Travel Programs

Social Justice in Puerto Rico

In the Fall of 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and affected the island in every possible way. Schools were closed for quite some time as the people began rebuilding. In the wake of this natural disaster, Bank Street is committed to supporting the recovery and innovation that is taking place. Join us in San Juan this July as we volunteer our time to support summer initiatives with children, learn about education innovations, and explore the culture and history of Puerto Rico.

We will be partnering with the University of Puerto Rico Secondary School at Rio Piedras to visit schools, learn about education innovations on the island, and talk with key figures in the Department of Education, teachers’ unions, and local universities. Our week in Puerto Rico will include rich cultural experiences as well. We will visit local museums, take walking tours of Old San Juan, and meet with local artists. We are also exploring volunteer opportunities to partner with summer camps, daycare centers, pediatric hospitals, and community centers.

Throughout our school visits, panel discussions, and meetings with educators and community activists, we will be talking about issues of social justice and the history and politics of the island. We will learn from local Puerto Ricans about their vision for the future and how Hurricane Maria has influenced this journey.

Program Dates: Postponed until Summer 2021

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  • 2018 Program Fees

    The program fee for 2018 is $3,650. This includes hotel (double occupancy), all meals, local transportation, entrance fees, Bank Street faculty program leaders, and guest speakers. You will earn 50 CTLE hours. Cooperating Teacher Vouchers, Staff Vouchers, and other tuition waiver programs may decrease the program cost by $1,000.

    Additional costs: Round-trip airfare to San Juan (group flight will be optional), travel insurance, alcoholic drinks, and souvenirs. Single room supplement is $560.

  • Sample Day
    Morning Begin the day in one of the local public elementary schools, volunteering at a summer camp program in San Juan
    Afternoon Meet with representatives from the local University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras and learn about higher education on the island as well as collaborations between the public universities and the K–12 education community
    Late Afternoon Visit the rich art collection at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
    Talk with a museum educator about how the museum supports arts education in the local schools
    Evening Group dinner in Old San Juan with the opportunity to stroll the streets of this historic area for some evening exploration
  • Program Leader and Co-Instructor: Julie Broderick

    Julie Broderick, MSEd, MS, teaches 5th grade at the School at Columbia. She is a lead teacher of mathematics, literacy, and social studies. She is also an instructor at Bank Street, teaching math methods classes for Continuing Professional Studies. In addition, she’s spent seven years as a lecturing professor of undergraduate elementary methods courses at Barnard College. Prior to teaching at her current school, Broderick taught 1st–5th grades for thirteen years in public schools in New York City’s Washington Heights and on the Upper West Side. Broderick began her career as a bilingual teacher, working in both transitional and dual language Spanish bilingual programs. She has traveled to Puerto Rico many times and leads the Bank Street travel program to Cuba. She holds advanced degrees from both Bank Street College and Georgetown University and earned her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, where she majored in government with a concentration in Latin American politics.

  • Co-instructor: Nicolás Ramos

    Nicolás Ramos has been a teacher for the past 15 years. He taught English for six years at a public high school before he began working at the University of Puerto Rico Secondary School, where he continues to teach 7th grade English and Civics Education. Ramos received a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Later, he obtained a Master of Arts at the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan. In December 2009, Ramos completed a Juris Doctorate at the University of Puerto Rico. When he’s not working at the school, he enjoys sightseeing and traveling.

  • Partner Organization: University of Puerto Rico Secondary School at Rio Piedras

    We will be partnering with the University of Puerto Rico Secondary School at Rio Piedras to visit schools, learn about education innovations on the island, and talk with key figures in the Department of Education, teachers’ unions, and local universities.