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  • 16 Sep 2020 3:07 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

                 Culturally Responsive Teaching Virtual Workshop

    Cultural responsiveness is a vital component of educational equity, but what does it mean to be culturally responsive? This webinar focuses on laying the foundation of cultural responsiveness and provides initial steps toward becoming a more culturally responsive organization over time.

    Who Should Attend
    Educators interested in learning about cultural responsiveness.

    Dates: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

    Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Session One) OR

    3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Session Two)

    Location: Online Virtual Meeting

    Attendee Limit: 100

    Registration Fee: None

    Deadline:Tuesday, October 6, 2020


    Download and share the flier:  Flyer - ABCs Of CR - Oct 13 2020 - Email 08-101-20-IS.pdf

  • 16 Sep 2020 2:59 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Black Lives Matter
    Choices for 21st Century - Teaching with the News

    In more than 580 cities and towns across the United States, hundreds of thousands of Americans have gathered together to protest the police killing of an African American man named George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Protestors’ calls for justice, police accountability, and for an end to the systemic racism deeply embedded in the laws, practices, and institutions of the United States mark some of the most widespread protests the country has seen in half a century. The protests should be seen in the long arc of history and as part of the long black freedom struggle, a struggle that began when the first black people arrived on these shores as captives more than four hundred years ago.

  • 16 Sep 2020 2:45 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Election Central

    Two months from today is Election Day on November 3! Get your students engaged in election issues with CRF's Election Central page where you will find free and downloadable lessons on current electoral issues (like the Electoral College), policy issues related to the election (like health care), and elections in U.S. history. Access Election Central here:

    Submitted by Damon Huss, Constitutional Rights Foundation

  • 02 Sep 2020 10:15 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    iCivics Presents - TOM (Teaching Online Master Class) 

    TOM is a free online professional development resource for teachers making the leap into remote teaching and learning.


    TOM is produced by Makematic and made possible with the generous support of Participate, Adobe, iCivics and Clickview.

  • 13 Aug 2020 5:49 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Pursuing Justice and Preserving Open Debate

    How do we balance our pursuit of a more just and equitable society with our desire to protect freedom of expression?

    “Because healthy and respectful debate is essential to a functioning democracy and a robust education, circumscribing such debate or marginalizing its participants is especially worrying. For academics, journalists, and artists who are committed to uncovering and sharing insights about issues that are often messy, uncomfortable, and complex, this is a particular concern; as it is for all those who hold that justice is premised on equality and inclusion.”

    Pursuing Justice and Preserving Open Debate - Support Material

  • 11 Aug 2020 1:55 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    15th Amendment  

    Right to Vote Not Denied by Race

    Current issues in America related to Black Lives Matter and the coming Presidential election will be a focus of discussion in virtual and other classrooms across the U.S. to demonstrate the connections between history and civics to the world in which the students live. However, topics of such emotional intensity can be difficult in classrooms. The best way to address controversial topics is through the analysis of primary source documents and building connections to mutually agreed upon national resources such as the constitution. The National Constitution Center is a providing some model lessons that will certainly be of help to many educators. 

    The National Constitution Center provides a rich set of source and lesson plans. 
    The one on the 15th Amendment and Voting Rights is particularly valuable. Access
    it at  

    It begins with….
    Congress debated several drafts. Some only banned racial restrictions, while others provided broader protections. Even as each House passed broader proposals, Congress settled on language that attacked racial discrimination in voting. The 15th Amendment was passed by Congress on February 26, 1869, and ratified on February 3, 1870.

  • 05 Jul 2020 10:05 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Video Play on First Japanese Settlement in California

    The full play GOLD HILL SAMURAI is now showing on the Sierra Community Access Television YouTube Channel. (140 minutes) This original play written by Placerville's Jamie Van Sant was performed at American River Conservancy WakamatsuFest150 one year ago. This is the story of the first settlement in America by Japanese immigrants in 1869.

    Here is a direct link to the play.

    This California History resource was posted by George Sabato on the CCSS Facebook page.

  • 07 Jun 2020 6:19 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Choices Teaching with the New Lesson - Black Lives Matter 

    Racial injustice is not a new phenomenon and neither is black activism. In fact, the black activism taking place across the country today has deep roots in the history of the United States. Today’s activists build on organizing strategies from the civil rights movement and continue to champion and extend ideals of racial equity shared with each generation before them.

    In order to better understand this history and the positions of black activists and social movements today, it is useful to examine significant recent events leading up to the present. The timeline in this lesson provides an overview of many leading people and social movements that steered towards racial equality in the United States beginning in the 1950s and continues to the present. Also included in this Brown University Teaching with the News material is information on how to teach about controversial issues.

  • 16 Feb 2019 1:25 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    High School Teacher Opportunity - Apply Now

    Great Decisions Training Institute
    June 24-28, 2019

    The Foreign Policy Association ( is seeking high school teachers with demonstrated commitment to international education to take part in its annual Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute in New York City.  Teachers chosen will reflect  geographicly diverse high schools from around the continent and will be chosen on a competitive basis.  Join us for four days of:

    • Strengthening skills in teaching global affairs
    • Exploring ways to expand international studies in the classroom
    • Building professional support networks
    • Developing International Studies curricula

    The 2019 Institute will include: 

    • Introduction to FPA’s current Great Decisions teaching materials and resources 
    • Presentations on teaching global challenges featured in Great Decisions materials 
    • Authoritative briefings on global issues from experts and policymakers
    • Workshops and curriculum development sessions with Master Teachers



    Applications due: Friday March 29, 2019
    Applicants notified: April 12, 2019

  • 29 Jan 2019 3:16 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Children Changemakers - Inspire Kids to See Themselves in History

    A UC Irvine History Project Workshop for K-4 Teachers

    March 18, 2019

    The California History Social Science Project presents a workshop for elementary teachers  to learn more about the dimensions (Content, Literacy, Inquiry, and Citizenship) of the new History-Social Science Framework. Teachers will also receive lessons and books that center children as historical changemakers. The day will include standards-aligned reading and writing lessons for your grade level, books for teaching, and time to work with colleagues. 

    Register now! The cost is free.

    To register for the workshop, visit

    Teachers will receive: breakfast, lessons, standards-aligned texts,
    books, and access to all materials online.

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