Jenniffer Saldaña Whyte
Incorporating Afro-Latinos in a Unit: Mi Barrio/La Comunidad
Just like any unit plan about the community and all of its components, this session will teach you how to effectively insert afro-descendants in the unit without it being the focus of the unit plan. You will learn how to make a unit that incorporates Afro-Latinos and will be able to leave with a unit to use next school year.
This session is followed by a Q & A period and open discussion of Incorporating Afro-Latino culture.
Jenniffer Karilyn Saldaña Whyte was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and migrated to New York City where she became a U.S. citizen at 2 months old. Jenniffer graduated from the Center for the Teaching Profession at Miami Senior High School. She has a B.A. in Spanish education and a Masters degree in Teaching and Learning English. She and her husband have five children, three biological and two adopted, pastor a church together in Anniston, Alabama, and are both Afro-Latinos representing their nations. She is the president and founder of a non-profit 501 (c )(3) organization called Bilingual Kids, Inc., which promotes language learning, culture, and education for children and their families. She organizes international trips for students to be fully immersed in the Spanish language through medical missions and teaches workshops for children about Afro-Latinos through Outschool. A high school Spanish teacher and the chair of the African American Student Special Interest Group at ACTFL, she is also the very first Zumba instructor to teach a master class at ACTFL. She advocates for unity and the inclusion of Afro-Latinos and other world language learners of African descent in world language classes. Follow her on Facebook: Afro-Latina Teacher or join her groups: Incorporating Afro-Latino Culture in Spanish Classrooms, Incorporating the African Culture in World Language Classrooms. Also, follow her non-profit, Bilingual Kids, Inc. on Facebook.