We approached UC Berkeley in early 2015 and met with the Dean of Humanities, Dean Cascardi as well as Department Heads of History, Near Eastern Studies and AHMA (Ancient History, Mediterranean Archaeology) to inquire and encourage a Chair in Ancient Iranian Studies. When the university signaled that they are ready for funding we approached potential funding sources, which culminated in the generous donation of Ms. Bita Daryabari to a Presidential Chair in Iranian Studies.
We are currently in contact with Senator Loni Hancock and with Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, who are both in support of our efforts in revising the California School Board content standards.
Persian article (dated May 11, 2014) on History Advocates and its
efforts appears here.
Launch of online petition in support of California Senate Bill 1057 (link to petition is here).
Multiple school districts within the greater San Francisco Bay Area, including the Berkeley, Oakland and Contra Costa Unified School Districts, have been alerted to the shortcomings of both the current standards and the history textbooks, as well as the upcoming revisions to the standards.
In conjunction with the groundbreaking U.S. tour of the iconic Cyrus Cylinder, History Advocates along with the San Francisco Asian Art and the J. Paul Getty Museums issued a joint letter to the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
Outreach to Teachers Curriculum Institute (TCI), the publisher of "History Alive!," a widely used textbook in middle schools across the country, has resulted in TCI providing teacher supplements and reevaluating the contents of the textbook.
A letter addressed to the California State Board of Education, endorsed by a number of renowned scholars, has initiated collaborative work that is currently underway between ancient Persian history scholars and the California State Board of Education to revise and update current state standards.
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