by Marchita Primavera, CLACS MA Candidate
On Saturday, September 12, the 2020 Teaching Fellows cohort held its first meeting of the year-long program, and we are excited to report that it was a success. The virtual meeting was attended by ten K-12 educators of diverse disciplines (history, language, and math), and various grade levels, who teach in different New York boroughs, Illinois, and Puerto Rico. The gathering led by program’s coordinator and CLACS Visiting Scholar Thomas Troisi, served to introduce the cohort to the schedule details, vision and goals, as well as to formally introduce the organizing committee which includes education experts and CLACS faculty members.
This year’s fellows titled Teaching About Language, Contemporary Culture & Immigration, focuses on providing teachers with resources to build curriculum related to Latin America and the Caribbean in order to promote the student’s understanding of the complexities of the vast region and the experiences of its communities in the US. That is done by providing monthly workshops and support from a mentor/collaborator from the organizing committee who aid them in the completion of their curricular project.
The session included breakout sessions where teachers discussed their interests, analyzed strategies, and talked about education and its meanings in the current pandemic. For the closing of the session CLACS Kreyol instructor and committee member Wynnie Lamour, delivered a powerful statement describing her upcoming session on language learning as a tool of protest, and as an introduction to the revolutionary history of Haiti. As we anxiously wait for this inspiring session, we urge you to keep an eye out for these curricular projects as they are important in developing innovative scholarship about Latin America and the Caribbean, and education as a whole, especially during Covid-19 times.