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Fall River Teacher Helps Students Connect to Cultural Heritage

4 April 2013

Last summer, Primary Source awarded three educators a scholarship to attend Cultural Proficiency in Today's Diverse Schools: A Multidisciplinary Approach, a summer institute for K-12 educators. Each scholarship winner was required to use ideas and resources they gained in the institute to implement meaningful projects in their schools. We caught up with scholarship winner Nancy Miranda recently to see how her projects are going and hear her thoughts on the importance of cultural proficiency for educators of diverse classrooms.

TeacherNancy Miranda, Fall River, Massachusetts
Scholarship winner Nancy Miranda is a teacher of English Language Learners (ELL) at Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts. "It was a remarkable experience," says Nancy about the Primary Source institute. "We so often feel alone in what we know is right and important for our students. It is gratifying to hear others who share common priorities and practices."

Inspired by her new knowledge, Nancy is creating lesson plans for her students. Through these lessons, students will work on English language acquisition through sharing stories orally and writing about "who they are, with all their cultural richness and experience." The lessons will also include reaching out to others in their families and communities and searching for common experiences and beliefs. "I believe that if they understand themselves a bit better, their interests and strengths will more easily and accurately come to light," says Nancy.

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