Rachel Reinhard

Rachel B. Reinhard, Ph.D.

UCBHSSP Director

Dr. Reinhard joined UCBHSSP as director in January 2013. A graduate of Cal's graduate history program, she draws upon her experience as a teacher, college professor, and professional development provider to help improve teacher practice and student learning. Watch Rachel discuss her work with the project as part of the American Historical Association's "What I Do" series.


Phyllis Goldsmith

Director, Teacher Development

Academic Literacy Specialist

Ms. Goldsmith has been with UCBHSSP since 2003 as a consultant and academic literacy specialist. In 2008, she officially joined the UC Berkeley staff as Project Co-director and Director of Teacher Development. Phyllis was a bilingual teacher in Oakland Unified School District before joining UCBHSSP in 2002.



Emily RIchards

Program Coordinator

Emily coordinates and runs  on-campus programmings including summer institutes focusing on both the content and pedagogy of history instruction. Additionally, she provides programming and curriculum support to teachers at school sites, focusing on redesigning content, integrating literacy, and fostering historical thinking. Emily was a middle school history teacher in the Mt. Diablo School district. There she was a member of the district's Teaching American History grant partnership with the UC Berkeley History Social Science Project from 2007-2011.



Devin Hess

Devin Hess

Director, Technology Integration

Devin worked as a middle school teacher before earning his master's in education technology. He leads the Project's technology initiative - transitioning paper-based literacy strategies to web-based applications and determining which tech applications are most useful for driving discipline-specific student learning. Read about Devin's work here.


Arturo Garcia

Project Administrator

Arturo provides administrative support to the Project. He taught history in West Contra Costa prior to joining UCBHSSP.

Please contact Arturo with general questions about UCBHSSP, logistics, and financial questions (


Teacher Leaders

A number of the Project's veteran teacher leaders facilitate workshops, direct institutes, and support project staff at school site professional development. Many of these facilitators are members of our Teacher Research Group.