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Embracing the Cultural Kaleidoscope: Global Heritage and Citizenship

January 22 - May 3, 2024


Grades 6 - 8



Skills Learned:

This unit encompasses a range of skills including but not limited to:
● Map reading skills
● Argumentative essay development
● Compare and contrast essay development
● Citing specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources


Classtimes will be coordinated between the Lead Teacher and Teacher Fellow

Session Length:

January 22 - May 3, 2024

Number of Sessions:


This course will be part of an ongoing research study by AIR, in collaboration with CWW, the CERES Institute for Children & Youth at Boston University, and the Rennie Center. The study aims to understand teacher and student experiences in the CWW initiative, including factors influencing effective implementation, and outcomes.


Course Program:

This unit asks students to investigate the meaning of culture and discover the aspects of everyday life that make up their heritage and culture. Living responsibly and functioning effectively in our increasingly interconnected world requires understanding alternative worldviews. Students will compare their heritages and cultures to that of those throughout the United States and around the world. Students will also explore citizenship in the US and learn about influential immigrants who have made contributions to our country. (Each lesson includes differentiation suggestions to help English Learners, Multilingual Learners, and students on IEPs/ 504s access the content).

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Elizabeth (Liz) Fernandes

Elizabeth Fernandes is an English Language Development Teacher at Global Learning Charter School in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She is an experienced educator committed to working towards equity and academic excellence for all students, not only through her career, but in her community. Elizabeth is currently in her twelfth year of teaching. Although her journey as an educator started with
teaching kindergarten, she has had the opportunity to teach and mentor students in
all grade levels K-12. In addition to teaching she serves as the Bridge Coordinator of the Upward Bound Program through the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
which provides support and opportunities for low-income and potential
first-generation college students and veterans to prepare for and succeed in higher education. In her role as Bridge Coordinator she recruits and aids students in grades 8 through 12 in the college admissions process. She is also currently serving as a
WIDA Fellow Instructional Expert. In this role she serves as classroom implementation expert and critical collaborator to the WIDA professional learning design team. As a first-generation Cape Verdean-American and first-generation college graduate, she has a passion for social justice and advocating for immigrants, especially multilingual students and youth who are economically underrepresented.
Elizabeth strives to be a community advocate that empowers and brings together students, families, and the school community.

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