Free Teacher Workshop about Paraguay @ KU

-KU Latin American Studies Presents-

Teacher Reach-Out Workshop: How to bring Paraguay to your classroom and networking session
Join us for this fall semester’s FREE Teacher Reach-Out Workshop! This workshop focuses on providing teachers with a foundational knowledge of Paraguay through featured guest speakers Dr. Melissa Birch, the Paraguayan Kansas Committee, and the Kansas Paraguay Partners. We also will provide teachers with resources about travel opportunities to Paraguay and materials and digital tools to bring Paraguay to your classroom!  See a schedule and description below!

When and Where:
Saturday, October 15th, 2011
10:00am-2:30pm (Lunch Provided)
University of Kansas, Bailey Hall, Room 318
(785) 864-3899


Schedule and Brief Description of the Events:
10:00am-10:15am       Introduction by Outreach Coordinators

10:15am-11:00am       Lecture by Graham Kreicker, Kansas Paraguay Partners representative

–          Kreicker’s lecture will give an overview of Paraguayan culture, as well as, discuss travel opportunities to Paraguay for Teachers and Students

11:00am-11:30am       Paraguay Kansas Committe Student Organization performance

11:30am-1:00pm         Lunch (Provided by the LAS Center Outreach) and teacher networking

1:00pm-1:45pm           Lecture by Dr. Melissa Birch, Associate Director of the Center of Latin American Studies,  Associate Professor of Business, & Faculty Advisor for PKC Student Organization

–          An overview of the economy and politics of Paraguay

1:45pm-2:15pm           Integrating LAS resources to incorporate Paraguay into the classroom

–          LAS Outreach resources and how they meet your curriculum standards

2:15pm-2:30pm           Raffle and Evaluations

Total Instruction Contact Hours: 3 hours


Pittsburg Hosts Teachers in Annual Exchange

Local students study different culture


The Morning Sun
Posted Jan 31, 2009 @ 10:30 PM


This year, as in years past, teacher from Paraguay have traveled to southeast Kansas to spend a month learning about America’s school system.
The exchange program, Pittsburg-Paraguay International Teachers for Tomorrow, is a result of the Partners for America initiative put into place by President Kennedy in the 1960s. Through Partners for America, each U.S. state was partnered with a country or region in Central and South America. Kansas was partnered with Paraguay.
This year, Paraguayan teachers are working at Frank Layden Elementary School in Frontenac, as well as Lakeside and George Nettels elementary schools in Pittsburg. But while they are here learning about our culture, the teachers also are teaching American students a thing or two about theirs.
On Friday, approximately 80 fourth-graders at Frank Layden participated in the school’s first Paraguay Culture Day, an activity aimed at teaching them about Paraguayan culture. The students rotated through four stations: Introduction to Paraguay, Geography of Paraguay, Paraguayan Foods and Flag, and Paraguayan Dance and Music. The Paraguayan teachers served as special guests for the event.
Debbie Restivo, fourth-grade teacher at Frank Layden, said the activity was conducted to help the local students learn about a culture other than their own.
“Activities like this give our students a chance to widen their window on the world,” she said. “The more they learn about Paraguay and the more they learn about another culture, the more they learn that people from another country have many things in common with people in Frontenac, Kansas.”
The program that brought the Paraguayan teachers to southeast Kansas dates back to 2000, when Dr. Alice Sagehorn and Dr. Sandra Greer from Pittsburg State University, traveled to Asuncion, Paraguay to interview dual language and bilingual schools about participating in teachers exchanges. The duo met with six schools and all expressed interest in sending teachers to Kansas. St. Anne’s Colegio, a K-12 dual language school in Paraguay, volunteered to host PSU teachers candidates.
Teachers from Paraguay spent time in Kansas schools in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007 and again this year. In 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007, PSU teacher candidates visited St. Anne’s Colegio for two weeks.
This year’s PPITT teachers are:
• Maria Nilda Martinez Aleman, who owns the Sunflowers Bilingual School in Encarnacion, Paraguay. She is hosted by Frontenac Spanish teacher Erin Douglas and is working with Debbie Restivo in the fourth grade at Frank Layden Elementary School.
• Olga Beatriz Anastasia Estigarribia de Ribeiro, an art teacher at the Pan America International School in Asuncion. She is hosted by Gustavo Acquino and Rossana Martinez Delgado and is working in the art classroom and ESOL program at Lakeside Elementary.
• Maria Bethania dos Santos Miranda is a sixth-grade teacher at Liberty School in Asuncion. She is hosted by Paloma Perez and is working in second grade at George Nettels Elementary School.

Visiting Teachers from Encarnación

Originally uploaded by Kansas Paraguay Partners

Vergie Opdycke (host from DeSoto, KS), Maria Elena Villalba and Lourdes Gomez (Encarnacion, Paraguay), and Kim Kreicker (KPP Board member) attended a Kansas University Women’s Basketball game. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Sharing the Language @ Lawrence Public Library


By Terry Rombeck
December 4, 2007

Karen Acosta, a Kansas University English as a second language master student from Asunción, Paraguay, reads a story in Spanish and English to listeners on Friday during a Spanish story time at the Lawrence Public Library.

Karen Acosta is sitting on a toddler-sized chair, and she’s using her best “I’m-talking-to-cute-little-kids” voice.She’s reading to about a dozen people, children and their mothers, gathered at the Lawrence Public Library.

The story is about a child who is planning a party — or more specifically, a fiesta.

Acosta is helping the children learn to count the number of pieces of candy that will go in the piñata.

“One … two … three …”

She stops herself.

“Oh,” she says with a grin. “En español!”

This isn’t a typical story time, at least not as far as the Lawrence Public Library is concerned. This is the weekly Spanish/English Storytime, held at 4:30 each Friday afternoon.

The group is divided evenly between Spanish-speakers wanting to hear a story and learn English, and English speakers who want to learn a little Spanish.

“We have a diverse crowd,” says Acosta, a Kansas University graduate student from Paraguay who volunteers to lead the story time.

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Fulbright Profesoras

The instructors who provided 80 hours of instruction in Spanish and Paraguayan culture were from left to right:
Delia Farias, Maria Eugenia (Pebe) Britez, Beba, Antionette Tackkett (Fulbright Scholar), Andrea Amarilla, Raquel.

Delia was the first CPK-KPP visiting teacher to Lawrence in February 2005, Pebe and Andrea are KU grads. Andrea also lived with KPP member Mary Miller while she was attending KU.

Fulbright 2007 Photos

Instructors, students and coordinators for the Fulbright Scholars to Paraguay Program. See posting below for names of the scholars.

Fulbright Scholars Traveling to Paraguay, July 2007

Dr. Alice Sagehorn Pittsburg State University
Dr. Kim Kreicker Emporia State University
Melanie Stuart- Campbell Fort Hays State University/Kansas State Department of Education
Antoinette Tackkett Coffeyville Community College
Arla Jones Lawrence High School
Sarah Gill Riley County High School
Lindsay Brauer Mc Dermott Elementary School, Liberal KS
Melanie Dill Shawnee Heights High School
Damon Oliphant Sedgewick High School
Besty Koski Trailridge Middle School, Shawnee Mission Schools
Julie Hughes Junction City High School
Turner Campbell Independence Middle School
Matt Campbell Shaner Elementary School, Topeka
Marissa Ritter Pre-Service Teacher Education, PSU
Christin Lowder Pre-Service Teacher Education, PSU
Lacey Garvin Pre-Service Teacher Education, PSU
Danielle Booth Pre-Service Teacher Education, PSU
Christina Jordan Pre-Service Teacher Education, PSU

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