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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
Nov 16, 2017
In Search of a Better History Book
by Nancy McTygue The first time I sat on a textbook adoption panel I spent 45 minutes deliberating.  I remember that a significant part of my consideration was the quality of the lunch that the ...
In Search of a Better History Book
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Nov 07, 2017
6 Strategies to Guide your Adoption of New Textbooks in History-Social Science
Download a PDF version of this post. by Beth Slutsky, Ph.D. The California State Board of Education appears poised to adopt history-social science instructional materials at its ...
6 Strategies to Guide your Adoption of New Textbooks in History-Social Science
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Nov 06, 2017
CHSSP Seeks New Regional Site
The Executive Office and the Advisory Board of the California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP) at the University of California at Davis invites proposals from four-year institutions of higher ...
CHSSP Seeks New Regional Site
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Oct 24, 2017
Teaching about Nuclear Energy
The recent Current Context issue, “Iran and Nuclear Energy,” situates the Iran nuclear deal within the larger context of the use of nuclear energy today, and in the past. Page 5 of the resource ...
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