CLACS serves as an informational resource on the Latin American and Caribbean area for the needs of local, regional, and national constituencies. Our center 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 that attract participants from the private and public sector, scholars, government officials, educators, and students.
Resources for Educators
CLACS seeks to work collaboratively with educators in order to enrich the learning experience of all K-12 students. We are happy to assist Indiana teachers with locating resources in order to infuse their curricula with Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino topics.
- U.S. Hispanic and Latino Directory-Stanford University
- Stanford University Library of Children's Literature by and about Latinx and Hispanic Americans
- BRYCS Bridging Refugee Youth & Children's Services - This site features stories about immigration and refugees globally, including stories about Latin American immigrants.
- The Américas Award site lists literary works that have received 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.
PBS/WTIU - This website hosted by PBS/WTIU has lesson plans and other resources that are focused on Latino American content designed for middle and high school students.
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration - This site includes several resources from military records to educator resources including Latin American and Hispanic content.
World View: An International Program for Educators, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Latin American resources for educators, general area resources, and links to information on cultural 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 culture.
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.