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Teaching About Hurricane Maria Recovery: From Hamilton to Grassroots Activist Organizations

By Marilisa Jiménez García Teaching about Puerto Rico counters the historical erasure that exists regarding the United States and its relationship to its colonies. The aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017 and current earthquake activity in Puerto Rico, once again, underlines public ignorance about how 21st-century colonialism impacts disaster relief. For example, …

Teaching About the Taínos, Columbus, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day in a Middle School English Language Learners Classroom

By Alicia Lopez, M.Ed. “Who knows who Christopher Columbus was?” I ask my students a few weeks before what is now Indigenous Peoples’ Day in our town. Blank stares. Students often have pockets of knowledge that will contribute to lessons, but sometimes we have to push them to get at that knowledge. I try again, …