Please join us for our next TLFSS Monthly Webinar on June 20th, 2019 at 3:00pm CST




June 20th, 2019

Drs. Rafael Castillo and Lydia CdeBaca

"Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Remixed"



About the Webinar:

Designed for new practitioners in the Catch the Next Ascender Framework, this session will continue the conversation on culturally relevant pedagogy begun in our Foundational Ascender Summer Summit. Drs. Rafael Castillo and Lydia CdeBaca will offer suggestions for materials, lessons, and assignments across a variety of disciplines that promote a culturally relevant curriculum. We would love to hear from you, too! What ideas do you have for contextualizing your curriculum or building community with your students?

About This Month's Speakers:

Dr. Rafael Castillo

Born and raised in San Antonio’s west side, Rafael Castillo attended Sidney Lanier High School during the turbulent sixties when Lanier was one of the institutions targeted for a massive walkout because of gross inequalities in scholastic preparations. A member of the high school journalism staff, El Nopal, Castillo entered St. Mary’s University after graduation where he would major in political science and minor in English.  He continued his education and entered the University of Texas at San Antonio, when the school was beginning to offer graduate courses and matriculated with a master’s degree in Bicultural Studies with additional course work in English literature.  He began his career in writing through experimentation and writing in nascent Chicano journals, and epistolary beginnings when The San Antonio Light and the San Antonio Express-News began publishing his letters. A veteran free-lance writer, Castillo authored articles and book reviews germane to the Mexican American community and established education-based issues that promoted Mexican American arts and letters in journals, newspapers, and magazines. For the next thirty years, Castillo became part of the weekly newsprint that reviewed books, wrote profile articles and did editorials in both daily newspapers, including a stint in an alternative newspaper. His broad literary background allowed Castillo to review books in philosophy, arts, architecture, letters, criticism and psychology.  He later served as a contributing editor of The Saguaro, a literary and scholarly journal published at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  Currently, he is serving as Vice-President of Los Bexarenos Genealogical and Historical Society for 2008–2009, a Hispanic focus group. He served as Director (2009–2010) for Los Bexarenos Genealogical and Historical Society in charge of programs.

Dr. Lydia CdeBaca

Lydia CdeBaca is Director of the Teaching and Learning for Student Success Peer Mentoring Program for Catch the Next. She is committed to improving educational outcomes for underserved students and has a deep and abiding passion for community-based education initiatives, particularly those serving adult learners. CdeBaca received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English with graduate certificates in Mexican American Studies and Native American/Indigenous Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Arlington. CdeBaca currently serves as the Director of the Teaching and Learning for Student Success Peer Mentoring Program for Catch the Next, Inc., a college readiness and completion organization based in Austin, Texas. Prior to joining Catch the Next, CdeBaca served as Associate Chair of the English Department, Program Coordinator for Humanities/Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, and Director of the Mexican American/Latino Studies Program at Houston Community College. She maintains her teaching profile by continuing to teach in the Ascender and Adult Education programs at Austin Community College.

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