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Elvis Sanchez, M.Ed.

 

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Mr. Sanchez is currently an author on Teachers Pay Teachers (or TpT, as we call it), which is a community of millions of educators who come together to share their work, their insights, and their inspiration with one another. We are the first and largest open marketplace where teachers share, sell, and buy original educational resources. Click here to visit his store.

 

Mr. Sanchez contributed an essay to the recently published Salsa Dancing in Gym Shoes: Exploring Cross-Cultural Missteps with Latinos in the Classroom. Click here to buy this excellent classroom resource.

 

Consider how you would typically greet a friend or a relative. Perhaps you would shake hands or even hug. But this might not be the norm in another culture. For example, in the Latino culture, it’s common to greet loved ones with an embrace and a kiss on the cheek, and anything less may be taken as an affront.

 

If something as simple as “hello” can create a culture gap, how can teachers navigate a multicultural classroom? Salsa Dancing in Gym Shoes takes a close look at the cultural missteps increasingly preventing Latinos from succeeding in education and offers steps that teachers can take to reverse this harmful pattern.

 

Preservice and veteran educators alike will absorb the book’s current research and theories on Latinos and education as well as its personal essays presenting both historical and current experiences of racism and marginalization. By the final pages, educators will have a brand-new bag of real-world strategies for creating a positive and effective classroom for students of any background.

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"It’s time to reverse the rising high school dropout rates in Latino communities and close the cultural gap by seizing opportunities for strong relationships, educational success, and career trajectories."

Mr. Sanchez is currently licensed in Georgia. Click here to look up or verify a Georgia educator certificate.

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Mr. Sanchez is currently on Academia.edu. Click here to view his research papers. Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company's mission is to accelerate the world's research.

Academics use Academia.edu to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. Over 53 million academics have signed up to Academia.edu, adding 19 million papers. Academia.edu attracts over 36 million unique visitors a month.

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Mr. Sanchez's contributions as an educator have attracted local media interest. From organizing the first ever Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Coahulla Creek High School in Dalton, GA (Whitfield County Schools) to writing an award winning grant for his school (Racine Unified School District), the local media has been present to cover these milestones and inform the community of great things happening in education. Click here to read Article 1 or click here for Article 2 or click here for Article 3.

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Coahulla Creek students, from left, Maria Sanchez, 15, Stephanie Torres, 15, and Christian Gonzalez, 16, try out a variety of Latin instruments as teacher Elvis Sanchez looks on at Coahulla Creek High School Tuesday. (Matt Hamilton/The Daily Citizen)

Dalton Daily Citizen