November: Indigenous History Month

Welcome to Indigenous History Month. Throughout November, resources like Inquiry Sets, picture books, and lesson plans will highlight many ways to incorporate Indigenous history and current topics into TK-12th grade classrooms.  Teachers will notice the prominence of Indigenous voices, and the way that scholarship is informing classroom instruction through a focus on themes like agency, resistance, and persistence. Check out the Monthly Highlights page to access the collection.

Veteran Teacher Supports Remote Instruction Amid Pandemic

In pre-pandemic times, Linda Biewer-Elstob, a veteran teacher and instructional coach with the Davis Joint Unified School District, wore many hats as a math, writing and history-social science coach.  Over the past ten months, she has taken on so many roles that it’s hard to even name them, though we’ll try: Ethnic Studies Task Force Leader, professional development provider, curriculum creator, lesson study facilitator, fellow with the California Global Studies Project, and co-leader of the

Gilroy Teacher Lauren Piraro Wins Rookie Teacher of the Year

Gilroy High School history teacher Lauren Piraro has just been awarded the Outstanding Rookie Social Studies Teacher of the Year for 2021 from the California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS).   As CCSS Awards Chair Rebecca Valbuena explained in her award letter, Piraro’s “exemplary skills, dedication and commitment to high quality social studies education” make her an exceptional recipient of this first-year teacher award. 

14 Really Good Things

Do you remember what you were doing a year ago?  Were you busy trying to conclude teaching that last unit so that grades would be finished before break?  And were you nearly as excited for winter break as your students, so that you could finally spend some time at home?  A year ago, we had just wrapped up a couple of Framework implementation conferences, and we were busily organizing more for 2020.  We were also so excited for winter break. 

Watsonville Teacher Attends to Student Needs First

Ryan Jones, a world history teacher at Watsonville High School in Santa Cruz County, and a teacher leader with the History and Civics Project at UC Santa Cruz, last taught his students in person more than two months ago.

Cheers to You

Teachers, you made it. You made this school year happen regardless of the pandemic.

Sentipensante: Self-Care in Distance Learning

Ana Orozco’s Lynwood High School students had been feeling simultaneously overwhelmed and bored in the midst of quarantine and distance learning.  She knows this because she has been checking in with them about their social, emotional, and mental health through regular class assignments that she designed to promote self-awareness