Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Latin American Immersion Project
McMain High School and Thurgood Marshall Middle School
New Orleans, LA

High School Initiative

Now in it’s third year, the Latin American Immersion Project allows students at a Orleans Parish Public School to expertise the richest of Latin America via the offering of a Latin American Studies course at the high school level. This course is team taught with a Stone Center graduate student and the teacher on-record at McMain High School. The class meets twice weekly to explore Latin America through lens of one Latin American country. Many times, the instruction is supplemented by guest lecturers, specialized performance workshops, school wide presentations, and more. Throughout the year LAIP works to raise money to bring the students to their country of study. So far our fund raising goals have been achieved, allowing the students and teachers to travel to Peru (2003), Brazil (2004) and hopefully the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2005.

In addition to the course and travel component at McMain, LAIP also purchases resource materials for the school’s library. These materials include curriculum guides for the teachers and videos for the teachers and books and magazines for the students.

View photos from Capoeira and Dance Workshop, February 2004.

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Middle School Initiative

Thurgood Marshall Middle School was selected as the project site for LAIP’s middle school initiative involving art and culture through literacy. Working with the teachers of Marshall, the Latin American Resource Center and the Americas Award, five books were chosen as an entry point for LAIP at the middle school level. Facilitators of the project worked with Marshall teachers to develop curriculum materials to accompany the selected books. LAIP also brought guest speakers, showed films and had school wide activities at Marshall.

International School of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA

Each semester, five undergraduate Latin American Studies majors, teach weekly courses on Latin America to classes at this Spanish/French immersion school. The International School is the only elementary Spanish immersion school in the city. Our students work with the classroom teacher and school headmaster to develop content rich materials based on the schools prescribed curriculum. This internship is offered every semester. Please note: This project will resume in the Fall. At the moment, LARC has established an initiative with the Teacher Certification Program at Tulane to enhance the exposure of pre-service to Latin America. These students will then begin working as interns at the International School of Louisiana in the fall.

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High School Initiative

Metairie Park Country Day School
This project allows high school students to gain expertise and learn about the riches and diversity of Latin America through an interdisciplinary Latin American Studies course. This course is team taught with a Stone Center graduate student and the teacher on-record at the High School. The class meets four times a week to explore Latin America through many disciplines. Many times, the instruction is supplemented by guest lecturers, specialized performance workshops, school wide presentations, and more. This course has been running at Metairie Park Country Day School for the past three years.

In the past, this project raised money to bring the students to a Latin American country which was the focus of the course. Students and teachers have travelled to Peru (2003), Brazil (2004) and the Dominican Republic (2005). To see pictures of these trips please see our Past Projects.

In addition to the course and travel component, the Latin American Collaborations project purchases resource materials for the school’s library. These materials include curriculum guides for the teachers and videos for the teachers and books and magazines for the students.

Middle School Initiative
Last year this project was at Samuel J. Green Middle School, an Orleans Parish Charter School. The Latin American Studies course integrated an arts-oriented approach to teaching the diversity and culture of Latin America. The curriculum involved Americas Award-winning books as well as outside lectures, dance workshops, and a music performance by grammy-award winner Juan-Carlos Formell. Pre-Katrina, this project has collaborated with Thurgood Marshall Middle School.

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Central America: People and the Environment Asynchronous Institute

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Register now for the ASYNCHRONOUS COURSE which opens up in July
Please note, the synchronous blended institute taking place June 14 – 25 is no longer accepting registrants.

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. It is not required to have participated in past institutes to join us.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University is excited to host and coordinate this year’s institute. Tulane University and New Orleans are both unique and important places to explore the deep connections to Central America with a focus on people and environment. With presentations by leading historians and sociologists on Central America, environment and race we are excited to share the work and resources from presenters as well as the unique resources at Tulane.

YOU MAY REGISTER FOR THE ASYNCHRONOUS COURSE WHICH OPENS UP IN JULY

NOW REGISTERING FOR THE ASYNCHRONOUS INSTITUTE For more information, please email dwolteri@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164. Space is limited.