History’s Not Static: Building a Social Studies Curriculum That Adapts and Endures


Culture is dynamic. Social norms shift rapidly. Public discourse is always changing. In such an environment, how can educators and administrators alike ensure social studies curriculum reflects broader cultural values and changing conceptions of the discipline itself, as it moves toward non-linear narratives of progress and history?

That's the question at the heart of this conversation with educators and decision-makers who are working to support flexible, relevant social studies curriculum in their schools and districts. 

In this webinar, you’ll learn: 

  • How to choose a social studies curriculum that is timely, culturally relevant, and in step with state and national mandates and guidelines
  • How to update your social studies curriculum at the right time 
  • How relying on unvetted lesson plans can result in some common pitfalls
  • How to alleviate time and pressure constraints for social studies teachers

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Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 

Time: 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

Duration: 1 hour

Meet Our Panelists

Digital Project and Operations Manager, EdSurge

Liana is part of the EdSurge Solutions Studio team. Previously, she was a researcher on youth and politics at USC, Community Manager at Connected Camps, and Program Associate at the National Writing Project. She is also a published author and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology. 

Host: Liana Gamber-Thompson

Supervisor, K-12 Social Studies, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington Virginia

Kerri is an educator with twenty years of experience in social studies, technology integration, and professional learning. She is currently the Supervisor of Social Studies K-12 for Arlington Public Schools in Virginia, a district with nearly 30,000 students. 

Kerri Hirsch

Ethnic Studies and American History Teacher and Department Chair, Balboa High School, San Francisco, CA

Nikhil has been a high school social studies educator for 15 years, the last two as Department Chair, 9th grade Ethnic Studies and 11th grade American History teacher at Balboa High School in the San Francisco Unified School District. He currently co-coordinates SFUSD's Ethnic Studies Department, which grounds pedagogy and coursework around the furthering adult and youth capacity for the knowledge of self, solidarity and self-determination. 

Nikhil Laud

Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor, Davis School District, Davis County Utah

Christopher is the Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor for the Davis School District, the second largest school district in Utah. His teaching experience includes AP World History, AP Art History, and AP Human Geography, for which he is a College Board consultant.

Christopher Hall

Director of Curriculum and Instruction for PK-8, Saco Public Schools in Saco, Maine

Julie is the York County representative for the Maine Curriculum Leaders Board; is the administrative liaison for ATOMIM (Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine); has partnered with UMaine Farmington since its first cohort of the Maine Mathematics Coaching Program; and sits on the advisory for USM's Professional Development Center. She spent twelve years in the Windham School Department as a high school English teacher; six years at Loranger Middle School in Old Orchard Beach as an Assistant Principal, where she received the Assistant Principal of the Year Award for 2010; and is currently in her seventh year as a central office administrator. 

Julie Smyth

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