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Sarah Cooper

History Teacher and Curriculum Administrator

I teach eighth-grade U.S. history and also do academic administration at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Canada, California. In over two decades of teaching, I’ve taught English to seventh, eighth and ninth graders as well as world history to ninth graders and U.S. history to 11th graders.

My first book, Making History Mine: Meaningful Connections for Grades 5–9 (Stenhouse, 2009), gives ideas for making history personal, and my second book, Creating Citizens: Teaching Civics and Current Events in the History Classroom (Routledge, 2017), suggests ways to discuss the news in the context of today’s challenges. Please check out my website below for recent professional and personal writing.

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      Distance Learning Strategies to Bring Back to the Classroom

      When schools closed, teachers were forced to get creative—and they’ve learned things they can use when they’re back at school.
    • Student Engagement

      "Can't I Just Choose My Own Topic?"

      By inviting her class to choose their own subjects for a historical reformers project, Sarah Cooper learned a lot about her students' interests and passions.

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