BIORuth Luevanos is a social studies teacher who has taught at- risk students in K-12 schools in the Los Angeles area for eighteen years. She is a National Board Certified teacher in Social Studies who works to promote civic education, college and career preparation skills and parental involvement at the schools where she has worked. She has presented at several conferences including the National Council for Social Studies, the California Council for Social Studies and the National Council for Geography Education. She is a former Teach Plus Fellow for Los Angeles where she worked on public policy issues in education. She is currently a full time cross curricular teacher and Girl Build LA Advisor at John R. Wooden High School in the Los Angeles area. She is currently the chair for the CCSS Committee for Diversity and Social Justice and has also served on the CCSS Legislative Committee. She earned her BA in Criminal Justice from George Washing University, her JD from Loyola Law School and an MA in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University.
STATEMENTAs a teacher who has worked in K-12 classrooms for the past 18 years I am seeking re-election to the CCSS Board of Directors for Region 8 so that I can continue helping support social studies educators get the high quality professional development, resources and advocacy that the California Council for Social Studies has embodied. As the chair for the CCSS Committee for Diversity and Social Justice my committee and I have helped forge partnerships with elementary, middle, high school and university social studies educators and advocates to bring the first ever student awards for being Champions of Diversity and Social Justice. We were also able to give the professional award for the CCSS Educator for Diversity and Social Justice to demonstrate how CCSS honors and values students and educators who have had the courage and compassion to stand up for our most vulnerable students by being leaders and advocates for issues impacting women, Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, LGBTQ community, LatinX, immigrants, disabled people and people of diverse religious, socio-economic, and ethnic backgrounds. As a Region 8 Director I can continue my work as Chair of the CCSS Committee for Diversity and Social Justice and continue to recognize and support our students and educators who are active advocates for issues impacting the qualify of life in their communities and our nation.