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2020 Summer Programs

June 14, 2020
Since the early 1990s, CHSSP sites around the state have hosted summer institutes to collaborate with teachers and scholars.

Watsonville Teacher Attends to Student Needs First

June 07, 2020
Ryan Jones, a world history teacher at Watsonville High School in Santa Cruz County, and a teacher leader with the History and Civics Project at UC Santa Cruz, last taught his students in person more than two months ago.

Statement in Response to the Death of George Floyd

June 02, 2020

We value and honor Black lives. The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has sparked national outrage, days of protest, violence, and destruction of property in many cities across the United States, including here in California.  That this is happening in the midst of a pandemic in which communities of color, particularly Black and Latinx Californians, are suffering and dying disproportionately heightens the urgency of the moment.

Cheers to You

May 29, 2020
Teachers, you made it. You made this school year happen regardless of the pandemic.

New Video Explores Filipino American Contributions to the Farm Labor Movement

May 25, 2020
Filipino Americans started the Delano Grape Strike in 1965 that made Cesar Chavez famous. We rightfully celebrate his achievements as a state and national holiday every March 31. Whereas Cesar Chavez is a household name across America, lesser known are the brave farmworkers of many races and nationalities who sacrificed their livelihoods for the greater good of improved conditions in agricultural work.

Teaching and Learning Survey

May 21, 2020

We are interested in hearing from history-social science teachers about how they are doing in this unprecedented time.  Never before in our lifetimes has a pandemic made it so that teachers and students cannot safely gather in one place for school.  Events that we took for granted in February – school assemblies, lunch in the cafeteria, an ordinary day at school with students engaged in project based learning – are now in May unimaginable. 

Challenge Theme One More Time

May 17, 2020
Shennan Hutton is one of our most popular colleagues. Teachers have told us for years that they genuinely appreciate her sense of humor, her practicality, and her understanding of and support for world history teachers.

Choosing a Vice President

May 14, 2020
With Covid-19 dominating the news, it is almost easy to overlook the fact that this is an election year.

Reclaiming Our Stories through Platicas & Photos

April 30, 2020
When the shelter in place order first went into effect, the UCLA History-Geography Project (UCLAHGP) considered what sort of resources were needed to support families, distance learning objectives, and historical thinking skills all at the same time.

Parents' Guide to History-Social Science

April 26, 2020
My family just started week five (or is it week six – I’ve officially lost the will to keep count) with our three elementary-school-aged children at home, and while we’re so fortunate to be together, our family’s attempt at distance learning feels like a mess.  In week one of shelter in place, which seems like a lifetime ago, I was almost optimistic about having time alone at home to work and to experiment with some school work with my kids

Sentipensante: Self-Care in Distance Learning

April 23, 2020
Ana Orozco’s Lynwood High School students had been feeling simultaneously overwhelmed and bored in the midst of quarantine and distance learning.  She knows this because she has been checking in with them about their social, emotional, and mental health through regular class assignments that she designed to promote self-awareness

The Power of Historical Documents to Make Sense of Crises

April 10, 2020
114 years ago, at 5:12 a.m., a catastrophe that would end up reshaping an entire cityscape, rattled awake San Franciscans.  The 7.9 magnitude earthquake, and the massive fires engulfing the city that followed, decimated the city, killed thousands, and forced hundreds of thousands more people to upend their lives and relocate elsewhere.

First-Year Teacher Connects Pandemics with Meaningful History Lessons

April 09, 2020
First year history teacher Lauren Piraro never imagined that her first year in the classroom would be cut short because of a global pandemic.  Thrilled to have landed her “dream job because Gilroy is where [she] completed [her] K-12 education,” Piraro started her year with enthusiasm and a goal of making learning relevant for her Gilroy High School students.