Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Spring 2014

Materials in the Classroom Ecology: A Language Pedagogy Workshop
March 19, 2014
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall, Tulane University

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese are sponsoring this workshop on language education.This hands-on workshop for language teachers demonstrates activities and materials designed to promote language learners’ listening and speaking fluency. These activities allow university and high school students to engage in meaningful use of the target language. Materials demonstrated at this workshop can be readily adapted by participating language teachers and implemented in their own classrooms. These innovative pedagogic activities bridge language teaching theory and practice, and recent research on language teaching materials and learning will also be presented. University instructors and high school teachers working with language learners of any proficiency level will benefit from this presentation. The workshop will be conducted in English, and teachers of any language are welcome to attend. The workshop is free but prior registration is required. Please visit the event page to register and for more details.

Tulane Maya Symposium Teacher Workshop: On the Maya Trail: Ancient Travelers, Epic Voyages
March 20-21, 2014
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans, LA

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Middle American Research Institute, and the Audubon Aquarium are joining together to sponsor a K-12 teacher workshop in the conjunction with the 11th annual Tulane Maya Symposium. This year the workshop will be held at the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans, in celebration of the opening of a new exhibit on reefs in the Maya area. The workshop will focus on the symposium theme: traveling and voyages among the Maya. The workshop will integrate information about the geography and environment of the Maya area and the ancient and modern Maya utilization of environmental resources. The resources discussed will provide a great way for teachers working with the Common Core requirements to integrate information about the Maya into discussions of a variety of topics!

This year the teacher workshop will begin on Thursday evening, March 20th, with a special reception and talk at the Aquarium specifically for teachers. The main component of the workshop will take place on Friday, March 21st. For more information and to register, please visit the symposium website.

Cuban Literacy Campaign: A K-12 Teacher Workshop
March 29th, 2014
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100 Jones Hall
Tulane University

This workshop will explore the history of the Cuban Literacy Campaign through the new film, Maestra, written and directed by Catherine Murphy. Murphy will be leading discussions with participants and facilitate a workshop with Norma Guillard, (former brigadista with the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign). Maestra is a powerful documentary about the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign which raised literacy in Cuba to 95%. The film celebrates this amazing story through original film footage of the period, photographs and personal interviews of the teachers who are now in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. As they tell their stories, the Cuban women reflect on the transformation of their own lives and the whole of Cuban society as a result of the literacy campaign. For most, it was the first time they experienced independence and realized their power. Maestra will be introduced by Norma Guillard of Cuba, one of the original teachers from the Campaign featured in the film who was 15 years old when she and her sister joined the Literacy Campaign. Sponsored by Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute, and Xavier University’s Division of Education and Counseling. To register and for more information please visit the event webpage.

Fall 2013

Américas Award Teacher Workshop
September 23, 2013
9:30 – 12:30 PM
Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Georgetown, the Stone Center and Vanderbilt Universities’ Center for Latin American Studies are collaborating to offer an exciting K-12 teacher workshop as part of the Américas Award Ceremony at the Library of Congress. The workshop will focus on strategies to incorporate Latin American and Latino children’s literature into the K-12 classroom. Featured presenter at the workshop will be Sonia Manzano, 2013 Américas Award Winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (Scholastic, 2012). For more information please visit the event page. To register please click here.

Cultures in Connection: Louisiana, Latin America, and the Middle East
October 12, 2013
9 AM – 4 PM
100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

The Middle East Outreach Council and the Stone Center will host a K-12 teacher workshop on the diverse Middle Eastern, North African, European, Latin American, and Caribbean origins of cultural traits that permeate everyday life right here in Louisiana and the southern United States. You’ll leave with ideas on how to infuse your curriculum with a global approach, gather lists of resources to use in your classroom, as well as learn about two outstanding children’s book awards the Américas Award and MEOC’s book award. For more information and to register please visit the event website.

Día de los Muertos Teacher Workshop
October 15, 2013
5:00-8:30 PM
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans are sponsoring this year’s teacher workshop to introduce teachers to the history of Día de los muertos. The workshop will explore the tradition throughout Latin America starting with an introduction to the tradition which highlights special local resources and ending with a more intensive presentation on the tradition as it is celebrated today in Mexico. All participants will receive a light snack, teaching materials, CEUs, and free entry into the Ogden After Hours Day of the Dead celebration (value of $10) Thursday, October 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. To register and for more information please visit the event website. For information on other Day of the Dead activities click here.

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La Hora del Cuento: Summer Bilingual Story Hour at the Pebbles Center

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This summer, join us for La hora del cuenta bilingual readings series at the Pebbles Centers of the New Orleans Public Libraries!

On the first and last Saturday of every month, we will read a bilingual book at the Algiers Regional Library and the Children’s Resource Center Library beginning on Saturday April 28 until Saturday, August 25. Children and parents welcome!

Story Hours Dates and Locations

Algiers Regional Branch
Saturday, May 5
2:30 PM

Saturday, June 2
2:30 PM

Saturday, July 7
2:30 PM

Saturday, August 4
2:30 PM

Children’s Resource Center Library
Saturday, April 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, May 26
12:00 PM

Saturday, June 30
12:00 PM

Saturday, July 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, August 25
12:00 PM