Cindy Mata Joins UC Irvine History Project

The CHSSP is excited to welcome Cindy Mata as the new Site Director at the UC Irvine History Project.  Most

recently, Mata has served as the Associate Director of the UCLA History-Geography Project, though she brings to UC Irvine years of experience in K-12 history-social science education, educational research, and teacher leadership. 

2023 CHSSP Summer Institutes

Starting in June, the California History-Social Science Project network is hosting several summer institutes in different regions of the state! We hope you will join us for focused approaches on topics ranging from ethnic studies, world history, and discipline-specific literacy. These summer institutes bring together a community of teachers, scholars, as well as university educators to deepen our knowledge and share best practices in teaching.

CHSSP and California Revealed Launch Educator Fellowship Program

California Revealed (CA-R), in partnership with the California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP), invites California educators to apply for its inaugural Educator Fellowship program. This is a special opportunity for K-12 educators to research and create curricular materials in history and the social sciences using CA-R’s digital collections, of which sound and moving images are especially vast. 

Educator Feature: Kate Bowen

Kate Bowen is an educational leader with the California History-Social Science Project, and brings over thirty years of experience as a teacher. This month we asked Kate to share her favorite tools, skills, and strategies to support inquiry-based learning throughout the year.

New Classroom-Ready Resource!

Latinx students make up nearly 55% of all K-12 students across California, and every year students are asking for more lessons that reflect their experiences. We see the need to show students the diversity of people who shaped our history. Likewise, we know how important it is for students to see themselves reflected in their educational experience.

Back-to-School Month

It’s August. You know what that means. Give me all the post-its, paper clips, crisp tabs, and new stickers. Nothing brings me the same excitement as flipping through  a freshly-opened planner. Okay, maybe the local office supply store is just my thing, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not the only one that loves a good back-to-school sale. In the spirit of new beginnings, I want to bring your attention to new  resources for this upcoming school year.

Universal Design for Learning

Throughout July we celebrate the diversity of our students in Disability Pride and Awareness Month. Students in our classrooms have always been diverse, and research has shown that most students who request accommodations or special education still learn in the general education classroom. Others who receive exclusive education still engage with general education classrooms and curricula to the greatest extent possible (California History-Social Science Framework, Chapter 20, p 537).