Puerto Rico Critical Literacy Project
In 2019, Professors Carmen Lilian Medina (Indiana University) and Maria del Rocio Costa (University of Puerto Rico Bayamon, UPRB) started the Puerto Rico Critical Literacy (PRCL) Project which focuses on developing literacy skills using Latin American and Caribbean children’s literature.
PRCL has enhanced the children’s literature taught by Dr. Costa, using student teachers enrolled in the elementary educational program and in-service teachers in their classrooms, benefitting over 100 elementary school children.
The project adjusted to the earthquakes and COVID-19, both occurring months apart from each other by making its workshops available as webinars. Webinars on “Teaching in Time of Crisis” and Latin American and Caribbean children’s literature received over 500 Facebook Live views. Motivated by the success of the program, Professor Medina is looking into bringing it to IU Northwest, a Hispanic Serving Institution, and including Indigenous children’s literature to increase the project’s impact.