Salinas' students have little connection to their community, little awareness of their community's rich immigrant history. Not surprising, when you consider that community history has not been part of the class curriculum for a whole generation of students.
"How can we get students to feel like valuable members of the community? "
The First Mayor's House provides professional development in social studies and community history for third and fifth grade elementary teachers. Our Institutes target the student through their teacher because the most important factor influencing student success is the teacher.
History and social studies in the context of the First Mayor’s House can provide the academic literacy that English Language Learner’s need: the Collection of the First Mayor’s House in the hands of educators can become a powerful learning tool.