Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

LARC Releases New K-12 Curriculum on the Modern Maya

November 7th, 2013

The Latin American Resource Center, the outreach education wing of the Stone Center, has released a new K-12 curriculum focusing on the modern Maya.

The curriculum Signs of Change: A K-12 Curriculum on the Contemporary Maya is inspired by the 2012 Summer Teacher Institute Signs of Change: A Glimpse of Past & Present Cultural Landscapes of Guatemala. The curriculum was written by 4 K-12 educators who attended the 2012 Summer Institute and compiled by LARC staff with support from a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant. The group of curriculum writers consisted of two teachers from Louisiana, one from Chicago, and one out of Pittsburgh funded by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh through the CLASP/NRC Teacher Training Network.

Activities within the curriculum focus on teaching about the Maya in Art, Language Arts, and Spanish classes for all K-12 students. The art activities, prepared by Denise Tullier-Holly of the Southeastern Louisiana Lab School, focus on grades 3 and 5. The ELA activities, prepared by Sarah Donovan, of Winston Campus Junior High School in Illinois, are aimed at middle school students, and Ellen Cohen, of Metairie Park Country Day School, and Audra Stablein, of Belle Vernon Area High School in Pennsylvania, wrote Spanish curricula for high schools students. Although the curricula are written for specific grades and subjects the materials are presented in such a way that they could be easily integrated into classrooms focused on a variety of subjects and grade levels.

The curriculum is the culmination of a series of events and activities by the participants in the 2012 Summer Teacher Institute. Three of the teachers who contributed to the curriculum, Ellen Cohen, Sarah Donovan, and Denise Tullier-Holly, were presenters at the 2013 Maya Teacher Workshop, part of the 2013 Tulane Maya Symposium. To learn more about their presentation, read this article or check out the resources related to the event.

This curriculum, and all other LARC curricula, are available for free download on the LARC website.

Guatemala + People
Maureen E. Shea
Associate Professor - Spanish & Portuguese