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#IamCHSSP: Bryan Shaw

created Jun 09, 2015 11:19 PM

#IamCHSSP: Bryan Shaw

Teacher leader Bryan Shaw reflects on his development as a teaching professional and on how CHSSP has contributed to that process, in this interview.

Help us thank teacher leaders like Bryan for their work at our 25th Anniversary celebration this November at UCLA.

"My first experience with the UC Berkeley History-Social Project was through the Teaching American History Grant in 2007. I remained a participant through 2009, at which point I became a teacher leader. I remained in that position until the end of the Grant in 2013. I have been participating in the summer programs offered thorough the UCBHSSP since 2007, which have included co-directing the Implementing the Common Core summer institute, participating in the NEH World War II Landmarks Summer Institute in 2014, facilitating several summer institutes through UC Berkeley, and presenting at the 2012 NCHE conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

"My favorite moment I’ve had in connection with the project was presenting at the NCHE conference is 2012.  Eric Forner was the keynote speaker and he presented on his new book about Abraham Lincoln’s evolving views on slavery. The other aspect of the project that I highly value is the professionals I get the privilege of working with at the workshops and professional development opportunities.

"I have continually recommended the History Project to friends and colleagues because it is, in my perspective, one of the few worthwhile professional development opportunities that value the expertise of every person that is in the room and treats participants like professionals.

"When I first got involved with the project, I was sure I had the teaching profession figured out. I realized my students had trouble with reading and writing, but I was not a literacy teacher, so it wasn’t my problem. Actually, I didn’t have the tools to help my students read, write, or work with primary sources, so it was easier for me to blame other teachers for not teaching the skills. After meeting some of the fantastic professionals at UC Berkeley, I realized I had room to grow and that the project was a safe place for me to explore how to be a better teacher in a collaborative and supportive environment."

-        Bryan Shaw

Teacher, Mount Diablo High School

Mount Diablo Unified School District

UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project