K-12 Outreach

The CLACS K-12 Outreach Program aims to share New York University’s Latin American- and Caribbean-related research expertise with a broader community of K-12 educators in New York City. Our programs support curricular innovation and teacher training in relation to Latin America and the Caribbean, with attention to our local context, where 40% of the almost one million NYC public school students are of Latin American and Caribbean origin, and 25% speak Spanish in their home. CLACS K-12 initiatives promote intercultural dialogue, historical understandings of contemporary global issues, and a sense of global citizenship in today’s student population.

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Indocumentales/Undocumentaries is a US/Mexico Interdependent Film Series developed by CLACS, Cinema Tropicalwhat moves you?, and The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY's Lehman College. Film screenings are held at area institutions, including schools, and are accompanied by teaching resources on US/Mexico topics.

Lectures and workshops for K-12 educators

Lectures and workshops on Latin America and the Caribbean are held throughout the year. Some Saturday Workshops designed for social studies teachers are offered in partnership with the Kevorkian Center for Middle East Studies.

Curricular Development Fellowships for Middle and High School Teachers

Fellowships for select teachers to develop new curriculum for their classrooms on Latin American and Caribbean themes. Past areas of focus include Teaching the Cold War in Latin America, Latin American Migrations, and the US-Mexico Border. The program includes NYU faculty mentorship, NYU library access, workshops with field experts, and a stipend at the conclusion of program. Please join our K-12 list to be notified when the next fellowship competition is open.

Doctoral student guest lecturers

In collaboration with schools, NYU PhD students give grade-appropriate lectures on pertinent topics. Recent topics include US-Cuba relations, Indigenous Rights, US-Cuba Relations, and the Drug Wars. Please contact CLACS if you are interested in having a graduate student lecture at your school.


CLACS has been fortunate to work with a range of institutional partners that also serve as resources for K-12 curriculum development.

If you have an idea for a collaboration with CLACS, please contact us.