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  • 20 Apr 2014 11:17 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)
    From Memorial Day to D-Day (May 26 to June 6)
    NHD Twitter Event Using #SACRIFICE4FREEDOM

    Your students are all invited to participate. At 8am ET each day, NHD will tweet the prompt (and email on the teacher listserv). If you have any colleagues who want to be added to the teacher listserv, they just need to send a simple request to and they will be added.

    The best part – NHD will be awarding five $500 prizes to the students with the best tweets. That’s a great scholarship opportunity – for a tweet!  In order to be eligible for prizes (runners up will receive books and videos) students need to register their Twitter account at

    We all know that late May / early June is a tough time to keep students’ attention – this could be a great warm-up or class wrap-up activity. Please encourage your students to register and participate daily.

    REGISTRATION FLIER Sacrifice4Freedom Twitter Contest.pdf

  • 20 Apr 2014 10:57 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Stories of the Americas
    Bringing Text to Life through the Art of Storytelling

    K-8 Teachers July 21 – 25, 2014

    You are invited to participate in The Music Center’s 2014 Institute for Educators professional development program, Stories of the Americas, held from July 21-25 at The Music Center. This week-long intensive training will focus on bringing text to life through the art of storytelling in theatre and music. Led by Music Center master teaching artists Denise Iketani (theatre) and Andrew Grueschow (music), and featuring renowned storytellers at the height of their craft, the Institute is open to K-8 classroom teachers, arts teachers, and educators

    Exploring Latin American, Native American, and North American stories, participants will:
    • Engage in hands-on theatre and music experiences with master teaching artists
    • Make authentic connections to Common Core through the arts
    • Gain arts-based skills and strategies to integrate into their teaching practice
    • Participate in meaningful and reflective discussions with their peers 

    Join the institute this summer at The Music Center for this rich and engaging experience while earning up to 2 LAUSD salary points, 2 Pasadena USD salary points, or 3 LMU extension semester units. The cost of the Institute is $250 per participant, including curriculum resources and parking at The Music Center. 

    For more information or to register, please see the attached Institute flyer and registration form:

    2014 Institute for Educators Flyer.pdf 

    For further information, please contact

    Keith Wyffels

    (213) 972-3376


  • 16 Apr 2014 10:42 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    Mark your calendars and prepare to hit the campaign trail with your students when the MyVote California Student Mock Election kicks off in the fall!

    Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson host the Student Mock Election to make democracy come alive for young people while an exciting election season is in full-swing.

    On Tuesday, October 28, California’s high school and middle school students will tell the world who they want to be Governor, and make their voices heard on issues important to them and their families. Once the votes are counted, they can compare their choices to those of their peers around the state when the results are posted on the Secretary of State’s website.

    School registration for the MyVote California Student Mock Election is at  There, you will also find a

    Student Mock Election fact sheet describing the tools and resources this project provides for running a successful mock election, and how to get started.

    For further information, please contact the Student Mock Election Team at or (916) 651-3070.

    Download the pdf document below:

  • 16 Apr 2014 10:20 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)
    National History Day - California at the Riverside Convention Center April 25-27 is not to be missed. Around the judging times and public viewings there are activities galore. All are welcome to attend and enjoy this History Day extravaganza planned by the National History Day in California Organizing Team and Barb Libolt, Secondary H-SS Coordinator for Riverside USD.

    Friday April 25 College and University Information Tables will be open 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with tours to some. In the evening is a dance and video game trucks will be stationed in the Convention Center plaza for those whose competitive urges aren't satisfied by the HD competition itself.

    Saturday April 25 in addition to the college information, the afternoon on the Main Street Mall will be alive with historical events and costumed re-enactors. Featured are the Sons of the American Revolution doing demonstrations and exhibits, Soldados y Californios de So Cal re-enacting early California History, and the Riverside Dickens Festival of singers and characters. At 2pm at the Art Museum, Holocaust survivor Mark Rubin will give a talk about his experiences in a concentration camp. The day caps off with the movie "Frozen" at 7:30 at the convention center.  Download the flier with a map and event descriptions here: HD Events & Map.pdf
  • 08 Apr 2014 8:05 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)
    This issue of the CA 3Rs Project Bulletin CA3Rs Bulletin Apr. 2014 [1].pdf focuses on how schools and teachers can help address ethnic conflict as well as religious conflict.
    ·         “To stop the madness, put a face to faith,” by Dr. Charles C. Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum. This article describes Face to Faith, an initiative to help bridge religious as well as cultural and ethnic gaps of understanding between students in the United States and others across the globe.

    ·         “Schools, t-shirts, and the limits of free expression,” by Damon Huss, director of the California Three Rs Project. This article explains the recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that centered on conflicts over the holiday of Cinco de Mayo, students’ t-shirts depicting the American flag, and issues of symbolic speech.

    ·         “A 3Rs Approach to Cinco de Mayo,” by Dr. Margaret “Peg” Hill, co-director of the California Three Rs Project. Here, Peg Hill offers timely considerations for schools and teachers in helping students realize the connections between First Amendment principles and our understanding of cultural or ethnic holidays.

  • 31 Mar 2014 3:10 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Join CRF this Wednesday, April 2 at 5:00 p.m. PDT/ 8:00 p.m. ET, for the first #civedchat, a Twitter chat devoted to K-12 civic education. Outstanding teacher and classroom-tech blogger Liz Ramos will be our guest host for this chat and more to come, which will occur every other week starting on April 2.

    FIRST TOPIC: What is civics? We'll start an ongoing chat on incorporating the Six Proven Practices of Civic Education from the Civic Mission of Schools, find out what's on the front burner of civics education, and more. Follow CRF on Twitter.

  • 11 Mar 2014 4:08 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)
    Registration begins March 15 for this Stanford History Education Group summer program this July. The subtitled "Going Deeper with the Common Core and Making Standards Matter" more fully explains the scope and purpose of the program. See this link for more information:

    The institute takes place at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge on the Stanford University Campus. Consider attending the Standford Summer Teaching Institute this summer as a means to:
    • Dig deeper into teaching strategies that support common core and other standards
    • Learn new approaches to teaching
    • Deepen your understanding of content
    • Develop materials to use in your classroom
    • Create a vibrant community of practitioners

    Registration costs per course: $550 per course (includes lunch and parking). Register at the above link.

  • 11 Mar 2014 2:50 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)
    Registration fee:  $275 / person.  No group discounts available.

    Back by popular demand, the CHSSP is pleased to announce that our online workshop series, Teaching the Common Core, will be offered again this spring. This series includes 6 recorded  webinars and 15 lessons plans, all aligned with the Common Core, available 24/7 between April 18 & June 30, 2014. Each session is designed to provide you with the tools you need to improve student reading comprehension, expository writing ability, critical thinking, and historical understanding.

    Session Topics

    Assessing Point of View
    Close Reading

    Conducting Research

    Writing Arguments
    Citing Evidence

    Dates & Registration

    The workshops will be available April 18-June 30, 2014, with 24/7 unrestricted access to recorded webinars and curriculum. Moderated discussion times are also available during "Office Hours."

    Register online at
    Paper/PO registration with flier available at



  • 01 Feb 2014 3:49 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    History Convocation and Showcase
    Teaching Beyond the Textbook Grades K-5
    Saturday, March 15, 2014
    8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
    California State University, Dominguez Hills

    In the Social and Behavioral Science Building (SBS)

    1000 E. Victoria Street   Carson, CA 90747

    Let it be known that attendees shall hereby:
    Acquire NEW STANDARDS-BASED lesson plans & projects for grades K-5. Some sessions will focus on integrating the ELA/Literacy Common Core State Standards with teaching
    History-Social Science.
    Witness the effective use of strategies for utilizing artifacts, primary sources, and literature.
    Learn from teacher fellows of the 2013 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute for Teachers, Grades 5 and History Project Teacher Leaders.

    Registration Fee: $20.00


          Please register me for the event:


    Name: ________________________ Position: __________________  Grade Level: _________


    School: ____________________________          District:           _________________________         


    School Address: _______________________________________________________________


    City: _____________________          State:___________________ Zip: ___________________


    School Phone: _____________________________ FAX:                     ___________________         


    Home Address:________________________________________________________________


    City: _____________________          State:___________________ Zip: ___________________


    E-mail Address:__________________________ Home Phone:__________________________


    Registration Fee:  $20.00 includes presentations and handouts.


    No refunds after March 10, 2014. 

    Please make check or purchase order payable to: CSUDH 

    Mail to: 

    Joyce Morfe

                      CSULB College of Liberal Arts, MHB 214
                         1250 Bellflower Blvd.
                      Long Beach, CA 90840-2401

  • 01 Feb 2014 10:42 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    The California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning has also been established by the
    Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.  The Task Force is currently working on draft recommendations for elevating the status of civic learning and engagement in California's schools.  For more information about the Task Force visit: and/or like the Civic Learning Task Force on Facebook!!/CACivicLearning

    2014 Task Force Regional Meetings


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