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PAR EntreMundos

A Pedagogy of the Américas


Edited By Jennifer Ayala, Julio Cammarota, Margarita I. Berta-Ávila, Melissa Rivera, Louie F. Rodríguez and María Elena Torre

PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas challenges the standard narratives of "achievement" to think about how Latinx students can experience an education that forges new possibilities of liberation and justice. Growing Latinx student populations have led to concerns about "assimilating" them into mainstream academic frameworks. This book offers an alternative, decolonizing approach that embraces complex Latinx identities and clears a path toward resisting systems of oppression. Educating Latinx students should involve more than just helping them achieve in school but rather having them recognize their agency to transform the larger structure of education to promote justice-oriented practices. The authors offer a framework for such transformation by honoring their theoretical lineages, proposing a set of guiding principles, and sharing stories about collective social action within and outside Latinx communities. PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas is a practice of liberation and freedom.

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Figure 4.1: Creating a World Without Violence by Los Muralistas de El Puente

Figure 4.2: Facilitator’s Map

Figure 4.3: Espíritu Tierra Community Garden by Los Muralistas de El Puente

Figure 7.1: Jóvenes con Derechos Youth-Created T-shirt Design

Figure 7.2: JcD’s Declaration of Linguistic Rights

Figure 7.3: Bilingual Invitations to JcD’s Linguistic Rights Summit

Figure 7.4: Sample Commitment Forms

Figure 9.1: Overarching Sociopolitical Themes: Values, Culture, Immigration, Stereotypes, Racism, Poverty

Figure 10.1: Student Example of an Educational Journey

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