Yvonne Quinonez was well versed in the horrors of the American slave trade — the teacher covers it as part of her social studies instruction at La Crescenta Elementary School. But what she read in textbooks could not fully prepare her for a recent tour through the Deep South.
“Hearing the tour guide tell us that they actually kept them in pens, and that they actually were chained, and just envisioning all of that and being in the South, it really made me almost want to cry, that we as Americans did that to them,” Quinonez said.
She was one of two dozen Glendale and Burbank educators who visited parts of Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama in late March for a first-hand lesson in the expansion of the American west. The trip was one component of the $1-million Teaching American History grant — awarded to Glendale Unified in August — which is designed to support and augment history instruction.