The Center for the Liberal Arts at the University of Virginia provides free, high-quality, content-oriented professional development for K-12 teachers.  We have a program for Spanish teachers coming up – please register online; we’d love to see you!

Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Zehmer Hall, UVA – Online Registration is now open!

First of three programs funded by the Longview Foundation, about bringing a genuinely “global” approach to teaching Spanish, reflective of the complexities, nuances, challenges, and opportunities revealed by current scholarship about the category of the “global.” Work with Prof. Gustavo Pellón of UVA, other UVA faculty, and fellow teachers on exploring a deep understanding of the “global” in relation to foreign language instruction.

Note:  We will also host a one-week 2020 summer residential institute at UVA on this subject!

Please visit our website for details and registration information.

José Sánchez from Kenmore Middle School, Arlington, Va. sent us these pictures from the Día de Muertos activities with items provided by latino parents!

Summer Course

The Empresa Un Capricho Español® with La Cámara de Comercio de Badajoz

El Rincón Español

  • What? 2 week culture cursillo – art, history, leisure – with 60 hours continuing education
  • Where? Badajoz, Spainwith visits to Madrid, Mérida, Toledo 
  • When? Session I: June 14 – 27 Session II: June 29 – July 11 
  • More info:
  • Individual room and private bathroom now at no extra fee!

Webinar: La inmersión dual y su importancia para la justicia

Organized by Difusión and AATSP
Thursday, October 17th, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM CDT


In the United States there are models of primary education known as dual immersion that teach in Spanish between 50% and 90% of the day. In this webinar, we will first look at the results of research demonstrating that students in these programs reach higher levels of English, academic performance and Spanish than their classmates who study only in English. 

Then we will address the current and potential implications of dual immersion to promote social justice, an important issue for every student but even more forceful for the most vulnerable children and families in the country.

Dr. Kim Potowski is professor of Hispanic linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She directs the Spanish program for heritage speakers and is the founder of her summer study program in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her research focuses on United States Spanish and the connections between language and identity. 

Among her efforts to promote education in two languages is her 2013 TEDx talk entitled “No child left monolingual.” She is the author of several textbooks, including Spanish in the United States; Spanish grammar: Social variation and written conversations.