Past Workshops

September 2018, Kansas Memorial Union
  • This one-day event challenged high school and community college educators (but open to all K-16 school professionals) to learn about the larger contexts that shape student learning. This workshop was designed for teachers willing to reflect on personal practices and attitudes that influence their teaching as well as to develop strategies for culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy.
July 2017, Spencer Museum of Art
  • This workshop centered on U.S. immigration policy, documented status, youth development, critically conscious pedagogy, and benefits of using literature and art in the classroom. In particular, Professor Marta Caminero-Santangelo, Professor of English and Director of CLACS, facilitated a book discussion centered on teaching about global citizenship in Julia Alvarez’s novel.
Grasslandia: Teaching about Grasslands Around the World
April 2017, Kansas Memorial Union
  • This was a one-day workshop, which was part of an online course offered through Baker University. This course was for teachers and education students who would like to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the grasslands of the world. Through attendance at the day-long workshop which includes lectures and breakout sessions, in addition to online learning, educators will learn more about grasslands around the world and their importance. 
Latino Americans in the Midwest
March 2016, Kansas Memorial Union
  • This workshop was created for K-12 educators who are interested in tackling the history and experience of Latinos and Latinas in the U.S. and more specifically in Kansas and the Midwest. Connections were made from the national history and issues raised by the PBS Series ( ) to highlight the histories and experiences of Latinos in our own communities, and equip teachers with new knowledge and ideas to apply in their classrooms and schools.
November 2015, Kansas Memorial Union
  • This workshop had featured speaker, Natalia Tejada Vargas, who has worked for Colombian governmental programs for demobilized children and adults, helping them reintegrate with civil society. This workshop also utilized film as a medium to provide context on this topic. Educators had the opportunity to discuss pedagogically practices to bring what they have learned in this workshop into the classroom.
Saturday, October 12, 2013. Spencer Museum of Art. 
  • Participants will have a chance to hear from the artist himself about his work and his unfolding creation at the Spencer.  In addition, we will have speakers talking about using Installation Art to make connections across disciplines as well as how to connect the material presented to Kansas College & Career Readiness Standards.

Educator Workshop on Global Environmental Concerns

Saturday, April 6th, 2013. The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd.

Educator Workshop on the Caribbean
Saturday, January 26th, 2013.
Caribbean Educator Workshop Resources

  • This workshop was held at the Spencer Museum of Art; it contained a number of sessions led by Caribbean scholars and library professionals to provide educators with culturally responsive ways to incorporate Caribbean culture, literature and art into their classrooms.   

Reinvisioning Spanish Language Education: A Critical Pedagogical ApproachProfessor Jennifer Leeman of George Mason University
Saturday, October 20, 2012. Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

  • Professor Jennifer Leeman (George Mason University) outlined alternative pedagogical approaches that seek to promote students’ critical understanding of the relationship between language and social and political structures, as well as to foster their critical agency. This workshop provide examples of how to incorporate critical perspectives at any level.

Dia de los Muertos Educator Workshop presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, The Spencer Museum of Art, and the Watkins Community History Museum
Saturday, September 22, 2012. The Watkins Community Museum of History

  • This workshop provided educators with in-depth detail of the holiday, Día de los Muertos, by opening with an informative lecture and ending with a group activity that encouraged the educators to create a classroom activity to use in the future.

Health in Latin America Symposium, hosted by the University of Kansas Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
September 7th, 2012. The Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union

  • This workshop was open to any student or person interested in professional health care positions. Presenters from different Health Care disciplines came to speak on about they have taken their career abroad, as well as learn about the health care systems of the countries where they worked. Guests were able to learn about Health Care activities in Latin America as well as possible career avenues.

Peru and the Amazon, presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies & the Spencer Museum of Art
Friday, June 22nd, 2012. Held in conjunction with the 39 Trails Exhibit at The Spencer Museum of Art

  • This unique interdisciplinary event fused the creative and scientific processes. The workshop objective was to provide educators an opportunity to learn more about Peru and the Amazon, as well as learn how to synthesize knowledge across the sciences, arts, and humanities in a global setting.

Global World Heritage Sites with Special Lecturer on Chichen Itzá by: Dr. John Hoopes, Anthropology, KU
Saturday, February 25th, 2012. The Lied Center for Kansas Pavillion 

  • This workshop gave teaching professionals an opportunity to learn about UNESCO world heritage sites around the world through lectures by KU faculty members, then try your hand at a few intangible heritage activities such as taiko drumming (Japan) and henna tattooing (India). The goal of this workshop was to inform educators of a culture over the millennia and then construct a book that shows the evolution, much like the book A Street through Time ( ) shows the changes in a village in western Europe.

Teacher Reach-Out: Incorporating the African Diaspora in Latin America into your classroom and networking sessionFor K-12 Educators
Saturday, January 28th, 2012.

  • Click here to download: African Diaspora Workshop Materials 
  • This workshop featured KU scholars, who specialized in Afro-Latinidad studies, giving lectures on Afro Latinos in Cuba, Brazil, Nicaragua and more. Some of the presentations touched the topic of Afro-diasporic spirituality, music and migration. There were two presentations providing resources for educators to use in their classrooms.

Teacher Reach-Out: How to bring Paraguay into your classroom and networking session: For K-12 Educators
Saturday, October 15th, 2011.

  • Click here to download: Paraguay Workshop Materials 
  • This workshop contained lectures, from The Kansas Paraguay Partners and Dr. Melissa Birch (of University of Kansas),that covered an overview of the culture, politics, economics and travel opportunities. This workshop also provided educators with access to culture trunks and pedagogical resources on Paraguay.

Teacher Reach-Out: Cinco de Mayo Workshop and Networking SessionFor K-12 Educators
Saturday April 30, 2010

  • Click here to download: Workshop Resources 
  • This workshop provided educators with an informative lecture on the holiday and its significance to Mexico and the culture, followed by presentations on sample lesson plans as well as a culture trunk unveiling. 

La Virgen de Guadalupe: Cultural and Educational Significance: For K-12 Educators
December 4th, 2010

  • This workshop provided educators with important information on the veneration of la Virgen de Guadalupe. The workshop contained lectures discussing her importance to indigenous communities, literature, art and urban culture.

No me olvides ("Don't Forget Me") : Including the Latino Experience in Kansas Education.
October 3, 2009

Workshops Prior to 2009

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