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Beautiful Leaves: The Legacy of Latin American Women Writers

July 31-August 4, 2017

"Women’s writing in Latin America is characterized by a subversive kind of happiness. You have to read between the lines, passing beyond the rage, the weariness and frustration. It comes from a newfound power for expression and the sheer joy of exercising it to denounce ancient injustices and to clamor for changes. When a woman writes, she calls on us to show more love and respect for each other: why don’t we just band together and set this upside-down world back on its feet?"

Isabel Allende

In this, the 9th annual Habla Teacher Institute, our focus shifts specifically to female writers of Latin America. We will read a variety of short stories, journal entries, and essays by women through the Latin-American diaspora including works from Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Sor Juana de la Cruz, and Clarice Lispector.

Throughout the week participants will create with multiple art forms, marrying text with visual art, music, movement, and theatre. As always, the goal of the Habla Institute is to model and develop ways to create meaningful experiences for students around literature and other rich texts in the classroom. The institute is always shaped around core texts, but all institute activities can be applied to any grade level and text, preschool through adults.

This year’s teaching topics will include ways to help students be more self-reflective about their lives and their work. We’ll explore ways to add journals as art objects to the fabric of daily learning as well as to consider ways to make student’s learning and thinking visible using approaches developed at Harvard University’s Project Zero and in the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

All participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work with fellow participants in a roundtable session. It’s optional, but if you’d like, be prepared to present an informal presentation of 10 minutes on any aspect of your work. Bring an artifact (photo, example of student work) to share with the other institute participants. Teams are also welcome to share their work collaboratively.

We are still working on this year’s itinerary. For an overall feeling of the institute schedule and presenters download this year’s itinerary here.

Pre-Institute Workshops
Every year artists and educators from around the world join us and share their best work in Pre-Institute workshops. These will take place on July 28-29 and are included in the overall institute cost.

Institute Documentation
Each year Habla collaborates with Arnold Aprill and his organization Radical Compliance Arts and Learning Laboratory to find innovative ways to document the institute. Visit here and learn more about the experience at the 2016 Teacher Institute: First Voices.

2017 Institute Cost
• $975 USD for international participants.
• Includes events, workshops, and programs, and pre-institute workshops
• Does not include housing and transportation and other related travel expenses.

Group and family discounts are available for participants collectively enrolled in the Teacher Institute and/or any of Habla’s Spanish Immersion programs.

3-4 participants = 15% discount on all programs
5-6 participants = 20% discount on all programs
7+ participants = 25% discount on all programs

Confirmed Presenters for the 2017 Habla Teacher Institute
+ Patricia Sobral
+ Cynthia Weiss
+ Kurt Wootton
+ María del Mar Pátron Vázquez
+ Arnold Aprill
+ Nick Rabkin
+ Darío Bernal Villegas
+ Donald King
+ Tommaso de Silvestri
+ Alejo Medina
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