Town Hall - Expanding the Curriculum
Supporting Connecticut’s New Ethnic Studies Curriculum


April 20th, 2022
2:00pm EST
Virtual Event


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Join us on April 20th, 2022 at 2 PM EST for a Town Hall - Expanding the Curriculum: Supporting Connecticut’s Ethnic Studies Curriculum. During this event, Centro Education Policy Researcher, Dr. Elizabeth Taveras Rivera will interview Paquita Jarman-Smith and Nitza Diaz, Consultants for Connecticut's State Education Resource Center, SERC, to learn about their work with the African American, Black, Latino, and Puerto Rican Curricula at the high school level. The purpose is to learn about the legislation, curriculum roll-out, and teacher training in the first semester of implementation. Through this interview, we learn the best practices that can inform stakeholders in other states on the process from legislation to implementation so that more students are able to learn about the contributions of Latinx and Puerto Ricans in the United States and learn how the Latino and Puerto Rican Curriculum integrates material from Centro’s digital collections. Be sure to hold your questions until the end for when we have our Q&A! Bilingual translation services will be offered.




Dr. Taveras Rivera is a multifaceted educator (spanning from K-12 to adults), consultant, and researcher who received her Ed. D. from Columbia University. She focuses on overall school development through curriculum expansion, student advocacy, inclusion, and multilingual learners. Dr. Taveras Rivera has experience in issues connected to cultural pedagogies, special education, home-school partnerships, and more. She currently works as a research associate who is exploring the work lives of Puerto Rican educators and the role of culture in their retention. She is also interviewing Puerto Rican pioneers in bilingual education and Puerto Rican studies. Jarman-Smith has been a consultant at SERC since 2006 specializing in Early Childhood leadership, administration and supervision. Her background includes curriculum design and implementation, as well as equitable program improvement and quality practices, for programs serving children birth to age 8. Paquita provides training and technical assistance on peer mentor development, administrative support, leadership team development, standards-based instruction, diversity, early literacy, and challenging behaviors. She enjoys supporting adult learners in the design of engaging learning experiences for infants and toddlers, and also has a particular interest in positive identity development in young children and anti-biased and anti-racist leadership practices. She currently is an adjunct professor, Special Education, and Interventions at Central CT State University. Paquita enjoys raising her grandson Josiah, studying Black History, and gardening. She holds a master’s degree in education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York.

Nitza M. Diaz is an Education Consultant, with the State Education Resource Center and the CT Parent Information and Resource Center. Nitza provides coaching, professional development, training and technical assistance for educators, families, community organizations, and faith-based leaders. As Latina/Puerto Rican, parent, and educator she draws from her own experience to help others understand how systemic racism, poverty and inequalities have an effect in schools and in communities. Nitza holds B.A. degree (1995) from Mount Holyoke College, a Masters in Public Health and Masters of Arts from the Universityof Connecticut (2007).


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April 20, 2022 at 2:00pm - 3pm
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