Teaching Spanish with Primary Sources

American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Professional Development


In this workshop, high school Spanish teachers--at all levels--will explore compelling primary sources and standards-aligned lesson plans. Participants will create Common Core aligned activities to engage students with a unique and compelling era and its enormous impact.

In 1936, a Nazi- and Fascist-supported military rebellion sought to overthrow the democratically elected government of Spain. Although the United States government did not intervene, 2,800 Americans fought as volunteers against fascism.

This workshop explores questions such as how we decide who is on the right side of an armed conflict, when do we stand up for what we believe in,and what are our obligations in the face of injustice, as individuals and as a nation.

This workshop will be conducted primarily in the Spanish language.


Featuring resources from:

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portugese - Massachusetts Chapter, and the Collaborative for Educational Services, with generous support from The Puffin Foundation.

Lunch will be provided. Thanks to Matignon High School for hosting the workshop.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers of Spanish, and AATSP members, Grades 7-12 and post-secondary; and

History, and ELA teachers, Grades, Grades 7-12


10 PDPs


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.