This is a wonderful report on how San Antonio—including great leadership like Texas SBOE Member Marisa Perez-Diaz and many others including UTSA Professor Dr. Liliana Saldaña, former Alamo College arts professor Juan Tejeda—are investing in the development of Ethnic Studies curricula that have been adopted in districts across our state.
Locally, here in Austin, we are very pleased that our Academia Cuauhtli, elementary-level, Spanish-English curriculum was useful to the development of online curriculum throughout the pandemic by our bilingual and dual language elementary school teachers throughout AISD. This is a movement, indeed!
This piece mentions "the curriculum" and provides a link to Texas' state standards in both African American and Mexican American Studies (view §113.50. Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies; §113.51. Ethnic Studies: African American Studies).
My only amendment here is to clarify that state curriculum standards termed, "Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills" or "TEKS standards" are not a curriculum. They instead provide baseline standards upon which educators build. There's also the pedagogical or teaching component that might, for example, accord emphasis to authentic caring, being asset-based, project-based learning, teaching from a social justice lens, teaching in Spanish, translanguaging, as the case may be—that must simultaneously be addressed alongside curriculum, but which do not find their way into a statement of standards—despite our struggle and advocacy for these novel standards.
So there's always more to this craft of teaching Ethnic Studies than meets the eye, but thrilled to read about our colleagues' efforts and how they are giving fruit. Do click on the link to the story to listen to the live reporting from the Fox 29 news report.
Our legislature is in session and Rep. Christina Morales, as you can read from an earlier post (click here), filed House Bill 1504 that allows Ethnic Studies to count toward High School Graduation. Please reach out to whoever represents you to let them know that you support this bill.
Like I always say, someday, this will just be called a "good education."