Themes in World History: Environmental Transformations & Their Impact

K-12 Teacher Professional Development Workshop

Themes in World History: Environmental Transformations & Their Impact

Haze of pollution in Beijing (Photo: David Barrie, Flickr, cropped)

Monday, July 1, 2024 to Tuesday, July 2, 2024
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)

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Days of Instruction:
Monday, July 1 to Tuesday, July 2, 2024
Time: 9am-12pm Pacific Time
All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom


This free two-day virtual K-12 teacher professional development workshop will focus on environmental issues in China and Central America to align with themes of "Environmental Transformations" in world history curriculum under the CA History Social Science Framework. This PD workshop aims to provide area studies content and pedagogy training to K-12 teachers in California to help with the classroom instruction of these themes. The workshop will give educators an opportunity to hear lectures from scholars to gain more historical knowledge, work with model lessons developed by teacher leaders, and receive training for designing lessons to align with the HSS Framework.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • No cost and open to all K-12 teachers.
  • Teachers must complete reading assignments and attend all three days for the entire duration of the workshop.
  • Teachers must fill out a survey evaluating the workshop at the end of Day 3.
  • Online registration required:

July 1, 2024


Alex Wang (UCLA)


July 2, 2024


Susan Kandel (PRISMA)


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Near Eastern Studies, Latin American Institute, Asia Pacific Center, UCLA History-Geography Project