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 […]
Megan Anderson is a middle school educator and social science seventh grade lead in Salinas, California. With a background in political science and ethnic studies she approaches her instruction with a focus on impact, power, equity, and civic action. This has been shown through her leadership in the classroom, at her site, and within the district where she is known for working to push the social sciences to fully embrace the new framework. She is also one of the original coordinators for WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) a program that promotes leadership, agency, and civic responsibility. Megan has also been certified as a National Geographic Certified Educator for creating lessons that look at history from all levels, from multiple content lenses, and to partake in a civic awareness project about preserving cultures. She is committed to continue to grow as a professional and to reach as many students as possible to see the impact they have on the world and to empower them to take action to make this world a better place.