Here at the University of New Mexico Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII), we are proud to be designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Resource Center (NRC) for Foreign Language, Area, & International Studies, with a regional focus on Latin America.
Why is this important and why do I mention it here? Because National Resource Centers are incentivized to provide educational outreach to the K-12 community. This means that for teachers interested in Latin America (or any other part of the world, for that matter), NRCs can serve as a rich resource for teaching materials and professional development activities.
There are “125 National Resource Centers throughout the United States [which] have been established at colleges and universities with funding from the U.S. Department of Education to establish, strengthen, and operate language and area or international studies centers that will be national resources for teaching any modern foreign language. The National Resource Centers support:
- teaching of any modern foreign language;
- instruction in fields needed to provide full understanding of areas, regions or countries;
- research and training in international studies;
- work in the language aspects of professional and other fields of study; and
- instruction and research on issues in world affairs” (NRC).
Regional foci for NRCs include Africa, Canada, East Asia, International, Latin America, Middle East, Russia/Eastern Europe, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Western Europe.
The LAII is one of only 23 NRCs focused on Latin America. Check out the list below to learn more about those institutions that provide rich digital content. We’ve hyperlinked directly to their respective outreach pages and even suggested some highlights!
1. Columbia University: New York City Consortium for Latin American Studies
2. Duke University: Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (the Latin American Film Library, a collection of over 600 films that will be lent free of charge to registered borrows all over the country).
3. Florida International University: Center for Latin American Studies
4. Indiana University-Bloomington: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
5. New York University: New York City Consortium for Latin American Studies
6. Ohio State University: Center for Latin American Studies
7. Stanford University: Center for Latin American Studies
8. Tulane University of Louisiana: Stone Center for Latin American Studies (an extensive database of online curricula and “the most comprehensive lending collection of educational materials about Latin American topics available for classroom use” )
9. University of Arizona: Arizona Latin American Center
10. University of California-Berkeley: Center for Latin American Studies (a comprehensive and interdisciplinary website, “Migrations: A Collection of Views on Mexican Immigration to the United States”)
11. University of California-Los Angeles: Latin American Institute
12. University of Chicago: Center for Latin American Studies
13. University of Florida: Center for Latin American Studies
14. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (compiled resources to guide teaching topically about Latin America)
15. University of Kansas: Kansas Latin American Center (compiled library guides; online lesson plans, and a digital, interactive Cultural Trunks program )
16. University of Miami: Center for Latin American Studies
17. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: Latin American and Caribbean Studies
18. University of New Mexico: Latin American & Iberian Institute (a free database, RETANet, of lesson plans spanning subject areas and grade levels; and, free access to the Latin America Data Base (a news service covering current events in Latin America)
19. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
20. University of Pittsburgh: Center for Latin American Studies
21. University of Wisconsin-Madison; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: University of Wisconsin Consortium (an overview of general/introductory sites from around the internet)
22. Vanderbilt University: Center for Latin American Studies (engaging online curricula and PowerPoint presentations on a range of topics)
23. Yale University: Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies
Okay, and I can’t resist adding one more. The following institution is not currently a designated NRC, but its K-12 outreach is impeccable!
University of Texas at Austin: Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (impressive online curriculum guides; lending library of materials; and a number of digital resources that are overall informative, including the well-known Latin American Network Center (LANIC)).
Let us know if a particular resource really catches your eye!
p.s. If you’re interested in other areas of the world, visit the NRC website to browse for non-Latin American NRCs. You can also search by state to find the one that’s closest to you!