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CA Writing Project Seeks New Director

The Area 3 Writing Project is currently seeking qualified applicants for its Director position. The Director/Academic Coordinator II develops and oversees an ambitious program of professional development and leadership training for teachers and school administrators in the greater Sacramento region. 

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).

CHSSP Seeks Administrative Manager

The Statewide Office of the California History-Social Science Project is currently seeking qualified applicants for its Administrative Manager position.  The position serves as the lead fiscal and budgetary officer for the Project, and also leads administrative support staff, including HR / payroll, travel and event management, and office management. This is a 12-month career appointment, located at the Statewide Office on the UC Davis.  

Teach the History of LGBTQ+ Joy

As educators, it is our privilege and our responsibility to introduce students to history. This includes introducing them to their own history – to allow them to see themselves in the past. But it also includes introducing them to the history of the people they live side-by-side with in their communities today.

Educator Feature: Julie Law-Marín

Julie Law-Marín is a high school educator in the Sacramento area. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Asian American Studies; she continued on to earn her Master of Arts degree in Education with a concentration on Multicultural Education. She kindly sat down with us to offer her expertise on culturally-responsive classroom practices and community based teaching. Below are her responses to the questions we asked her. 

What does culturally-responsive teaching mean to you?

Educator Feature: Jazmine Fortes

Jazmine Fortes is a third grade educator in the Bay Area. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies, with a double minor in Urban Education and Spanish. She has worked to create an equitable, holistic, relative, and empowering curriculum. She considers creating environments in which parents, students, and their community feel welcomed is central to this work. She sat down with us to help us see how she implements these strategies in her classroom. 

Culturally-Responsive Teaching

Celebrating Changemakers

The pandemic years of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month have been as sobering as celebratory. Last May, in the shadow of the tragic and murderous deaths of spa workers and patrons in Atlanta, and in light of the necessity for a #StopAsianHate campaign, I urged our teaching and teacher community to integrate AAPI histories within their curriculum.

Tom Adams Appointed to CHSSP Advisory Board

The CHSSP is excited to announce that Tom Adams has been appointed by Governor Newsom to serve on the CHSSP Advisory Board.  Currently a Board Trustee for the Davis Joint Unified School District, and formerly Deputy Superintendent of the Teaching and Learning Support Branch at the California Department of Education (CDE), Adams is well versed in history-social science education.  Adams holds a Ph.D.

New Collection of Women's Biographies

How did women exercise political power before they had the right to vote?  This is one question that teachers and students consider as they explore the myriad ways that women led political groups, mounted campaigns for justice, and worked to preserve tribal sovereignty, for example.  Now teachers and students have more resources that help fill out the contours of women’s activism in the west.  A digital history project, Women’s History in the Pacific West, offers 69 new biographies of w