Ethnic Studies Requirements for High School Graduation: Impact on Historical Teaching at All Levels

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Professional Development; Race; Teaching and Pedagogy


In October 2021, California became the first state in the union that will require that all students complete a semester-long course in ethnic studies to earn a high school diploma.  These courses must draw attention to the histories of Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans, and schools are encouraged to include lesson plans on Sikh, Jewish, Arab and Armenian Americans. This roundtable will include teacher practitioners who will discuss a particular approach they have taken in classroom pedagogy in U.S. history and discuss the larger implication of the various directions for and against the teaching of race and ethnicity at various grade levels for the educational impact of the next generation of students.

Session Participants

Chair: George Joseph Sanchez, University of Southern California
Department of American Studies and Ethnicity and History, University of Southern California

Panelist: Julia Brown-Bernstein, University of Southern California
Ph.D. student, University of Southern California8th grade social studies/history teacher, Lakeview Charter Academy, Lakeview Terrace, CA

Panelist: Michael Gamboa, Belmont High School
History/Ethnic Studies teacher, Belmont High School, Los Angeles, CA

Panelist: Adam Sanchez
African American History teacher, Central High School, Philadelphia, PA

Panelist: Miguel Sandoval De La Torre, Animo Pat Brown Charter High School
Ethnic Studies/History teacher, 9th grade, Animo Pat Brown Charter High School, Los Angeles, CA

Panelist: Emily Waldron, Teacher, El Rancho High School
History/Ethnic Studies teacher, El Rancho High School, Pico Rivera, CA