Following up on last Saturday's La Bloga post, comes this from the Los Angeles Times, Wed., 3/31/10:
OBITUARY by Elaine Woo
"Jaime Escalante, the charismatic former East Los Angeles high school teacher who taught the nation that inner-city students could master subjects as demanding as calculus, died Tuesday. He was 79.
"The subject of the 1988 film Stand and Deliver, Escalante died at his son's home in Roseville, Calif., said actor Edward James Olmos, who portrayed the teacher in the film. Escalante had bladder cancer."
To read the entire L.A. Times article, go here.
You can leave a testimonial or message for the family here.
A Memorial is scheduled for Sat. April 17th. Time and location TBD. Info should be available soon here.
To hear a very well-done audio biography of Escalante from NPR's All Things Considered, go here and click on the Olmos/Escalante photo.
For those interested in Escalante's major article on his teaching philosophy and methodology, go here.
As described in last week's post, there are at least three books you can check on Jaime Escalante and his students' achievements. No matter which button you click, video you watch or how you learn more, if you are ever lacking some inspiration--and I don't mean only about teaching--hearing, reading or thinking about his work will serve you well. Especially if a little ganas would make all the difference.
As Ramos detailed yesterday about the AWP Conference and Dan Olivas will tomorrow about Con Tinta, Denver's Chicano lit scene will be unusually cookin' this coming week.
Here's the poster from ONE POEM FESTIVAL taking place in Denver one week from tomorrow, featuring nearly 30 notable Latino/a poets.
Hosted by Momotombo Press and Palabra Literary Magazine, it will be held Fri., 4/9/10, from 6:30–9:00pm at the Dikeou Collection, 1615 California St. in downtown Denver. Bloguero Manuel Ramos will be one of many noted poetas. Should be lágrimas and gritos dónde quiera!
Es todo, hoy,