Carondelet Social Studies Department to Present at UC Berkeley History Conference

Concord, Calif. (May 1, 2017) -- Three Carondelet High School teachers have been selected to present at the University of California at Berkeley's "Teaching History in the 21st Century" conference on Friday, May 5. Social studies faculty at the East Bay girls' school were chosen from a prestigious group of more than 60 applicants from around the world.

This conference is part of the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project (UCBHSSP), which helps teachers strengthen their instructional practices through a variety of programs and conferences.

Carondelet became involved with the UCBHSSP when social studies teacher and department chair Phil Miller connected with the Project's program coordinator Emily Richards. She offered the department crucial insights that have helped Miller and his team explore more effective teaching methods. Their presentation at the conference will focus on this transformation, which incorporates a modern approach to teaching history that fosters a more active role for students and a more collaborative process for teachers.

"The history classroom is the perfect environment to challenge our students to be engaged critical thinkers," Miller said. "Just like professional historians, our students are learning how to use historical evidence to draw informed conclusions, while realizing that the story of our past can be both complex and multidimensional."

Teaching History and 21st Century conferences were started in 2015 as a way to bring scholars and practitioners across the K–16 continuum together to discuss history education. These conferences are attended by educators and administrators of all levels who are interested in sharing and learning best practices.

To find out more about the conference and register to attend, please visit: http://ucbhssp.berkeley.edu/teachinghistory

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