Connecting the Americas/Visions

Curriculum Lessons from Guanajuato, Mexico

In 2018, DARA’s Visions coordinator teamed up with the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies to offer a new focus on bringing Latin American curriculum to K-12 classrooms. In this joint endeavor, called “Connecting the Americas,” teachers worked with a curriculum development specialist to design new classroom content based on learning and experiences gained through interactive workshops and a travel-study tour to Guanajuato, Mexico. Throughout the program, Connecting the Americas (CTA) scholars examined the interconnection between race, ethnicity, immigration, and education. While abroad, educators visited urban and rural schools, historic and cultural sites and met with teachers, students, and parents. Teachers created and disseminated new curriculum based on their research and exploration of topics, such as historical, economy, art, immigration, etc., that connect the United States and Latin America. 

Alpha Español: Letter recognition and sounds A-Ch (inclusion of culture and language)

Maticka Frederick, R.N. Harris Elementary, Kindergarten Teacher
Kishwa Granson, R.N. Harris Elementary, Kindergarten Teacher

Stories from Diverse Cultures – Cuentos de Culturas Diversas

Abby Exum, Lakewood Elementary, 1st Grade Teacher
Rachel Whitlock, Lakewood Elementary, 2nd  Grade Teacher

Immigration (inclusion of culture and language)

Katherine Brown, Durham Schools of Arts, 8th Grade Teacher

New School, Good Opportunities – Escuela Nueva, Oportunidades Buenas (Spanish and engineering)

Kia Allah, Neal Middle School, 8th Grade Teacher
Joanna Ali, Neal Middle School, 8th Grade Teacher

Music Videos (identity and text analysis)

Caitlin Donovan, Durham Schools of Arts, 9th Grade Teacher

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