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  • 31 Aug 2017 2:15 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Big History Blogs Has Great New Ideas but a Long URL


  • 16 Aug 2017 11:53 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    CDE History Social Science Update
    August 2017


    Here you will find 6 pages packed with information about teacher opportunities, legislation, and resources all compiled for you by Janel Mann, Education Programs Consultant in the Literacy, History, and Arts Leadership Office of the California Department of Education.  You will find the article "Phigitals - They Are in your Classes Now" a fascinating and informative look at issues related to educating Gen Z students for whom being connected digitally is a norm not something they can do without.

  • 16 Aug 2017 11:22 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Tips for Fostering Civil/Political Discourse in Class

    This short list of strategies for the discussion of potentially divisive issues in a civil manner was put together by an 8th grade teacher for the Ford's Theater Program blog campaign=081517%3AEducation%3ANationalFall(AM)&utm_content= version_A&promo=

  • 28 Jun 2017 10:43 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    History-Social Science Update July 2017
    - Literacy, History, and Arts Leadership Office

    Janet Mann at the Department of Education, the Literacy, History and Arts lead, has written a creative newsletter with suggestions from curriculum resource, to professional development, to personal teacher enrichment.

    Download the July Newsletter here or share it with friends and colleagues electronically.

    CDE HSS Newsletter_July17final.pdf

  • 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

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