Oakland Unified School District | History-Social Science

Our Vision: 
History teachers in OUSD prepare all students to grapple with meaningful and controversial questions from history, think like historians when examining evidence, and take informed action in the digital age.

Our Mission: 
Even as the study of history implies looking backwards over one’s shoulder to the past, it is also intimately about the present and the future. The study of history matters to us right here and now because it is the way that we understand ourselves, other people, and the world in which we live. But to say that we “study history” is misleading. History is not a predefined narrative of past events that must be studied and memorized; it is rather an inquiry into the past. In fact, the etymology of the word “history” comes from the Greek word “historia,” which means a learning or knowing by inquiry. The knowledge that emerges from inquiry is not static; it constantly evolves as it competes with existing narratives. For students to study history, they should not be passive recipients of knowledge, but rather they should “construct historical knowledge… by evaluating and reconciling competing truth claims about the past” (Reisman, 2012). So, how do we support students to think and act like historians?

For additional information, please contact:

Elizabeth Humphries, Secondary History Specialist: elizabeth.humphries@ousd.org

Jeannie Kohl, Elementary/Middle School Specialist: jeannie.kohl@ousd.org

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OUSD History-Social Studies Professional Development

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Recent Announcements

  • History Newsletter - 10/5/15 Upcoming Professional Development2nd Wednesday Professional Development: October 14, 2:00-3:30pm, Edna Brewer Middle SchoolMiddle School: A look at the mid-year HWTs. Through popular demand we will focus on the skill of analysis this year. Contact jeannie.kohl@ousd.org for more information.9th Grade Teachers: A working group to explore how we can assess the quality of students’ civic engagement theories of action (cont’d from 2014-15). Contact youngwhan.choi@ousd.org for more information.10th-12th Grade Teachers: Special presentation from L.Y.R.I.C. - Learn Your Rights in California - about their program to educate students about their rights when they encounter police. Contact elizabeth.humphries@ousd.org for more information.Buy ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2015, 11:41 AM by Elizabeth Humphries
  • District Scoring Session to be held during 2nd Weds PD, 2/11/15 A condensed district scoring session will be held during 2nd Wednesday PD on February 11, 2015, 2:00-3:30pm. All ELA and History teachers are encouraged to attend to score mid-year HWTs.
    Posted Jan 29, 2015, 3:46 PM by Elizabeth Humphries
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