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St. Paul – Educator Workshop: Latine Hxstory and the Xican@ Pop-Up Book Movement

Wednesday, July 13 | 9:00 am3:30 pm


We recognize the significant stress that teachers have endured, particularly over the past two years. This workshop is part of our new Educator Institute offerings, designed in response to feedback that allows for more flexibility, a nurturing learning environment for teachers, and ready to use lesson plans that align with Social Studies Standards. We look forward to welcoming you to the Minnesota Humanities Center for an experience that promotes creativity, connection, and inspiration.
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Latine Hxstory, Pop Up Books, and Problematizing Hxstory in the Classroom, with Kleber Ortiz

This workshop will introduce teachers to the Xican@ Pop-Up Book (XPUB) movement that was developed by Dr. Elias Serna and John Avalos Rios as a response to the dismantling of the Mexican American Studies (MAS) Department in Tucson, Arizona. Participants will learn about the hxstorical significance of the XPUB movement in teaching hxstory in US schools that improves academics for Latine students, as well as associated controversies. In group discussion and hands-on activities, teachers will learn about incorporating the XPUB framework to teach Latine history and topics that are important to the community but are often left out of school curriculum, such as the 1968 East L.A. Walkouts, and the landmark case Mendez v. Westminster. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore how to use the pop-up book framework broadly in their classroom to transform curriculum and increase student engagement.


Scholar definitions:

*Hxstory is used to acknowledge the untold hxstories and the collective push to reclaim the lost
**The Xican@ Pop Up book (XPUB) Framework was designed to teach history and stories from students and community perspectives
***Latine is used instead of the Spanish use of masculine “o,” to include people of all genders


Scholar and Teacher Kleber Ortiz, Latino immigrant from Ecuador, is an instructor in the School of Education at Minneapolis College and adjunct professor at Hamline University. He has worked in the Education field for over 15 years, his teaching experiences include middle school, high school, post secondary, curriculum development and teacher professional development, planning and implementation. He has lead workshops at various events that focus on Ethnic Studies, Equity, Latine History, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Critical Literacy and closing the Opportunity Gap.


For the full Learning Journey experience, we recommend signing up for these Learning in Community offerings: Latinos/x/e in St. Paul’s West Side (coming soon).



If cost is a barrier, please contact Jessica Rust at jessica@mnhum.org before registering.

K-12 educators will receive 6 clock hours.

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