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Diversity, equity and inclusion and our Spanish textbook

Since we general education language courses at a liberal arts college, we hope to make a Spanish textbook that reflects our liberal arts values, including the institutions’ priority of fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. The recent meetings and … Continue reading

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IRB and Interviewing the Community

January: Since we are interviewing Spanish-speaking community members in the Reading community and using those interviews in our OER text, we submitted a proposal to Albright’s IRB but were exempted since the interviews are informational. Nevertheless, writing the IRB proposal helped … Continue reading

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Spanish 101 in the Liberal Arts

Is there a better way to teach Spanish that actually matches the goals of the Liberal Arts? Often elementary Spanish courses are taught to a grammar-focused textbook that relegates the cultural lessons to the side as “did you know” trivia. … Continue reading

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Reading Resilience

Over the past two months, I have read and outlined the primary and secondary texts for the Synthesis course on resilience I’m planning to propose and hope to teach next spring or the following fall. In Teachers as Intellectuals, Henry Giroux … Continue reading

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Resilience and Ancient Greece

Less than two weeks ago, I participated in the Council for Independent Colleges’ seminar on Ancient Greece held at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. I spent six full days reading, analyzing, writing about, and discussing Herodotus’ Histories … Continue reading

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Race, Racism and Resilience

In his April 4, 1967 speech entitled, “Beyond Vietnam,” Marin Luther King declared, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” (The full speech can be accessed here: http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_beyond_vietnam/ Since I will not betray myself, the memory of my ancestors or … Continue reading

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Resilience as Odyssey

I have been reading Paul Tough’s book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Gratitude, and it’s a really captivating read. I find compelling Tough’s argument that success has more to do with character and one’s having … Continue reading

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