Putting Central America on the Map in Schools

I ADORE literally everything you all do.

As a proud public middle school teacher, I have attended your trainings and have utilized so many of your online resources.

As a teacher of mainly students from Central America, your Central America teaching resources (which I use year-round) have been invaluable and life-changing.

— Anna Lapera
ESL teacher, Montgomery County, Maryland

Anna Lapera is one of thousands of teachers who rely on our Central America lessons to fill a gap in the curriculum. Some of her Salvadoran and Honduran students were inspired to ask their families for stories from their home countries as a result of engaging in our lessons. Lapera said our lessons also informed her upcoming middle-grade novel, Mani Semilla Finds Her Quetzal Voice.

As we embark on Teaching for Change’s 35th anniversary, we look back to our roots in the Central American solidarity movement — from our founding in 1980 with the name Network of Educators’ Committees on Central America (NECCA) — through the present day with the Teaching Central America website that features free lessons and resources for educators.

Make a donation today to expand our free resources and support for teaching about Central America.


In 2023, we hosted professional development workshops on Central America for the Houston Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and more. The NYC Department of Education invited us to submit 12 lessons for their Hidden Voices unit. We added resources to our Teaching Central America site, including materials on Indigenous Central America and ghost stories. In October, we coordinated the fifth annual Teach Central America Week. Hundreds of educators from 38 U.S. states, D.C., and Costa Rica signed up to participate using our free lessons and resources.

In 2024, with your support, we will offer more professional development workshops, coordinate the sixth annual Teach Central America week, offer more resources for teaching about Central America all year long, and collect and share teaching stories.