New York City teachers and students from grades 6 to 12 will have a new teaching and learning resource for the classroom: a bilingual social studies curriculum that documents the last 100 years of Latino community history in NYC (1913-2013), as covered through the pages of El Diario/La Prensa, the longest publishing Spanish-language daily newspaper in the United States, which just celebrated its 100th anniversary.
The project is a partnership between El Diario/La Prensa and the City College of New York's Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture, with collaboration from the Gregorio Luperón High School for Mathematics and Science, and El Puente Academy for Peace and Social Justice. It was developed by the Fall 2012 graduate “Education that is Multicultural” class at CCNY, under the guidance of bilingual education and TESOL professor and author Tatyana Kleyn. The curriculum was successfully pilot-implemented last spring at Luperón High School in Upper Manhattan, and El Puente Academy, in Brooklyn.
“From the moment that we envisioned our centennial celebration, we knew that we wanted to work with teachers and students toward creating a study-guide for Latino history in New York using materials from the century-old archives of our newspaper”, Rossana Rosado, Publisher and CEO of El Diario/La Prensa said. “I thank Professor Kleyn, the students and faculty at CCNY, Luperón High School and El Puente Academy, for helping make this project a reality.”
The curriculum titled “Social Justice & Latinos in NYC: 1913-2013” consists of seven bilingual lessons that cover areas such as media, health, education, housing, activism, labor, arts and culture, housing, identity, immigration, and language, among others. It includes innovative classroom activities, homework assignments, and comprehensive multimedia supporting materials (appendices) drawn from El Diario/La Prensa's photo vaults (recently donated to the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Columbia University), and the newspaper's print and online edition archives.