Engaging the Community

K12 LatAm BksMy scholarship and teaching experiences have followed the inevitable path to bring my findings beyond the institutional borders and establish fruitful conversations while showcasing new ideas for teaching Spanish and Latin American Studies to K-12 teachers. With the support of Michigan State University, I have led summer institutes and one-day workshops for K-12 teachers since 2007. I have also offered sessions on the enigmatic Nazca lines of pre-Inca societies for MSU summer Grandparents University. I would like to point out the rewarding experience to work with K-12 teachers who are keenly interested in learning new ways to approach Hispanic languages and cultures and to discuss their challenges and successes in the classroom. Working with K-12 teachers allows me to apply what seems to be very abstract scholarship on postcolonial and subaltern studies to the US K-12 classroom of Spanish and Social Studies in the United States and beyond.

K-12 Teachers
 “Teaching SPN with Visual and Digital Media.” Spanish Immersion Teaching Workshop.  Center for Language Teaching Advancement and Language Community School, Michigan State University. May 11, 2013.
 “How to Incorporate Latin America in your Teaching Curriculum.”  Latin American Teaching Workshop. Center for Latin American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. April 16, 2011.
• Children’s summer months and foreign languages” by Erika Knowalow. School Age Notes 7 (July 2009).
Co-Director (with Kristin Janka-Millar). A Summer Institute for K-12 Educators. Teaching Spanish (grades 6-12). June 16-20, 2008.
Co-Director (with Kristin Janka-Millar). Teaching Hispanic Cultures of the Americas. A Summer Institute for K-12 Educators. June 18-22, 2007.

MSU Grandparents University
Before the Inkas: The Nazca Lines College of Arts & Letters, June 2011; June 2012.

Día de la Mujer Conference
2011: “Latinas, Rejection, Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem.”

East Lansing Public Library – International Book Club
2014: “Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time” by Tim Adams
2011: “American Chica” by Marie Arana

Latin American Identity through Its Literature
Lectures on Latin American Literatures for the Providence Hispanic/Latino Community. Centro Cultural Andino de Providence (Rhode Island). March-April 1994.

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