Congratulations to Gustavo Carrera, chair of the Upper School History and Social Sciences Department. The American Historical Association presented Carrera, who has taught at BB&N since 2008, with its 2017 Beveridge Family Teaching Prize at the organization's 132nd annual conference, held in Washington, DC, on January 4-8, 2018.
The prize recognizes excellence and innovation in elementary, middle school, and secondary history teaching, including career contributions and specific initiatives.
The award's citation reads: "A former student describes Gustavo Carrera, chair of history and social sciences at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, as 'the single most transformative teacher I had,' with 'an infectious passion for history.' That transformational quality and infectious passion is readily apparent in his problem-based approach to teaching history. This approach culminated in the creation of a new American and Global Studies sequence that takes as its goal molding students into apprentice historians and engaging in historical conversation rather than historical certainty."
Additionally this fall, the November 2017 issue of The History Teacher, the journal of the Society for History Education, included an article co-authored by Carrera and his former History Department colleague, Dr. Susannah Walker, who taught at BB&N from 2011 to 2017. Titled "Developing a Signature Pedagogy for the High School U.S. History Survey: A Case Study," the article details BB&N's creation in 2012 of a course and pedagogy that "allows teachers to help students read, write, discuss, and think about history like historians do—through analysis, synthesis, and contextualization of primary and secondary courses, with a focus on historically significant guiding questions."
Carrera also recently was elected as an executive director of the New England Regional World History Association.
Above: Gustavo Carrera, left, with Albert J. Beveridge III, General Counsel of the American Historical Association and a member of the award's namesake family, at the AHA awards ceremony in Washington, DC.