Stacy teaches 7th and 8th grade history and is also an Induction Technology Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for the district. She provides instructional technology training and support for new teachers participating in the CA Teacher Induction program as well as their support providers in the district. In the 2015-16 school year, Stacy's department piloted a 1:1 blended learning environment with Chromebooks in the classroom. At her site, Stacy created and currently advises the Student Tech Team, coordinated and coached National History Day students, and coordinates the National Geographic Bee each year. Stacy also serves as the history department chair and a member of the Technology Advisory Committee. She is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, CUE Rockstar Faculty, Microsoft Innovative Educator, and NewseumED Teacher. In 2015, she was honored by her colleagues by being named the Teacher of the Year at her site. Stacy strongly believe in the power of student voice and is passionate about empowering students to be leaders in the classroom, community, and globally.
CCSS is more than just a membership to an organization for social studies teachers. It is a professional learning community that brings together social studies educators around the state of California and connects everyone through the annual conference, CCSS publications, and social media. Teaching social studies is extremely challenging for educators to do well without any support. CCSS provides that support along with resources so social studies educators are able to tackle challenging topics in their classrooms and are able to stay current. I am a better social studies educator today because of the friendships made through CCSS and connections to other amazing social studies educators around California. Being able to share my lessons and approach to teaching social studies while also learning from others is what I think is at the core of what CCSS is all about.
My background in being a middle school history teacher, technology coach, and educational technology TOSA would be to contribute my skills in helping other educators feel comfortable with using technology in their classrooms especially with the implementation of the new CA History-Social Science Framework. I am also an active contributor and user of social media and can use that to continue connecting with other social studies educators around California. I would like to specifically reach out to new teachers in California beginning their careers as social studies educators and help get them involved with CCSS knowing that many may not have the tools and support needed. Social studies is often the subject area that receives the least funding and support in districts and schools so by reaching out to teachers, especially new teachers, we can help retain them in this field and help provide them with the tools to be successful. I have also been an active participant in social studies related competitions like National History Day and National Geographic Bee. I can use my experience to continue supporting those programs and providing support through CCSS to educators to see more social studies extracurriculars and programs in schools across California.