2018 Puebla Institute

Every 2 years, the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education holds an immersive bilingual institute for educators at the Hotel Colonial in beautiful Puebla, Mexico. The institute focuses on a comprehensive biliteracy model called Literacy Squared that has been designed to accelerate the development of biliteracy in Spanish-English speaking children.

Join us for this powerful 1 week institute designed to build knowledge and skills about the education of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. The institute is designed for both novice and experienced K-12 teachers and school administrators.

Faculty, researchers, and professors from the BUENO Center and Literacy Squared will deliver research-based, engaging, and participatory sessions addressing some of the following topics related to culturally and linguistically diverse learners: biliteracy instruction; English language development; special education; and family and community engagement.


"The Lit Squared summer institute was an experience that my treachers and I will never forget. We visited a local school where the students and teachers welcomed us with open arms, food, and dance. Our visits included classroom observations, debriefings and learning more about effective strategies to teach reading and writing in Spanish. We brought all our learning to our district and continue to share our findings with teachers and administrators. The institute is a week of collaboration with other educators in the field and the chance to learn alongside the Literacy Squared team. We can't wait to attend the institute again!"
- Piedad, 2016

"Attending the Literacy Squared institute has transformed my teaching methodologies as a staff developer and education coach, impacting hundreds of teachers. I received not just cutting-edge information, but obtained an invaluable cultural experience while connecting with educators from Mexico and the United States. To the Lit Sq team, thank you for leading the charge for biliteracy, and for creating 'una union sin fronteras'."
- Monica, 2016


The schedule for the upcoming institute is still being developed, and will be posted here when its available. To get an idea, see the agenda from Puebla Institute 2016.


The cost is $2500 per person. $500 non-refundable deposit is required by January 31, 2018 to secure your spot. Full fee to be paid by March 31, 2018.

Institute fee includes the hotel room single occupancy for 6 days and 7 nights and 3 meals per day. Hotel check-in will be Saturday June 9 and check-out will be Saturday June 16.

Institute fee does not include transportation cost from point of origin to Puebla and return, nor does it include ground transportation while in Mexico.

Payment Information

Check should be made payable to:
University of Colorado/Literacy Squared

Mail to:
Literacy Squared
BUENO Center for Multicultural Education
UCB 247, School of Education
Boulder, CO 80309-0249

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellation and refund requests must be made in writing, postmarked on or before March 31, 2018. The $500 deposit is non-refundable. No refund requests made after March 31, 2018 will be honored. It is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization and/or individual to follow the policy for cancellations and refunds.

Plan your trip

You will be amazed with the splendor of Puebla's elegant colonial architecture and delicious foods that honor its nickname "the city of the angels". Learn more about travelling to Puebla: Lonely Planet.


All inquiries concerning registration, payment, or travel should be directed to David Nieto.