Funding Opportunities for Teachers

Funding Opportunities for K-12 Teachers
2014 CLASP/NRC Teacher Training Network
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Selected Summer Institutes/Courses for Educators


June 20-July 18, 2014
Language Immersion (Middlebury College)
Español en contacto: 21st-Century Spanish for Teachers
Location: Mills College, Oakland, CA
What does it mean to be bilingual and bicultural? What effects does constant contact have on languages and cultures? How are U.S. Latino cultures similar to and different from those in other areas of the world? How does this reality impact language and educational policy and practice in the Spanish-speaking world, including the U.S.? These fundamental questions about el español en contacto are addressed in the Escuela de español, a program of Middlebury Language Schools at Mills College in Oakland, California. Participants benefit from Middlebury’s nearly 100 years of experience teaching intensive immersion language programs.  In one summer, you can make significant gains in language proficiency while following the Language Pledge.  The new, 4 week-program provides prospective, pre-and in-service teachers the opportunity to gain language proficiency as well as earn profesional development credit. The experienced staff offers rigorous work in advanced work in advanced language learning to build grammar, vocabulary, and cultural knowledge.  Nationally recognized experts in language teaching give participants theoretical and practical training in the lastest trends in applied linguistics (bilingualism, language acquisition, Spanish as a heritage language).

Contact: Robert L. Davis (Associate Director, Middlebury at Mills) OR Holly Stark (Program Coordinator),

June 21-July 5, 2014
Study Abroad for Teachers (Tulane)
Cuban Culture and Society: Summer K-12 Teacher Institute in Cuba
Location: Havana, Cuba
Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies is offering a summer study abroad program for K-12 teachers in Havana, Cuba in 2014.  This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans and earning academic credit while exploring the sights and sounds of a country and culture that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution.  Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students.
Complete applications due by March 28, 2014
Contact: Denise Woltering-Vargas, 504-862-3143,

June 22-29, 2014
Teacher Summer Institute (University of Florida and Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education)
Rainforests of Latin America-Belize is Your Classroom
Location: Belize, Central America
This institute is a week-long professional development experience aiming to guide teachers through a discovery of the diverse ecosystems of  Belize and how this content can be integrated across the K-12 curriculum.  Participants will explore the connections between the broad themes of Belizean ecosystems and specific topics such as plant, animal, and human interaction within the systems.  Content will address the rainforests and cultures of Latin America through a combination of field excursions and research, course readings, group discussions, and reflections.  Educators of all disciplines and grade levels as well as pre-service teachers are welcome to participate.  The institute is certified for up to 60 hours of professional development points. Scholarship stipends are available.
Complete applications due by March 17, 2014.
Contact: Mandy Monroe, 352.273.4717,

June 23-25, 2014
Teacher Institute (University of Chicago)
Theme: Energy
Location: Chicago
Save the Date: Details will be available soon.
Contact: Andrew Graan, or visit for more information.

July 7-11, 2014
Teacher Institute (Yale University)
American Uprisings: The Culture and Politics of Revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean
Location: New Haven, CT
The Institute will focus on the cultural and political impact of the Western Hemisphere’s centuries of revolution.  Participants will engage with leading experts, including members of the Yale community, while learning about revolutionary movements in Latin America and the Caribbean from the 18th Century to the present.  This intensive five-day seminar will explore the rich and tumultuous history of the region not only through traditional academic texts, but material culture, art, music, and literature as well.
Application deadline: May 16/Payment deadline: May 30
Contact: Margaret Marcotte,

July 9-11, 2014
Teacher Institute (UW- Milwaukee)
Dios es Redondo: Sport and Society in Modern Latin America
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Latin America is a region known for its passionate fans. Where soccer and baseball, in particular, dominate as national pastimes, the link between sports entertainment, race and gender relationships, politics and national identity have been closely examined.  This institute focuses on sporting passions and what they reveal about patterns of Latin American urbanization, modernization, and the rise of mass society.
Contact: Julie Kline, 414.229.5986,

July 13-17, 2014
Teacher Institute (Vanderbilt University and Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green)
Through the Lens: Teaching Latin America Through Film

Location: Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Vanderbilt University’s Center for Latin American Studies and the Office of International Programs at Western Kentucky University have partnered to offer an institute entitled ‘Through the Lens: Teaching Latin America through Film’ for teachers in grades 7-12, as part of The Office of International Programs inaugural International Year Of… program to feature Ecuador during the 2014-2015 academic year.  The institute will be held Sunday, July 13th through Thursday, July 17 on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Teachers will study different aspects of Latin America through feature films and documentaries with faculty from this regions who specialize in Latin America. Educators will develop and share curricular plans for increased coverage of Latin America in their respective schools. Participants will receive a certificate of participation.  The deadline to apply is May 30, 2014.
Contact: Chelsea Williams, 615.322.25.27,

Watch for additional opportunities at Berkley ( and other Latin American centers nationally.






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