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Electronic Schoolhouse/La Escuela Electronica

Electronic Schoolhouse

The Electronic Schoolhouse is a bilingual educational resource from the New York State Archives, the Archives Partnership Trust, and Time Warner that focuses on using historical records as learning tools in elementary, middle and secondary education. Classroom teachers developed the content to correlate with the New York State Learning Standards.

Available in English and Spanish, The Electronic Schoolhouse examines the Latino experience in New York through photographs, letters, broadsides, flyers, and more dating from 1861 to the present.  Introductory videos explain how teachers can use such primary sources in their classrooms and the kinds of institutions that care for these one-of-a-kind materials.

Nine institutions from around the state (see below) contributed their documents to this project to bring a Latino perspective to events on the local, state and national levels.

The documents are organized by topics selected to correlate to New York’s learning standards: immigration, labor unions, biography, civil rights, culture, urbanization, etc.

The Electronic Schoolhouse combines historical records and technology to promote the development of critical thinking skills (analyzing and interpreting information), reading and writing skills, understanding historical content and context, and may be used for a range of purposes for foreign language, English Language Learners and bilingual education proficiency.

Sources of Documents:

New York State Archives
Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños/Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY
New York City Department of Records and Information Services
Cornell University
Hofstra University (Long Island)
Hostos Community College (the Bronx)
Dominican Studies Institute at City College (CUNY)
Onondaga Historical Association (Syracuse)
Rochester Museum and Science Center - Latino Alliance Partnership

Project Development:

Lead Educator, Research and Content Development

Susan Owens: GROW Education Consultants and retired Social Studies Chair, East Greenbush Central School District, East Greenbush, NY

Lesson Development:

Deborah Escobar, Guilderland Central School District, Guilderland, NY
Thomas Hall, Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, Bronx, NY
José Luis Pacanowski, Liberty High School, New York, NY
Cesaera Pirrone, Schenectady City School District, Schenectady, NY
J. Félix Sánchez, Liberty High School, New York, NY
Lee Sellinger, Charlottesville, VA


Jeanne Finley
Jessica Fisher Neidl

Proof Readers:

Tatiana Salinas - Spanish
James Simpson - English


Olga I. Sanabria


New York Network, State University of New York
Dr. Kristi Fragnoli, The College of St. Rose, Albany, NY
Pedro Juan Hernández, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, New York, NY

Electronic Schoolhouse Graphics

Nancy McKiernan

New York State Archives:

Julie Daniels, project coordinator
Michelle Arpey, website development and oversight
Colin Miller, web application development
Beth Thorpe, editorial and research assistant – website development
Heather Bolander-Smith, website development
Monica Gray, editorial assistant - translation
Josie Madison, editorial assistant
Pamela Cooley, research assistant
David P. Brown, scanning and data entry
Anthony Mattrazzo, technical support