Jody Passanisi is a middle school history teacher in Los Angeles, where she works at an independent school. She has an M.A. in Religious Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, and an M.S. in Education from Mt. St. Mary’s University.

In addition to her work in the classroom, Jody is an adjunct instructor at Mt. St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles where she works with in-service and pre-service teachers on developing units based on Understanding by Design and current social studies methods. She has also worked as a clinical educator for DeLeT’s induction program, mentoring teachers through their first years in the classroom.

Jody is a vocal advocate for purposefully incorporating 21st Century tools and skills into the classroom and her writing has been featured at Education Week Teacher, Scientific American and SmartBrief. Alongside her collegues Aaron Brock and Shara Peters, Jody writes about teaching history in the middle grades at MiddleWeb’s “Future of History” blog. You can find her on Twitter @21centuryteachr and at

Jody lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.