Maker Identity: Students of Color Sustaining and Creating Identities in Maker Education

originally published June 12, 2018 by Agency by Design Oakland
note by Paula Mitchell

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Note:

Roxanne Martinez, Monique Parrish, and I were all members of the 2017-2018 Agency by Design Oakland Teacher Fellowship. This fellowship takes a deep dive into the framework and instructional strategies of maker-centered learning, Fellows experiment with these strategies in their classroom practice and reflect on their learning within the cohort.  Each teacher in the fellowship completed a Picture of Practice highlighting what they learned from their inquiry work. Ms. Martinez’ Picture of Practice is an Ignite Talk (a 5 minute talk with slides) on the theme of Maker Identity.

Since completion of the 2017-2018 school year, Ms. Martinez has returned to her Southern California roots where she continues to make Maker-Centered Learning a mainstay of her educational practice. At Grass Valley, we continue to be inspired by Ms. Martinez’s strong stand for social justice and her ability to bring out the creative best in her students.


MAKER IDENTITY, AN IGNITE TALK BY 2017-2018 AGENCY BY DESIGN OAKLAND TEACHER FELLOW ROXANNE MARTÍNEZ

“Our students, youth of color, navigate worlds that tell them that their home identities and their school identities have to be kept separate. And, in fact, their ability to do that is essential for their success in education. Does the MAKER MOVEMENT contribute to these tensions? YES.”  

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Roxanne Martínez is a Resource Specialist at Grass Valley Elementary School in Oakland. At the Agency by Design Oakland year end event on Saturday, May 5, Roxy presented her talk entitled, “Students of Color Sustaining and Creating Identities in Maker Education.” Roxy spoke to the importance of maker education not being another tool to oppress our students, and instead a means of liberation.

“Making is a manifestation, it’s a proclamation, and it’s a celebration of who we are, and who we always have been.”

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“The maker movement has the potential to reproduce harmful hierarchies. Is it inevitable that the maker movement reproduce these hierarchies? Absolutely not. But unchecked and unchallenged, it will.”  

Check out Ms. Martinez’s amazing Ignite Talk below! 

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“TEACHING IS A POLITICAL ACT. IT’S ESSENTIAL FOR THE LIBERATION OF OUR STUDENTS OF COLOR.”

-Roxy Martínez

Resource Teacher/Education Specialist, Grass Valley Elementary School, OUSD