Teacher Residency Program
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at NYU is working hard to bring Latin American and Caribbean themes into New York City classrooms. The CLACS Teacher Residency Program is a unique opportunity for New York City Middle and High School teachers interested in professional and curriculum development. Teachers will explore regional topics, gather and create accessible and engaging materials for teaching, and share their expertise on teaching about the region with a wider community of educators.
NYC teachers participating in this program receive:
- Individual support from a carefully-selected NYU professor;
- Access to the NYU Library including its vast online resources;
- Support from the NYU library specialist on Latin American and Caribbean resources;
- Assistance from the CLACS Outreach Team;
- A modest stipend to help with the cost of resources.
2012 Teacher Residency Program
Theme 1: US-Mexico Migration
Residents will explore a topic or theme related to US-Mexico Migration with the objective of growing their own knowledge base, gathering and creating accessible and engaging teaching materials, and sharing materials with other educators. Interested teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate with the Indocumentales/Undocumentaries: US/Mexico Interdependent Film Series project to gain further resources and connect with communities around NYC interested in these topics. Furthermore, this Residency will be run concurrently with a graduate-level design course entitled Public Project at the Pratt Institute. Residents will have the opportunity to collaborate with NYU faculty, Pratt faculty and graduate students, and CLACS outreach team to research, design and create teaching materials on specific topics relevant to their teaching of US-Mexico migration.
Topics of focus might be: rural migration to urban areas, the effects of migration on the environment or on communities left behind, the assimilation/ acculturation of migrant communities, Central American migrants' journey through Mexico, effects of immigration to the US economy, legal, health and education systems, etc.
Theme 2: The Andes
Teachers selected as CLACS Residents will explore a topic or theme related to The Andes with the objective of growing their own knowledge base, gathering and creating accessible and engaging materials for a Middle or High School audience, and sharing materials with other educators. Residents will have the opportunity to connect with programming initiatives stemming from the NYU CLACS Andean Initiative.
Topics of focus might be: indigenous movements, colonization, multiculturalism, power, natural resources and land rights, quechua and kichwa languages.
2011 Teacher Residency Program: Latin American Migrations
Teachers selected as 2011 CLACS Residents explored a topic or theme related to Latin American Migrations with the objective of growing their own knowledge base, gathering and creating accessible and engaging materials for a Middle or High School audience, and sharing materials with other educators. Suggested topics of focus could have been: rural migration to urban areas, the effects of migration on the environment or on communities left behind, the assimilation/ acculturation of migrant communities, Haitian migrants working and living in the Dominican Republic, Cuban emigration, etc.
2010 Teacher Residency Program: Teaching the Cold War and Latin America
Teachers participating in the 2010 CLACS Teacher Residency Program conducted research on the Cold War and Latin America. Three NYC teachers spent several months working with NYU faculty and CLACS support staff in order to develop classroom materials on a particular area of interest to them relating to this theme. The curricular materials they produced are titled “Media Representations of the Civil War in El Salvador,” “Racial Discourse in Revolutionary Cuba,” and “Economic Policy of Chile during the Allende and Pinochet Years.”
Andes photo by Christine Mladic, CLACS MA Alum. Flag of Bolivia at the Salar de Uyuni at dawn, Bolivia, 2007. Latin American Migrations photo by Lee Evans, CLACS MA Alum. La Cienega Family, Dominican Republic, 2010.