How to Teach Latinx History in the Classroom

Our guest today is Antoinette (Toni) Rochester. She is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education (Urban Education) at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She is also the Graduate Research Assistant at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Her interests include addressing issues of equity amongst minority students and the intersection between race, policy, and education. 

Toni’s NCSS Presentation discusses how to use primary and secondary visual sources to teach African American and Latinx history. Often, when African American history is introduced, it is not taught in conjunction with America’s Latinx history. However, scholars such as Paul Ortiz have explored how teaching African American and Latinx history simultaneously is more of an accurate representation of Black and Brown citizenship history. Thus, for our presentation, we intend to discuss how teachers can use visual sources from the Library of Congress and other historical databases to begin said counter-narrative and to expound students learning on the coalition African Americans and Latinx formed with one another. 

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