This Summer 2018 Teacher Institute, provided by Habla, the Center for Language and Culture for PDACAT (Professional Development and Achievement Through Cultural Arts and Technology) explored the concept of imagination in teaching and learning. We know that imagination is critical for students to be able to envision “positive social futures” and to be successful in a creative society. The design of the classroom space, the curriculum, lesson plans, centers—the entire educational experience at its very essence is an imaginative act. Throughout the week participants created connections to literature through multiple art forms, marrying text with visual art, music, movement, and theater. Drawing on the literary texts Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes and My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz by Monica Brown, teachers were inspired to imagine what might be possible in their classrooms.
This institute was convened at: