Summer Teacher Institute


The goal of our summer teacher institute is to guide teachers through a discovery of Latin America and content integration across the curriculum. Below is information regarding our current and upcoming initiatives. We also encourage you to review our Summer Teacher Institute Archive for past initiatives.

Stay tuned for updates on the 2020 Summer Teacher Institute!


2018 Summer Teacher Institute
  June 9-17, 2018
Location: Campeche, Mexico


This institute introduced global competencies and helped educators integrate global themes within their daily curriculum. The innovative uses of technology to collaborate across borders was a key component of the program. Sample topics that were addressed were comparative education, identity and belonging, and sustainable development.

Participants learned different ways to better prepare our students to navigate an increasingly complex world where problem-solving and critical thinking needs to take local and global perspectives into account. Florida is considered the gateway to Latin America based on proximity, trade, and the number of visitors from the region. An introduction to the region contributed to increased understanding of the variety of Latino populations in our communities and schools. In this program, participants learned about Mexico as one example of the countries that make up the fascinating world region of Latin America.

The institute also included some virtual pre-departure meetings, in addition to follow-up activities once back in the U.S. We are committed to supporting teachers as they integrate new ideas into the curriculum aligned with their local requirements and standards.

Who Attended: K-12 teachers and administrators, pre-service education faculty

Sponsors: University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies as a United States Department of Education TVI National Resource Center, Universidad Autonoma de Campeche, Instituto Campechano, Volusia County Sister Cities

Funding: A limited number of scholarships were awarded through USDOE Title VI funding. Applicants received alternate sources of funding through their school district, local Rotary Clubs or other professional associations.

Contact for any questions: 

Mary Risner
Associate Director