The Arlington Teosinte Sister City Project was founded in 2005. In 2011, an AEF Innovations in Education grant funded the creation of a town-wide 4th grade social studies curriculum about Teosinte and its culture. As you will read below, AEF funded a ‘seed’ that keeps growing within the Arlington Public Schools.
Update from Fall 2016 Arlington Teosinte Sister City Project Newsletter
The Arlington Public School curriculum “Learning from International Friendship” continues to thrive and grow every year. Through this unique friendship, we continue to strengthen the ties between both towns’ youth, advance global awareness, and promote social justice in Teosinte and in Arlington.
In partnership with APS leadership and teachers, the Teosinte curriculum expanded district-wide into second grade last September. Together, we also continue to enrich the Spanish language curriculum at Ottoson Middle School and Arlington High School. Last spring, an AP Spanish class skyped in Spanish with students from Teosinte. In October, Salvadoran Sister City organizer Zulma Tobar spoke to over 250 high school students connecting local social justice issues to those in Teosinte. APS students have also participated in fund raising events that benefit Teosinte’s scholarship students.
Update from Fall 2015 Arlington Teosinte Sister City Project Newsletter
The Arlington Public Schools curriculum “Learning from International Friendship” is thriving and changing.
ATSCP (Arlington Teosinte Sister City Project) continues to be active in all Arlington Public schools, teaching students about Teosinte’s culture and history. This year we are excited to partner with Arlington Community Media Inc. who will train all fourth graders to plan, shoot, and edit short videos to send to Teosinte and air on ACMi TV channels. Using video equipment donated by ACMi, students in Teosinte will make their own video for Arlington students to enjoy.
We continue to partner with Arlington High School Spanish language students to translate these projects. Last year, ATSCP established relationships with both the Ottoson Middle School and the High School Spanish language clubs. Through this unique friendship, we continue to strengthen our ties between both town’s youth, advance global awareness, and promote social justice in Teosinte and beyond.