Aprendamos, which is just one of the many, many programs to fall under the umbrella of IDEPSCA (the institute for the popular education of southern california).
But it wasn’t always focused equally on both the academic and the cultural, so just to give you some brief history: So to begin with, Aprendamos was not actually part of IDEPSCA, but was started in 1992 as an intercession program run through a church. However, when a ton of funding was cut for their program, as is typical for many afterschool or intercession programs throughout LAUSD, the church was forced to pass it down to IDEPSCA in 2008. So when IDEPSCA took it over, they wanted to restructure it a little so that it could foster multiple literacies, and not just purely academic ones (especially as their prior focus was on standardized test prep). In addition to traditionally academic or critical literacies, how these can intersection with media-making and civic participation.Popular education philosophy (very similar to what Henry Jenkins talks about): very peer-to-peer, everyone teaches each other, b/c everyone has something to learn from each other. Not just opening up student’s minds and depositing knowledge.
- Track system in which some students are labeled as “underperforming” => heavily intersects with ESL groups.
First two are mini-projects that can be implemented as week-long exercises.-Last one will be a more involved endeavor.- Have thematic units: family/identity, community, and social justice. So starting with yourself and with each progressive scale seeing yourself as part of the big picture. Talk about these thematic units a bit more later. -Feel free to use all, some, or none of them, b/c again, this all about what you think is best for the students.
-VoiceThread seems very similar to Mariella’s photo journals.
- One of the programs in this larger project called Departures. -Doesn’t necessarily need to be super high tech! Departures is just crayons on paper.
One of the teachers, Bernadette, had the idea of mapping where fast food places are. (Health subtheme)Nature walks with healthycity.org.
- Note from Mariella (don’t mention during presentation): session-long project for 5th grade?
- Sensitivity to cultural difference => language barrier.
- Friday staff meetings where the teachers, Liz, and I will do our own reflection.
Aprendamos: ProjectProposal<br />Liz Krane and Jason Lipshin<br />
What is Aprendamos?<br />An academic and cultural enrichment program for elementary students and their parents:<br />Multiple Literacies<br />Popular Education:<br />Paulo Friere, “Banking Model of Education”<br />Collaboration<br />Curriculum:<br />Tutoring – math/ELA for standardized tests.<br />Thematic Units + Project Based-Learning <br />
Who is our Audience?<br />Public school (track system)<br />2nd through 5th graders<br />Children of immigrants<br />Speak Spanish, English, indigenous languages <br />Esperanza Elementary School<br />Aprendamos<br />
Previous Media Projects<br />1) VozMob<br />2) Newsletter<br />3) Media Workshops<br />4) Photo Journals<br />
Mutual Goals<br />Integrate into existing curriculum.<br />Multimedia: easy to learn, easy to teach<br />Create projects that are fun and that students are proud of. <br />Implement technologies in simple, but smart ways. (repeatable and sustainable)<br />Teach multiple literacies in the process <br />Projects are collaborative and hands-on. <br />
- Connect to themes of personal identity, family narrative, and migration.<br />- Import their own media (created in workshop or brought from home).<br />1. Timeline + Media Journal Project<br />
Dipity and VoiceThread<br />Family timelines.<br />Personal timelines.<br />Education timelines: elementary through college and beyond.<br />Talk about media they shoot using cameras and cell phones.<br />Dipity: Multimedia timelines. <br />VoiceThread: Group conversations around media.<br />
- Could work well with social studies/language arts curriculum. <br />- Mapping and neighborhoods, “community detectives.” <br />- Integrate with VozMob platform. <br />2. Mapping Project<br />