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Gutierrez, Christine. "Making Connections: The Interdisciplinary Community of Teaching and Leanring History." In Knowing, Teaching, and Learning History: National and International Perspectives, edited by Peter N. Stearns, Peter Seixas and Sam Wineburg, 353-74. New York: New York University Press, 2000.


Gutierrez discusses the Humanitas program at Thomas Jefferson High School in South Central Los Angeles.  Humanitas is an innovative teacher-driven reform that privileges interdisciplinary learning in a community of scholars.  As a history teacher in this program, Gutierrez saw history as being essential to the scaffolding of building purposeful, peaceful, and informed action by emphasizing the “context boxes” that shape our worlds.  Set in the context of the 1992 South Central riots, Gutierrez discusses the importance of building a community of learners for nurturing peaceful and informed adults.

Samantha Cutrara