Interested students please contact Professor Medina at email@example.com.
Project Title: Understanding Local Struggles through Critical Latin American Literature for Children: Towards a Teachers’ Induction Model for Critical Literacy in Puerto Rico
Principal Investigator: Prof. Carmen Liliana Medina,Associate Professor, Literacy, Culture and Language Education, Indiana University, Bloomington
Collaborating Hispanic Serving Institution: University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón
This project aims to integrate Latin American children’s literature (with an emphasis on social justice picture books) to the literacy methods courses in the teacher preparation program at the U. of Puerto Rico. One component is mentoring 10 students through out their methods courses, student teaching and first year of teaching. These students receive funding to begin a small classroom library as part of the grant.
Research Assistant Responsibilities:
- Podcast development support: A priority this semester is to design and begin a series of podcasts where the 10 participants in the group reviews one of the books they acquired. Eventually we would also like to have samples of their lesson plans once they get those but we are not there yet.
- L.A. Children’s Books Data Based: This semester we have to begin developing a data based on picture books from Latin America based on the themes established by the Department of Education in Puerto Rico. We already developed the list of themes and some ideas of titles but we need to expand this significantly.
- Academic Literature Review: We need to develop a literature review in a couple of areas such as thematic qualitative design, the role of Latin American children’s literature in classrooms, etc.
- WOW stories publication: We would like to develop a piece on the project to submit to WOW stories journal: http://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/stories/. We have to design what this piece might look like with the data we have so far. We have some videos and we did some work with drama that we can share on this piece. Of course you’ll be a co-author on the piece.
- Summer Institute: We will be having a small summer institute in 2020 with local Puerto Rican authors, teachers and scholars exploring the themes of racial equity and afroidentities through Latin American children’s literature.