Veteran Teacher Supports Remote Instruction Amid Pandemic

February 05, 2021

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

January 19, 2021

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

December 17, 2020

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

June 07, 2020
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

May 29, 2020
Teachers, you made it. You made this school year happen regardless of the pandemic.

Sentipensante: Self-Care in Distance Learning

April 23, 2020
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

First-Year Teacher Connects Pandemics with Meaningful History Lessons

April 09, 2020
First year history teacher Lauren Piraro never imagined that her first year in the classroom would be cut short because of a global pandemic.  Thrilled to have landed her “dream job because Gilroy is where [she] completed [her] K-12 education,” Piraro started her year with enthusiasm and a goal of making learning relevant for her Gilroy High School students. 

School is Still in Session - Just at a Distance

March 28, 2020
Kathy Drewry makes TikTok videos – there’s one where she lip syncs a snippet from King George’s “What Comes Next” song in Hamilton and another where she dances to Move Dat by Nahzzy & Legend.