Teacher wins textbooks

Jeff Matlock, an eighth-grade U.S. history teacher at Scotts Valley Middle School, is one of 20 teachers in the country who will receive a free class set of 25 copies of “A People’s History of the United States” from the Zinn Education Project.

Matlock used a Zinn activity regarding the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 to help his students gain another perspective on women’s history.

The Zinn Education Project was co-founded in 2008 by historian Howard Zinn, author of “People’s History,” and two nonprofits: Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change. It encourages people to look at history from different perspectives.