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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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.

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