Sunday, September 30, 2007


Celebrating Los MacArturos:

Locos, Dreamers and Visionaries!

Geniuses in the Making Project

We present to you our work. We consider ourselves Geniuses in the Making and we would like to help teachers in the Geniuses in the Making of all their students. This blog was developed by graduate students in the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the culture, literacy and language program from the Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The blog consists of lesson plans aimed at secondary students but each lesson plan can be adapted for lower grades. We have also included resource materials for the successful implementation of the lessons.

Within this program, Professor Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark teaches our advanced doctoral seminar BBL 7253 Latino Issues in Education. This seminar examines many of the key issues in the education of Latino students. It presents the experiences of a range of different Latino ethnic groups who often share the same struggles in U.S. schools. The course begins with a critical look at how Latino students have been socially constructed and moves toward a greater understanding of the political, social, and economic forces shaping the challenges that Latinos have faced in accessing education in this country In essence, the field reflects a dire need for curricula that can interest, motivate, and stimulate Latina/o students, in their self-concept and academic quest. We hope to address this need with these lesson plans. We invite you to attend the events so that you can personally experience the power of the MacArturo Latino Geniuses.

Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy, and Language students:
Malena Salazar, Irma Vargas Rosas, Jessica Muniz, Carmen Guzman-Martinez, Lora Beth Escalante, Claudia Treviño Garcia, and Lorena Claeys

Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark
Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
University of Texas at San Antonio

Presented at the Texas Association for Bilingual Education Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 4, 2007.