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
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."
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.
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,
College and Career Specialist
Jose Heredia in developing our college prep programming.
, students in
Professor Amado Padilla’s course on Well-being in Immigrant Youth will support our College
Center by meeting with current freshmen to explore college opportunities.