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#IamCHSSP: Sarah Gold McBride

created Jun 10, 2015 11:00 AM

#IamCHSSP: Sarah Gold McBride

Sarah Gold McBride has contributed in many ways to the UCBHSSP, including her role in the creation of The Teaching History: Historical Thinking Across the K-16 Continuum Conference this past May. You can read about the conference -- which included 150+ educators across the K-12 and college levels --  in a news item at the UC Berkeley History Department's webpage: You can find out more about Sarah in the following interview.

"I first became involved with the [UC Berkeley History-Social Science] Project during my first year of graduate school in 2011, when I applied to be the Graduate Student Advisor to the 11th grade teachers involved with the Teaching American History (TAH) grant in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, which was managed through the UCBHSSP office. Since then, I have had the opportunity to be involved with UCBHSSP in many ways. I have given lectures to teachers in the UCBHSSP network, helped to plan and run multiple week-long summer institutes, written an article for The Source, and helped get other graduate students involved with UCBHSSP. This year, working together with UCBHSSP and the working group I co-founded (History Graduate Student Pedagogy Group), we organized an exciting conference in May 2015: "Teaching History: Historical Thinking Across the K-16 Continuum."

"My favorite moment with the Project was in May 2013, when everyone involved with the Mt. Diablo TAH grant gathered together to say goodbye. (Congress chose not to continue the national TAH program, so our TAH grant was ending).  All of the teachers, graduate students, and staff who had met monthly for so many years came together to share what TAH had meant to them. I felt so full of joy when I saw so acutely how powerful this program had been to so many people -- though I also felt sadness that the program was ending due to circumstances beyond our control. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful moment to be able to stop and celebrate all of the tremendous work that the Project and its teacher network had done for the students in our community, and I was so grateful to get to be a part of it.

"I would absolutely recommend the Project to a friend; over the past four years, I've helped get many of my graduate student colleagues involved with the Project. What I've told them is that of all the experiences I have had in graduate school, my work with UCBHSSP has probably been the greatest resource to improve my own teaching. As much as I have had the opportunity to contribute to the professional development of the K-12 teachers we work with, I have gained fivefold in my own improvement as a teacher.

"For me, the Project has been one of the best parts about being in graduate school. I have been so inspired and humbled by the wonderful K-12 teachers I have had the privilege to work with, and it has made me more reflective and driven about my own role as a teacher. I have been interested in teaching since I was a teenager, but thanks to UCBHSSP, an interest has turned into a passion.

"The role I see the Project playing in the future of history education is as an indispensable source of professional development for history teachers. The work the UCBHSSP does to bridge the gap between K-12 and college-level history is crucial, which is why I was so excited to be part of the "Teaching History" conference this May! Being able to facilitate learning, conversations, and reflections among history teachers at all levels is what makes the Project different from other professional development resources.

"Above all, I can't say thank you enough to the staff of UCBHSSP who took a chance on me as a first year graduate student -- thus allowing me to be part of this tremendous community!"

-Sarah Gold McBride

Teacher and graduate student

UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project