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Issue 7, Spring 2011
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Canyon as Classroom,
   Cindy Jenson Elliot
Sunflowers and Math,
   Brittany Joslin
Going Against the Zeitgeist,
   Noah Shlottman
Teaching, Learning & not Knowing,
   Eleanor Duckworth
Exhibiting Student Writing,
   Randy Scherer
Science Room as Drawing Room,
   Parag Chowdhury
Experiencing Difference,
   Pam Baker
Annotating Teacher Work,
   Alicia Crump
Illuminated Mathematics,
   Dave Stahnke
   Laura Webber
Reading Art,
   Eusebio Travis Sevilla
A Better Education,
   Lillian Hsu
Sometimes the Exhibition is at the Dinner Table,
   Jenny Morris & John Bosselman

1: Get Bent
2: Viva La Revolucion!
3: Cultural Encounters
4: Resilience Café Project
5: Digital Storytelling
6: Chemistry and Conflict
7: Soaring Eagles
8: Life: The Book
9: Inventions

Cultural Encounters

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Our students explored how historical events such as immigration and war affected their families and the evolution of cultural traditions. Students read historical novels related to their families’ unique histories, presented on corresponding historical topics, and wrote creative pieces related to their families’ stories, significant moments and traditions. Each piece went through extensive critique and revision so that students could not only learn about each other, but also help each other with their writing. The final pieces were compiled and published as a book, Cultural Encounters, available at, with each article accompanied by a family photo.

Teacher Reflection
When I first came to the United States from El Salvador in 1989 I had the opportunity to work with the homeless children of immigrants in Los Angeles. I spent a great deal of time listening to those kids’ stories. They helped me realize that everyone has an incredible story to tell and that their stories are part of a larger story: the story of people who have come to this country at different times and from different places. Our book continues that story, written with the ink and sweat of our students.

—Julio Delgado

Student Reflections
During this project, we all had the chance to interview our family members and write a story based on one moment from their lives. This project didn’t just turn out to be a school project. It became a project for us, a way to discover a part of ourselves and get connected to our families. Nothing says more about your family than to actually write a fascinating story and know that you were somehow part of it!

—Karina Davalos, 10th grade

I found out tons of little anecdotes about family members that I had never had the chance to know. Taking those stories and embellishing them was fun and interesting. I also got to refine my skills on Microsoft Publisher, a program that I realized could be used for a plethora of different jobs.

—Carly Flowers, 10th grade

To learn more visit Julio’s and Dan’s digital portfolios at &