The Impact of State CRT/Race Policies and Legislation on K16 teaching

Solicited by the OAH Committee on Teaching

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Education; Professional Development; Teaching and Pedagogy


In recent years, several state governments have enacted laws and policies that restrict what can be taught in K-16 classrooms, a situation that one way or another affects all OAH members.  This roundtable presentation features six educators whose work has been influenced by these laws and policies.  Each will discuss how relevant state-mandated restrictions have affected what they teach, how they teach it and how the overall situation impacts student learning itself, not to mention student engagement with their teachers.  History educators at all levels are encouraged to attend, ask questions, and provide their own experience-based perspectives.

Session Participants

Chair and Commentator: Natalie Mendoza, Department of History, University of Colorado Boulder
Assistant Professor of History, University of Colorado Boulder

Panelist: Charley Brooks, UC Santa Cruz
PhD Candidate in Education, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

Panelist: Julia Brown-Bernstein, University of Southern California
PhD Candidate in History, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA,

Panelist: Robert Cassanello, University of Central Florida
Associate Professor of History, University of Central Florida,

Panelist: Anthony Downer II, High School Social Studies Teacher; Lead Learner, Liberation Learning Lab
High School Social Studies Teacher, Founder and Lead Learner of Liberation Learning Lab, Atlanta Georgia, 

Panelist: Craig Perrier, Fairfax County Public Schools
High School Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA

Panelist: Leah Richier, Independent Historian
History Teacher, Awty International School, Houston, TX