K-12/Teacher Outreach Activities


Outreach Activities for Grades 6-12 Teachers

DRCLAS promotes awareness of and teaching on Latin America across an array of disciplines both within Harvard University and to outside audiences. In addition to support for faculty and students in research and courses, DRCLAS reaches beyond the University, promoting learning about the region to elementary, middle and high school teachers and students as well as the community at-large. Past activities included: faculty support for interdisciplinary research; curriculum development; courses in less commonly taught languages (Haitian Creole, Nahuatl, Yucatec Maya and Portuguese); school field trips to Harvard’s museums with Latin America- related collections; teacher training workshops.

Annual Workshop for Educators

August 1-4, 2016 Journalism: Production and Consumption Across the Globe

This four-day workshop will take place on Harvard’s Cambridge campus from August 1-4, 2016. It is intended for middle, high school and community college educators, primarily focusing on those that teach humanities and social sciences but open to teachers of all subjects. The workshop will feature presentations by scholars, experts, and journalists on the production and consumption of journalism and media throughout the word; explore pedagogy and skill-building techniques to help educators and students become better consumers and producers of journalism; and provide an introduction to relevant classroom resources. To support deep conversations around curriculum and pedagogy as well as content, we have partnered with Project Zero, a research group based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The cost of participating in the workshop is $50; although we cannot offer travel or accommodation, we do provide breakfast and lunch daily during the workshop.

In addition to the workshop, we will once again offer the Globalizing the Classroom (GtC) Fellowship. The GtC Fellowship allows a select group of workshop participants to remain connected to the Global Studies Outreach Committee and to each other as they take part in ongoing conversations and professional development on issues related to journalism and global studies throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. Additional professional development, devoted to both area studies and media studies content and pedagogical approaches, will primarily take place online, with a culminating in-person seminar to be scheduled in June 2017.

Previous workshops

August 2015 Global Migration in the 21st Century: Understanding How and Why People Move
August 2014 Visualizing Global Studies: Mapping Workshop
August 2013 Teaching Water: Global Perspectives on a Resource in Crisis

Global Literature Online Book Group for Teachers

The  DRCLAS/Global Literature Online Book Group webinar ran in academic years 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15, a partnership of international study centers on Harvard's campus, to offer an online reading series for k-12 educators exploring literature from five global regions: Africa, Latin America, Russia, the Middle East, and the Islamic World. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss works of global literature with experts and authors in monthly, online conversations. Educators who successfully complete all five annual sessions were awarded 20 Professional Development Points

In 2015 we discussed The Sound of Things Falling, by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, with Julian Urrutia, PhD candidate at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Cristina Garcia, PhD candidate in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University.

The 2nd annual DRCLAS webinar was held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, with Rainer Schultz, DRCLAS Cuban Studies Fellow. View the recorded webinar here (unedited). For more information, visit the Global Literature Online Book Group web site and/or read a Harvard Gazette article about the Global Literature Online Book Group for Educators

The first annual webinar was held on December 5, 2012, was sponsored by DRCLAS: In the Time of the Butterflies, with Professor Glenda Carpio and a Q&A with author Julia AlvarezListen to the Webinar


Mysteries of the Maya Calendar Museum - Teacher Resources

Mysteries of the Maya Calendar Museum was written by father-and-daughter team Professor David Carrasco and Laanna Carrasco, for children ages 8-14. Did Maya peoples and their calendar predict the end of the world? Will the world end soon? Come join Carlos, Lucia, and their new friend Julia as they learn about the Maya calendar and go on a dream journey to find the truth about the end of the world! Along the way, they eet a talking macaw named Octavio, discover the secret of the Maya glyph for the end of time, fly down a portal to the ancient city of Chichén Itzá, hear the song of the daykeeper Smoking Parrot, and learn the magic of the phrase "the beginning is in the end."

Watch Professor Carrasco and Laanna Carrasco discuss their book and read from it, in this short video produced at DRCLAS

Hear Professor Carrasco narrate the rest of the storyline of Mysteries of the Maya Calendar Museum

Buy the book online

Teachers: Incorporate this book and Maya lessons to your classroom using this Teacher Guide created by Ben Leeming