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Daniel Diaz to Lead UCLA History-Geography Project

created Feb 23, 2018 04:07 PM

Following an extensive recruitment effort, we’re excited to announce the appointment of Daniel Diaz as Director of the the UCLA History-Geography Project (HGP). Diaz will lead our collective efforts to support history-social science teachers in the greater Los Angeles region.

Many of you may have worked with Daniel in his role as Associate Director of the History-Geography Project, a position he has held since 2014. As Associate Director, he designed, managed, and assessed the impact of a variety of programs in world and US history, ethnic studies, educational technology, and disciplinary understanding for the site.  In this position, he also supported the CHSSP’s Framework development and rollout efforts, co-authoring the Framework’s ethnic studies section, and serving on the Framework Rollout team. In his work for the Project, Daniel draws upon more than a decade of classroom teaching in the Los Angeles area to inform his work with teachers, policy makers, and local school leadership.

Daniel earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Whittier College, his Masters of Arts in Teacher Education from Claremont Graduate University, and his Ed.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California.  His dissertation was entitled, Beating the Odds: Using the Positive Deviance Framework to Address the Academic Underachievement of Foster Youth.  In the following year, Diaz put his research into action with the founding of Project Deviant, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-proft organization dedicated to helping foster youth by partnering them with successful, college-going foster youth as mentors.

As Daniel explained in his interview and subsequent conversations with us, he is excited to continue the good work of his predecessors as the new director of the History-Geography Project:  “Working for the UCLA History-Geography Project is my ‘dream’ job. I’m honored to be named Director of the Project and look forward to build upon the good work that was done by Emma Hipolito and Mary Miller. The UCLA HGP will continue to provide the best possible support to history-social science teachers in Southern California.”

If you would like to join us in welcoming Daniel in this new position or want to learn more about the work of the UCLA History-Geography Project, please feel free to drop him a line at ddiaz@gseis.ucla.edu or by phone, at (310) 206-3544.

Sincerely,

Stephen Aron, Chair, Department of History, UCLA.                    
Annamarie Francois, Executive Director, Center X, UCLA
Nancy McTygue , Executive Director, California History-Social Science Project, UC Davis
 
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