Application deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 7.
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Connecting the Americas Scholars Program: From Durham, North Carolina to Guanajuato, Mexico
A Professional Development Program for Durham Public School Teachers
Presented by the Duke Office of Durham & Regional Affairs and the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Sponsored by the Duke Office of Global Affairs and Hanscom Endowment, the Duke Office of the President, and the U.S. Department of Education
In 2018, DARA’s Visions coordinator is teaming up with the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies to offer a new focus on bringing Latin American curriculum to K-12 classrooms. In this joint endeavor, called “Connecting the Americas,” teachers work with a curriculum development specialist to design new classroom content based on learning and experiences gained through interactive workshops and a travel-study tour to Guanajuato, Mexico. Teachers will create and disseminate new curriculum based on their research and exploration of topics, such as history, economy, art, immigration, etc., that connect the United States and Latin America.
– Prepare teachers to support immigrant students and students from immigrant families;
– Create and disseminate curriculum materials related to Latin American communities and immigration;
– Promote teacher collaboration across schools and grade levels.
In collaboration with their team partner, or independently, teachers will create a curriculum unit on a chosen topic for their classrooms using the knowledge they gained from the workshops and study tour, any artifacts they collected while in Guanajuato, and/or new activities or pedagogical practices learned at the local schools there. The curriculum unit should fit with the particular objectives of the teachers’ subject area(s) and grade or course. Possible topics may include: the economy, history, politics & policy, people & migration, language, identities, and education.
We are looking for teachers who bring a diversity of teaching interests and backgrounds, perspectives, and cultural experiences. Applicants must be full-time teachers of DPS who intend to remain at DPS through 2019-20. Teachers must apply as a team with another teacher from the same or a different school. An alternate teacher should be identified, in the event that you or your partner cannot travel.
All activities listed below are mandatory for participation in the program.
Wednesday, February 7 – Applications Due
Monday, February 26 – Notification of Acceptance
Monday, March 12, 4:30-6:30 pm – Orientation
Friday, April 6 – Installment 1 Due: $250
April 6 (9am – 5pm) – Spring Workshop, Durham
April 7 (9am – 2pm) – Spring Workshop, Durham
Monday, April 23, 4:30-6:30 pm – Google Hangout Meeting
Friday, May 4 – Installment 2 Due: $250
Monday, May 21, 4:30-6:30 pm – Travel Orientation
June 23-30 – Study Tour in Guanajuato
July 13(9am – 6pm) – Summer Workshop, Durham
July14 (9am – 2pm) – Summer Workshop, Durham
End of semester meeting – TBA
Teachers will be eligible to receive up to 8 CEUs. Credits can be applied towards earning a Global Educator Digital Badge from DPI for their participation in the spring pre-trip workshops, the seven-day study tour, and the post-trip curriculum development process.
STUDY TOUR PARTICIPANT FEES:
The Participant Fee is $500 and must be paid in two installments of $250 each (April 6 and May 4). This fee will partially cover round-trip airfare from RDU to Guanajuato, seven days of housing, most meals, and entrance fees to exhibits and other activities. Other costs will be covered by the Duke Office of Durham & Regional Affairs and the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American & Caribbean Studies. After airfare is purchased, participants will be responsible for reimbursing Duke for the cost of the ticket should they unexpectedly be unable to travel. (The ticket would remain in the participant’s name for use at a later date.) In addition, participants will be responsible for: passport fees (if ordering new or renewing); immunizations or other medical needs; optional meals on your own in Mexico; other incidentals.
Following the CTA program, participants will:
– Allow the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American & Caribbean Studies to make their curriculum unit available for download on their website.
– Share pertinent information gained from their cross-cultural experience with colleagues, administrators, and/or other education professionals.
– Complete all relevant program evaluation assessments conducted by the Duke Office of Durham & Regional Affairs and the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American & Caribbean Studies.
The program has taken teachers and administrators to Santa Elena, Yucatan, Mexico and to Guanajuato, Mexico to explore the Mexican school system and local culture and to learn about the social, political and economic circumstances from which many of Durham’s immigrant families come.
Before and after the trip, participants work closely with Latino parent leaders at their own schools to identify common goals and develop creative strategies to achieve those goals. They also learn about Durham’s Latino community through workshops, discussions and field trips.
The school-based initiatives that have emerged from the Visions program include better interpretation services for school events; outreach to and recruitment of Latino parents to School Improvement Teams and Parent Teacher Associations; support for mentoring and service programs led by Latino students; and training school personnel on the district’s language access resources.