September 18th | Week in Review


¡Hola a todos! I hope everyone is doing well considering the climactic circumstances we are under. I am sending you positive vibes and lots of love.

— Teaching Tolerance shared Developing Empathy resources for Pre K- 12 teachers.

– Our Américas Award friends shared on their Facebook page an important article that highlights the reality of diverse children’s book. BookRiot Justina Ireland questions “Where Are All the YA Books for Kids of Color: September Edition.”

— Also, on their Facebook page Lee & Low Books shared “12 YA Books with Characters of Color and LGBTQ Characters.”

-Here is a review of the advance reader’s copy of The Distance Between Us, a memoir for the young readers shared by our friends in Facebook, Latinxs in Kid Lit. “The Distance Between Us thrums with novelistic tension and detail, offering chiseled portraits of individuals and rendering the settings they come from in vivid form.”

Cuatrogatos shared the book trailer to El Viejito del Sillón, a book by Antonio Orlando Rodríguez published in Mexico.

– Lastly, Anansesem: The Caribbean Children’s Literature Magazine shared that “Books Have The Power to Include, to Exclude and to Create Heroes.” “All children should be seen. No child should have to qualify for entry into the world of picture books. They are powerful. They have the power to include, to exclude and to create heroes.”

Image: Candles. Reprinted from Flickr user Amranur Rahman under CC©.


Local Event!! Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras

For all of our local New Mexico Teachers:

We are very excited to announce another upcoming LAII’s k-12 Teacher workshop for the arpillerafall semester “Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras.”  The workshop will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  This workshop is the third in a series that started last spring.   While the content is related, each workshop provides different information, so don’t worry, you don’t have to have attended the last two in order to register for this one.  Continue reading

Local Event!! Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras

For all of our local New Mexico Teachers:

We are very excited to announce our next series of LAII k-12 Teacher workshop for the arpilleraspring semester “Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras.”

The National Hispanic Cultural Center and the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute are coming together once again to provide another in-depth and profound look at Latin America history, art and experience via special events tailored for New Mexico teachers. Continue reading

More Local Events! Dia de los Muertos in New Mexico

We’ll be posting more about how to teach about Dia de los Muertos and its significance in the classroom in the upcoming weeks, but for our local readers and educators, we wanted to share the following information about some great upcoming Dia de los Muertos events around the Albuquerque area.

The NHCC (National Hispanic Cultural Center) in collaboration with the LAII is hosting a series of workshops on Tuesdays evenings on different topics related to Dia de los Muertos, including workshops on art, ofrendas, cooking and literacy based activities. Please see the flyer for information on dates and how to register: Dia-de-los-Muertos-Workshops-Flyer.   The NHCC also has a number of other great Dia de Los Muertos themed events:

Local Event!! Rethinking Columbus: The Colonization of the Americas

For all of our local New Mexico Readers:

We are very excited to announce our first LAII k-12 Teacher workshop of the year “Rethinking Columbus: The Colonization of the Americas.”  The workshop will be held on Wednesday October 3rd from 5:00-8:00 pm.  We are very fortunate to have two guest speakers–Dr. Glenabah Martínez, LLSS, UNM professor,  and Natalie Martínez, Principle, Laguna Middle School.  We will be looking at the history of colonization in the Americas, and the ongoing struggle on the part of Indigenous peoples of the region to maintain the integrity of cultural life, pre-Christian religious traditions and ceremonies, and political sovereignty.  We will be focusing on both a new curriculum developed through the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the Rethinking Schools Publication Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years.  I’ve linked to a pdf of our flyer below.  Feel free to share this information with anyone else who may be interested.

The first 20 teachers to register will receive a free copy of Rethinking Columbus!! Dinner will be provided.

If you have any questions or to register, email Keira at

Click Here for a pdf version of our flyer.

Rethinking Columbus, Professional Development, Education