TEACHING

GRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINAR: DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS

This course focuses on expanding educational leaders’ consciousness of national, state, and local research while supporting them to develop their identities as initiators of inquiry in educational settings. Major goals of this course include: data collection for MA Research Projects; developing an organization system for collecting data; and drafting preliminary analyses for MA Research Projects.

San José State University, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

THE SCHOOL LEADER

This course focuses on theories, concepts, and principles of effective leadership for educational excellence and equity. An emphasis is placed on a reflective practice approach to creating outstanding schools that serve all students. Students engage in problem-based learning as a means for bridging theory and practice.

San José State University, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

CHICANA/O and LATINA/O CULTURAL CHANGES

Upper-division undergraduate course examining the diversity of the Chicana/o and Latina/o populations in the U.S. Central to this course are analyses of cultural, political, social, and economic complexities facing Chicana/os and Latinas/os.

Fresno State University, Department of Chican@ and Latin American Studies (CLAS)

CHICANA/O ARTISTIC EXPRESSION

Introduction undergraduate course focused on Chicano artistic expression, with special attention to cultural continuity and change; the interrelationships between popular music, dance, drama, literature, and the graphic arts.

Fresno State University, Department of Chican@ and Latin American Studies (CLAS)

CRITICAL THINKING IN CHICANA/O STUDIES

Required undergraduate course that guides students in distinguishing between belief vs. knowledge and fact vs. opinion. This course examines relationships between language/logic in structuring around arguments; uses deductive/inductive reasoning; distinguishes and evaluates unsupported beliefs. Critical thinking skills are applied to topics concerning questions race, ethnicity, gender, culture, and class with a central focus on Chicana/os and Latina/os.  

Fresno State University, Department of Chican@ and Latin American Studies (CLAS)

POLICY ANALYSIS AND THE CHICANA/O COMMUNITY

Graduate-level course focused on analyzing major issues—such as education, immigration, healthcare and reproductive rights, and political representation—and policies that impact Chicana/o communities, genrally.  An added emphasis is placed on effective strategies for inciting social change.

My course follows the structure of my doctoral dissertation and also inspired the blog titled, Public Policy and the Chicano/Latino Community.

San José State University, Department for Mexican American Studies

FOUNDATIONAL ISSUES IN A PLURALISTIC SOCIETY

A single-subject, teacher credential course focused on critical analysis of purposes and processes of public schooling, including an examination of the sociopolitical relationship between public schools and society, and the relationship between culture, community, achievement, educational theory and practice. Emphasis on: the social, cultural, historical, and philosophical foundations of education; theories of learning; and ethno-cultural, social, emotional and cognitive development.  In particular, students examine their attitudes regarding gender, sexuality, race, language and ability, while developing a philosophy of education for our multicultural and democratic society.

Sacramento State University College of Education, Teacher Preparation

FOUNDATIONAL ISSUES FOR A MULTICULTURAL, PLURALISTIC SOCIETY

A required single-subject, teacher credential course focused on the critical examination of the socio-political relationship between California’s public schools and its major population subgroups—as defined by culture, gender, social class, language, race/ethnicity, and ability.  Teacher candidates critically reflect on the philosophy and practices of schooling in relation to students’ culture, family, and community; analyze institutional and instructional practices for educational equity; and develop alternative instructional activities based on the principles of multicultural education and English language learning in a democratic society. Lectures are enhanced with discussions, small group work, simulations, field tasks.

Sacramento State University College of Education, Teacher Preparation

IMMIGRATION, EDUCATION, AND GLOBALIZATION

(Teaching assistant). Graduate course, taught by Dr. Angela Valenzuela, focuses on historical and contemporary issues surrounding Mexican immigration to the United States, both from a U.S.- and Mexico-based perspective.  Students become acquainted with Mexican American experiences through various theoretical perspectives and issues of borders, globalization, neoliberalism, assimilation, citizenship, and human rights.

University of Texas at Austin (cross-listed course): Mexican American Studies; Education Policy; and Cultural Studies in Education.