Moreau Catholic Teachers Righting History
Moreau Catholic alumna and former United States Treasurer Rosie Rios ‘83 is partnering with Moreau Catholic to launch the Teachers Righting History nationwide initiative. Inspired by Ms. Rios’ work with our very own Mr. Phil Wilder, this initiative focuses on providing students with the opportunity to view history through the lens of women, with a new perspective and context that is often absent from traditional history books. This exciting program debuted on Friday, August 26th - Equality Day and the 96th anniversary of the 19th amendment being certified as a law.
The Social Studies department’s efforts are spearheaded by Mr. Phil Wilder, who has his students researching which historical women should be placed on Mount Rushmore in addition to examining images and stories of women through the lens of Advanced Placement US History concepts and guidelines. In Mass Media, Mrs. Katie Teekell’s students are examining media coverage of historical women during the period in which they lived as well as today. Students will create multimedia projects highlighting accomplishments the media may have missed, providing a new lens through which to view these important historical figures. Mrs. Lisa Tortorich’s Shape History Project is designed to provide a platform for students to actively engage in the study of history and to provide a tool for making their voice heard and their thinking and learning visible to the world. Over the next few months, students will post blogs connecting their learning with current events, personal opinions, media, and social networks. They will interact with students around the world and in their local neighborhoods with activities designed to share their views and actively engage in global citizenship. Each student will choose the specific perspective through which to demonstrate this connection, covering topics such as women, immigration, discrimination, or religion.
In the English department, inspired by the book Rad American Women: A to Z by Kate Schatz, Ms. Anna Brown’s students have created their own visual and written representations of “Rad American women” for each letter of the alphabet, with more projects upcoming. And in Honors Chinese, Ms. Henny Chen’s class is looking at the impact of female political figures in Taiwan and China, providing a new lens from which to view Chinese history and culture.
In the only UC-approved Honors Dance program in the state of California, Ms. Angela Demmel and Ms. Elizabeth Zepeda’s dancers are building an entire dance concert around the notion of Equity vs. Equality in women’s history; an initiative directly inspired by Righting History. Students are already beginning to research, dialogue, and develop dance pieces that will tell these compelling stories.
Moreau Catholic is the first of several high schools in the country to join this innovative program and is excited to partner with Treasurer Rios on what will doubtless be a life-changing program for our students.