Resource Sharing for Progressive Spanish Teachers
I am very excited to announce the launch of the Spanish for Social Justice website! A space for teachers to easily find and share resources for teaching social justice in the Spanish classroom.
The Spanish for Social Justice Teacher Network
In 2010, I conducted research for my thesis about how high school Spanish teachers in British Columbia were teaching for and about social justice. One thing that I heard over and over was that the teachers wanted a space to collaborate with other like-minded colleagues, so I sent an email to ask if they would like to get together and that is how the Spanish for Social Justice Teacher Network was born. We began meeting several times a year to discuss best practices for creating equitable classroom environments and how to teach social justice in the Spanish classroom. We found that what most teachers lacked was up-to-date and age-appropriate resources to help teach social justice issues, and so we set out to create an online space where Spanish teachers from all over the world could support each other in this endeavour. With support from the BCTF, the Ed May Social Responsibility Fund, and Function5 Solutions, our vision became a reality!
What is the website and who is it for?
The Spanish for Social Justice website allows teachers to easily upload and download Spanish resources for free to use in their classrooms. The resources are organized by level, grammar topic, and theme, and they can be browsed by any combination of these categories. Some of the themes include globalization, immigration, and art. Each resource has a brief description and any necessary document attachments. Although the site was designed by high school Spanish teachers in Vancouver, we encourage teachers from all over the world who teach at any level to submit their resource. A lot of the resources can easily be modified for other levels, and even for other languages.