Once Upon a Planet: Cuentistas, Memory, and a Child’s Imagination

15th Annual Habla Teacher Institute, July 24-28, 2023 | Mérida, México


Habla Teacher Institutes are highly interactive and participatory, introducing a variety of readily accessible tools and arts-based approaches for deep and rich engagement with academic content. This year’s, Habla’s 15th Annual Summer Institute will focus on the idea of students imagining their own “positive social futures” through an exploration of futurism.  The concept of Latinfuturism has grown out of and built upon the legacy of Afrofuturism in popular and literary cultures. We will explore how bringing futurism from different cultures into the classroom allows us to imagine future possibilities for ourselves, our communities, and our earth.

This institute will connect to the popular cultures that often captivate our students from video games, to anime, to comic books, to science fiction, to fantasy. Our core texts reframe and reappropriate the dominant narrative and place female protagonists from diverse backgrounds at the center of their stories.

The Habla Institute will be highly interactive and participatory. Sessions are hands-on workshops where participants will “learn by doing.” The event will culminate in an exhibition of work on the final day, modeling how we might bring performance and visual art-making to our global education communities and classrooms.

Habla’s Core Principles are the foundation for the institute.

This year’s Habla Teacher Institute will help teachers to build classroom experiences around the following core principles as well as offering concrete, multimodal strategies for teaching all academic content. 


Meaningful Texts


Arts Integration

Shared Leadership


2022 Institute Cost