Description: The Maywood Education Fair was an opportunity for MSHE students to partner with the city of Maywood, CA to critically develop a day of education, workshops, and resources for the community. The conceptual framework for this fair was based on Yosso’s Community Cultural Wealth (1996). Students worked together as a class and also in small committees to develop educational plans and interventions for specific learners. I was part of the middle school committee and together developed interventions to fit the specific needs of Maywood middle school students as well as emphasized the community cultural wealth within the community.
Term: Fall 2014
- SWiBAT… partner with the community to learn, understand and integrate CCW framework to developing interventions and educational programs for middle school students.
- SWiBAT…work together as a cohort to plan, organize, promote, develop interventions, and successfully implement the 2014 Maywood Education Fair.
(Please click on the image above to see the Middle School Committee report presentation)
Self-Assessment & Reflection
For learning outcome 1, I think my rating is advanced because I took the time to learn from the community before developing interventions, and I allowed my reflection and learning on CCW to inform my interventions. I also listened to feedback from classmates to better integrate CCW into my interventions.
For learning outcome 2, I think my rating is advanced because I consistently collaborated with the cohort to plan, promote, provide feedback, and helped out in many capacities to make Maywood Education Fair successful.
I learned and grew a lot from this Maywood Education Fair experience. Firstly, I learned it is important to partner with community, and to include the community as many aspects as possible. To really appreciate CCW, we must have the community at the center of our framework. We must also be careful to not see ourselves as doing charity or saving a community. It is easy to go into a community and bring all our resources and throw a fair. But it is much harder, yet more meaningful, if the community is part of the fair in whatever capacity. By involving the community, we bring recognize the CCW present in the community and we help the community recognize and advance their CWW.
I also learned that such a project is not easy, but require the collaboration of everyone. This collaboration also must take place in providing and receiving feedback. I was particularly proud of myself for really engaging my classmates in asking difficult questions and helped contribute to an environment of support and challenges for each other to grow and learn. This experience has taught me more about programming development, curriculum and intervention designs, and working collaborative with each other and the community to have a lasting impact.