil (2); Cueto - Blaming the Victims: The 1991 Cholera Outbreak
2012 Summer Teacher Institute: Feeding the World: Challenges to Achieving Food Security
LaShandra Sullivan — Rural Land Conflict in Brazil: How Private Security Forces and State Welfare Grant and Limit Access to Food
Online Resources: Video: Dying for Land; Food and Energy Sovereignty in Brazil; Brazil: Chief Killed in Land Dispute; How to Explain the Power of Agribusiness in Brazil? (Video in Portuguese)
2011 Summer Teacher Institute: Migration: Causes and Consequences
From the North American Council on the Americas (NACLA) Report on the Americas
Online Resources: A Signal Flare of Transnational Activism; Citizenship and the Barriers to Black and Latino Coalitions in Chicago; The Power of Transnational Organizing: Indigenous Migrant Politics in Oaxacalifornia; Latinos in Chicago: Reflections of an American Landscape; Migrante Mobilization in El Nuevo South; Beyond the Consensus: Oppositional Migrante Politics in the Obama Era
2010 Summer Teacher Institute: Water: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the World's Most Valuable Resource
Jim Shultz–From the Water Revolt to Melting Glaciers: What Bolivia Tells us About the Global Forces Threatening our Water
Online Resources: The Cochabamba Water Revolt and its Aftermath; Democracy Now! Interview on "Dignity and Defiance: Stories from Bolivia’s Challenge to Globalization"
2009 Summer Teacher Institute: Understanding the Global Economy: Bringing the World Market into Your Classroom