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Black History Month: The Importance of Arturo Schomburg and Why I’m So Steadfast on Quisqueya

February 26, 2010 Jose
Arturo Schomburg by Marcano García at Taller Borinquen

A few weeks ago, a few people asked me why I helped create the now annual event Quisqueya, a celebration of Afro-Latino history throughout the Americas at Syracuse University. Honestly, it had a tinge of selfishness: by then, I helped run a series of workshops dedicated to understanding the relationships between Blacks and Latinos at […]

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On Why It’s Lonely Out Here for a Black / Latino Teacher Blogger. Really.

December 15, 2009 Jose
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A week or so ago, I ended a blog entry about my appearance at GothamSchools.org’s fundraiser likeso: While at times in that gathering, while chewing on some wonderful chocolate chip cookies, I mulled over whether a Black / Latino man severely outnumbered ethnically and culturally in the many educational arenas I’m involved in even really […]

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Because My Commenters Rock, Even In Spanish

December 8, 2009 Jose
Spanish Inquisition: Just When You Least Expect Them

Please check the first gem spilled upon my blog yesterday concerning my discussion on Spanish (with some edits from me): So here’s the funny part of all this: in English, the Spanish language is called, duh, Spanish but (I was discussing this with my dad who’s a brilliant, highly-educated man and Dominican) in Spanish there […]

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My Spanish Is Way Better Than Yours

December 7, 2009 Jose
Dora The Explorer and Diego

Scenario: Let’s say there are two native Spanish speakers, both of whom don’t come directly from Spain, but have Latino backgrounds, one comes from a South American country and the other from a Carribean-based country. While discussing language, the first comments that their Spanish is “better” than the other. After the second suggests the lack […]

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Notes from The Black and Latino Males in High School Forum

December 3, 2009 Jose
Black Male Student and Teacher Writing on Blackboard

On November 24th, 2009 at around 9am, I had the distinct pleasure of going to the NYU Metropolitan Center Policy for Urban Education Educational Forum. The topic was “How are Black and Latino males faring in our high schools?” hosted and moderated by Dr. Pedro Noguera, professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development […]

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Short Notes: Day and Age (and My Radio Show Appearance)

November 15, 2009 Short Notes
Sammy Sosa: Before

A few links: Long overdue shout-out to the latest edition of Education Carnival courtesy of I’m A Dreamer. [ImADreamer] Mom101′s response to the LA Times’ article about mommy bloggers is the best I’ve ever read regarding blogger relationships with marketers. [Mom101] Want a really cool poster to use in class detailing the difference between Left […]

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