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Creating a Responsive Social Studies Experience for students through Content and Instruction

Course Objective: By January 2017, participants will redesign their historical/social studies course narrative that is intentionally responsive to their students in both content and pedagogy.


Course Description: 

History and other social science classes are opportune places to respond to the languages and cultures students bring with them to the classroom. In this course participants will explore the foundations of linguistically and culturally responsive pedagogy, engage in real detective work around their students’ "rings of culture," and (re)design their courses in ways that will shift their students from compliance to engagement through a social studies narrative that is, in content and instruction, both engaging and adheres to high academic standards. 

Keywords: culturally responsive, culturally relevant, history, social studies, equity, access, engagement, literacy

Audience: History Teachers grades 6 - 12 Dates: August 1 - 5; See Festival Schedule for times
Format of Course: In-person at Stanford University, part of the Stanford Teaching Festival Cost*: $550 - groups of 3+ paid by school, and international participants
$600 - individual
Units: 2 Status: Open

*Please note: The cost for this course includes parking, a light breakfast, lunch, and reception. This cost does not include lodging or transportation. Please see the Festival Location, Lodging, & Transportation page.


Course Facilitators: 

Nicole Lusiani Elliott serves as the Clinical Associate for History for the Hollyhock Fellowship housed in CSET. In that role she implements summertime professional development for the history fellows and provides coaching support for them throughout the year. In addition to working for CSET, Ms. Lusiani serves as an instructional coach for the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the academic experience for under-served students. Prior to working for CSET Ms. Lusiani spent 19 years teaching and providing instructional coaching to colleagues at a high-needs East Bay public high school. She holds a BA in Political Science from Saint Mary’s College of California and an MA in Educational Leadership from California State University, Northridge.