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New Webinar Series: Teaching the Common Core

The CHSSP is proud to announce that Teaching the Common Core, our popular online webinar series is back and now available with 24/7 access from April 18 - June 30, 2014.

Cold War: Teaching with Primary Sources

Back by popular demand, the CHSSP will host The Cold War, a Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress institute again in 2014 and 2015.  Participants will receive 35 hours of professional development, resources, curriculum from the CHSSP's latest History Blueprint unit, The Cold War, and $400. Click here to learn more or to register.

War Comes Home: In Schools

In partnership with Cal Humanities, the CHSSP is excited to announce a new program for teachers in the San Diego region, War Comes Home:  In Schools. It encourages young people to explore history through the lens of the veteran experience.  Click here to learn more or to register.

Taylor Wins Second Pulitzer Prize for History

alanLongtime CHSSP Faculty Adviser Alan Taylor has just won his second Pulitzer Prize for "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832." In its announcement of his selection, Pulitzer described the work as, "a meticulous and insightful account of why runaway slaves in the colonial era were drawn to the British side as potential liberators." Congratulations Alan!  Read more here...

Teacher Leaders Honored

Jasmin Brown and Shomara Gooden from Lynwood USD were honored for their excellence in teaching on May 27.  CHSSP's Executive Director, Nancy McTygue, presented the award.  Read her remarks here.

Common Core Fall Webinar Series

Teaching the Common Core Join us for a webinar series on teaching informational texts of the Common Core, beginning in October. Participants will receive classroom-ready lesson plans, excerpted primary sources, and live and recorded webinars to support their instruction of Narrative of the "Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave," Common Sense, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and more.  Click here for more information.

CHSSP Advisory Board Meeting

The CHSSP advisory board will meet on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Autry Museum of the American West in Burbank.  


  1. Election of Advisory Board Chair
  2. Board Update
  3. HSS Framework
  4. Site Profile - UC Irvine
  5. Site Sustainability
  6. CHSSP Anniversary
  7. Public Comment

Thanksgiving resources

Consider using these primary sources in the classroom to teach Thanksgiving.

Next webinar: Margaret Chase Smith

December 17th 4-5pm "Remarks to the Senate in Support of a Declaration of Conscience"

Join Shennan Hutton and Beth Slutsky, CHSSP historians and editors of the History Blueprint, for a live webinar in which Shennan will present a lesson which guides middle- and high- school students in History and ELA classes through analyzing this Common Core Appendix B exemplar.

This session will include strategies and downloadable primary sources to:

  • read closely a complex text
  • cite textual evidence
  • analyze how writers use language for different purposes
  • make inferences and identify allusions

Register here.

Registration deadline for this webinar is Monday, December 15th.


Blog post on Freedom of Expression

Check out our latest blog post for suggestions on teaching about freedom of expression and the press, in the wake of the horrific crimes in France.

January webinar: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 28th, 2015, 4-5pm "Letters from a Birmingham Jail"




February webinar: Frederick Douglass

On Wednesday, February 11th, the final webinar in our Teaching the Common Core: Informational Texts series will begin at 4pm PST. Teacher leader, Jed Larsen, will share a lesson focusing on Frederick Douglass' memoir, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.

If you have missed any of the webinars in this series, it's not too late. Registering in the upcoming Teaching the Common Core: 24/7 Series will allow you to access the recorded webinars at your convenience between April 15 through June 30, 2015.

Teaching the Common Core 24/7 Webinars

The CHSSP is proud to announce the return of our popular online webinar series, Teaching the Common Core, available this spring, 24 hours per day, every day between April 15th and June 30th, 2015.

Learn more.

Civil Rights Film Discussion with Dr. Slutsky

Sacramento-area friends:  Tuesday evening, February 24, please join CHSSP historian Beth Slutsky who will be giving a talk at the Sacramento public library and hosting a discussion about a couple of terrific civil rights film clips.  More information can be found at :

CHSSP at CCSS Conference March 6 & 7

We hope that everyone at The 54th Annual CCSS Conference (March 6-8) will stop by the CHSSP booth to chat and discover the quality teaching resources we'll have available. You can register for the upcoming Teaching the Common Core Webinar Series, register for our Teaching the Past for Tomorrow Conference (November 6 & 7, 2015), look at our History Blueprints, and read The Source.

In addition to our booth, you can witness exemplary teaching and planning strategies in action at six presentations prepared by UCBHSSP and UCDHP site directors and master teachers. More information here.

CHSSP (CHSSP_SO) will also be a part of the conversation on Twitter at #CACSS2015.

CCSS Conference Presenters from CHSSP

Join us at the California Council for the Social Studies Conference in Oakland March 6-7

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CHSSP Advisory Board Meeting March 31

The CHSSP Advisory Board will meet by phone from 4-5 pm on Tuesday, March 31. If members of the public would like to participate or observe, please arrive no later than 3:55 pm at 162 Kerr Hall, UC Davis.  


  1. Public Comment
  2. Process for reviewing site proposals
  3. 25th Anniversary Conference Update
  4. CSMP Update:  International Studies

Submit Proposal to Present by April 8th

Remember to submit your proposal to present at Teaching the Future for Tomorrow by Wednesday, April 8th. Click here for the online form or click on the Conference tab for additional information. 

Access to 24/7 Webinars begins April 15

Starting next week, anyone who has registered in the Teaching the Common Core: 24/7 Webinars will be able to view recorded webinars filled with teaching strategies, primary sources, insights of teacher leaders and downloadable materials. You will see skills focused on in the Common Core State Standards taught at different grade levels with different texts. The teacher leaders will comment on the downloadable lessons and show samples of student work. You can still register online or by mail.

Summer 2015 Programs

The CHSSP is pleased to announce their roster of summer programs for teachers.  For more information, click on the links below.  You can also download a one-page flyer here.

Registration in the following programs was still open as of June 9th.

UC Berkeley
Reading & Writing in History: Developing Common Core Aligned Lessons (June 22-26)

The (Southern) California History-Social Science Projects
The Cold War: Teaching with Primary Sources from the
Library of Congress
(May 9 & July 20-23)

CSU Long Beach

CSU Dominguez Hills

CHSSP in EdSource

John Fensterwald's article about the alliance between history/social science skills and texts and the Common Core State Standards includes a look into UCBHSSP teacher leader Jennifer Brouhard's classes. Read more here.

Advisory Board Scheduled to Meet May 4

The CHSSP Advisory Board will meet at the Midway Museum in San Diego on Monday, May 4 from 10:30 - 3:30.   All times listed below are approximate.  Agenda order may also be changed at time of meeting.


10: 30 am - Public Comment 

10:35 am  - Review of Minutes (March 31, 2015 conference call) and Agenda

10:40 am  - Site Review: UC Irvine

11:15 am - Site Review: UC Davis

11:50 pm - Satellite Site Presentation:  CSU Dominguez Hills

12:15 pm - Lunch

1:15 pm - Site Review: UC Berkeley

1:50 pm - Site Review: CSU Long Beach

2:25 pm - Site Review: UCLA

3:00 pm - Summary Discussion and Review of Board Comments

3:30 pm - Conclusion

Order of Site Presentations:

1.         Site Summary and Highlights (Site Director)

2.         Question and Answers (Board and Site Director)

3.         Motion for funding

4.         Public Comment

5.         Vote of board


#IamCHSSP celebration is six months away

As we gear up for our Teaching the Past for Tomorrow Conference and gala dinner, we will be posting more excepts and interviews about the people who have made CHSSP all that it is. Be sure to check our Blog for new posts. If you think of someone else who should be recognized, please let us know at .

Current Context: CA Drought Update

As the California drought continues into its fourth year, how will the government and residents of the state resolve this ongoing crisis? Read the Current Context's 'California Drought Update' and the blog post, 'California's Watersheds'.

Storytelling grants from Cal Humanities

Did you know that Cal Humanities offers story-based project grants?  Intrigued?  For application details and deadlines, click here.

Free webinar presented by Shennan Hutton

Content Literacy in History-Social Science, an archived webinar

Even though it was recorded in March, you can access the archived webinar at Shennan Hutton presented 'Content Literacy in Secondary History-Social Science' as a part of the WestEd Series Implementing the Common Core state Standards: Classroom Connections. It is a wonderful opportunity to see how lessons grounded in historical content can address many CCSS literacy skills.