(Victor Valley)– – The impact of the award-winning “Dora the Explorer” children’s television program will be the focus of a panel session at the annual Latino Education Advocacy Days summit at Cal State San Bernardino on March 27.
“For more than a decade, ‘Dora the Explorer’ has made a positive impact on children, especially Latino children,” said Enrique Murillo, the executive director and founder of the LEAD project. “We want to explore and discuss the series’ impact educationally and culturally.”
Now in its fourth year, the annual conference focuses on educational issues affecting Latinos at the national, regional and local levels by bringing together teachers, educators, researchers, scholars, administrators, independent writers and artists, policy and program specialists, students, parents, families, civic leaders, activists and advocates, said Murillo, a professor of education at Cal State San Bernardino.
In every episode of “Dora the Explorer,” Dora and Boots invite the audience to participate in an adventure, where each step of their journey consists of a problem or puzzle that Dora and the audience must think their way through in order to solve the next problem.
Dora is proudly bilingual and uses her knowledge of English and Spanish to communicate with her friends, overcome obstacles and reach her goals. In each episode, Dora teaches a Spanish word or phrase to the viewers and then asks them to use it to solve a problem and forge ahead. The program has received many awards, including a Peabody and an Emmy.
“Before ‘Dora the Explorer,’ there were no positive animated bilingual characters on children’s television. Because of the character’s inclusiveness, Latino youngsters can take pride at having Dora as a lead character and non-Latino children can embrace someone who may look different from them and speaks another language,” Murillo said.
The panel session is titled “Educational Media and the Impact of ‘Dora the Explorer.’”
The speakers from “Dora the Explorer” and Nickelodeon will be:
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