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Dark History: True and Terrible History

Academy of Wonder: History FNAF Gaming Film Coding
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This ongoing course is for students who want to learn the dark history that is not traditionally taught. These classes include stories from American, World, European history.

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
  • Students will expand their knowledge of history, even the gruesome aspects of it and have a chance to learn the context in which these stories took place.
Nicole Pauling: 
I have a very diverse background but have always been interested in and moved by the plights of marginalized groups and have worked and volunteered extensively within those communities for the past 30+ years. My degrees are in Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Philosophy, and Women's studies and all of those things do show up in this class. I have been involved with journalism since I was in the 7th grade and have written for 7 newspapers. 

Some expertise areas that are utilized in this class are: 
25 years of research skills.
Sociology and psychology degrees to understand individual behavior, development, and cultural phenomena. 
SART responder (Sexual Assault Response Training-I did hospital visits to ensure that criminal evidence was properly documented in rape cases). I also photographed victims of domestic violence and documented injuries for court cases. Additionally, I manned the phone banks for emergency calls and did outreach work and trainings on college campuses.
I have taught classes on consent and safety. 
I have my Common Sense Media teacher certification for teaching students Internet Safety. 
I have raised 19 foster children and have extensive training. Many of my children are from traditionally marginalized groups. 
I ran a group home.
I ran a sexual assault shelter. 
I have written about diversity for over 25 years. 
I have run, organized, and fundraised for diversity issues for over 22 years. 
I am currently on the board of a local hospital to ensure equal access to medical treatment for minority groups and that research studies actively work to include under represented minorities. 
I am a member of the Black Collegiates and have received rewards for my work. Yes, I am white I am a firm believer that black lives matter and both spoke and protested last year. 
I have my Master's Degree in Education. 
I have training in issues of indigenous peoples and have also worked to help create a history book detailing the discrimination and outright destruction of indigenous culture.

Les Pauling: I love helping students learn how to connect with one another and live their best lives. 
I have lived an adventurous life. I love to kayak, scuba dive, wreck dive, white water raft, and really do anything that just brings joy and fun into life. I balloon twist as a side gig, moonlight at festivals as "The Bad Advice Fairy," and generally think I'm funny.

I am a counselor by trade with a Master's Degree in Community Counseling and High School Guidance counseling and a bachelor's in psychology. I got my initial training as a guidance counselor and then went into 1:1 therapeutic work in schools and homes. I also have over a decade working with youth who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. 
Some things I love to do are teach students logical thinking, decision making, goal setting, and life skills.

Brooke Nelson:
I hold a doctorate in Religion from Claremont Graduate University and a Master of Arts in History from the University of California, Irvine. I taught for over 12 years at the university level, predominantly at large research focused institutions. In addition to serving as a lead author on OpenStax’s most recent World History to 1500 textbook, I published award winning peer-reviewed publications on gender in the Roman world. I enjoy working with students who have an interest in the humanities who are looking for a “guide on the side” to help them find new ways to explore educational questions.
This class is designed for students who have ADHD, ASD, and other learning difficulties. All content is presented verbally and with pictures or videos to reinforce learning as well as conversation. There is no homework or writing. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Warning: This class is meant to be dark, and horrible, and scary, and disturbing. History is often actually all of those things. 
This class is NOT for everyone.
You should be a fan of scary stories, movies, or shows to take this class.
I may use violent or graphic videos. There may be swearing, brief nudity, or dead bodies.
There will 100% be stories that are scary or disturbing. 
There will be stories about people who have died.
There will be stories about people who have been killed.
There will be stories about the people doing the killing.
There are stories where people are assaulted, sometimes sexually. 
Religion is often involved in history and terrible things that happened and that will be discussed when appropriate. 
Many of the stories will be psychologically horrifying more than "Boo" horrifying. 

Stories may have: religious references, cannibalism, experiments, child death, diseases, plagues, serial killers, assaults, lgbtq or racial focus, and more.  
Please check the main description page to see if you want your child attending specific classes. 
I use many sources for this class and research. In the past year alone I have done over 800 hours of history based research and actually discovered that 2 historical ideas were actually not true based on primary source documentation. In addition, I have been doing research and writing for over 25 years including interviewing Pulitzer and Nobel prize winners, and writing detailed articles about their work. I spend between 6-10 hours a week on every history class I run. I watch news programs, documentaries, read diary entries, read historical accounts, look at academic writings. While this class uses a lot of video documentation I also narrow that down to try to take complex issues and make them digestible and understandable in a short amount of time.
Joined March, 2020
Rising Star
Teacher expertise and credentials
Doctoral Degree in Religious Studies from Claremont Graduate University
Brooke Nelson
Master's Degree in Education from Moreland University
Nicole Suzanne Pauling
Master's Degree in History from University of California, Irvine
Brooke Nelson
"Academy of Wonder is a student engagement centered learning environment." 

Our classes are: 
*Created for all learners including diverse learners
*Not typically found in other school settings
*Crafted around student needs and interests
Group Class


1x per week
55 min

Completed by 677 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
3-18 learners per class

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