More Than Lip Service

We celebrated Hispanic Heritage in our small downtown this weekend.  It was an opportunity to see the community (of all shades) come together to celebrate our diversity and unity.

Rather than write a post about the challenges some of our Latino students face, I decided to introduce and curate a YouTube playlist so a few primary voices could tell their own stories.

We celebrated Hispanic Heritage in our small downtown this weekend.  It was an opportunity to see the community (of all shades) come together to celebrate our diversity and unity.

Rather than write a post about the challenges some of our Latino students face, I decided to introduce and curate a YouTube playlist so a few primary voices could tell their own stories.

 

Regardless of one’s stance on immigration, we have to advocate for the students that come to our public schools so they can see the benefits of #schooleveryday.  Paying more than lip service to Hispanic Heritage Month, there is a lot of work to be done on behalf of and along side of our students.  Here are a few suggestions to start:

  • Read Estephania’s story and be on the lookout for apathy from the ordinarily engaged, bright minds in our rooms.
  • Read Eduardo’s blog post and join the #1of11Million campaign. (Armchair activism is a good first step).  Take it a step further and encourage your students to share their stories.
  • Advocate for our students like Keny.  He works 3 jobs to pay out-of-state tuition in a state that graduated him at the top of his class.  Keny’s GoFundMe page is raising money for his tuition so he can transfer to a university.  When the kid does everything “right” and is still penalized, how can we inspire younger students to stay the course?

 

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Don’t forget the fun stuff!  It is also a prime time to celebrate #HHM and all that our friends from diverse Spanish-speaking cultures have accomplished and offered us. PBS Learning Media has a collection for you.

How will you activate and/or celebrate?

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