Welcome to the 58th Annual California Council for the Social Studies Conference
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Judge Paul Bernal

Eighth generation Bay Area resident and Superior Court Judge Paul Bernal will be our Conference Kickoff speaker, with:

“Technology? Yes! But How, and How Much?”

Judge Bernal will cover the benefits and pitfalls of the use of technology in teaching. Recently having built the non-profit Roberto Adobe & Suñol House museum, Judge Bernal studied the topic of introducing technology to reach modern audiences. This consideration was at the forefront of his educational program design.

Judge Bernal will also explore technology to capture imagination in the classroom and on the World Wide Web. “Use of technology will play an important role in telling our history," predicts Bernal. “The past will be our future on the Internet. The availability of resources for social studies on the Internet has grown exponentially in the last 10 years and will continue to blossom. Soon, almost all data will be retrievable on your computer without even leaving your home. School children have the whole world available because of the Internet. So we, as teachers, ought to join the adventure. It helps to have a smart approach."

Judge Bernal comes with some interesting experience:
·      Official Historian of the City of San José.
·      Teacher, History and Law, Osher Program, Santa Clara University.
·      Guest Lecturer: San José State University Masters Program; Lincoln Law School; De Anza College, San José State University Business Program. 
·      California Studies Initiative, Santa Clara University: Board Member.
·      California History Advisory Committee, Santa Clara University.
·      De Anza College Administration of Justice Department Advisory Board.
·      Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation Team, Bellarmine College Preparatory.
·      National Historic Preservation Medal recipient.
·      Read Across America, a program that connects professionals to underprivileged students; encourages students to love reading.
·      Superior Court Community Outreach Program.
·      Constitution Day: Judges go to schools and teach the Constitution.
·      Fifth Grade Law-Related Education Program Committee (curriculum guidelines for San José Unified School District).
·      California Pioneers of Santa Clara County: President; Schools & Public Program Chair.
·      Historical Heritage Commission of Santa Clara County: Chair.
·      Bench & Bar Historical Society of Santa Clara County (a non-profit): co-founder; President.
·      Preservation Action Council of San José: co-founder; Vice President; Director of Programs.
·      Judge, Peer Court (students at their own schools try real criminal cases against their peers).
·      Judge, American Legion High School Oration Competition.
·      Judge, National Law Day contest, County of Santa Clara, May of each year.
·      Superior Court Education Committee.
·      Teaches law to judges, attorneys, probation officers, and city employees.