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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

Michael Weller

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.
Michael Weller
Teacher, El Monte High School

Sara Quezada is a veteran educator who has taught in historically underrepresented, socio-economically disadvantaged communities for over thirty years. She champions safe spaces for students to become engaged, critical, conscientious agents of change in their community armed with the necessary skills to generate counternarratives that promote diversity,equity and social justice.  

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