History Professional Learning Community

Oct 10, 2019 9:00AM—12:00PM

Cost $1,000 members; ($1,500 non-members)

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History Professional Learning Community

This ongoing program will create a community of learners that will explore tools to redesign history curriculum and assessments in light of current scholarship, while also deepening cultural fluency in content and pedagogy to support all our students.

SESSION 1: October 10, 2019 at The Bay School

SESSION 2: November 7, 2019 at Head-Royce

SESSION 3: February 4, 2020 at Marin Academy

SESSION 4: April 23, 2020 at The Bay School


As history teachers in the twenty-first century, we all want our students to think critically and grapple with the complexity of the past while also seeing the relevance of historical education to today’s world. At the same time, we ourselves are wrestling with ongoing reevaluations of the past, including evolving conversations around equity and inclusion, and the question of what role the teaching of history plays in our students’ ability to make sense of the world around them. Meanwhile, we wonder how to best leverage a complex landscape of online teaching resources and technology.

This ongoing program will create a community of learners and teachers that will share, listen, and learn from each other as we explore tools to redesign curriculum and assessments in light of current scholarship, while also deepening cultural fluency in content and pedagogy to support all our students. We will draw on recent publications such as Sam Wineburg’s Why Learn History? (When it’s Already on Your Phone) as we consider what students need from their historical studies to be ready for the challenges they will face as adults. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with each other in Critical Friends Groups and use their own curricular materials in facilitator-led sessions. Collaboration is at the heart of this CATDC program, and the wisdom, experience, and perspectives of the participants will drive the learning.

Our professional learning community is designed to support all teachers, ranging from those who design their own curriculum to those whose curriculum is largely established, but are looking to develop more engaging approaches to some of their lessons. Though all history teachers are welcome, content will be oriented toward those teaching at the high school level.



Candace Chen

Candace Chen is a trained historian and dedicated educator with a passion for social justice. She currently serves as the history department chair at Marin Academy and is in her eighth year of teaching history in independent schools. She has taught both World and US History as well as electives of her own design. She majored in history as an undergraduate at Yale and then completed her MA and PhD at UC Berkeley. Candace also currently serves on the board of PoCIS (People of Color in Independent Schools).


Karen Bradley

Karen Bradley arrived at Head-Royce in 1999, having done a teaching tour of numerous Bay Area educational institutions: The College Preparatory School, U.C. Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and Menlo School. At Head-Royce, Karen teaches US History, Comparative Politics and Applied Ethics, and serves as the Global Online Academy site director. She is actively involved in learning about and leading workshops on important educational issues such as diversity in school communities, adolescent moral development, techno-learning and the brain and has published a number of articles in these areas.


Date: October 10, 2019

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: The Bay School

Cancellation Policy

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