Teacher Workshops

Dichos Workshop - Nashville

In November 2009, VFOA held a workshop at the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, TN. Inspired by Dichos: Words to Live, Love, and Laugh by in Latin America, this program explored the history, wisdom, and wit embedded in the speech of women of age. Focusing on the Panama Canal Zone, Ifeoma Nwankwo contextualized several dichos and, using songs, stories, and poems, led an interactive activity that gave audience members a chance to learn innovative approaches to recovering, listening to, and using the voices of women of all races locally in Nashville.

CLAS Summer Institute - Nashville

Destiny Birdsong led a workshop designed to provide teachers with educational materials and information about Panama. In addition to learning about VFOAs research, teachers viewed sections of the film Diggers (by Roman Foster) and left with bibliographies to help them with further research. Andrew Smith helped to compile the bibliographies for the session.

TESOL Workshop - Panama

In January of 2008, Nyasha Warren, Veronica Forte, and Kari Coley Brown presented a workshop for English teachers in Panama at Tecnológica de Panamá. The topic of the workshop was "Integrating Oral Histories into Dynamic Units." Teachers were instructed on how they could use the oral histories of their native Panamanians as teaching tools that can be integrated into their curriculum.

Curriculum Development Workshop - Panama

During the Center for Latin American Studies' Black History Month Workshop, Ifeoma Nwankwo, Teresa Flores, and Nyasha Warren (via Skype) gave a presentation to middle and high school teachers from the Metropolitan Nashville area. The workshop was presented at Vanderbilt University and included information on Panamanian history, narratives from native Panamanians, and an insightful commentary on the relationship between Panamanian and American history.