Border crossing: Renewing El Pueblo In/Out of School
Since 2010, Alicia Sanchez International Elementary School and the School of Education have been engaged in a partnership focused on building and studying solutions aimed at (1) improving the academic learning of children living in poverty who are also racial and linguistic minorities, and (2) preparing a majority middle-class, white population of pre-service teachers to teach these students effectively. Our partnership is centered around the design of an after-school club located at Sanchez called El Pueblo Innovation Club (EPIC) in which undergraduates enrolled in EDUC 4411 act as mentors to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in the context of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) projects.
We can have a greater positive impact on the students of Sanchez and on the preparation of future elementary school teachers by organizing EPIC and EDUC 4411 so that its practices represent a greater alignment between the partners' values and approaches to learning. Ongoing conversations between CU and Sanchez faculty have drawn our attention, in particular, to opportunities for linking day-school and EPIC curricula and instructional approaches. This outreach award supports our systematic efforts to (1) learn more about Sanchez day-school instruction so as to design activities at EPIC and EDUC 4411 that are informed by day-school practices; and (2) develop forums in which the university and Sanchez partners can share and learn from each other, particularly regarding how to support children's learning.
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