I am happy to share that we in Academia Cuauhtli (Nahuatl for "Eagle Academy")
are entering our 6th year of operation. We are not a charter school; we are a
partnership, involving the Austin Independent School District, the City of
Austin's Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Culture Center, and our
community-based organization named Nuestro Grupo. We serve fourth-grade
children from Sanchez, Metz, Zavala, Houston, and Perez Elementary
Schools located in East Austin.
To the best of our knowledge, we are the only Ethnic Studies program at the elementary grade level in the state of Texas and one of only a few nationwide. The number gets smaller when taking into account that we also offer a TEKS-aligned curriculum in Spanish. Our curriculum is further place-based, social justice oriented, community-centered, and parent-engaged. We offer four teaching units this school year as follows:
- Raíces (Roots)
- Curanderismo y Medioambiente (Folk Medicine and Healing and the Environment)
- Defenderse contra la Discriminación (Defending Yourself Against Discrimination)
- Danza Mexica (Aztec dance or ceremony)
Check out our publications, media mentions, and other important links.
Zamora, E. & Valenzuela, A. (2019). Ethnic Studies and community-engaged scholarship in Texas: The Weaving of a Broader We, in M. Zavala, T. Cuauhtin, C. Sleeter E, & W. Au. Rethinking Ethnic Studies. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools Ltd.
Valenzuela, A. (2018). Grow Your Own Educator Programs—Special Edition: A Roadmapto a Community-Based, Partnership Approach.
Santos, A. (January/February 2018). Dr. Angela Valenzuela and growing your own educators, La Voz, 13(1 & 2).
2018 HornRaiser Campaign Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnlfWkKoRws
Ferlazzo, L. (March 27, 2017). Author Interview: Growing Critically Conscious Teachers, Q & A with Larry Ferlazzo, Education Week.
National Education Association. (2017, April 4). Bold, new program delivers love and affirmation for Austin’s Latinx Students, Education Votes, http://www.EdVotes.org.
Academia Cuauhtli enseñara historia Tejana a Niños. (2016). Austin American- Statesman: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/academia-cuauhtli-ensenara-historia-tejana-a-ninos/njpNt/
Barragán, J. (2015). New Hispanic Enrichment Program to Teach Students About their Roots. Austin American-Statesman.
Press Conference Video, Posted March 4: