Interview with Carmen Mercado on November 1, 2019

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-

In this interview, Mercado discusses her upbringing, her teaching experience at one of the first bilingual schools in New York City and her career as a literacy educator and professor at Hunter College.

Part One 00:00:00 She begins by sharing memories of her parents and early years growing up in el Barrio. 00:18:31 She goes on to describe the move to the Bronx and early education experiences. 00:24:28 She reflects on high school, her transition to Queens College and her introduction to teaching. 00:33:14 Mercado describes CS211, a unique, open-space bilingual school model created by Dr. Carmen Rivera. 00:42:50 She explains the socio-political aspects of bilingual education including language status, equity, staffing and resources. 00:53:32 Mercado discusses her departure from CS211, her doctoral studies and the power of learning communities.
Part Two 00:00:00 In the second half of the interview, Mercado begins by discussing the challenges and essential components of high quality bilingual education programs. 00:06:30 She describes the importance of action research and the demands of teaching. 00:13:40 Mercado reflects on her Puerto Rican identity in the context of higher education. 00:20:20 She identifies problematic trends in literacy instruction and how education faculty can choose to be change agents while navigating a complex system. 00:30:20 In conclusion, Mercado refers to a quote from her book on collective agency.

November 1, 2019, Recording date
Carmen Mercado
Raquel Ríos
1h 37m 7.0s
Location of interview

695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065 - Center for Puerto Rican Studies

Object Type
Moving Image
Related Keywords
Bilingual education, Education, Bilingualism, Educators, Neighborhoods, Puerto Rican Studies, Higher education
Individuals or Organizations Mentioned
Julio Mercado Rodriguez, Arcadia Mercado Barbosa, Cecilia Barbosa, Maria Torres, Luisa Capetillo, Allan Kardec, Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Gloria Rojas, Janna Camporre, David Forbes, Marie Rivera, Carmen Dinos, Lourdes Tavieso, Susan Serrano, Tato Laviera, Pedro Pedraza, Luis Moll, Silvercup Bread, United States. National Guard, Commander John J. Shea Memorial School, PS 66, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, City University of New York. Queens College, Upward Bound, C.S. 211, Fordham University, Columbia University Teachers College, ASPIRA Association, City University of New York. Lehman College, Monroe College, National Association For Bilingual Education, City University of New York. Hunter College, El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, Center for Puerto Rican Studies
Related Places
Center for Puerto Rican Studies (interview location), Long Island City (is referenced), Manhattan (is referenced), The Bronx (is referenced), Queens (is referenced)
Related Dates
1947, Date mentioned
1948, Date mentioned
2000, Date mentioned
1949, Date mentioned
1977, Date mentioned
1989, Date mentioned
CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-. Interview with Carmen Mercado on November 1, 2019: CMer.2019.11.01.FullInterview. Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, CUNY. Web. 14 Aug 2020.
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