Summer Teachers’ Institute on the Mexican Revolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2010
UTEP and City Institutions to Host Summer Teachers’ Institute on the Mexican Revolution

El Paso, Texas – The Center for History Teaching & Learning at The University of Texas at El Paso will host a 3‐day teacher institute titled “Teaching the Mexican Revolution” on June 24‐26, 2010. Presentations will treat the big picture of the Revolution, everyday life during the Revolution, the role of mass media in the Revolution, and how to add the Revolution to the Texas state curriculum. Teachers will learn from award‐winning teachers and scholars, engage in hands‐on workshops, participate in a walking tour of El Paso revolutionary sites, and earn professional development credit. Sessions will be held at the El Paso Museum of History and the El Paso Public Library’s Main Branch.

Though it has been in planning for over a year, the institute will occur only one month after the Texas state board of education voted to minimize the role of Hispanics in state and national history. “If the board of education wants to ignore history and reality, then we’ll bring the experts to the teachers and work together to restore truth and sound pedagogy to the classroom,” said Keith Erekson, director of the Center for History Teaching & Learning.

The institute is open to all K‐12 educators, including teachers, librarians and media specialists, and technology coordinators in public, public charter, private, or religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents. All sessions and materials are free for teachers and no pre‐registration is required. Materials will be published free online after the institute.

“Teaching the Mexican Revolution” is made possible by grants from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, UTEP’s Teachers for a New Era, and Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Center for History Teaching & Learning is a division of UTEP’s History Department created to promote scholarly teaching among department faculty, support teacher education among our students, and provide outreach and professional development opportunities for area social studies teachers.

For more information about the summer teachers’ institute, please visit utep.edu/chtl, send an email to chtl@utep.edu, or call 915‐747‐5878.

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