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The Anansesem special issue on puerto rico after hurricane María

Guest edited by Sujei Lugo Vásquez, the post-Hurricane María issue focuses on literacy, storytelling, & library & publication projects that are connecting children to Puerto Rican literature & history. The issue both clarifies & problematizes the current social & political climate in Puerto Rico. Contributors include Puerto Rican professors, librarians, primary & secondary school teachers, storytellers, & children’s authors & illustrators. The UPRM Mi María team is proud to have contributed an essay to this issue, “Por favor, mamá, no la noche: Children’s Books in the Aftermath of Hurricane María” by Ricia Anne Chansky, Yarelis Marcial Acevedo, Adriana Montes Pacheco, Francheska Morales García & Sharon M. Nieves Ferrer. You can get your e-copy here.

The Mi María free curriculum for postsecondary & college classrooms

The narratives in Mi María create an opportunity for teachers & students to grapple with a nuanced & empathy-based understanding of the issues facing Puerto Rico, and the social, cultural, & historical forces that inform these experiences. The bilingual lesson plans support learning about colonialism, globalization, the climate crisis, & interrelated issues: representation & cultural identity, unjust economic policies, access to resources, migration, disaster response, & more. The curriculum is Common Core-aligned & Puerto Rico Department of Education-aligned. There are two lessons created specifically to address the needs of students & teachers in Puerto Rico. The curriculum & additional resources also support Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies related to relationship building & social awareness, & include strategies to support English Language Learners. Get your free copy here.

NCTE Resolution on Literacy Teaching on Climate Change


Capítulo del Caribe del Informe del Congreso sobre Cambio Climático [pdf]

reimagina puerto Rico: GuÍa para el diseño de centros comunitarios resilientes en isleñas

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Banner Photo: After the Storm children’s literature exhibition at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez General Library, September 2022. Courtesy of Ricia Anne Chansky.