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    programs.jpgThe California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP) belongs to a larger network of discipline-specific programs known as the California Subject Matter Projects, administered by the University of California, Office of the President. Headquartered in the Department of History at University of California, Davis, the CHSSP and its six sites are housed in UC and CSU departments of history and schools of education throughout the state. At each site, teachers and scholars work together to improve classroom instruction, student learning, and literacy.

    The CHSSP is 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. We are dedicated to increasing the achievement of all students through a research-based approach which focuses on historical content and disciplinary understanding, critical thinking, and the development of student literacy, all aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the California Standards for History-Social Science.

    To learn more about us, visit the following links:

    Our Regional Sites

    Our Advisory Board


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