Dawniell earned a BA from CSU Fresno, teaching credential from CSU Sacramento and a MA in Teaching from National University. She taught history-social science for 10 years and now is the district-wide Program Specialist for History/Social Science.
I believe that History-Social Studies is the most underrated core curriculum in education, but as we have seen from current events a legitimate understanding history, civics and economics is crucial to the preservation of democracy and the core values of our society. The teaching of social studies is inherently interdisciplinary drawing on aspects of and curriculum from ELA, Math, Science and even World Languages; yet, we as a discipline are not often represented or invited to the conversation when important educational policy decisions are being made. It is imperative that we increase membership in established organizations like CCSS to connect to one another, collaborate and build a historical learning and teaching community that forms a louder collective voice so that we will be heard, we will be part of the conversation and we are part of shaping the educational policy in California.