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Educational Tools

The Centro Education division develops and implements programs, curricula, and pedagogies that motivate Hunter, CUNY, and other students, as well as teachers, to become involved in Puerto Rican Studies, to provide the necessary supports for success, and to encourage a sense of service toward others.


Centro Documentaries and Teaching Guides

Teaching Guides illuminate the lives of notable Puerto Ricans and imaginative art forms and feature lesson plans, vocabulary, links, and DVDs.


Pura Belpré
Pura Belpré was a Puerto Rican storyteller and folklorist. She built on her love of stories in her career as a librarian at the New York Public Library and as an author.


Dr. Frank Bonilla
This teaching guide is built around a documentary, The Legacy of Frank Bonilla, produced by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies/ Centro in 2011.


Clemente Soto Vélez
This teaching guide focuses on the life and work of “revolutionary poet” Clemente Soto Vélez.


AmeRican Poet Tato Laviera

AmeRícan Poet: Tato Laviera explores the life and legacy of Jesus Abraham ‘Tato’ Laviera, one of the leading figures of the Nuyorican movement, who passed away in 2013

Open Courseware

Open courseware is a web-based electronic publishing initiative that makes available online core teaching materials such as lecture notes, syllabi, bibliographies, literature reviews, curriculum guides, study notes and video and sound materials related to specific courses in any given subject.


History and Culture of Puerto Ricans in New York City

History and Culture of Puerto Ricans in New York City
This multi-session course was designed for high school teachers of History, English, and Spanish and explore the history and culture of Puerto Ricans in New York City.


U.S. Customs ID from Jesús Colón

History of Puerto Ricans in the U.S.
This 7-part essay by Virginia Sanchez-Korrol, professor emerita, Brooklyn College, features a comprehensive overview of the Puerto Rican experience in the U.S. as well as a discussion of academic discourse and pedagogical strategies.


Jones Act
U.S. Citizenship in Puerto Rico: One Hundred Years After the Jones Act

The authors included in this special volume of CENTRO Journal offer the most current elucidation of the history, interpretation, and implications of the granting of U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans in 1917.

State of Puerto Ricans 2017

This book provides an updated overview of some of the most salient subjects and themes about the Puerto Rican population in the United States at present.

Puerto Rico in Crisis Timeline
In this timeline, we summarize the most important milestones and turning points, and the impacts that United States and local policies have had on Puerto Rico’s economy.

Puerto Ricans in the United States: A Brief Chronology
Puerto Ricans in the United States: A Brief Chronology This booklet, based on the poster series described above, provides a complementary educational tool for teachers and others to use in the classroom or community settings, and to introduce students to major events, themes and concepts that are important to understand Puerto Rican history.

Heritage Poster Series

Centro Posters illustrate complex lessons that are ideal for classroom use and as artistic displays.

Puerto Rican Heritage Poster Series
This is a poster series designed to provide an attractive visual educational tool for teachers and others to use in the classroom or any suitable public spaces, and to introduce students to and interest them in the historical information highlighted in the poster captions and accompanying images.