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Teaching Institute Leads to POW’s Letter

March 13, 2015
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Teaching Institute Leads to POW’s Letter

Among the high school teachers who attended ALBA’s teaching institute at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington last November was Dean Burrier Sanchis, a Spanish teacher at Elk Grove High School near Chicago, and the grandson of Lincoln veteran Vincent Sanchis Amades. Dean brought along a letter his grandfather wrote soon after he was released...
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ALBA Institutes draw more than 80 teachers

December 17, 2014
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ALBA Institutes draw more than 80 teachers

More than 80 high school teachers from New York City and New Jersey participated in back-to-back ALBA institutes during the first week of November. As in most ALBA classrooms, the majority of teachers work in Social Studies—including US History, World History, and Government—but these groups also had significant numbers of Spanish teachers. Brooklyn’s Abraham...
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ALBA launches new website with standard-aligned teaching resources

December 19, 2013
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ALBA launches new website with standard-aligned teaching resources

ALBA is proud to announce a new website for high school teachers in Social Studies, Spanish, and English Language Arts, featuring resources and lesson plans aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
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ALBA Institute inspires record number of New York teachers

December 19, 2013
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ALBA Institute inspires record number of New York teachers

An unprecedented 71 New York high school teachers—who collectively teach more than 7,000 students every day—gathered at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center on November 5 for a full-day workshop. The ALBA institute, taught by Peter Carroll, James Fernández, and Sebastiaan Faber, introduced teachers of Social Studies, Spanish, and English Language Arts...
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Teaching a new generation

September 14, 2013
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Teaching a new generation

The new Common Core Standards provide ALBA with an opportunity to help more high school teachers introduce the Spanish Civil War into their classes. Students will study history not by rote or memorization, but by confronting directly original primary documents.
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ALBA Institute New Jersey teachers on track

June 20, 2013
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<em>ALBA Institute</em> New Jersey teachers on track

Hurricane Sandy swamped the schools of Bergen County, New Jersey last November, forcing postponement of ALBA’s teaching institute, but the spring term brought an exciting revival as 22 Spanish language and social studies high school educators attended a lively one-day session at the Bergen County Academies, organized by administrator Tim Casperson, in Hackensack.
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ALBA’s back in school, hurricane or not

December 22, 2012
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ALBA’s back in school, hurricane or not

After organizing three successful professional development programs for high school teachers this spring—in Seattle, Tampa, and Oberlin, Ohio—ALBA launched three more in the autumn term in Alameda County, California, New York City, and Bergen County, New Jersey. As in the past, teachers are welcoming the presentation of fresh historical source material from the ALBA...
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There’s something about Ohio

September 15, 2012
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There’s something about Ohio

Ohio, the quintessential swing state, has long been among the places where the country’s political battle lines are most clearly drawn. This was as true in the 1930s as it is now. As a center of industry, Ohio was hard hit by the Great Depression. Social and racial tensions were palpable. The large urban...
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Why Not Teach the Spanish Civil War?

September 15, 2012
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Why <em>Not</em> Teach the Spanish Civil War?

When taught properly, the Spanish Civil War allows students in a Spanish class not only to learn about a major historical event but to think, write, and talk about political, moral, and cultural questions that are as relevant today as they were 75 years ago.
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Teaching programs continue to grow: Seattle, Ohio, Florida

July 1, 2012
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Teaching programs continue to grow: Seattle, Ohio, Florida

Now in its fifth year, ALBA’s educational program aims to reach high school teachers of social studies and Spanish who will use archival sources related to the Spanish Civil War in their classrooms. Three separate programs filled the calendar during the spring term; three more are expected in the fall. Last March, ALBA board...
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