Salsa dancing in gym shoes: A critical conversation about students, culture, and education
The Critical Conversations in Policy and Social Justice
CUC Center for Policy and Social Justice
Chicago, River Forest, IL
Helping teachers effectively "navigate the open dance floor" between themselves and their Latino students is the main objective of this work. The text guides teachers - both pre-service and current teachers - through thoughtful experiences and personal essays that reveal new perspectives. 86% of classroom teachers are white, middle-class females, unfamiliar with the Latino experience and culturally unprepared to engage students and their families. Our presenters will lead a dialogue that explores cultural missteps that hinder the academic achievement of Latinos, and examine ways to address a widening achievement gap.
Oberg De La Garza, T., Lavigne, A. L, & Garcia Ansani, E. (2015, March). Salsa dancing in gym shoes: A critical conversation about students, culture, and education. Critical Conversations in Policy and Social Justice Series hosted by the Center for Policy & Social Justice. Concordia University – Chicago, River Forest, IL.