CLACS serves as an informational resource on the Latin American and Caribbean area for the needs of local, regional and national constituencies. CLACS engages educators and the general public through its outreach programming. Each year, our Center participates in many events related to Latin America and the Caribbean which attract participants from the private and public sector, scholars, government officials, educators and students.
Past Outreach Events:
Fiesta del Otoño
Global Backpacks Exhibit
Lotus Blossoms Bazaar
The Project School International Evening
Resources for Educators
It is CLACS' intent to work collaboratively with educators in order to enrich the learning experience of all K-12 students. CLACS is happy to assist Indiana teachers with locating adequate resources in order to infuse their curricula with Latin American and Latino topics.
- Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives
- Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
- The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection
Literature and Research Guides
- Chicano/Latino Studies Quick Guides-Standford University
- Kay Vandergrift’s children’s literature website – This comprehensive website includes a plethora of information about many aspects of children’s literature including a page devoted to quality books about Latinos. The page is entitled Powerful Hispanic and Latin-American Images Revealed in Picture Books.
- The Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) has compiled a list of children’s books about “Growing Up Latino in the U.S.A.”
- The Américas Award site lists literary works that have been granted this award for writing accurate portrayals of Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the U.S. for children and young adults.
- Jean Sutherland provides information on how to use Latino children’s books in the classroom and lists several suggested children’s books about the Latino people and subcultures.
Lesson Plans & Curriculum Resources
- Latin American School & Educational Resources (LASER), Michigan State University – This web site is for middle and high school teachers and students who are learning about Latin America in social sciences and humanities classes.
- World View: An International Program for Educators, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill– Latin American reources for educators, general area resources, and links to information on cultual traditions and history.
- California Language Teachers Association (CLTA) – This site has many examples of excellent internet activities for foreign language classes.
- National Latino Children's Institute – Activity ideas and suggestions for Latino literacy and cutlure.
- Dígame un cuento/Tell Me A Story: Bilingual Library Programs for Children and Families – Created by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, this useful online manual suggests bilingual story hour programs for Latino children and their familes.
- El dia de los Niños/El dia de los libros – Program information and planning guides.
- El dia de los Niños/El dia de los libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book) Toolkit – A 100 page online document describing booktalks, author visits, storytelling, and other programming ideas that can be used to celebrate El dia de los Niños/El dia de los libros on April 30th.
- What Works For Latino Youth (2000) – A 62 page document published by the U.S. Department of Education which details over 60 successful programs for Latinos youth across the nation, noting the effectiveness of each one.
- Connections and Commitments: A Latino-based Framework for Early Childhood Educators (2002) – There are four values in the Latino culture: familia (family), pertenencia (belonging), educación (education), and compromiso (commitment). This framework, which can be modified for libraries, discusses each of these values and how it relates to an early childcare program.
- PBS Independent Lens Series Presents 'Latinos in America' – The United States is the hub for a large Latino community, with an increasing number of Latino immigrants arriving each year. A closer look at immigration rates and data that reflect Latino immigrant status in America gives broader perspective on this growing population. Visit this site for prepared lesson plan on 'Latinos in America.'
- PBS LearningMedia – Use keywords Latino, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central America, for a variey of lesson plants in the areas of art & literature, social studies, etc. Sample Lesson Plan: Soldados: Soldiers' Stories. Conduct an oral history interview to gain insight into what it is like to be a soldier, to gain knowledge about the Vietnam War and to understand the Chicano experience in the United States.
- Zona Latina – Latin American Newpapers organized by region found here.
Myths, Misconceptions, and Facts in Initial Screening of Latino ELL Highly Able Students . . . and the Implications, a presentation by Susan Stewart
Susan Stewart, a public school teacher in Clarksville, developed this multimedia presentation that reports on a study of how teachers' and administrators' levels of Latin American cultural competency exert an impact on student classification for "Gifted and Talented" academic programs. The presentation also surveys relevant academic literatures on the topic, and is intended for use with classroom teachers and administrators throughout Indiana. View or download a PDF of the presentation here.