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Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural Studies Centers, Institutes, & Projects

LLSS Centers

LLSS Teaching Institutes and Projects

LLSS Centers

American Indian Language Policy Research and Teacher Training Center

Director: Dr. Chris Sims
Program Manager: Dr. Carlotta Penny Bird
Telephone: 505-277-1819
Location: Hokona Hall, Room 133

The Center aims to serve as a local and national center of collaborative research that examines major policy issues affecting the survival and maintenance of American Indian languages. The Center also provides a venue for building an international dialogue about language issues that extends to other indigenous languages of the Americas. Developing and providing native language teacher training programs and technical assistance support for American Indian tribes engaged in language maintenance and preservation initiatives is another key aspect of the Center's outreach and service. For more information about the center, click here.

Institute for American Indian Education (IAIE)

Co-Directors: Dr. Glenabah Martinez and Dr. Christine Sims
Program Manager: Jay Rubilayd
Telephone: 505-277-7781
Location: Hokona Hall, Room 250

IAIE Newsletter, 2011

The Institute for American Indian Education, IAIE, was created in response to New Mexico's overwhelming need to improve American Indian student retention and achievement in schools. Since its inception in 2003, more than 80 American Indian students have graduated or are on track to graduate with degrees in education. We have a 90% retention rate and 67% graduation rate for our students.

Additionally, the UNM College of Education & Human Sciences American Indian/First Nations faculty, which is the largest group of American Indian/First Nations faculty at any College of Education in the country, conduct outreach, workshops, and seminars in the area of curriculum development, preparation for teacher licensure tests, American Indian charter school development, and American Indian language revitalization and instructional planning.

LLSS Teaching Institutes and Projects

Native American Language Teacher's Institute

This one-week institute is restricted to speakers of Native languages who are preparing to teach or are responsible for teaching language in tribal language programs or in school settings. The course is especially recommended for native speakers who are interested in teaching language in an immersion setting. This course will focus on methodologies and strategies that support effective oral language teaching, principles of second language development for Native language learners, with a special emphasis on planning and applying principles to appropriate oral language teaching activities. Students will be expected to participate in interactive activities with other Native speakers and demonstrations of Native language teaching by “veteran” Native language immersion teachers. There will be ample opportunities for discussion and sharing or creative ideas for language teaching.

Spanish Summer Immersion Institute for Bilingual Teachers

The Spanish Summer Immersion Institute for Bilingual Teachers is the result of a partnership between the NMPED’s Bilingual and Multicultural Education Bureau and the Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies in the College of Education & Human Sciences. The aim of the Institute is to provide teachers with the opportunity to use their Spanish in an academic setting while learning necessary instructional, historical, linguistic, and cultural information. The Institute plays an instrumental role in helping bilingual teachers in New Mexico prepare for and pass La Prueba, the state-mandated assessment for teachers in Spanish.  For more information, please contact Dr. Rebecca Blum-Martinez at 505-277-4972 or

UNM/APS ESL Endorsement Summer Institute

Since its founding in 1999, the UNM/APS ESL Endorsement Summer Institute has helped over 750 in-service and pre-service teachers acquire their TESOL endorsements (pdf). The six-week institute, in which students take three UNM courses toward their endorsement, also features six elementary classes in which institute participants gain teaching experience with ESL students who are recruited from the neighborhoods around La Mesa Elementary School, where the institute is held. An application form and a more detailed description of the 2019 institute are available here. For more information contact Holbrook Mahn at