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Latin American Learning Sessions Link HWS and Geneva Schools

Faculty, staff and students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges join forces with fifth-grade teachers in the Geneva City School District to share their expertise on Latin America.

Jan. 28, 2003

GENEVA, N.Y.—Latin America has rich history, unique geography, stirring biographies and great art. On Thursday, Jan. 30, these features and more will be thoroughly investigated during a daylong learning session held on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.

Several fifth-grade teachers in the Geneva City School District, who teach Latino culture and history as part of their curriculum, and selected members of the HWS community will take part in “America Latina: Teacher In-Service.” The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Hobart and William Smith’s Winn-Seeley Gymnasium.

Program organizers hope that by bringing together people with diverse expertise, experiences and knowledge of resources they can develop an even more comprehensive, robust Latin American knowledge base within Geneva. Sessions include:
· “Latin America: A Geographical and Historical Overview” with Tom D’Agostino, director of the Center for Global Education at Hobart and William Smith
· “Storytelling Discovery and Encounter” with Charlie Temple, HWS professor of education
· The bilingual puppet show “La Cucaracha Martina,” performed by William Smith sophomore Christina De Leon

See the schedule of events below for a complete list of facilitators and activities. For additional information contact Doug Reilly, Center for Global Education program coordinator, at (315) 781-3788.

Schedule of Events

America Latina: Teacher In-Service
8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2003
Winn-Seeley Gymnasium, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Facilitators: Becky Addona, Tom D’Agostino, Christina De Leon, Barb Heinzman, Alejandra Molina, Doug Reilly, Charles Temple

In-Service Objectives:
1. Bring people with diverse expertise, experience and knowledge of resources together and facilitate the sharing of ideas
2. Work together to develop a more comprehensive, robust America Latina program
3. Explore interdisciplinary applications for the America Latina program


8-8:30– Coffee and Introductions
8:30-9:50– Latin America; a geographical and historical overview, Tom D’Agostino Highlighted Resource: Understanding Contemporary Latin America
–Ten minute Break–
10-10:45– Workshop: Storytelling Discovery and Encounter Charlie Temple
Highlighted resource: Pedro’s Journal
10:45-11:30– Model Activity I: Guided Reading Barb Heinzman
Highlighted resource: School Library Bibliographies
11:30-11:50– Conversation
11:50-12:30– Lunch & Model Activity II: La Cucaracha Martina: a bilingual puppet show Christina De Leon
Highlighted Resource: GLEN and The GLEN Puppet Theater
12:30-1:30– Model Activity III: Go-betweens, cultural mediators and storytellers; La maquila/ la frontera; Migrants & farmworkers Alejandra Molina
–Ten Minute Break–
1:40-2:15– Interdisciplinary Extension Activities in Math & Economics: Weaving/The Shirt Doug Reilly
2:15-3:00–Group Debrief and Brainstorming: ways of strengthening the curriculum

America Latina and America Latina: Teacher’s In-Service are supported by: the Geneva City School District, New York Foundation for the Arts, Project Promise, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the Global Education Network (GLEN), a project of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Union College Partnership for Global Education funded by the United States Department of State through a grant from the Cooperative Grants Program of NAFSA: Association of International Educators