Looking at the seventh-grade standards for history–social science (HSS), it is easy to have a panic attack. How is it possible to teach almost 1,500 years of history over five continents in ten months? This has been an ongoing struggle for many seventh-grade HSS teachers, and the result has usually been the same: a survey […]
Gabriella Rubino is a middle school educator and social science department chair in Salinas, California. With a background in theater and film, she centered her MA thesis on the incorporation environmental messaging in children's animated films from the early 2000s. An educator for almost a decade, Gabriella's passion for helping students recognize their impact on society, especially how they can positively impact the environment, is apparent throughout that time. As a WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) co-coordinator, she endeavors to bring action civics to eighth graders by uplifting student agency to empower them to make a difference not just in their school community, but in the larger Salinas community as well. Last year, Gabriella became a National Geographic Certified Educator by asking students to complete a civic action project to address the lingering environmental damage as a result of the Columbian Exchange and Age of Conquest.