We did it!

Thank you, Gracias, Merci, Danke, Grazie... The Art for Ecuador fundraiser wrapped up 10 days ago, and in total we raised over $7000.00 (that I know about--not all of it went through our CrowdRise campaign). I am so grateful to all of you for sharing the articles about the Ecuador earthquake and Gianina's project with … Continue reading We did it!

Four days remain to contribute to Art for Ecuador

I just heard from some more teachers today that are working on fundraisers for our Art for Ecuador CrowdRise campaign! If your class is doing a fundraiser for Ecuador earthquake relief efforts, inspired by Gianina's story, please contribute the funds raised to our CrowdRise campaign by this Friday, May 7, so that we can see … Continue reading Four days remain to contribute to Art for Ecuador

Drone footage of earthquake damage

There is one week left in our CrowdRise campaign to show students that they CAN make a difference and raise money for earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador. Rincon Valley Middle School in California wrapped up their fundraiser today with a smashing $1,005.00 raised! If you are looking for ways to continue talking about the earthquake … Continue reading Drone footage of earthquake damage

Article in Spanish: A rescue dog dies in Ecuador

Faith Laux shared with me a summary that she wrote about the story of a brave rescue dog that gave his life to earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador. She gave me permission to share the story here, and I've written a second, even more simplified summary so that more teachers can use it in their classes. Thank you … Continue reading Article in Spanish: A rescue dog dies in Ecuador

Noticias – El 11 de marzo de 2016

From time to time, Maris Hawkins puts together and shares Noticias (news summaries) on her blog. Her noticias are GREAT because they provide comprehensible reading material to students that they can choose to review during Free Voluntary Reading or that the teacher can use as a starting point for class discussion on current events or broader discussion of cultural … Continue reading Noticias – El 11 de marzo de 2016

What does it mean to be Afro-Latino?

Teaching culture to our students is not easy. Culture is complex. It is messy. But it is beautiful, and it is important. We cannot hope that our students will be able to successfully communicate with speakers of the target language without awareness of the target culture. We can’t teach them every subtlety that they will … Continue reading What does it mean to be Afro-Latino?