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CCSS 2022 Speakers

Exhibit Hall

Localizing History and Connecting Youth the Stories of Their Community 


Saturday, March 5
1:30 PM  - 2:30 PM

Alfred Mendoza

This panel discussion will highlight the collective efforts of historians and high school educators to uncover the local history of the El Monte and South El Monte in the San Gabriel Valley.  The panelists will highlight how they used archival material and the recently published East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte to develop lesson plans for a variety of classes, including United States History and Ethnic Studies.  The teachers will share about their experience teaching local history and how it has impacted their students.

Alfred Mendoza is an anti-racist, anti-capitalist, anti-colonialist, and anti-imperialist teacher of Ethnic Studies and US History. He also collaborates with local organizations and community members actively confronting and disrupting local toxic stressors such as displacement, high cost of living, anti-blackness, classism, over-policing of the oppressed and vulnerable, police brutality, homophobia, mythical narratives, and toxic masculinity. 

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Alfred Mendoza, Teacher
Mountain View H.S.
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