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Latino Contributions Project

Contributions Approach Talk about Cinco de Mayo and the history behind it on May 5th. Discuss how different cultures have influenced holidays and celebrations in the U.S.

Using Social Media for Social ChangeAna L. Flores is a great example of the power of social media and how you can use it to make a difference. One of the most effective means of communication today is through online social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instangram, and others. Blogging is the trend that has become widely popular within the last decade because it is a way to express your ideas and disseminate information to a vast audience. Students can also be exposed to the amazing wonders of using social media for social change.

Bilingual Nursery

Interview with Maria Celestefrom Telemundo

Ana L. Flores was born in Texas and was raised in El Salvador. Her experience traveling back and forth between two countries gave her a rich bicultural and bilingual background that eventually contributed to her future career as director for TV networks such as Univision and MTV. As a new mom she co-founded a very successful blog in 2009, Her blog in an invaluable resource because it is designed for parents who want to raise bilingual children here in the U.S. It is also packed with resources that are useful for educators and language specialists. It is probably one of the richest and largest online resources of bilingual education and raising bilingual kids. Ana L. Flores, along with Roxana A. Soto, published the book, Bilingual is Better: Two Latina Moms on How the Bilingual Parenting Revolution is Changing the Face of America. Ana has been featured on several other websites and TV shows, informing viewers about the advantages of being bilingual, as well as debunking the myths behind bilingualism. Ana currently lives in Los Angeles, California, and continues to work as a contributor to various bilingual parenting resources. She truly believes that parents can make a difference because parents are the best advocates for their children. (Darder & Torres, 2014, p. 185).

Ana L. Flores co-authored this book as a resource for parents raising bilingual kids in America.

Ana L. FloresCo-Founder of

Additive ApproachResearch different types of bilingual communities or individuals in America that have made a difference in politics, history, and the economy. For example, make a presentation about how the Navajo code-talkers made a difference during World War II.

Transformation ApproachWrite a saturation research paper taking the perspective of a historical figure or fictional character who faced challenges adapting to a different culture or language. Possible examples: a Jewish immigrant in New York, or a Chinese immigrant in San Francisco.

Bibliography"About Ana Lilian Flores." SpanglishBaby™. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 July 2014. .Darder, Antonia, and Rodolfo D. Torres. Latinos and Education. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2014. Print.Flores, Ana L. "A Latina Mother's Voice: A Tool for Social Good." The Huffington Post., 24 Oct. 2012. Web. 16 July 2014. .

Social Action ApproachStudents will research, analyze, and synthesize ideas about the importance of bilingualism and multiculturalism in American society . They will inform the general audience of their findings by creating a class blog and participating in an insideoutproject which will give them a chance to use self-portraits to show their audiences the many faces of bilingualism and multiculturalism. With this approach, the students will be able to express their views about the importance of multiculturalism and bilingualism to a wide audience ranging from social media, educators, parents, district officials, etc. The goal will be to educate and encourage educators to stregthen and support bilingual and multicultural education.

Teaching Resource: Social Media and Social Change


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