The San Francisco Bay Area salutes Facing History teacher Dana Pattison, a teacher at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon. Dana is relatively new to Facing History but after taking one seminar back in 2013, she began teaching a semester-long Facing History elective at her school, and as she says, "the rest is history."
Last year, more than 50 students enrolled in the electives. Dana is particularly proud of the "world response conference" that she developed for the course. Each student represents a particular country during the 1930s, researches economic and political issues the country faced at the time, and then decides how he/she would respond to the refugee crisis. Students made connections to the modern refugee crisis in Syria and Central America.
In 2014, she was an Innovation Grant winner and helped us develop our first literacy-based Common Core-aligned lesson plans. The East Bay Yom Hashoah Committee recently honored Dana as its Educator of the Year, but Dana says, "I honor my kids every day!"