The videos were made in 2015 as part of a project connected with a documentary series called "Back to School" that was available on PBS Wide Angle for a number of years. It followed seven children in different countries and their access to education as they got older, contrasting social and economic barriers and privileges. … Continue reading Student Videos
I began to get newcomer students who were openly "out" a few years ago. I had nobody to send them to who they could relate to or even communicate with. So I started a multilingual and multicultural GSA club, it didn't serve as many kids as I had hoped, but some kids had a voice for … Continue reading GSA Club Chispa Module 1 Locker Rooms
On 4/12/17, WRIR 97.3 invited Chispa as one of several programs to be on a "live on the radio" event on the Local Voices Live program. Lyedi and Paloma told the audience about the corridos (ballads) they wrote about a family member and life in Guatemala and Mexico in contrast to the United States. Paloma, … Continue reading Local Voices Live!
In this class, every student identified as Latino, an immigrant, or in a family of immigrants. So, of course, throughout the presidential campaign they had become increasingly distressed at what they heard as anti immigrant and bigoted rhetoric. This is my third presidential election teaching in secondary classrooms. Traditionally, the class has their election projects … Continue reading The Voting Right Act of 1965
Listen to "Chispa" modules http://wrir.org/listen/ Archived news/talk shows or here on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/user-314182877 Open Source 11/4/16,3/24/2017 , 3/31/2017, 4/7/2017, 4/14/2017 WRIR 97.3 is an all volunteer radio station, Open Source RVA is Don Harrison with volunteer producers were Krysty Albus for Open Source RVA and Chispa Media is Katie Whelan with volunteer producers Krysti Albus, … Continue reading WRIR 97.3 Archived Chispa modules
Why do I matter in the world? ¿Por qué soy importante en el mundo? This was a little project with my Central American newcomer students during the 2016-17 school year, who had newly arrived from detention in the last months. I wanted them to use both languages because their identity and voice is in Spanish. … Continue reading Why do I matter in the world? ¿Por qué soy importante en el mundo?
Corridos! Corridos find their origins in Revolutionary Mexico as a genre of ballad written in poetic verse to narrate important events, legendary characters, local communities and ordinary people. Corridos continue to pass along the oral history today in Mexican and Mexican -American culture on both sides of the border. This site has a ton of examples! http://corridos.org/ … Continue reading Corrido Project