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Professional Development Workshops

LAII: K12 Educators: Professional Development Workshops

Professional development workshops for K-12 educators are offered throughout the year. These workshops cover a variety of sociocultural topics and bilingual teaching strategies. Participants receive relevant content and materials that they can then incorporate into their curriculum and classroom. Certificates of professional development are provided to participants.

Many of these workshops are offered through ongoing partnerships with the Centro Español de Recursos - Albuquerque (CER)Instituto Cervantes of AlbuquerqueMexican Consulate of Albuquerque, National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), UNM Art Museum, and the Albuquerque Museum.

Below are upcoming and recent workshops and related activities.

K-12 Professional Development

Monday, December 10, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Vamos a Leer Book Group: Wild Beauty

Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for our casual Vamos a Leer book group, a space dedicated to teachers discussing authentic and engaging Latinx literature for elementary, middle and high school classrooms.


Monday, November 12, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Vamos a Leer Book Group: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for our casual Vamos a Leer book group, a space dedicated to teachers discussing authentic and engaging Latinx literature for elementary, middle and high school classrooms.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Central America: Visual and Cultural Literacy

Muriel Hasbun

Join us for an evening of free professional development as Muriel Hasbun, artist and founder of Laberinto Projects, facilitates a three hour visual literacy workshop for middle and high school teachers on using Central American art to foster dialogue about migration, and to better understand the history and culture of El Salvador.


Monday, October 08, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Vamos a Leer Book Group: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for our casual Vamos a Leer book group, a space dedicated to teachers discussing authentic and engaging Latinx literature for elementary, middle and high school classrooms.


Saturday, October 06, 2018 | 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Poesía in the Classroom

Join us for a free workshop focused on poetry in bilingual K-12 classrooms. This will be an excellent opportunity for teachers to learn more about how to celebrate the Spanish language and inspire a love of poetry in the classroom.


Wednesday, October 03, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Día de los Muertos

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos and Cultural Literacy in Practice

Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute and the National Hispanic Cultural Center for a free professional development workshop for K-12 educators focused on Día de los Muertos. Using culturally relevant resources, participants will learn how to integrate Día de los Muertos into their classrooms through art and literacy based activities that explore the history and practices associated with this tradition.


Friday, September 28, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 02:00 pm

Américas Award 25th Ceremony (Streamed Live!)

Join the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) as it celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Américas Award with a live-streamed ceremony at the Library of Congress.


Monday, September 10, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Vamos a Leer Book Group: The First Rule of Punk

Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for our casual Vamos a Leer book group, a space dedicated to teachers discussing authentic and engaging Latinx literature for elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Each month we share curriculum, raffle a free copy of next month’s title, discuss Latinx culture and literary themes, and enjoy a pint.


Monday, May 14, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Vamos a Leer Book Group: Shame the Stars

Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for our casual Vamos a Leer book group, a space dedicated to teachers discussing authentic and engaging Latinx literature for elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Each month we share curriculum, raffle a free copy of next month’s title, discuss Latinx culture and literary themes, and enjoy a pint.


Tuesday, May 01, 2018 | 06:30 pm - 07:30 pm

Bridges, Not Walls; Poetry for Peacemaking

Margarita Engle, Poetry Foundation

Join the LAII and the National Hispanic Cultural Center for a free public reading with Margarita Engle, acclaimed author and poet.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm

Photographic: A Reading and Signing with Author and Illustrator

Isabel Quintero • Zeke Peña

Join us for a special evening with author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña as they discuss their newest collaboration, the amazing graphic novel, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide.


Monday, April 09, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Vamos a Leer Book Group: How I Became a Nun

Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for our casual Vamos a Leer book group, a space dedicated to teachers discussing authentic and engaging Latinx literature for elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Each month we share curriculum, raffle a free copy of next month’s title, discuss Latinx culture and literary themes, and enjoy a pint.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Paulo Freire, Augusto Boal, and Theatre of the Oppressed

Join us for a free professional development workshop for educators as we explore the Theatre of the Oppressed in reference to K-12 education.


Monday, March 12, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Vamos a Leer Book Group: The Only Road

Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for our casual Vamos a Leer book group, a space dedicated to teachers discussing authentic and engaging Latinx literature for elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Each month we share curriculum, raffle a free copy of next month’s title, discuss Latinx culture and literary themes, and enjoy a pint.


Monday, February 12, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Vamos a Leer Book Group: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for our casual Vamos a Leer book group, a space dedicated to teachers discussing authentic and engaging Latinx literature for elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Each month we share curriculum, raffle a free copy of next month’s title, discuss Latinx culture and literary themes, and enjoy a pint.


Monday, January 08, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Vamos a Leer Book Group: Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel

Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for our casual Vamos a Leer book group, a space dedicated to teachers discussing authentic and engaging Latinx literature for elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Each month we share curriculum, raffle a free copy of next month’s title, discuss Latinx culture and literary themes, and enjoy a pint.


Monday, December 11, 2017 | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Vamos a Leer Book Group: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for our casual Vamos a Leer book group, a space dedicated to teachers discussing authentic and engaging Latinx literature for elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Each month we share curriculum, raffle a free copy of next month’s title, discuss Latinx culture and literary themes, and enjoy a pint.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

Aurolyn Luykx

LAII Lecture Series: The Contradictory Fortunes of Bilingual Education in the US and Latin America

Aurolyn Luykx, University of Texas at El Paso

Join us for the last presentation in the Fall 2017 LAII Lecture Series as we welcome to campus Dr. Aurolyn Luykx, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Teacher Education at the University of Texas at El Paso.


Wednesday, November 08, 2017 | 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Frida Kahlo

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Frida Kahlo and (Self) Representations

Join us for this free professional development workshop focused on the life and art of Frida Kahlo. Using the UNM Art Museum exhibit, Frida Kahlo - Her Photos, as a starting point, the workshop will examine the commonalities and differences in Kahlo's own depictions of herself and how others portrayed her. In doing so, we draw attention to questions about an artist's ability to control his or her own representation.


Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Jesús Cossio

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Addressing Social Issues through Comic-Making

Jesús Cossio

Join us for a morning of professional development focused on addressing critical social issues through art, specifically drawing upon the experiences of Jesús Cossio, an internationally-recognized graphic novelist and comic artist from Peru.


Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Frida Kahlo

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Understanding Frida Kahlo from a Personal Perspective

Join us for this free professional development workshop focused on the life and art of Frida Kahlo. The evening will include private screening of a documentary related to the UNM Art Museum's current exhibition on Frida, followed by a focused tour of the exhibit.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Día de los Muertos

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Día de los Muertos and Cultural Literacy in Practice

Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute and the National Hispanic Cultural Center for a free professional development workshop for K-12 educators focused on Día de los Muertos. Using culturally relevant resources, participants will learn how to integrate Día de los Muertos into their classrooms through art and literacy based activities that explore the history and practices associated with this tradition.


Monday, October 09, 2017 | 05:00 pm - 07:00 am

Vamos a Leer Book Group: Reputationes by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for our casual Vamos a Leer book group, a space dedicated to teachers discussing authentic and engaging Latinx literature for elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Each month we share curriculum, raffle a free copy of next month’s title, discuss Latinx culture and literary themes, and enjoy a pint.


Wednesday, October 04, 2017 | 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Piñatas

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Piñatas: From Historical Traditions to Popular Symbolism

Join us for this special professional development workshop designed just for K-12 educators. The evening will feature independent artist and educator Isaías D. Rodríguez, aka the Little Piñata Maker.


Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Rethinking Columbus

K-12 Educator's Workshop: Rethinking Columbus

With Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day on October 9th, this time of year provides the opportunity both to reconsider not only how and what we teach about Christopher Columbus, but also more generally how conquest, colonization and the continued struggles of indigenous peoples are taught in the classroom.


Monday, September 11, 2017 | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Vamos a Leer: A Book Group for Teachers: Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for our casual Vamos a Leer book group, a space dedicated to teachers discussing authentic and engaging Latinx literature for elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Each month we share curriculum, raffle a free copy of next month’s title, discuss Latinx culture and literary themes, and enjoy a pint.