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Madison365.com highlights institute led by UW doctoral student Rodriguez

August 04, 2016

Madison365.com recently posted a news article about the Xicanx Institute for Education and Self-Determination, which is the brainchild of UW-Madison’s Jorge F. Rodriguez, a doctoral candidate with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Rodriguez, who also holds a master’s degree from the School of Education's Department of Counseling Psychology, is the instructor and author of the curriculum used within the institute at Madison East High School. It embraces a Freirian framework based in horizontal learning where students are experts in there own experiences and realities, and where both the student and the teacher may enter into a learning environment where they both may learn from each others context, and contribution.

Rodriguez
Rodriguez
The Madison365.com report explains how the Xicanx Institute for Education and Self-Determination, which is running Aug. 1 through Aug. 11, is a two-week-long program to help high school students zero in on developing and forming their own identities as Xicanx students within the U.S.

The news article notes how “Rodriquez comes from an activist background, and is passionate about creating spaces for youth and students in higher education around social justice, self-determination, and cultural resistance. Rodriguez considers himself a scholar activist, constantly looking for ways to interrupt the status quo.”

The Madison365.com article explains how the institute grows out of negative experiences Rodriguez had in public education growing up on the south side of Santa Ana, California.

UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess was among the people invited by Rodriguez to visit the Xicanx Institute for Education and Self-Determination (XIES).

But to learn much more about Rodriguez and the Xicanx Institute for Education and Self-Determination, check out the entire report for free on this Madison365.com web page.

Diana Hess meets with students at East High School
UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess speaks with students at Madison East High
School during the second Xicanx Institute for Education and Self Determination. 

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