The New York State Archives and Archives Partnership Trust have unveiled La Escuela Electrónica/The Electronic Schoolhouse, a bilingual, document-based website that focuses on the Latino experience in New York.
The website contains historical records dating from 1861 to the present and combines them with technology to promote critical thinking skills.
La Escuela Electrónica also offers two introductory videos, in Spanish and English, that explain the archives and how teachers can integrate historical records into their instruction.
The website is organized by topics such as immigration, civil rights, women and labor and includes links to NYS learning standards. Lessons researched and developed by New York teachers accompany most documents.
Historical records for the project come from the following archives: Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, New York City Department of Records and Information Services, Cornell University, Hofstra University, Hostos Community College, Dominican Studies Institute at City College (CUNY), Onondaga Historical Association, Rochester Museum and Science Center – Latino Alliance Partnership, and New York State Archives.
Go to www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/escuela.