Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

What is Outreach in Area Studies?

By Valerie McGinley

Educational outreach programming has been integral to the U.S. Department of Educationâ’‘¬’“¢s Title VI National Resource Center program since the 1970s. Since then every area studies center funded as a Title VI National Resource Center has been required to conduct outreach programming to K-12 educators. The definition of outreach has been expanded since the 1970s to include outreach to other postsecondary institutions, media, business, government agencies, and the general community. The following is a collection of ideals on how to â’‘¬Å“doâ’‘¬Â outreach to the K-12 community; of best practices in educational outreach programming.

One of the fundamental principals of conducting and sustaining quality outreach programming is the place of outreach in the mission and strategic plan of the Center. Outreach, and in particular educational outreach, should be inherently part of the mission of the area studies center. This is articulated primarily through the strategic plan of the center and defining the initiatives and activities to achieve the desired outcomes. Outreach to the K-12 educational community and specifically teacher training activities are absolute priority activities for every area studies center or consortia funded by the Title VI National Resource Center program. Therefore, in order to place a priority of these types of activities for university and faculty commitment, it is important to align this absolute priority with the operating principals of the Center. If this is not done, outreach becomes an add-on activity that is not taken seriously by the university or faculty and staff associated with the area studies center.




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Online Summer Book Group for K-12 Educators

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For pre-service, early career and veteran teachers who love reading and learning through literature who want to explore award-winning books for the middle and early high school classrooms. Join us as we read four books that explore stories of coming-of-age from multiple perspectives. Participants will receive a copy of each book and participate in an open discussion with other K-12 educators. We will launch the book group with The Other Half of Happy. The group will meet online and explore the real story behind this award-winning book with the author Rebecca Balrcárcel. Join us this summer as we discover new stories and books for your classroom.

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Central America, People and the Environment Educator Institute 2021

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This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment.

While at Tulane, the institute will explore the historic connections between the United States and Central America focusing on indigenous communities and environment while highlighting topics of social justice and environmental conservation. Join us to explore Central America and teaching strategies to implement into the classroom.

Additional details and registration will be available in the late fall 2020. For more information, please email or call 504.865.5164.