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About Us

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality history instruction, with a special focus on meeting the needs of English learners, native speakers with low literacy, and students from economically disadvantaged communities. 

Our Institutions

We belong to a larger network of discipline-specific programs known as the California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP), administered by the University of California, Office of the President. Our headquarters in the Department of History at University of California, Davis, provide support for our six regional sites across the state.  At each site, teachers and scholars work together to improve classroom instruction, student learning, and literacy.

Our Approach

Our approach to instruction integrates content, disciplinary understanding, and explicit support for English language proficiency, framed in an inquiry model of historical investigation. All CHSSP programs and resources are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and both the English Language Development Standards and the History-Social Science Standards for the state of California.

Our People

To learn more about us, visit our Statewide Office at UC Davis, our Teachers and Scholars, our Regional Sites, and our Advisory Board pages.

Recent Blog Posts
Sep 18, 2017
Watching Whales and Thinking about Environmental Literacy in HSS
by Shelley Brooks We couldn’t have asked for a better setting for our environmental literacy retreat. Thanks to Ten Strands and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, regional site directors from ...
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Sep 01, 2017
Teaching with Fire
This week, students across California may very well be experiencing first-hand the effects of fire, or at least smoke, in their local environment. From the North to the South, and all through the ...
Teaching with Fire
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Aug 14, 2017
We Can Do Better: Lessons from Charlottesville
by Nancy McTygue, Executive Director The images are horrifying – angry white men with torches lit marching through a southern town on a summer night.  Bodies flying in the air after being ...
We Can Do Better:  Lessons from Charlottesville
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Aug 11, 2017
$5 Million Grant to Transform California History Education
We are thrilled and honored to announce the launch of Teaching California, in partnership with our wonderful colleagues and friends at the California Historical Society  (CHS), and funded by a new ...
$5 Million Grant to Transform California History Education
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