The Teaching History Conference

The Teaching History Conference, founded in 2015, is a community of practice that fosters collaborative K–16 conversations among history educators at all levels and across all sectors. A flagship conference is held biennially in California, and affiliated conferences occur periodically in other regions of the country. These conferences aim to bridge the gap in K–16 history education by bringing scholars, practitioners, and teachers from K–12 and postsecondary settings together to discuss common challenges and opportunities. Each conference includes talks, panels, seminars, and workshops that seek to facilitate dialogue and partnership between K–12 and university communities.

AHA’s Executive Director Jim Grossman, who participated in both the 2015 and 2017 flagship conferences, noted how “the conference brought together a distinctive mix of people who teach history in various contexts, and who think about teaching history. We spent two days trading ideas and discussing how those ideas relate to actual practices.”

Flagship conferences are planned by a Conference Planning Team, which includes both K–12 and university educators, in consultation with the AHA and the California History–Social Science Project.

The 3rd Biennial Teaching History Conference: Los Angeles, 2019

The next flagship conference will be held at the University of California, Los Angeles on May 3-4, 2019. 

We are happy to announce that the call for papers for the 3rd Biennial Teaching History Conference is ready! Proposal submissions have been extended by one week. Now due on January 21!

Our 2019 theme will explore culturally responsive pedagogy in the history/social studies classroom, and our call for papers invites university and college educators, researchers, classroom teachers, and community leaders to submit a proposal to participate.  For more information, please visit the UCLA Teaching History Conference Website.

Interested in hosting a future flagship conference? Email!

Affiliated Conferences

The first affiliated conference was held in February 2018 at Midwestern State University in Wichita, Texas. Whitney Snow, Professor of History at MSU, organized “Teaching History in the 21st Century” after attending the 2017 Teaching History Conference at UC Berkeley. This affiliated conference featured keynote addresses from Ron Tyler, former Director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and Anne Hyde, Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma.

Past Flagship Conferences

About the Conference

History of the Teaching Conference

The Teaching History Conference began in 2015, when more than 150 educators and scholars met for the first flagship conference in Berkeley, California. Over the course of two days, this unprecedented group of K–12 teachers, university and college professors, graduate students,  education researchers, and leaders in the non profit education sector discussed the unique challenges and opportunities faced by history educators at all levels. The conference included keynote addresses from Sam Wineburg of Stanford University and Bruce VanSledright of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a special session and discussion by Bob Bain of the University of Michigan. The conference was organized by Professor Simo Mikkonen of the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, Rachel Reinhard and the staff of the UC Berkeley History–Social Science Project, and Natalie Mendoza and Sarah Gold McBride, co-founders of the UC Berkeley History Graduate Student Pedagogy Group.

Since this initial gathering in 2015, the Teaching History Conference has grown from a biennial meeting to a community of practice that includes hundreds of history educators from across the world.

Conference Planning Team

Founding Team

Sarah Gold McBride, Ph.D. | Visiting Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley

Natalie Mendoza, Ph.D. | Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Colorado, Boulder

Rachel Reinhard, Ph.D. | Director, UC Berkeley History–Social Science Project

Host Planning Committee, 2019 Flagship Conference

Daniel Diaz, Ed.D. | Director, UCLA History–Geography Project

Laura McEnaney, Ph.D. | Professor of History, Whittier College


American Historical Association

California History–Social Science Project