"The percentage of Latino teachers nationwide lags far behind the fast-growing percentage of Latino students in the nation’s public school system."Many of us are working to address this through Grow Your Own educator projects. Academia Cuauhtli, which is now entering its 6th year, is one such project.
By "grow," we mean both creating pathways into the teaching profession and growing teachers' critical consciousness. That is, as community-based organizations, colleges and universities, we work closely with schools and school districts to establish partnerships, provide professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers, as well as offer curriculum and pedagogy at the higher education level that is social justice, community-centered, place-based, and interdisciplinary in ways that map onto the burgeoning movement for Ethnic Studies—locally, as well as nationally.
Very exciting work. More on all of this in the weeks and months to come.
Sí se puede! Yes we can!