Books and Authors

Get to Know Bernardo de Gálvez — A Clever, History-filled Story that Everyone Will Enjoy

By- Erika Semprun

Get to Know Bernardo de Gálvez tells the story of Teresa Valcarce, known in the book as Mary Activist, a young woman on a quest in the United States Capitol. The short story narrates Mary’s desire to achieve justice for Bernardo de Gálveza Spanish general who played a key role in the American Revolution, but who had been forgotten for hundreds of years — by hanging his portrait in the Capitol. Despite Gálvez’s brilliant efforts throughout the war, Congress failed to recognize and honor his accomplishments. For over 230 years, a promise to hang Gálvez’s portrait went unfulfilled. Finally, in 2014, President Barack Obama honored that promise and had the general’s portrait hung in the Capitol.

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Featured Readings

What is World Refugee Day?

By- Angela Padrón

Every day, thousands of families flee the violence that has taken over their countries to seek safety and freedom. Many years ago, several countries decided to bring this cause to the forefront by taking action to help asylum seekers. They wanted to do something to recognize refugees around the world and to send a message to governments that something must be done to help. Their goal was to assist refugees secure a place in the world that they could consider “home.”

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Classroom Activities

La importancia de planificar las lecciones 

Por- Evelyn Silva

Mientras que para muchas personas la palabra verano es sinónimo de mucho calor, descanso y playa, para muchos maestros este es el tiempo libre para ir pensando, planificando y organizando sus planes de clase para el próximo año académico. Si bien algunos maestros aprovechan este tiempo para participar en actividades de desarrollo profesional, otros se suman a comunidades en línea donde tienen la oportunidad de compartir con otros maestros a distancia.

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Featured Readings

Twelve Ways to Integrate Storytelling in the Classroom

By- Angela Padrón 

Storytelling is a powerful method of communication. It offers people the opportunity to connect to, relate to, or see the world from someone else’s perspective. Stories provoke our emotions. They can make us laugh, cry, feel afraid, get angry, think, and dream. Following a character on a journey of exploration, empathizing with the character’s problem, yearning for a solution, and reveling in the outcome helps to shape our mental state.

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