Last Friday, Serra welcomed Phyllis Goldsmith, director of teacher development at the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, to campus. Goldsmith joined Serra for the day to teach three demo lessons in World History, US History, and Advanced Placement Government. The mission of the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project is "to help teachers strengthen their instructional practice and provide equitable educational opportunities to all students, through a model of learning, practicing, and doing." This partnership helps to strengthen a Serra History Department that is already well-known for excellence. The department boasts AP U.S. History exam pass rates of more than 90 percent each year.
"Our present culture makes ever more information easily available to our students," History Department Chair Rick Boesen said. "Helping our students make sense of that information - interpreting it, evaluating its veracity, detecting bias in it - is essential for them to be informed and active citizens. This is our second year working with Phyllis. She has been outstanding with helping each of us be more effective in teaching these historical thinking skills."