Sonoma County Office of Education

Ethnic Studies Professional Learning Series

Ethnic Studies has been adopted as a graduation requirement at high schools in California. The purpose of this series is to introduce Ethnic Studies approaches and content to secondary teachers, as well as site and district leaders. Each afternoon of the series will include 45 minutes of input from scholars and educators. Key topics include Ethnic Studies purposes and themes, African American Studies, Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x Studies, Native American Studies, lesson planning, and community engagement. Following input, educators will discuss ways to implement what they learned. Participants will be able to differentiate Ethnic Studies from culturally relevant/responsive practices and multicultural education.

All meetings will take place 4:00 - 5:15pm via Zoom on the following Tuesdays:

  • Sept. 13 - What is Ethnic Studies? Building Community and ES Pedagogies
  • Sept. 27Building pathways towards successful Implementation of AB 101: One district’s journey making Ethnic Studies a Graduation Requirement - Mark Gomez, CSUMB
  • Oct. 4Native American Studies- Dr. Jonathan Cordero PhD Ramaytush Ohlone, Bay Miwok, Chumash, Cochim 
  • Nov. 15Asian American Studies -Freda Lin, Co-Director of the Yuri Education Project.
  • Nov. 29Race, Citizenship and Membership: Foundational Classroom Themes for Ethnic Studies - Arisela Hernandes, Facing History and Ourselves
  • Dec. 13 - Teaching K-12 Chicanx Studies: Overview of Curricular and Pedagogical Frameworks, Miguel Zavala, CSULA
  • Jan. 31 - Teaching K-12 Chicanx Studies: Overview of Curricular and Pedagogical Frameworks - Part 2, Miguel Zavala, CSULA
  • Date TBD - African American Studies - Milton Reynolds
  • Date TBD - Planning for Ethnic Studies Curriculum


Click HERE for the informational flyer.

When See schedule above
4:00pm - 5:15pm
Location Virtual via Zoom
Presenter See schedule above
Cost Free
Audience Administrators and Teachers (6th - 12th)
Registration closes 01/31/2023
Registration Amanda Snook, (707) 524-2820,
Questions Matt O'Donnell, (707) 524-8419,
Register Here