Marika Manos is the History/Social Science/Civics Coordinator for the Orange County Department of Education and has been an educator for 19 years. In her previous work, she was a History/Social Science methods instructor at CSULB, the K-12 History/Social Science Curriculum Leader for Long Beach Unified School District, and a classroom teacher for 12 years. She has a doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on curriculum. Her current research interests include Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies, Historical Thinking Practices, and Inquiry-Based Learning. Find her on twitter @OCDEHistory.
As a board member, I hope to continue the strong legacy of CCSS as an excellent provider of professional learning for educators throughout CA. In addition to a Civics perspective, I bring an Equity/Culturally Sustaining/Ethnic Studies/Safe Space lens to the CCSS work. I emphasize the ways in which H/SS has the capacity to teach students to empathize with others and be better humans. We deepen student understanding with restorative practices and empower students to act to solve real-world issues in their communities. As the OCDE coordinator, I hope to honor the voices of Region 9 educators and their content/teaching interests and areas of need.