We Cannot Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Without Celebrating Immigrants

by Diego Ojeda

Between September 15 and October 15, the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, honoring the people of Hispanic origin within the United States. The initial 1968 proclamation created Hispanic Heritage Week, and it was repeated yearly for twenty years. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded it and signed into law as Hispanic Heritage Month. It urges the American people, especially educational entities, to observe Hispanic heritage and culture with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

Many public and private schools, especially those in which Spanish is taught, carry out cultural activities that seek to inform students about the Hispanic community. PiƱatas, papel picado, music in Spanish, and the sharing of Hispanic food are all popular ways to celebrate this month. All of these activities are well-intentioned and fun for students. But are they meeting the goal of helping our students appreciate, understand, and respect the Hispanic community for the rest of their lives?

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Event: See you at NECTFL 2019

We are packing our bags and heading to New York City next week for this year’s NECTFL Conference. We hope to see you at booth #1000 where we will be showing off our latest language programs for French and Spanish learners, giving away free digital samples, and answering all of your questions about our textbooks and online resources.

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Video: ACTFL 2018 recap

It seems like ACTFL 2018 was just yesterday! As we look back on our time in New Orleans, what stands out the most is the passion and commitment of world language teachers from all over the country. We loved meeting all of you and learning from you and with you. We put together this video to show some of our highlights and we’d love to hear from you: what did you learn at ACTFL 2018? Tell us on Twitter using #followtheowl

Event: Catch Wayside at these spring 2019 conferences

As 2018 winds down, we are already thinking about the many opportunities we’ll have to connect with you at language conferences nationwide this spring. Be sure to visit our booth at one of these events to find out about our latest products, get free digital samples, or pick up a cute owl sticker or magnet. Stay tuned for our list of instructional strategy sessions and other events at several of these conferences! 

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