Ethnic Studies For All
Ethnic Studies For All Curriculum Showcase
At our first Ethnic Studies Showcase last week, we were thrilled to come together and celebrate the work of our cross-campus Ethnic Studies task force. About 14 Camino Nuevo teachers presented model units and lesson plans and shared how an ethnic studies curriculum could be implemented across grades and disciplines at all our schools. Alma Osuna, who teaches kindergarten, said ethnic studies allowed her to connect learning to her students’ identities, which increased student invesment. Haidi Quintanilla, who teaches fifth grade, said her lessons taught her students to think more critically about what they read. In her ethnic studies unit, “Rethinking Dr. Seuss,” students analyzed the author’s books and learned that “racism can hide anywhere, even in a kid’s book,” after finding harmful stereotypes about black and Asian people in them.
Extending an invitation for more teachers to join the initiative, Camino Nuevo CEO Ana Ponce said, “This is a gift that will stay with all of our kids... It matters that we teach our students how beautiful and wonderful their backgrounds and their stories are so that they know who they are.” Thank you to everyone who came to support our work. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact ethnic studies teacher Ron Espiritu, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teachers who join the initiave receive additional training and support to create empowering ethnic studies units and lesson plans. We're looking to grow from 40 participating teachers and leaders to 80 next year. Join us!
Visual Art in the Ethnic Studies Framework
When combined with the Ethnic Studies frameworks of critical reflection and analysis, art becomes a tool to challenge dominant narratives that marginalize and negate non-dominant identities. Read more by Tyler Fister, Visual Art Teacher at CNCA Miramar
National Walkout Day: Op-Ed from CNCA Teacher
"As an educator, I feel a duty to not only academically support my students, but also to encourage and empower them at a time in our country when many of them feel powerless and dehumanized by people in power." Read more by Pablo DePaz, Teacher at Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy
Experiencing Ethnic Studies in LA
Camino Nuevo High School students go into the field as part of their Ethnic Studies pedagogy. Read more by Laura Farrel, Teacher at Camino Nuevo Charter High School - Dalzell-Lance Campus
What is the Ethnic Studies For All Initiative?
The Ethnic Studies For All Initiative at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy has spent the 2017-18 school year implementing Ethnic Studies curriculum in grades K-12 in all academic disciplines. Read more by Ron Espiritu, Ethnic Studies Coordinator at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
What is Ethnic Studies For All?
Ethnic Studies incorporates culturally relevant, social justice, community responsive and other pedagogical approaches with a focus on literacy and critical thinking skills. A growing body of research from education scholars shows that an Ethnic Studies pedagogy has proven to have positive academic and social benefits to students of all races and ethnicities.