La Batalla Continua: Latina/o Educators Democratizing Educational Practices

  • Marisol O. Ruiz New Mexico State University
  • Luis-Vicente Reyes New Mexico State University
  • Maribel Trujillo New Mexico State University
  • Elizabeth Chavez New Mexico State University
  • Nereida Antunez New Mexico State University
  • Veronica Lugo New Mexico State University
  • Ericka Martinez New Mexico State University
  • Ben Rivera New Mexico State University
  • Gaby Sulzer
  • Ana Granados
  • Veronica Lerma
Keywords: Critical Pedagogy, Bilingual Education, Counter-stories, Race, Cultural Studies, Latinos, Latinas, Democratic Education, Schooling, Solidarity

Abstract

This journey analysis shares the counter-stories of practicing bilingual Latina/o educators teaching predominately Latino youth.  The study is situated in a bi-national (US/Mexico) tri-city (El Paso, Las Cruces, Juarez), and tri-state (New Mexico, Texas, Chihuahua) context. When teachers of color voice their concerns about oppressive institutional polices and practices, a counter-story is produced. One way to bring Latina/o students' and their teachers' counter-stories to the center of schooling polices and practices is to create intentional spaces to examine the realities of how these policies and practices are oppressive in nature. These intentional spaces offer self-reliance and solidarity. Solidarity can lead to mobilization, an important aspect of the inherit praxis of this critical intentional space.

Author Biographies

Marisol O. Ruiz, New Mexico State University

Assistant Professor in TESOL/Bilingual Ed., College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Luis-Vicente Reyes, New Mexico State University

Associate Professor in Early Childhood/ TESOL/Bilingual Ed., College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Maribel Trujillo, New Mexico State University
M.A. in Education and is a teacher in Gadsden School District
Elizabeth Chavez, New Mexico State University
M.A. in Bilingual Education.  Bilingual educator in EL Paso Independent School District
Nereida Antunez, New Mexico State University
M.A. in Bilingual Education.  Bilingual educator in the Gadsden Independent School District
Veronica Lugo, New Mexico State University
M.A. in Bilingual Education. Bilingual educator in the Gadsden Independent School District
Ericka Martinez, New Mexico State University
M.A. in TESOL.  TESOL/Bilingual educator in the Gadsden Independent School District
Ben Rivera, New Mexico State University
M.A. in Bilingual Education. Bilingual educator in the Gadsden Independent School District
Gaby Sulzer
B.A. in Elementary Education - Certified Bilingual. Bilingual educator in Truth or Consequences Public Schools.
Ana Granados
Bilingual educator in Las Cruces Public School District.
Veronica Lerma
Bilingual educator in Las Cruces Public School District.
Published
2011-11-18
Section
Articles