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A Small Mexican Community the Inspiration for a US NGO Now in Its Tenth Year

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Skip Essick

Todd Fletcher is a man on a mission, devoted to helping teachers improve the school experience for special education English learners.

A piece of Fletcher’s heart will always be more than a thousand miles south of the University of Arizona (UA), in rural México, in the community that inspired him to start an NGO.

For decades, Fletcher has led Verano en México, a summer-school community program for education students and benefitting the tiny town of Cajones, about 10 miles outside of Guanajuato. His experiences in the community years ago inspired him to give back to the community that has been so hospitable to UA students and faculty.

And thus, in 2009, Resplandor International was born. Now, just celebrating its tenth anniversary, Resplandor continues to flourish. Faculty and students from around the globe—and many from the University of Arizona—have traveled with Fletcher to this lush Mexican community with limited resources. They have formed close bonds with the families there, offering instruction in everything from early childhood education and earth sciences to cooking, guitar, and Zumba. Resplandor also serves as a rich training ground for teachers and professionals.

The Midday Club of San Miguel de Allende is pleased to welcome Fletcher as he discusses more about Resplandor. Fletcher is a Distinguished Outreach Professor in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies in the College of Education at UA, where he coordinates the graduate program in bilingual/multicultural special education. He specializes in culturally responsive educational practices for diverse learners in the US, educational reform, special education policy, and inclusive educational practices in Latin America.

Fletcher has also served as the president of the Division of International Special Education Services for the Council for Exceptional Children. He has done research in Chile, Ecuador, México, the United States, and Guatemala on the topic of inclusive education. He is coeditor of the book Educating Children with Disabilities and Their Families: Blending US and Mexican Perspectives.

Join us for this most interesting presentation on Tuesday, September 3. We’re located at Los Arcos on Stirling Dickinson, next to the yellow caboose. Doors open at 9am. Club business is done at 9:30am, and our speaker takes the stage at 10am.

Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. For more information, contact President Gary Peterson at gpeterson41@gmail.com

 

Rotary Presentation

“Resplandor—Taking Education to New Heights”

Tue, Sep 3, 9am

Los Arcos

Stirling Dickinson

Free

 

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