Kindergarten to College (K-16)

Kindergarten to College (K-16)

For information on CLAS K-16 programs contact Luz Amanda Hank, Assistant Director for Partnerships and Programming, at

Upcoming Events:

- Holy Family Institute            Long-Term Foster Care Book Drive

We would like to include messages of encouragement with the books. We will provide pens and paper for you to write the messages when you drop-off your donation to create a handmade scrapbook that will be on display at the The Holy Family Institute Library.

Teacher Training Workshops

Teacher training workshops on Latin America and the Caribbean are designed to enhance educators' abilities to teach about this world region and to assist teachers in incorporating Latin American, Caribbean, and diaspora content into primary and secondary school curriculum. The workshops are held on weekday evenings or Saturday mornings at the University of Pittsburgh. CLAS professional development workshops are approved for Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 credit hours.

Curriculum Development

As the result of CLAS professional development/teacher training workshops and the school visit program various lessons with Latin American and Caribbean content have been development. These are appropriate for K-12 classrooms. As of summer 2022, CLAS is reforming our K-16 lesson plans. If you are interested in a particular lesson, contact

School Visit Program

CLAS undergraduate and graduate students are available to visit K-16 classrooms to share their knowledge on Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinx topics. The presentations are interactive and engage area students in discussions and activities on various themes. The presentations are designed for a regular classroom period of approximately 40 minutes and no more than 35 students. Most lessons are available in Spanish or English. Current topics include but are not limited to:

  • Countries of Latin America
  • Día de los Muertos and other holidays
  • Molas: An art form of Panama
  • Musical Instruments
  • Saw Dust Carpets (Guatemalan Tradition)
  • Diego Rivera’s Murals (Mexican Artist)
  • Presentation around the story of Abuela’s Weave
  • Presentation around the story of Lucha Libre

Resource Lending Library

CLAS maintains a collection of instructional resources on Latin America and the Caribbean available at the university, secondary, and upper elementary levels for classroom use. The resources include maps, videos, slide sets, books, lessons, and curriculum guides. A catalog, Latin American Educational Resources, resides on the website and is available in hardcopy.

Model United Nations Simulation

The University of Pittsburgh's Center for International Studies (UCIS) in conjunction with it's area studies centers, the Citizens for Global Solutions Pittsburgh, and the United Nations Association of Pittsburgh conducts an annual Model United Nations simulation on the Pitt Oakland campus. Throughout the day, local high school students, "call to session" six bodies of the United Nations and assume roles of diplomats. Each school delegation is assigned a country to represent in negotiations. Participants discuss controversial issues facing the world wide community within the formal context of a United Nations simulation. University of Pittsburgh students serve as secretary general and session moderators as well as mentors to the high school students. Keep in touch with the planning by visiting the Model UN website.

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