Food for Thought: Educator Workshop

Professional development opportunity for K-12 educators from all disciplines.

Food for Thought: Educator Workshop

Offering of maize to the temple. Florentine Codex, book 2, folio 28.

Approved for 1 LAUSD Salary Point (multicultural)

Days of Instruction:

Saturday, March 12 & Saturday, March 19, 2016  
8:00 am - 4:30 pm


The purpose of this two-day workshop is to examine and appreciate food of the Americas, with an emphasis on Mexican cuisine. We will pay particular attention to issues related to health and food justice, and recognize the important influence of indigenous knowledge on culinary traditions.

Participants will discover a connection to a food history thousands of years old by exploring traditional and iconic foods with roots in ancient Mesoamerica. We will also investigate the historical links between national identity and food, debates about authenticity, and the health implications of food production and consumption, especially as they relate to and affect Latino/a immigrants and communities of color.

With a growing number of Latino and Latin American descendant students in California's public schools and districts, this course provides teachers with a unique opportunity to examine and appreciate the history and culture of their students. Moreover, addressing issues related to food and health are essential for the well-being of students and families and they are particularly important to address given the health disparities and high rates of obesity among U.S. Latinos.

In addition to scholarly lectures, the workshop will include presentations and discussions of how to integrate material into the classroom.

Guest Speakers:

Kevin Terraciano, professor of history & director of the Latin American Institute, UCLA
Lisa Sousa, professor of history & chair of Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Occidental College
Luz Calvo, professor of ethnic studies, Cal State East Bay
Catriona Esquibel, professor of race and resistance studies, San Francisco State
Patricia Tsai, chocolate maker and owner, ChocoVivo
Jorge Lopez, social studies teacher at Roosevelt High School, Phd candidate at Claremont Graduate University
Maite Gomez-Rejón, chef & historian, founder of ArtBites


Open to K-12 educators from all disciplines. 
A limited number of seats may be available for non-teaching school staff who regularly engage with issues related to health and nutrition. We especially encourage applications from teachers who teach Latin American/Latino Studies, Mexican-American Studies and ethnic studies courses.

Cost & Registration:

Registration fee: $60 (includes parking, breakfast, lunch and a book!)
Registration for the workshop is completed in two steps:
1. Submission of short online application
2. Online Payment (Debit/Credit Card: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover)

Limited space available. Registration deadline: Sunday, March 6 or until maximum enrollment is reached.
*Discount available for pre- and in-service teachers. 

Course Requirements:

You must be able to attend both workshop sessions. Participants will have access to reading material, discussion questions, and other resources and assignments online via a course website.

To receive LAUSD salary credit, participants must attend all sessions and access the online course site to complete readings and assignments. Classroom teachers will submit a standards-based lesson plan centered on the workshop's themes as their final assignment.

Contact: Cynthia Gomez | cell: 562-276-5589 | email: