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  • 22 Apr 2018 8:42 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    History-Social Science Materials Fair 
    May 04, 2018
    1200 University Avenue, Riverside - UCR extension

    Deadline  to register May 2, 2018

    Riverside County Office of Educaiton is pleased to announce that we have extended the deadline for the History-Social Science Materials Fair on May 04, 2018 at 1200 University Avenue, Riverside - UCR extension to Wednesday, May 02, 2018. If you are interested in attending this event, please feel free to fill out and submit the attached form MatFairHistorySocialScienceFlyer_PrintReady 1.pdf . Mail it directly to or via mail to: 

    Riverside County Office of Education - Riverside
    Attn: Don Powell, Administrator
    P.O. Box 868
    Riverside, CA 92502-0868

    Fax: [951] 826-6937


  • 14 Apr 2018 4:42 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    California Department of Education
    History-Social Science Update
    April 2018

    Produced monthly by Janel Mann, Consultant for H-SS at the California Department of Education, this informative newsletter has five packed with important information for H-SS teachers and administrators at all grade levels. 



    Legislative and GeneralUpdates/News
    Read about the bills in the state legislature that will have impact of H-SS instruction if passed.

    Professional Learning and Resources
    Here are almost three pages of workshops and institutes for H-SS teachers, some of which also offer curriculum development and other leadership opportunities.

    Instructional and Other Resources

    The CDE is presenting a Media and Information Literacy Summit on May 23, 2018, in Sacramento, California. The Summit is open to county, district, and school administrators, teachers, librarians, and all K12 teachers

    Calendar of Key Education Days

  • 16 Mar 2018 7:09 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Ford's Theater Summer Programs

    Ford's Theatre Eduction department has issues a very useful newsletter. It includes a lesson on the Assassination of Lincoln featuring:
    • Why did John Wilkes Booth assassinate President Abraham Lincoln? 
    • Did everyone react the same way when they learned about the assassination? 
    Professional Development Opportunities:
    Summer Teacher Programs - Applications due April 2, 2018

    • Civil War in Washington
    • The Seat of War and Peace
    Apply now:

    Virtual Experiences


    Teach the Lincoln Assassination visually 
    Who conspired against Lincoln? Where did Lincoln’s funeral train go? What happened to the place where he was assassinated? Use our online stories to answer these questions, and more!

    Access the link below for more information and application material. 
  • 18 Feb 2018 9:17 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    KQED-Connecting the Newsroom to the Classroom
    Gun Violence, Gun Control, Gun Rights: Where We Go from Here

    A  heavily armed young man barged into a  high school in Parkland, Fla. and opened fire, killing at least 17 people. Just seven weeks into 2018, the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is already the 18th school shooting of the year.
    Students will come to school with many feeling about this event. Many teachers will want to use this news event to learn about related civics issues. KQED provides teachers with ideas to make this a valuable lesson.

    Suggestions for nonfiction analysis, writing/discussion prompts and multimedia projects. Browse our lesson plan collection

     Lesson Plan:

    Educator Guide:   

  • 01 Feb 2018 2:14 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    February 2018
    CDE History Social Science Update 

    This month's H-SS Newsletter provides background information on 3 pieces of proposed legislation with an impact on H-SS. AB761 calls for optional local assessment of student H-SS achievement. SB895 calls for the development of a model curriculum related to the Vietnamese American refugee experience. SB830 calls for the development of a model curriculum in media literacy. 

    In addition, there is a list of conferences for H-SS teachers this spring and summer. These begin with a mention of the CCSS conference  March 23-25 at the Town And Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego. Then a list of dates is provided for the H-SS Framework conferences in the state sponsored by both the CA H-SSP and the CCSESSA
    The previous conferences descriptions are followed by descriptions of some summer programs including those by Gilder Lehrman, Library of Congress, American Bar Association, and the Councils on Economic Education. Lastly there are links to a selection of new resources and holidays.

    Access the newsletter here: CDEHSSNewsletterFeb2018.pdf

    Many thanks for your work in providing this newsletter Janel Mann.  If you want to receive it directly, please contact Janel at

  • 27 Jan 2018 11:04 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    What Does Equal Protection Mean to Students?
    This 9th Circuit Court of Appeals 14th Amendment activity of essay writing or film production may be pursued as either a classroom project or as part of the annual contest. Either way is could be a valuable learning experience.

    Students should consider how the Equal Protection Clause applies in high schools, colleges and graduate schools, whether in admissions, classrooms or on athletic fields. Individual students can express their thoughts and ideas in an essay of between 500
    and 1,000 words. Individuals and teams of up to three students can produce a 3-5 minute video on the theme. A student may submit both an essay and video. A student may submit only one essay and be involved in the production of only one video.

    The essay or video should: 1) Demonstrate an understanding of the historical background of the Equal Protection Clause; 2) Explain the constitutional powers and rights relevant to the court cases and laws mentioned above; and 3) Discuss the important role of the Judicial Branch in preserving the rights of Americans to equal education.

    The 2018 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest is open to high school students in nine western states and two Pacific island jurisdictions. Students from public, private, parochial and charter schools and home-schooled students of equivalent grade status may enter.    

    Find out more at

  • 08 Jan 2018 7:20 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    CDE History Social Science Update
    January 2018

    Don't miss this month's issue of the California Department of Education H-SS Update for January. It is chock full of professional opportunities for teachers. Many of them require an application with a deadline on the close horizon so begin the process now. There are also several legislative issues to watch, including Assembly Bill 761 that addresses H-SS Assessment. Also in this issue is a set of terrific resources for textbook review and adoption that have been developed by the California H-SS Project. 

    Please note the print style of this newsletter by Janet Mann, our H-SS Lead at the CDE. This is the new required format to meet federal guidelines for publications, Section 508, to meet needs of people with disabilities.

    Download the newsletter here
    CDE HSS Jan2018_Newsletter.pdf

  • 11 Dec 2017 9:42 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    CDE History Social Science Update
    December 2017

    CDE HSSDec_Newsletter.pdf

    This short 6-page document is packed with information relevant to H-SS. The lead article is focused on the 2017 Instructional Materials Adoption, Civic Education and Teaching about the December holidays. Of particular value is the list of professional development opportunities on the new H-SS Framework.  There is also a valuable list of other professional development opportunities and terrific resources for things that support the new Framework including Big History lesson, materials from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

    Thank you Janet Mann, California Department of Education Literacy, History, & Aarts Leadership Office. Questions? 916-323-6269

  • 01 Nov 2017 5:50 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    CDE History Social Science Update
    November 2017

    CDE HSSNov_Newsletter.pdf

    Here you will find 6 pages packed with information relevant to H-SS. The lead article relates to how schools and teachers should work with undocumented students based on both law and best education practice.  There is also a valuable list professional development opportunities and terrific resources for addressing important topics in the classroom that are not covered in the textbook. There are also descriptors of important California legislation.  
    This valuable newsletter is written and compiled for educators by Janel Mann, Education Programs Consultant in the Literacy, History, and Arts Leadership Office of the California Department of Education. Though we know it takes days to create, this newsletter (at the link above) is most appreciated by teachers and administrators throughout the state. To receive your own copy via email, send a blank e-mail to the following address and you will be added to the list:

  • 07 Oct 2017 8:57 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Global Educators - News for You and Your Students
    Global EdNewsletter_October.pdf


    Global Competence Benchmarks and Indicators

    A subcommittee of the California Global Education Network has produced Benchmarks and Indicators to guide the inclusion of global competence in classroom lessons. The Benchmarks and Indicators are modeled on the Four Domains of Global Competence from the Asia Society.

    Emily Schell, Director of the California International Studies Project (CISP), led the effort to write the Benchmarks and Indicators and has added them to the CISP Web site. You can find the link here, as part of the CISP Global Competence Guidelines.

    The completion of this task fulfills Recommendation 3 from the Summit Report. The CGEN is ready for its next task, so stay tuned to be included!

    Download the Newsletter to find out more about teacher and student global education opportunities. 

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