PUHSD's Syd Golston Selected as Wilbur Murra Award

Posted by Community Relations Department on 11/13/2013

Syd Golston was selected by the Arizona Council for the Social Studies as the 2013 recipient of the Wilbur Murra Award, recognizing her long-term contributions and achievement in the field of social studies education.  Golston has been a classroom teacher and mentor, school administrator, National Council for the Social Studies President, Arizona Council for the Social Studies board member, social studies consultant and curriculum specialist in civics and history.  She has distinguished herself in community activism and involvement, publications and as an advocate for social studies education. 




“Very few individuals have achieved more or worked more tirelessly for social studies education in Arizona and nationally than you,” one colleague said.




She was honored at the Arizona Council for the Social Studies fall conference at Grand Canyon University, November 2. 




Golston retired as a Dean of Students at Alhambra High School, but secured and has administered a Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education that has been a four-year professional development program for over 30 Phoenix Union teachers, that integrates the colonial and territorial history of the Southwest, and especially of Arizona, with the typical scope and sequence in U.S. History courses.  The professional development includes quarterly conference sessions at area museums, summer study trips and Professional Learning Community meetings among the cadre.