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  • 20 Jun 2017 3:58 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    The Presidency and the Cold War: The Iron Curtain to the INF Treaty
    July 24 - 27, 2017
    Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

    The dramatic history of Soviet-American relations spanned five decades, eight presidents, and defined a century. Join the Truman Library Institute, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and the National Council for History Education, as we explore the how Presidents, from Truman to Reagan, navigated the icy waters of the Cold War. From the Truman Doctrine to the INF Treaty, examine the profound effects of how Cold War tensions shaped foreign policy and the fabric of American life.  

    Educators will:

    • Illuminate the conflict between the Cold War superpowers which set the stage for current tensions with modern-day Russia using historical thinking skills and habits of mind.
    • Immerse themselves in the role of Truman or one of his key advisors, analyze now-declassified documents, and work as a team to develop a response to an international crisis through The White House Decision Center, an experiential and collaborative learning simulation offered at the Truman Library
    • Advise President Eisenhower on confronting Communist expansionism and explore policy and espionage activities during the Eisenhower Era.
    • Engage in face-to-face diplomacy with an in-depth exploration of the Reagan-Gorbachev Summits. 
    • Analyze primary source documents from the National Archives and three Presidential Libraries.
    Cost of the program is $75 per educator. Registration includes museum admission, historical thinking instruction, curriculum materials and lunch.

    Learn more and register at

    Please reach out to Jeff Lockwood at 
    with any questions.

  • 13 Jun 2017 4:13 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Teachers Ask About the FAIR Act

    Beth Slutsky, Ph.D., Program Coordinator of the California H-SS Project makes suggestions on how to best deal with the curriculum changes brought by Proposition 48 or the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Act

    Since January we’ve had the honor of traveling the state to introduce educators and administrators to the new HSS Framework.  Regardless of where we go, the FAIR Act is a topic that educators are seeking guidance on – especially the question: “What does it mean to implement the FAIR Act?”

    This blog post is worth discussing at your next staff or department meeting.

  • 12 Jun 2017 7:35 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Submit a Proposal
    CCSS Conference

    Tearing Down Walls: Building Connections, Collaboration and Civil Discourse

    March 23-25, 2018

    CCSS is accepting proposals for the 57th Annual Conference, Tearing Down Walls: Building Connections, Collaboration and Civil Discourse. This conference will continue a tradition devoted to providing quality professional development, new scholarship, research-based strategies, and networking - all designed to improve the teaching and learning of history-social studies across the state. We encourage you to submit a proposal and be among the many to join us in San Diego from March 23-25, 2018. As you prepare your submission, be sure to review our Proposal Tips offering important advice to help you with your submission. 

    Submit your proposal today through 

     The deadline to submit a proposal is July 29, 2017.

  • 07 Jun 2017 9:01 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Kids Discover Egypt Summer Workshops 
    CSUSB Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art
    July 17-18 and July 19-20, 2017 

    Clay art projects inspired by ancient Egypt are just some of the activities lined up for the popular "Kids Discover Egypt” art workshops July 17-18 and July 19-20 at Cal State San Bernardino’s Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art.

    With the recent renovation of RAFFMA’s extensive antiquities Egyptian collection, recently reopened in fall 2016, “Journey to the Beyond: Ancient Egyptian in Pursuit of Eternity” will be in focus during this year’s Kids Discover Egypt Workshop.

    For children ages 9-12, the two art day workshops will be hosted by RAFFMA from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day.

    Download registration information:

  • 06 Jun 2017 10:53 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    CDE History-Social Science News Update - June 2017

    Find out what is happening in California in this monthly newsletter from Janet Mann, the history, arts, and literacy consultant at the Department of Education.                     

     The June newsletter features the following:

    • Model student Civic Action Project
    • Professional development opportunities
    • A legislative update on bills that may impact H-SS curriculum, instruction, and assessment
    • H-SS Framework Conferences
    • Literature List 
    • Better Together California Teachers Summit
    • Opportunities 
    Download the newsletter here: CDE_HSSnewsletter_June2017_final.pdf

  • 21 Apr 2017 8:32 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Teachers will be excited by this new resource by Maggie Beddow and Mimi Coughlin at CSU Sacramento for 5th grade on Juan Bautista de Anza's expedition bringing settlers to California at the same time Americans in the east were declaring independence.  In addition to the resource, the Occasional Paper includes three lessons and how they were implemented in the classroom. See the material at

  • 10 Apr 2017 7:54 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    California Department of Education
    2017 History-Social Science Adoption FAQ
    2017 History–Social Science Adoption Frequently Asked Questions

    2017 History–Social Science Adoption
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  • 04 Apr 2017 12:11 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Religious Holidays in Public Schools: Passover and Easter

    This article lays out ideas for teaching about the religious holidays of Easter and Passover. To build understanding of others in a diverse nation and world, it is important that students be religiously literate. At the same time, the school is not the place for students to be persuaded to a specific belief.

  • 02 Apr 2017 8:49 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    CDE History-Social Science Update for April 2017

    For information about professional development opportunities, new resources, and student events related to H-SS, download and print this newsletter prepared by Janet Mann, Literacy, History, and Arts Leadership Office, California Department of Education.


  • 13 Mar 2017 1:25 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Immigration Enforcement Raids - Civil Conversation Lesson

    In today's charged political environment the issue of immigration is a critical topic of great concern to the public and students but, at the same time, it is an emotional hot potato. This lesson by the Constitutional Rights Foundation is a model for how immigration may be discussed in a civil manner in a classroom or community group. 

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