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Latino Americans in the Midwest Educator Workshop

"Latino Americans in the Midwest"

Thursday, June 9th, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Topeka, KS

This FREE workshop is intended for K-12 educators grappling in the classroom with the history and experience of Latinos and Latinas in the U.S. and more specifically in Kansas and the Midwest. We want to make connections to the national history and issues raised by the PBS Series (http://www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/), 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.

Workshop Agenda:

“Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” with Danika Swanson, Outreach Coordinator, CLACS.  An overview of the programming initiative and workshop goals.

“Latinos in the Midwest,” with Valerie Mendoza, Latino/a Studies, University of Kansas.

Panel: “Being Latino/a in Kansas Schools,” with members of the Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO) at KU.

A talk on "The History of Masa," and Culinary Demonstration, with Chef Gonzalo Sanchez, Pepe and Chela's Mexican Restaurant.  Through diverse contributions to literature, music, art, film, food, and other areas, Latino Americans have made an enormous impact on American culture.  During this cultural demonstration we will get a taste of one of the ways Latino culture has powerfully changed the flavor and feel of American life. (Working lunch)

Hands-On Workshop, “Becoming Critically Conscious Teachers.”  Interactive workshop to learn how to teach with awareness of a multicultural classroom and incorporate Latino American history into curriculum across disciplines. With special guest, Norma Valenzuela, American Ethnic Studies, Kansas State University

Community Connections and Resources:

  • American Latino Heritage Projects and Mendez v. Westminster, with Nick Murray, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
  • Collaborating with Community Organizations, a case study with Christina Valdivia-Alcala, Tonantzin Society
  • Using Art to create opportunities for discussing difficult topics, with Amanda Martin-Hamon, Spencer Museum of Art
  • Further Resources for Educators, with Danika Swanson, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at KU


*We will offer a certificate with the contact hours (7) for all attendees.  For those of you who would like credit for this workshop, the workshop will be part of a course that is eligible for 1 College Credit Hour.  You can register at the workshop on Thursday, June 9th. 

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