The Politics of Supreme Court Nominations

September 23, 2020
Ideas for Teaching about the Impact of Justice Ginsburg's Passing Editor's Note:  the following is excerpted from our latest Teach the Election resource, The Politics of Supreme Court Nominations.  To download the full resource, click here.  And for more Teach the Election issues, click here.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, arguably one of the most popular Supreme Court justices of all time, died on Sept

Fifth-Grade Group to Integrate Curriculum

September 13, 2020

“Teachers thrive on person-to-person contact. We all want to feel connected during this unprecedented school year. The Fifth Grade Group will strive to create a community of dedicated educators, while providing content and strategies that are ready to use in a distanced or traditional classroom.”  This is how Kate Bowen, a veteran 5th-grade teacher from Davis and long-time CHSSP teacher leader, described one of her goals for the Grade Group.

Centering Race in 11th Grade U.S. History

September 11, 2020

“We only need to read the news to see that we are in a critical moment in U.S. History.  11th grade US History allows us to directly enter the exploration of this current reality with our students by making their history class relevant and up-to-date.” This is how Devin Hess, Program Coordinator at the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project recently explained the urgency, the substance, and the goals of the 11th Grade Group.  To lead the modern-U.S.

Interdisciplinary Approach to Guide 3-4 Grade Group

September 09, 2020

Stella Nagac D’Arceaux believes that, “…there is a need to amplify indigenous voices and diverse perspectives to history.”  The elementary school teacher at Westwood Charter in Los Angeles is especially excited to address indigenous history and modern-day civil rights efforts as she partners with CHSSP historian Shelley Brooks as together they lead the 3rd and 4th series in our newest online program, Grade Groups.

Contextualizing the Pandemic

September 06, 2020

UC Irvine Historian Andrew R. Highsmith is a specialist in modern U.S. history with particular interests in metropolitan development, public policy, racial and economic inequalities, and public health.

Race and Social Inequality in 7th Grade World History

September 04, 2020

Shennan Hutton and Stacey Greer are excited about 7th Grade.  The two longtime world history leaders are eager to explore how to “teach about race and social inequality in 7th grade world history,” according to Hutton, a former high school world history teacher, current UC Davis lecturer, and writer of the 7th grade Framework chapter along with the Sites of Encounter Blueprint Unit (including this fantastic map).  Hutton is partnering with

The Movement for Black Lives

September 01, 2020

Justin Leroy studies the history of the United States in the 19th Century, specializing in African American history. This blog post originally appeared as an article in "Teaching in 2020" - the fall 2020 issue of our online magazine, The Source.

By Justin Leroy, Ph.D., Department of History, UC Davis

Award-Winning Neuroscientist, Psychologist, and Former K-12 Teacher to Kickoff Grade Groups Series

August 28, 2020
USC Professor to Discuss Impact of Trauma on Student Learning and Psychological Development Free registration limited to first 150 participants.

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D.,an award-winning scientist, psychologist, and former K-12 teacher, will serve as keynote speaker to kick off the California History-Social Science Project’s 2020 Grade Groups online professional learning series, scheduled to begin September 24, 2020.

Teaching the Election

August 21, 2020

A Professor of History at UC Davis, Kathryn Olmsted studies the cultural and political history of the United States since World War I. We interviewed Professor Olmsted to get her take on campaigns during times of crisis, the role of the media, and her best suggestions for government students this fall.

The Source: Teaching in 2020

August 18, 2020
New Issue of The Source Now Available for Download

We’re very excited to announce the release of the Fall 2020 edition of our online magazine, The Source.  This issue, entitled Teaching in 2020, is organized into four sections – the pandemic, the fight for racial justice, economic collapse, and the election – to offer insight, ideas, and the opportunity to hear from your colleagues across the state.  Articles include essays from leading historians on the historical context of the Black Lives Matter movement and the pandemic, the 2020 presidential election, and th

2020 Online 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.