Central America: People and the Environment

June 8-12, 2020 at The University of Georgia, Athens

The 2020 summer institute is the second in a four-year series that will explore Central America with a focus on people and environment. The institute will highlight diverse topics related to Central America while providing teacher participants with training in Instructional Conversations (IC) pedagogy, an instructional pedagogy pioneered by faculty in UGA’s College of Education. ICs support integrated content and language instruction where students work in small groups to engage an issue or perform a common task. Throughout the institute, teachers from diverse disciplines will work together to develop shared, subject-specific IC lessons based on institute content and corresponding to grade appropriate educational standards.

Institute content will focus on indigenous peoples’ relationship with the environment as well as broader environmental issues regarding health, land and water rights, and ecological decline, while highlighting specific Central American innovations in addressing these challenges. It will explore issues such as climate change and the impacts of deforestation, ethnobotany, environmental politics and sustainability, and community resource management. The institute is ideal for educators of high school and community college, and pre-service students teaching History, World Geography, Science, and Environmental Science. This four-year series of institutes is sponsored by the Centers for Latin American Studies at The University of Georgia, Vanderbilt University, and Tulane University, and will be hosted at each institute over the course of the four years. After a highly successful inaugural institute at Vanderbilt University in 2019, we are thrilled to host the 2020 Institute here at The University of Georgia!


Details regarding registration costs and procedures forthcoming. In the meantime, please direct questions about the 2020 Summer Institute to Derek Bentley: dbent@uga.edu

Interested teachers can find additional information about the Instructional Conversations program and pedagogy at: https://coe.uga.edu/outreach/programs/clase-professional-development