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SGMHS Teacher Chosen to Attend the Gilder Lehrman Summer Institute

Karla Callejas-Centeno


San Gabriel, CA —San Gabriel Mission High School teacher Karla Callejas-Centeno was chosen to participate in the prestigious Gilder Lehrman Summer Institute at the University of California, Irvine along with 28 other

K to 12 teachers from around the country.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History was founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman and is a non-profit organization “devoted to the improvement of history education.” The Institute “has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features the more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.”

According to Mrs. Callejas-Centeno, “participating in the Gilder Lehrman Summer Institute was an amazing experience. I met teachers from across the country and had the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations about history, teaching, and education.”

The seminar that Mrs. Callejas-Centeno was selected to participate in was led by Dr. Vicki Ruiz (UC Irvine), a historian whose work she admires and felt honored to converse with.  The topic of the seminar was “Immigration and American Life.”  She had the opportunity to engage in historical scholarship, while discussing how to best teach our diverse students. Other honored historians she had the opportunity to sit through lectures were Dr. George Sanchez (USC) and Dr. Ana Rosas (UC Irvine) just to name a few.

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