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IMPORTANT NOTICE: We have had to adjust the schedule a bit, and as a result the 2019 Spanish Immersion Retreat will be condensed to a one-day language intensive (immersive) educator workshop on Saturday, June 1, 2019 rather than a weekend event. Please review the revised agenda, as some sessions have been moved or eliminated. For those traveling from a distance beyond 50 miles, rooms will be available, as requested, for Friday, May 31 and/or Saturday, June 1. For more information, contact Aron Muci, CLACS Assistant Director at aron.muci@ku.edu or (785) 864-1127.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: CLACS is happy to support teachers, especially during difficult times. Financial scholarships are available to attendees with financial need. For more information, contact Aron Muci, CLACS Assistant Director at aron.muci@ku.edu or (785) 864-1127.
Saturday, June 1 @ The University of Kansas, Lawrence campusTeachers discussing Latin American Literature to use in Spanish classrooms.
The KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education both to be a designated Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and to provide Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for students over the next four years. Our proposed initiatives for 2018-2022 focus on the theme of Connecting Communities in KU and the heartland to Latin American and Caribbean communities and institutions, in part by leveraging our existing partnerships locally and abroad.
Title VI National Resource Center funding creates some amazing opportunities for curriculum development, p
rogramming, community outreach, and language learning in the region. We are excited to announce our new grant-supported partnership with Topeka Public Schools and the University of Kansas Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Open Language Resource Center, and School of Education.
The 2019 Spanish Immersion Retreat is open to heritage teachers, language instructors, paraprofessionals, school support staff, dual language instructors, and education students (interested in DL instruction) at all levels. The two-night retreat will be held at the University of Kansas, Lawrence campus. Events and activities will take place throughout the Friday evening and into Sunday morning on campus or in the Lawrence community, including one-on-one and group conversations, yoga, book discussions, performances, Spanish-language poetry and prose readings, and much more! It is possible that non-graduate, continuing education units (CEUs) could be earned, contingent on district approval and consistency with the stated goals in the individual teacher's professional development plan. 
Made possible by Title VI NRC grant funds, the cost of registration is subsidized. The cost of registration is $45 (non-refundable), which covers five meals, room and board, linen service, all activities, parking, on-site transportation, and materials. Attendees will stay two nights in Templin Hall in either a 2-person room (1 shared bathroom) or 4-person room (2 shared bathrooms). Attendees can make roommate requests, which will be honored to the best of our ability. Scholarships and/or travel stipends are available, and they will be given to attendees with need.
At the retreat, you will:
  • Immerse yourself in Spanish among learning and native speakers;
  • Design curricular units across the disciplines and at all levels using KU resources;
  • Learn about less commonly taught language and cultures; 
  • Participate in a professional development mini-workshop for heritage learners / speakers;
  • Maintain or improve your fluency with dynamic and interactive activities, such as discussions, yoga, performances, and more;
  • Socialize and network with Spanish instructors or aspiring teachers in formal and informal settings;
  • Read and discuss bilingual Latin American and/or Latinx books.

Attendee Registration     Agenda     Travel Information

The 2019 Spanish Immersion Retreat is made possible in part by a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center grant and is sponsored by Topeka Public Schools and the University of Kansas Center for Latin American and Caribbean StudiesDepartment of Spanish & Portugeuse, School of Education, and the Open Language Resource Center.
If you have any questions, please contact Aron Muci, Assistant Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at aron.muci@ku.edu or (785) 864-1127.

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