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Travel Program to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

University of PR High School graduation

In the Fall of 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and impacted 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 impacted this journey.

Program Leaders and Co-Instructors:

Julie BroderickJulie 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 for thirteen years in the New York City public schools, teaching 1st – 5th grades in 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 is also the faculty member who leads the Bank Street trip to Cuba. She holds advanced degrees from both Bank Street and Georgetown University and earned her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she majored in government with a concentration in Latin American politics.

Nicolás RamosNicolás 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 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.

Application and Fees

Program Fees 2018: $3,650
Includes hotel (double occupancy), all meals, local transportation, entrance fees, Bank Street Faculty program leaders, and guest speakers. Participants 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: Rountrip airfare to San Juan, Puerto Rico (group flight will be optional); Travel insurance; alcoholic drinks; souvenirs. Single room supplement is $560.