About The Alma Project

The Alma Curriculum and Teacher Training Project was made possible with funding from a Goals 2000 Partnerships for Educating Colorado Students grant awarded to the Denver Public Schools in July 1996. The intent of the Project was to have teachers in the Denver Public Schools develop instructional units of study (ECE–grade 12) on the history, contributions, and issues pertinent to Latinos and Hispanics in the southwest United States. Other experts, volunteers, and community organizations were also directly involved in the development of content in history, literature, science, art, and music, as well as in teacher training. Each instructional unit is based on the best scholarly information available and has reaped numerous benefits from partnerships with various colleges and universities.

Basic Premise of the Project

This curriculum innovation will serve several major purposes:
  • It will provide the opportunity for every teacher in the Denver Public Schools to integrate fully developed instructional units (ECE-12) into the curriculum at every grade level in language arts, social studies, history, art, and music.
  • It will broaden a teacher’s ability to teach a more inclusive and accurate curriculum.
  • The instructional units will facilitate the infusion of the cultural and historical contributions of Latinos and other predominant ethnicities represented in the student population.
  • The Project is designed to have a positive effect on student engagement and achievement.
  • The instructional units were developed by teachers (ECE-12) from the Denver Public Schools beginning in March 1997. The Denver-based Mid-Continental Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL) provided a standards-based framework that is used in the development of the instructional units.