Our Magical WorldCrossings, Intersections, and Integrations
August 4-7, 2020

“All her life my grandma had been obsessed with Hispanic mythology, with all the stories and folklore, and had spent years teaching them to me.”

Charlie Hernández & The League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo

The term “magical realism” is most often associated with Gabriel García Márquez’s wondrous novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. Márquez captured critical elements of Latin American culture—and our humanity in general—highlighting ways that imagination can enhance our daily lives. At Habla we’ve found that activating the imagination, and actually cultivating these magical experiences, can be a way of teaching and learning. Join an international community of teachers for “a magical adventure” exploring how literacies, languages, and the arts can be integrated in any classroom setting, virtually or in-person. This institute is for teachers of all grade levels, elementary to secondary.

Engaging students’ attention online can by challenging. Habla has years of experience teaching online students of every age. This institute will provide teachers with a host of free online tools for engaging students in a range of arts integrated experiences. No “at home” materials are needed. 

Throughout the week participants will create with multiple art forms, marrying text with visual art, music, movement, and theatre. The institute is always shaped around core texts, but all institute activities can be applied to any grade level and text, preschool through adults.

The Chicago Institute is co-sponsored by Summit School District 104 and Berwyn North School District 98 with support from the Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement.

This year Habla’s Chicago Institute is only available online.

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2020 Institute Cost