EPAA and Stanford Spanish ClassTop of Page

Stanford Spanish professors Citlalli Del Carpio, Maria Cristina Urruela and Vivian Brates have kindly invited EPAA Spanish teacher Misla Barco to teach and collaborate with them in couple of classes per quarter.  This year, the units were  Guatemala Contemporary Literature and Arts, Race and Identity and Genocide. The EPAA/AP students and the Stanford class read, analyzed and gave presentations on the same short stories and novellas. 

Ms. Barco utilized technology as well and was able to interview all writers on Skype. In the photograph above, Guatemalan writer Rafael Romero is  talking from Madrid to Stanford and EPAA/ AP students!

Ms. Barco described the experience in this way, "Last April, I was invited by a Stanford Spanish professor to teach and collaborate with her in couple of classes; the unit was Guatemala Contemporary Literature and Arts. I thought that if I was going to Stanford University, my entire AP class should go with me! My students don’t get many opportunities to visit colleges and experience what college life is all about. It was an amazing teaching and learning experience for myself and for the students who had the opportunity to learn, read and meet Guatemala's contemporary writer Rafael Romero who kindly spoke with the students from Madrid, Spain! One of my AP students, David says, “ I was happy to meet Rafael Romero and asked him questions about his book, El elegido which we read and analyzed in class. It was the first time ever that I got to meet and speak to an author.” The experience has enriched, impacted, empowered and supported the growth and cultural awareness that our students strive to develop."

Performing Arts Collaboration with StanfordTop of Page

One example of the synergy between Stanford and EPAA lies in the Performing Arts curriculum.   Researchers at Stanford’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) have found the EPAA Performing Arts teacher’s work to be so innovative that they are conducting research on his innovative Warrior Writers after-school program.  Teacher Andy Robinson has developed a curriculum where students study plays by prominent playwrights of color, and then write and perform their own plays, poems and hip-hop lyrics to tell their stories about challenges faced in their homes and community.  This process, strengthened by classroom dialogue, empowers students to express the pluralism of their identities, and to use their voices to confront issues of social justice.  Using ethnographic research methods, Stanford hopes to understand the program’s effects on individuals, the school and the community.

EPAA College & Career CenterTop of Page

HAAS Center for Public Service at Stanford University & EPAA College & Career Center
Each year, Stanford students and faculty volunteer their time and talents to support the students and teachers of East Palo Alto Academy. We are excited to build on this partnership with a new full-time AmeriCorps Vista position, co-sponsored by EPAA and the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. The new Vista will join our staff in August
, and split her time between the EPAA and Stanford campuses. This position will help recruit, train, and manage Stanford volunteers, and support
College and Career Specialist
Jose Heredia in developing our college prep programming.
, students in
Stanford GSE
Professor Amado Padilla’s course on Well-being in Immigrant Youth will support our College
and Career
Center by meeting with current freshmen to explore college opportunities.