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programs.jpgEach year, scholars and teachers from our seven sites work collaboratively to design, implement, evaluate, and refine professional development programs.  In alignment with the California Framework and History-Social Science Standards, our programs aim to increase teachers' content knowledge and disciplinary understanding, improve teachers' pedagogy, and develop students' academic literacy. On average, the CHSSP network serves more than 2200 teachers from nearly 900 schools each year.

Teaching American or World History
Designed for teachers of U.S. (grades 4, 5, 8, and 11) or World History (grades 6, 7, and 10) and aligned with the California HSS Content and Analysis Skill Standards for K-12.  Specific offerings at local CHSSP sites will likely be tailored to a particular era, region, or grade level.

Building Academic Literacy through History
Designed for HSS teachers, 4 -12 and is, in general, aligned with the California HSS Analysis Skill Standards for grades K-12.  Specific offerings at local CHSSP sites can also be tailored to a particular grade level.

Teaching Geography, Government, or Economics
These customized programs can be designed for HSS teachers at the appropriate content and grade level, as defined by the HSS Standards.

When and Where
CHSSP programs may be offered in the summer or distributed throughout the school year, across the CHSSP network. These programs may take the form of grade-level specific scope and sequence school-year workshops, school-year sessions offering model lessons and coaching, theme-based intensive summer institutes, book groups or regional conferences depending on the needs of the regional partners who fund them.

What to Expect
Though the format and specific content can vary, each CHSSP program has common elements:

  • Scholars provide lectures and lead discussions to increase teachers’ content knowledge and engage teachers in investigating significant questions and debates in history, geography, government, or economics.

  • Scholars and CHSSP teacher leaders address pedagogy by providing lesson models and guiding teachers through discipline-specific thinking and inquiry group discussions and exercises.

  • Teachers apply what they have learned by creating standards-based lessons designed to engage students in historical thinking and inquiry.

What CHSSP Programming Offers Your Students

  • Teachers return to their classroom armed with new understandings of significant and interesting questions, controversy and debates that surround the era they teach helping them engage and support students in learning.
  • Questions and standards-driven investigations also help teachers organize the curriculum for student learning. Engaging as an adult learner in history compels teachers to reconsider how they plan instruction and design learning experiences for their students as they themselves reconnect with what it means to be a learner.


Though many of these programs were built and are currently funded by federal or state grants, these programs are also often open to any local teacher through contracts with local districts, schools, or individual registration fees.  To find out how you can bring CHSSP programs to your school or district, contact the CHSSP Statewide Office (; 530.752.0572).


Our Current Projects

The History Blueprint

The Library of Congress's Teaching with Primary Sources Program

Teaching American History Grant: Developing Freedom in America

Teaching Democracy