May 12, 2020 – Educators’ Webinar – Grades 4 and 5: Charley Parkhurst’s Courageous Trail


Tuesday May 12, 2020
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM PDT

Join us for a webinar on Charley Parkhurst and His Courageous Trail!

Please note: This webinar is primarily for 4th and 5th Grade teachers, but teachers and educators from all grade levels are welcome to join all webinars.

The Gold Rush made California a place of new opportunities for many people. Charley Parkhurst was an accomplished stagecoach driver during the Gold Rush. Born in 1812 in New Hampshire and assigned female at birth, Charley ran away from his orphanage at 15, proceeded to live as a man, and gained a reputation as an excellent stagecoach driver. Charley lived his whole life in California as a man. 

In this webinar, teachers will be introduced to Charley Parkhurst’s life and legacy, explore the historical context and conditions surrounding his journey and the California Gold Rush, opening up the opportunity for conversations in our present time. The content presented in this webinar is aligned with the California History-Social Science Framework and Standards. Teachers will walk away with an activity and a quick lesson that they can use in their online classrooms after the webinar.

Those who complete this webinar may be eligible for PD Hours in LAUSD. For more information, contact Erik Adamian at

About the presenter

Amparo Chavez-Gonzalez grew up in East Los Angeles after emigrating to the US from Mexico.  After graduating from high school she went to college on the East Coast,where she stayed to teach in New York City.  As a teacher for nine years, she taught elementary, middle and high school students in inner city New York.  She was lucky enough to work at Central Park East Secondary School in the 90’s while attending Teachers College, Columbia, before going to work at various non-profits working with teens and families.  After a short time working in Washington, DC for StreetLaw, Amparo returned to Los Angeles.  She joined Center X in 2004  as a ELA and History coach in Schools throughout Los Angeles.  Her interests include developing Historical writers and ways of making history interactive, exciting, and rigorous.


About the facilitators

Erik Adamian is the Associate Director of Education at the One Institute. In collaboration with educational organizations and teachers, Erik develops LGBTQ history programing and resources for K-12 students and teachers, such as Professional Learning Symposia for educators and a Youth Ambassadors for Queer History Program. He has presented at the NCSS and CCSS Annual Conferences, and Teaching History Conference. He graduated from UCLA with a BA in English and Civic Engagement.

Dr. Rob Darrow is a lifelong Californian who works as an educational consultant in LGBTQ history, safe and inclusive schools, curriculum development, college and career planning, and digital learning. He has worked as an online school principal, adjunct professor, school librarian, and teacher in K-12 schools. His research interests include safe and inclusive environments for LGBT youth, LGBT history, blended and online learning, professional learning, creating a social presence in online courses, and school libraries.

Image credit: Mural, Post Office, Soquel, California included in “One-Eyed Charley: The Cross-Dressing Stagecoach Driver,” Mobile Ranger. Image obtained from UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project’s lesson plan entitled “Remembering Charley Parkhurst: Opportunities in Gold Rush Era California.”

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