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CHSSP and CDE Win 2018 Beveridge Family Teaching Prize from the American Historical Association

created Oct 15, 2018 01:23 PM

By Nancy McTygue, Executive Director

Last week, the American Historical Association* selected the California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP) and the California Department of Education (CDE) as the winners of the 2018 Beveridge Family Teaching Prize. The prize is awarded annually for excellence and innovation in K-12 teaching, including career contributions and specific initiatives.

The Historical Association awarded the CHSSP - CDE partnership the Beveridge Prize for our work on California’s History-Social Science Framework.  Led by Deputy Superintendent Tom Adams and History-Social Science Consultant Ken MacDonald, the CDE directed the development of the Framework; the CHSSP network served as the Primary Writers.

This award is especially meaningful for us, as it recognizes the many years of work and the contributions of more than 40 members of the extended CHSSP family – members of our Statewide Office team here at UC Davis, as well as our team of site directors, advisory board members, faculty members, and teacher leaders. (For a full list of contributors, see the Acknowledgements section that opens the final version of the Framework). 

The award also recognizes the contributions of my colleagues on the Instructional Quality Commission, including Bill Honig, who served as Co-Chair on the HSS Subcommittee.  Without Bill’s support and hard work, the Framework never would have been completed, much less adopted by the State Board of Education in July of 2016.

Although this award recognizes the CHSSP-CDE partnership, it also honors the thousands of Californians who participated in its development.  Public interest in the HSS Framework was unprecedented.  Monthly hearings regularly featured hundreds of citizens willing to share their views; more than 11,000 written comments were submitted during the Framework’s development.  The final draft absolutely reflects this public input. 

 *The American Historical Association is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies. The prize will be awarded during a ceremony at the Association’s 133rd Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, January 3-6, 2019.  For more information about the Association’s 2018 award winners, click here.

 
Categories: HSS Education,
Tags: Framework, AHA, Award
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