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The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) promotes interest in and knowledge of Latin America through public events, K12 outreach, and professional learning opportunities for teachers.  We also partner with Salt Lake Community College and community organizations such as Artes de Mexico en Utah.  CLAS supports the instruction of less commonly taught languages spoken in Latin America as well as the development of language courses across disciplines (CLAC). We collaborate with diverse entities to strengthen a K-career pipeline for language and area studies education that will produce fully bilingual or multilingual college graduates prepared to use their language and cultural skills in professional settings.

The Center for Latin American Studies is in a unique position to promote language study as Utah leads the nation in K12 dual immersion, currently offered in Spanish, Portuguese, French, German and Chinese.

Mention CLASP outreachcommittee and ongoing presentations at School district PD days, UFLA, other local and regional conferences.

Gathered here are resources for educators, students and the general public.  If you have any questions or would like to speak about collaborating with the office please send a message to: l.marzulli@utah.edu

K-16 Outreach Coordinator
Luciano Marzulli 

The resources included here include a slide show (pdf and ppt) that provides context for the title and info on the author and illustrator as well as an interactive classroom activities document (pdf) that includes guided reading questions, reflection questions and classroom applications connected to the themes addressed in the title. 

If you are interested in a professional development session regarding this title or a consultation with the K-16 outreach coordinator please write to l.marzulli@utah.edu  Also please get in touch with feedback on these resources, we’d love to hear about how useful they are or suggestions for improvement. 

educator resources for international children's literature 

Asynchronous webinar on IBBY Hans Christian Andersen Award: A Conversation with Roger Mello and Junko Yokota

Junko Yokota, Hans Christian Andersen Award jury president, and Roger Mello, winner of the 2014 HCA Illustrator Award talk about how winning this award has led to increased international attention through exhibitions, collaborative book creations, and jury work. Fill out the form below to register for the webinar.

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These recorded lectures and citations offer an in-depth exploration of the Global content of the AP art history curriculum that was updated in 2015. You can find more information here.

Please share the Spring 2021 Global Read Webinar Series with your networks. The webinar series is free and open to the public. The series features a conversation with the author and moderator of the latest award winning titles recognized by the Américas Award, the Children’s Africana Book Award, the Freeman East & Southeast Asia Book Awards, the Middle East Book Award, and the South Asia Book Award. The website has been updated and registration is open.

Please share with your networks: https://internationalizingsocialstudies.blog/.

To learn more about Mayan history, culture and contemporary issues please explore this list of recommended books, articles, and films curated by the staff at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah here.

For resources on Latin America for K12 teachers, including lesson plans, click here.

Artes de Mexico en Utah and artist, activist and educator Vicky Lowe, created a resource packet with content knowledge, activities, writing prompts, videos and PowerPoints for teachers to explore the meaning & cultural importance of corn to the indigenous peoples of the Americas as part of their curriculum. Resources are in English and Spanish, check them out by following this link.

Find more information about educator workshops through the Tanner Humanities Center here.

The Univeristy of Utah's Asia Center and Center for Latin American Studies prioritiezes their relationships with community partners. You can find more information here.

The READ-U program intends to tackle challenging and varied subjects by establishing a College-based community resource where Wasatch Front families and educators can access quality diverse books in themed sets, curated by faculty with expertise in children’s literature, literacy, and socioemotional development. The University of Utah’s NRCs are both supporting teacher pedagogy training related to international children’s literature as a means to integrate Asian and Latin American studies into elementary school curricula. Follow this link to learn more about the READ U book sets and resources http://readu.utah.edu

The University of Utah offers students the exciting opportunity to apply their proficiency in a second language to the study of academic content in fields such as Art History, Communication, History, Marketing, Sociology and Political Science. Click here for more information.

The resources found here are designed to support world language faculty and instructors in high school to higher ed classrooms with strategies and resources for teaching world languages in an online format. They were designed specifically to support instructors who follow a task-based, proficiency-oriented approach of language instruction. Click here to learn more.

Last Updated: 3/26/21