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Soon, California educators must teach ethnic studies. UC Berkeley is helping them prepare.

March 27, 2024

As one of the first universities in the country to create an ethnic studies department, Berkeley is helping high schools chart their own path.

Last summer, California teachers geared up to teach ethnic studies in their classrooms at a weeklong conference held at UC Berkeley, where campus faculty and staff members provided them with support, resources, teaching materials and the opportunity to craft their own lesson plans. Read More

Igniting innovation: University of California in the summer

August 2, 2023

UC Berkeley had one of the nation’s first ethnic studies departments. This summer, its leadership continues with the High School Ethnic Studies Initiative, tailored for high school educators interested in teaching this important course. Through a comprehensive curriculum encompassing concepts, content and community building, participating educators have an opportunity to refine their teaching approaches and develop engaging course...