The LAII offers professional development workshops for K-12 educators throughout the year. These workshops cover a variety of Latin America-related topics and provide content and materials that teachers can incorporate into their curriculum(s) and classroom(s). Participants can earn professional development credit for the number of hours they participate in the workshops.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 -- This K-12 educator's workshop explores the Theatre of the Oppressed and its usefulness for the classroom. Based in the work of Brazilian educator and activist Paulo Freire, Theatre of the Oppressed was developed by Brazilian dramatist and activist Augusto Boal who sought, in his words, to turn non-actors into actors, in the theater and in society.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 -- Led by artist and educator Arturo Olivas, this professional development workshop will address the history behind papel picado, shrines, and sugar skulls, before delving into hands-on instruction in all three elements.
Thursday, September 29, 2016 -- This professional development workshop considers bring cultural literacy and culturally relevant resources to students through activities that explore the history and practices associated with Día de los Muertos.
Thursday, September 8, 2016 -- This workshop focusees on curriculum that encourages teachers and students to think more deeply about Columbus' encounter with the Americas from multiple points of view.
Thursday, September 1, 2016 -- This film screening and workshop will focus on understanding the impact Columbus had on the Americas through both historic and contemporary examples of colonizing practices.
Wednesday, March 27, 2016 -- In this free professional development workshop we will consider art as a tool for social protest and social change in the Americas. We will draw upon Latin American and Latinx artists and their work for understanding and inspiration.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 -- This free professional development workshop will consider the many ways in which artists convey meaning. Drawing inspiration from the Latin American artists and art on display in New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America, an exhibit on display through April 17 at The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, participants will explore the notion of art as social consciousness; question accepted definitions of art and creativity; and share in strategies for encouraging students to engage in purposeful, meaningful, and socially responsible thinking across all content areas, from literature to social studies.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 -- In this workshop, the LAII offers a free, educational screening of the award-winning documentary Who is Dayani Cristal? in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes' ¡Cine Magnífico! Albuquerque Latino Film Festival. In addition, LAII staff will share relevant curriculum resources and discuss ways to introduce the topic of immigration in the classroom.
Thursday, March 9, 2016 -- In this workshop, the LAII offers a free, educational screening of the award-winning movie Pelo Malo in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes' ¡Cine Magnífico! Albuquerque Latino Film Festival. In addition, LAII staff will share relevant curriculum resources and discuss ways to introduce the topic of race and identity in the classroom.
Wednesday, March 8, 2016 -- This free professional development workshop will encourage teachers to think deeply about immigration in the Americas by moving past the dehumanizing media discourse to consider the foreign policy, national histories, and personal experiences of Central American youth who come to the United States without documentation.
Thursday, March 3, 2016 -- In this workshop, we'll focus on learning ESL games for 21st century brains. Award winning artist/educator, Agnes Chavez, will share her latest 21st century activities for teaching a second language to children (Spanish/English). These activities bring together the worlds of (1) the arts, (2) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and (3) 21st century thinking.
Saturday, November 14, 2015 -- In this free professional development workshop for early childhood educators, educator Clara P. de Sandoval will draw on over twenty years of experience in the classroom to discuss theater for young children. Participants will engage in hands-on exercises to learn how to promote the acquisition of physical and linguistic abilities through theatrical dramatization.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 -- This free professional development workshop will feature Mexican maskmaker Felipe Horta, an internationally-renowned mascarero from Tocuaro, Michoacán, who has dedicated himself since the age of 12 to producing masks for the pastorela (Shepherd's Tale) danzas and other ceremonies celebrated in his community and throughout Mexico.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 -- In this free professional development workshop focused on Día de los Muertos, educator Katrina Dillon will focus entirely on curriculum and strategies. Through discussion and hands-on exercises, we will highlight how to use ESL strategies modeled after the GLAD teaching method while emphasizing ways to actively engage students.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 -- In this free professional development workshop focused on Día de los Muertos, local artists/educators Mike Graham de la Rosa and Carmen Sánchez will explore the significance of death in Mexican culture, José Guadalupe Posada and the role of satire in social critiques, and printmaking as a form of resistance. Participants will create their own designs for printing on repurposed materials.
Saturday, October 3, 2015 -- In this free professional development workshop for early childhood educators, educator Eva de Andrés will explore mathematical games for the pre-k classroom, focusing on learning through play for small children. Participants will engage in hands-on exercises and receive materials to support these activities in their own classes.
Thursday, September 24, 2015 -- In this free professional development workshop focused on the Mexican Revolution, participants will receive a private tour of the Maxwell Museums' current exhibit, "Mexico at the Hour of Combat;" hear background information about the Revolution; and engage in hands-on strategies for including Mexican history in middle/high school classrooms.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 -- Join us for an evening of discussion about Día de los Muertos in the K-12 classroom. We’ll focus on papel picado as an important yet ephemeral part of this celebration. Local artists/educators Chris Baca and Mary Carmen Sánchez will explore the history of papel picado, demonstrate hands-on techniques for creating it using traditional and contemporary methods, and offer ideas for how to integrate it into the classroom using math-based exercises.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 -- Join the LAII for a lecture with invited scholar Dr. Catherine Murphy, a San Francisco-based filmmaker who has spent much of the last 10 years working in Latin America. She is founder and director of The Literacy Project, a multi-media documentary project on adult literacy in the Americas. As an independent producer, Murphy's work has largely focused on social documentaries. In this presentation, Murphy will take about her acclaimed documentary, Maestra, which focuses on the Cuban Literacy Project.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 -- Join us as we anticipate and critique the impending flood of stereotypical and misleading celebrations focused on Cinco de Mayo. We'll learn a more accurate understanding of what the holiday recognizes, and expand that view by discussing a range of other Mexican traditions that speak to the country's cultural diversity and historical complexity. Mary Carmen Sanchez (MA, Bilingual Special Education) will present with the assistance of Chris R. Baca (MA, Multicultural Special Education).
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 -- Join us for a free screening of the film Even the Rain / También la lluvia. We'll discuss its usefulness for middle and high school classrooms and how to engage students in its depictions of colonization, both present and past. We will focus our attention on the present-day resistance strategies that have been developed by many of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, with particular attention paid to the case of the Aymara in Bolivia who have resisted water privatization.
Saturday, February 28, 2015 -- Join the LAII and community partners for a special workshop focused on multicultural bilingual early childhood education. The first half of the workshop be led by Ms. Eva Núñez, who will discuss "The Importance of Music in the Kindergarten Classroom: Techniques for Reading, Writing, and Singing Songs." The latter half will be led by Ms. Noelia Bellido-Salvatier, who will discuss "The World Through Drama, Music, and Dance: Language Acquisition and Development Skills."
Tuesday, February 12, 2015 -- Join the Spanish Resource Center and partners for a special workshop led by Dr. Inmaculada Martín-Hernández and Ms. Antonia Parras-Albero, teachers at Capital High School in Santa Fe. This workshop will focus on interdisciplinary activities appropriate to bilingual educators. The topic will be timely as they discuss these strategies in the context of Valentine's Day.
Tuesday, December 4, 2014 -- Artists and community activists from The Beehive Design Collective discuss their illustrated piece, "Mesoamérica Resiste," which is the third and final image in the Beehive's trilogy about globalization in the Americas, focusing on resistance to mega-infrastructure projects that are literally paving the way for free trade agreements that devastate local economies and communities.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 -- We will explore the history of Día de los Muertos; review hands-on techniques for creating sugar skulls (alfeñiques) in the classroom; discuss ways to meet Common Core reading and writing standards while exploring this meaningful celebration with students; and, finally, participants will have the opportunity to decorate their own sugar skulls to take home.
Saturday, October 11, 2014 -- We will briefly explore the history of Día de los Muertos before delving into a discussion of how contemporary communities (including Abq.) have adapted the holiday.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 -- We will begin with a private tour of the National Hispanic Cultural Center's stunning exhibit of papel picado artwork; then meet with community artists Chris and Mary C. Baca, who will explore the history of papel picado and demonstrate multiple, hands-on techniques for creating it in the classroom; as we conclude, participants will have the opportunity to create their own papel picado to take home.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 -- We will explore the history of Día de los Muertos by hearing a special presentation with local community organizer and activist Rusita Ávila, who for many years has served as codirector of the annual South Valley Día de los Muertos y Marigold Parade.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 -- We will explore the history of Día de los Muertos; tour the intriguing exhibit on "Skulls and Sickles" on display at the UNM Zimmerman Library (which considers the visual rhetoric of death in Mexican art); hear a special lecture on the topic from Dr. Suzanne Schadl, curator and coordinator of UNM's Latin American library collections; and discuss ways to meet Common Core reading and writing standards while exploring this meaningful celebration.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 -- With Columbus Day on October 8th, this time of year provides the opportunity both to reconsider not only how and what we teach about Christopher Columbus, but also more generally how conquest, colonization and the continued struggles of indigenous peoples are taught in the classroom.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 -- Join the Spanish Resource Center and partners for a special workshop led by Pilar Lara Burgos, Spanish teacher at La Promesa Charter School and Sign Language Interpreter, on "Estrategias educativas con alumnado sordo." This workshop will explore questions concerning deaf and hearing-impaired students, discuss sign language, and learn how to address a deaf or hearing-impaired person in the classroom.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 -- Join the Spanish Resource Center and partners for a special workshop led by Paloma Ramírez, biology teacher at Nuestros Valores Charter School, and Noé Carrero, math teacher at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School. This workshop will discuss "Vocabulario científico y matemático en español: entendiendo y utilizando el lenguaje de las ciencias."
Thursday, February 27, 2014 -- Join the Spanish Resource Center and partners for a special workshop led by María Verónica Iglesias-Ramos, who will discuss the commerce between Manila and Acapulco which lasted 250 years between 1565 and 1815, and was of great important to the Philippines, as well as America and Europe.
Monday, February 24, 2014 -- This free professional development workshop will consider the Mexican Revolution through photographic and historical perspectives inspired by the exhibition "Testimonios de una Guerra" currently on display (through March 31, 2014) at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 -- Join us for a free professional development workshop for K-12 educators. The workshop will be led by Noé Carrero Torres from Atrisco Heritage Academy in Albuquerque, NM.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 -- Join us for a free professional development workshop for K-12 educators. The workshop will be led by Juan Rodríguez.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 -- Join us for a free professional development workshop for K-12 educators. The workshop will be led by Paloma Ramírez, biology teacher at Nuestros Valores Charter School, Albuquerque, NM. National Parks are a simple educational resource available to all levels and areas, not only through school trips but also as a source for activities, teacher training, lesson plans, etc. Specific programs such as "Teacher Ranger Techer" and official web pages provide an important tool for teachers.
Thursday, October 3, 2013 -- This workshop is a window through literature to the cultural and historic richness of Central American countries. Different activities will be proposed to bring participants closer to countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica.
Thursday, October 3, 2013 -- Join the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) and the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for a free professional development workshop for K-12 educators on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Nearly 40 years ago the armed forces of Chile overthrew the administration of Salvador Allende. That day, September 11, 1973, created the necessary conditions for the art form known as arpilleras. These textiles became the most visual (and visible), poignant, and widespread manifestation of opposition to authoritarianism, violation of human rights and the disappearance of loved ones associated with the military government that ruled Chile until 1990.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 -- Join the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) as we explore the history of Día de los Muertos and consider the visible and dramatic role of skeletons within this important holiday.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 -- Join the Spanish Resource Center and partners for a special workshop focused on bilingual classroom management and how to connect with students' interests.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 -- Join us for a unique professional development opportunity for K-12 educators. This workshop will consider the history of colonization in the Americas and the continued struggle of Indigenous Peoples of the region for agency, civil rights and sovereignty.
Saturday, September 7, 2013 -- Join the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) as we explore the history of Día de los Muertos and consider the related practices of creating ofrendas, papel picado, and alfeñiques.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 -- Join us for a professional development featuring Damián Vergara Wilson, assistant professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and coordinator of UNM's Spanish as a Heritage Language program.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 -- Join us for a professional development workshop led by Michelle Jurado, director of Albuquerque High School's bilingual program.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 -- 2013 marks the 13th year of the Spanish Resource Center's annual Spanish literary contest, Cuentistas, for high school students. This contest, honoring the Día del Libro, April 23rd, is made possible by the New Mexico / Spain educational partnership. This year's topic will be free and the only requirement is that students are encouraged to further their writing skills and their knowledge of Spanish language by writing in Spanish a short story (fiction or non-fiction).
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 -- In 2013, the LAII and the Spanish Resource Center will partner for the 13th edition of this elementary school student poetry contest. Elementary school kids (from first to fifth grade) will recite a poem in Spanish in the most artistic and beautiful way in front of a crowd of over 300 people.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 -- Join the UNM Art Museum and the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for a free, art-based professional development workshop for educators. Participants will first engage with the subject and technique of the museum's exhibit, "In the Wake of Juárez: The Drawings of Alice Leora Briggs," and then discuss how to implement it in the classroom. This event is recommended only for teachers of grades 9-12 given the content of the artwork.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 -- The National Hispanic Cultural Center and the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute are coming together once again to provide another in-depth and profound look at Latin America history, art and experience via special events tailored for New Mexico teachers. This pair of workshops will focus on demonstrations and resources designed to bring the history of Chile and the arpillera art form alive in classrooms! Teachers from grades 4-12 will benefit most from this content, though all are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 -- The National Hispanic Cultural Center and the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute are coming together once again to provide another in-depth and profound look at Latin America history, art and experience via special events tailored for New Mexico teachers. This pair of workshops will focus on demonstrations and resources designed to bring the history of Chile and the arpillera art form alive in classrooms! Teachers from grades 4-12 will benefit most from this content, though all are welcome to attend.
Friday, February 22, 2013 -- The Spanish Model UN Conference began as a final project in one of the advanced courses at Bosque School. Since the beginning the intent was to help stimulate the dissemination of the Spanish language and culture in a relevant, authentic context. In the last several years this project has expanded by including the advanced students from Sandia Prep and Corrales International School as participants and the Instituto Cervantes and the University of New Mexico Latin American and Iberian Institute as sponsors. One of the purposes of this event is to develop and practice skills for debate, analysis, discussion, conflict resolution and negotiation among its participants, following the model applied by the organization. Similarly, the Model United Nations' goal is to create an awareness of the vital and humanitarian mission of the United Nations in the world.
Thursday, February 21, 2013 -- Join the Spanish Resource Center and partners for a special workshop focused on using colloquial Spanish in classrooms where Spanish is taught as a second language. "Hablar una lengua extranjera no es sólo llegar a dominar sus reglas gramaticales y de construcción de la misma, sino saber comunicar y ser capaz de interactuar, de intercambiar e interpretar la información de forma natural con hablantes nativos. Este taller se centra en la descripción y explicación de los principales rasgos del español coloquial, así como de algunos de los principios que rigen la interacción y la conversación. Se ofrecerán una serie de líneas de actuación para el análisis del español desde este punto de vista, insistiendo en el modo de plantear su estudio en el ámbito del español como lengua extranjera."
Thursday, February 7, 2013 -- Join the Spanish Resource Center and partners for a special workshop focused on teaching strategies for explaining Spanish grammar. "Si bien se presupone que los profesores saben describir la gramática a sus alumnos, la realidad es que nuestro conocimiento gramatical se basa en una serie de creencias y de descripciones que no siempre responde al auténtico funcionamiento de las formas y que, además, no siempre resultan operativas ni accesibles para los estudiantes. Este taller revisará descripciones, explicaciones y actividades gramaticales al uso y ofrecerá, basándose en las aportaciones teóricas del enfoque cognitivo, maneras distintas de abordar la gramática, a lo largo de todo el proceso de instrucción gramatical, poniendo especial énfasis en los mecanismos que permiten que los estudiantes accedan a los saberes gramaticales. Se tratarán temas como el uso de ser y estar, las diferencias entre el pretérito imperfecto y el pretérito indefinido, los pronombres de objeto directo e indirecto o los pronombres reflexivos."
Friday, November 16, 2012 -- Join the National Hispanic Culture Center and the LAII as we collaborate to explore and celebrate the customs of Día de los Muertos. Staff from the LAII will present practical and inspiring ways to develop cultural literacy in the classroom. Come learn how to connect the cultural and artistic activities of Díia de los Muertos to reading and writing activities for your students
Thursday, November 15, 2012 -- Come join us for this free, unique opportunity to participate in a hands-on mask-making workshop created specifically for teachers. Felipe Horta has been hand carving pastorela masks since the age of 12. His allegorical masks represent devils, hermits, viejitos, fantastic creatures and characters from popular culture, all of which are hand-carved for the danzantes who perform in the local pastorelas. In addition to exploring Felipe's artesanía, this workshop will also provide curriculum materials for maskmaking in K-12 settings.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 -- Join the National Hispanic Culture Center and the LAII as we collaborate to explore and celebrate the customs of Díia de los Muertos. Díia de los Muertos celebrations wouldn't be complete without the taste of pan de muerto and hot chocolate. Join us for this hands-on workshop, where you'll learn how to make the sweet roll that in Mexico is typically baked in the weeks leading up to the holiday. Come and enjoy the aromatherapy that comes from cooking with anise and orange peels!
Saturday, October 6, 2012 -- Join the National Hispanic Culture Center and the LAII as we collaborate to explore and celebrate the customs of Día de los Muertos. On the first Saturday of the month, the NHCC Education Program invites families and educators for a short tour of the Art Museum, followed by a hands-on, artist-led art-making session inspired by the tour. Always thought making sugar skulls with the family would make a mess of the kitchen? Make a mess of ours instead!
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 -- Join us for a professional development workshop that will consider the intertwined history of colonization and ongoing struggle for human rights for Indigenous peoples of the Americas.The first part of the workshop, led by LAII staff, will encourage teachers to reconsider the traditional or standard history of Christopher Columbus and the ramifications that Columbus' explorations had on the Americas and its people. The second part will consider issues related to the Pueblo People of New Mexico since 1912, and is based on a curriculum created through the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. This latter part will be presented by Dr. Glenabah Martinez (LLSS, UNM professor) and Natalie Martinez (Principal, Laguna Middle School).
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 -- Join the National Hispanic Culture Center and the LAII as we collaborate to explore and celebrate the customs of Día de los Muertos. Díia de los Muertos is a reverent and sincere time for all to remember those who have passed. Memories of loved ones that have marked our lives and enriched who we are can be expressed through the creation of an altar with ofrendas to honor those we love. During this workshop we will briefly discuss the Mexican tradition of ofrendas and shrines, and then Arturo Olivas and Christopher Gibson will lead us in creating mini-shrines. Participants are invited to bring a copy of a photo of someone they want to honor.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 -- Join the National Hispanic Culture Center and the LAII as we collaborate to explore and celebrate the customs of Día de los Muertos. Delicate colored tissue with intricate cut-out designs flapping in the breeze over thoughtful and heartfelt altars. Think you can't make them yourself? Think again! Artist, Catalina Delgado Trunk will take you through the steps to create your own, and then you will be ready to teach others!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 -- Join the National Hispanic Culture Center and the LAII as we collaborate to explore and celebrate the customs of Día de los Muertos. This workshop gives insight into the Mesoamerican origins of Día de los Muertos and its evolution in contemporary society. This long-standing tradition is a cultural reflection of reverence and time of comfort to Hispanos and non-Hispanos alike.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 -- A professional development workshop to encourage K-12 educators to think deeply about the U.S.-Mexico border - its history, how it developed, what it represents, and the ramifications it has had on the Mexican experience and on Mexico itself.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 -- Led by Francisco Delgado, fronterizo artist, this free K-12 professional development workshop will encourage educators to consider the critical role that art can play in helping students to explore and expand their understanding of social justice issues of the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 -- This Spanish Resource Center will discuss technology options and alternatives for using technology in the Spanish classroom.
Saturday, March 24, 2012 -- This Spanish Resource Center workshop will discuss teaching strategies for using humor in bilingual classrooms.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 -- A professional development workshop to encourage K-12 educators to think deeply about the U.S.-Mexico border - its history, how it developed, what it represents, and the ramifications it has had on the Mexican experience and on Mexico itself.
Saturday, March 10, 2012 -- This Spanish Resource Center workshop will discuss the Newmexicanization of the World.
Saturday, March 3, 2012 -- In this Spanish Resource Center Amalia Tomlinson will present her latest book in Spanish on Special Education.
Saturday, March 3, 2012 -- This Spanish Resource Center will offer resources for discussing the history of Spanish pop music.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 -- A professional development workshop to encourage K-12 educators to think deeply about the U.S.-Mexico border - its history, how it developed, what it represents, and the ramifications it has had on the Mexican experience and on Mexico itself.
Saturday, February 25, 2012 -- This Spanish Resource Center will provide resources for bilingual and Spanish teachers.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 -- A free professional development workshop for teachers, counselors, and administrators, that will be led by Not in Our School Director Becki Cohn-Vargas.
Saturday, February 11, 2012 -- This Spanish Resource Center workshop will focus on the development of higher level thinking skills in the bilingual classes. The process of acquiring these skills will be presented as a continuum in which planned and connected activities provide the framework for students to reach the goal. The teaching approach and the learning environment will also be analyzed as crucial elements in the acquisition of content and language. Participants will have the opportunity to become bilingual students and fully participate in the activities.
Saturday, February 4, 2012 -- In this Spanish Resource Center presentation, we will find many of the bonds that have brought together both literatures for four centuries. We will read some excerpts and we will provide some ideas to bring this literature to the classroom. We will talk about Sabine Ulibarrí, Jim Sagel, Rudolfo Anaya, Ramón J. Sender, &Acute;ngel González, Tony Mares and Nasario García.