Using Culturally Relevant Pedagogy – Natalie Mendoza Gutierrez | The OC for Social Studies

OER Conference for K-12 Social Studies | Track Talk: Assessing Historical Thinking

Using Culturally Relevant Pedagogy to Make Social Studies More Meaningful

Culturally relevant pedagogy is focused on reflecting on one’s teaching practices in order to inspire students to “do democracy” and allows students to see themselves and others in what they’re learning and doing. One element of creating culturally relevant pedagogy is to promote authentic assessment; ones that will develop students “knowledge and engagement with local and broader issues in the present that matter to them, that impact their lives”.

About Natalie
Dr. Natalie Mendoza is an assistant professor of history at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a historian of the United States who specializes in the history of Mexican America. In addition to studying the past, Natalie has an active research agenda in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History (HistorySOTL), a body of literature that uses theoretical and evidence-based research to examine the discipline-specific problems in history education. Natalie relied upon her expertise in both history and HistorySOTL to direct the History Teaching & Learning Project (2017-2019) at CU-Boulder, a department-wide effort to improve undergraduate curriculum.


OER Conference for K-12 Social Studies
August 5-7, 2020

We’re all exploring ways to ensure our students’ learning – and our own – continues to advance. Our new professional development conference for social studies can help meet those needs.


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