General News: Pre-Texts
Last week, Pre-Texts workshops were held in Cambridge and Baltimore. The session in Cambridge was part of the fall retreat for Harvard mentors at the Ed Portal, and the session in Baltimore was part of the Imagining America Conference.
In Baltimore, educators from around the country joined Paul Tritter (Boston Teachers Union) and Lisa Crossman (Cultural Agents Initiative) in an interactive workshop to learn about Pre-Texts as an effective and innovative approach to teaching.
In this image, participants read responses to James Baldwin’s “A Letter to My Nephew.”
During the workshop, Vialla Hartfield-Mendez (Emory University) shared her experience using Pre-Texts in the course “Drawing the Line: The Mexico–U.S. frontera and its Stories” last term. Vialla plans to offer training for instructors in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Emory this fall. Her colleagues Kim Loudermilk and Bobbi Patterson will also implement Pre-Texts in their classrooms. We look forward to sharing more stories about Professor Patterson’s use of Pre-Texts in the course “History of Religions in America,” and Dr. Loudermilk’s work with undergraduate fellows from the Institute of the Liberal Arts.