TejasFoco Highlight: Teaching M.A.S.: How to Implement Mexican-American Studies in Your High Schoolby Tony Diaz on 01/25/15
Lone Star College-North Harris
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015,
Session II: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Bill Five has made ethnic study classes possible in Texas high schools for the
2014-2015 school year. Mission High School was successful in implementing one
of the first Mexican-American Studies Dual class in Texas. The purpose of this
workshop is to offer the framework for teachers, administrators, or students
who want to include a Mexican-American Studies course (dual or regular) at
their high school.
This workshop will include three components that were necessary for success at Mission High School: the argument for an ethnic studies course, curriculum, and bureaucratic steps for creating a course.
I am currently teaching the high school portion for the Mexican-American Studies Dual course at Mission High School and had to navigate the system with no experience. Although procedures for school districts may vary slightly, I’m offering adjustable materials and resources to advocates who want to build a MAS program at their schools. Each participant will leave with the knowledge, resources, and support they need to have Mexican-American Studies included on their district’s course catalogue.
Victoria Rojas, Social Studies Teacher, Mission High School
Stefanie Florez, a Mission High School student, explained in an essay why this is important to her:
“In order to have a functioning society, citizens should be familiar with other cultures. We need to embrace and celebrate different cultures in the U.S. because America is a melting pot. Therefore, I believe that having cultural studies, like Mexican-Studies, can not only improve our society, but also the relationships between different cultures, and preserve cultural heritage like my own.”
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