2013 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference, Tuesday, July 16, 2013
#71 - Mendez vs. Westminster DBQ: Ordinary Citizens Who Accomplish the Extraordinary
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In 1945, Gonzalo and Felicitas Mendez, along with four other families, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 5,000 Mexican American families to integrate schools in four Orange County, California school districts. The Mendez case represented the first successful challenge to the decades-old “separate but equal” doctrine in public education and established an important legal precedent. Presenters will describe and share the GEAR UP Saturday Academy curriculum that asks students to explore how the Mendez family is an example of extraordinary citizens. Attendees will participate in discussions to deepen understanding of the Mendez case and its impact on society.
Presenters: Michael Matsuda, Coordi¬nator, Teacher Support and Profession¬al Development, Education Division, Anaheim Union High School District
Juanis Garcia, English Department, AUHSD/Western High School
Jackie Counts, Education Division, Anaheim Union High School District