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  • 27 Jan 2015 6:54 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Actor, activist, and social media sensation George Takei will keynote the 5th Annual Fred Korematsu Day Celebration ( on Friday, January 30, 2015, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 City Arts and Lectures - Nourse Theatre in San Francisco. CCSS is proud to be a Promotional Partner of this event. The Fred Korematsu Day commemoration is organized every year by the Fred T. Korematsu Institute to remember the life of Fred Korematsu and recognize the importance of preserving civil liberties. The 2015 commemoration not only marks the 5th anniversary of Fred Korematsu Day in California, but also the 10th anniversary of Fred Korematsu's passing away in March 2005. The Korematsu Institute is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tickets to the event are $10 for students and seniors, $25 for the general public, and $100 for VIP tickets, which includes entry into a pre-event reception. Buy your tickets online ( or call City Box Office at 415-392-4400.

    Reply to CHSSP at for your chance to win 2 tickets to this event. Include your name and one sentence reason why you want to attend. The lucky respondent will be notified by email by 5pm Wednesday. January 28, 2015.

  • 25 Jan 2015 2:23 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Last week, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) released his draft of a Re-Authorization of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA...aka NCLB).

    Sadly, there is nothing in the Bill for civics, history, geography, economics -- the Social Studies. We respectfully request your immediate help to remedy this.

    Senator Alexander has invited comments on his draft by February 2.  He has said he plans to mark up the bill in committee before Valentine's Day. All United States Senators have an opportunity to submit their requests by February 2, so CCSS members should send their requests to their Senators right away!

    1. Before February 2 - Write your two US Senators and ask they contact Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) to urge the inclusion of the Programs of National Significance language included in the sample text provided via the link at the end of this message.
    2. Please Share this Alert --After receiving confirmation of having sent your message to your Senators, please share this critical Action Alert with your membership, cooperating teachers, Board, friends, family etc. by selecting one or more of the information dissemination possibilities listed in the tabs found in the "Share with Friends" section.

    For more information, please join the NCSS legislative advocacy webinar on Wednesday, January 28th at 12:00 noon (PST) by completing this RSVP form
    . You will receive webinar access information on or before 10 am California time on Wednesday, January 28th. If you can't join the webinar live, a recording will be posted as soon as the archived webinar is available.  

  • 20 Jan 2015 11:14 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    The Constitutional Rights Foundation has announced the Essay and Video Civics Contest for 2015 by the US Courts

    The United States District Court for the Southern District of California and the Ninth Circuit Courts and Community Committee are sponsoring the contest in conjunction with the 2015 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, a gathering of judges and lawyers working in the federal courts of the western states.  Both essays and videos must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on May 1, 2015.  Cash prizes awarded in both contests will be $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place.  In addition to cash prizes, winners will be invited to the opening session of the 2015 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, scheduled for July 13, 2015, in San Diego.

    The contest has two components:

    1) Individual students can express their thoughts and ideas in an essay of 500 to 750 words.

    2) Individual students or teams of students may submit a 2-3 minute video presentation on the theme.

     Students may participate in one or both competitions. Judging will be done primarily on the quality of the content.

  • 11 Jan 2015 7:15 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to motivate students to learn about the world and how it works. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition. This year registration for the National Geographic Bee is online only. Materials will be available for download as soon as registration payment ($100 per school) is processed.

    For information and registration, view National Geographic's Frequently Asked Questions at  or
    Registration page at

  • 10 Jan 2015 3:06 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    With the recent murders of journalists for the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the seeming tie of the perpetrators to Al Qaeda, students will be coming to the classroom with lots of pent up feelings and questions. Nancy McTygue has written a thought provoking piece for the California H-SS Project blog about how it is necessary for schools to be safe places for students to express their concerns and fears. She strongly recommends that educators will have greater success if they put this type of violence into the context of the historical challenges to free expression and the fight to protect this precious civic principle. Join the discussion at the blog site above.

  • 10 Jan 2015 10:27 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Ever heard of Mel Brooks? Actress Anne Bancroft? Their son, Max Brooks, will be at the Oakland CCSS Conference!!! Using his obvious and probably inherited talent for humor, he is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z, and the Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.

    Brooks is coming to CCSS to discuss his most recent book, The Harlem Hellfighters. This graphic novel is the story of highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment - the WWI Harlem Hellfighters.

  • 01 Jan 2015 5:22 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)
    January 19 is the date in 2015 for the observance of Martin Luther King Day. Many educators will be including lessons and activities in their classrooms to highlight the achievement of Dr. King and of the Civil Rights Movement of  the 1960s and 70s and its impact today. These resources were reviewed for inclusion where appropriate in classes kindergarten through grade 12. To access the list of resources to use or share select
    MLKing Holidaypage2015.pdf and use them in your classroom orto use in your classroom to to share with others at your school.
    Classroom Resources for Observing Martin Luther Kings Day
    MLKing Holidaypage2015.pdf - See more at:
    Classroom Resources for Observing Martin Luther Kings Day
    MLKing Holidaypage2015.pdf - See more at:
  • 26 Dec 2014 10:15 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    The CCSS Publications/Technology Committee posts resources for teachers on many major holidays and commemorations. For 2015 we are asking you to help create these so that it is less of a daunting task for the Pubs Committee editors. 

    Here are the topics for which articles are needed in the coming months:

    Chinese New Year
    Black History Month
    Presidents' Day (including Lincoln's Birthday)
    Cesar Chavez Day

    What we need is a .doc file for each one of the listed holiday/Heritage months with reviewed and annotated web content resources, lesson plans, and up to 20 children/youth literature selections. It helps to include grade levels if appropriate. An example of something posted I created and in the past for Black History Month may be accessed at It could be updated or a whole new document created. The goal is to create resources for schools throughout California on these topics that match and enhance the California HSS standards and the Common Core standards when ever possible.

    If you have an interest in doing this, please contact CCSS Pubs Chair at We want only one document per holiday so as not to overwhelm teachers.  If two people want to do the same holiday, I will respond by return email to both of you so you can dicide if you want to collaborate. For example one person might do literature selections and annotations, and web lessons and content sources.

  • 20 Dec 2014 8:59 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Martin Luther King, Jr., Fred Korematsu, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mahatma Gandhi, Elie Weisel and Nelson Mandela stand as giants among men and women who spent their lives fighting for freedom, equality and liberty for all.

    To honor the work of these men and women, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation is hosting a series of video conferences in January on Civil Rights to celebrate Dr. King's birthday and provide students an opportunity to reflect on how civil rights impact their everyday lives. Special guests to discuss "equal protection under the law" with students will be Karen Korematsu and Mary Beth Tinker. More guests may be added later.

    Classroom resources are available to prepare students for these videoconferences. It would be impossible in three lessons to honor the work and lives of these individuals or the thousands of men and women who worked beside them. It would also be impossible to honor the tens of thousands of people around the world who have been inspired by their leadership and continue today to work for freedom and equality of all citizens in their own countries, communities, and schools around the world.

    This set of four one-hour lessons will concentrate on four topics:

    1. Examining the concept of Civil Rights especially the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution (or Constitutional equivalent) , which provides equal protection under the law.
    2. Analyzing the contributions of Civil Rights leaders around the world.
    3. Discovering what motivated and inspired these great leaders to fight for freedom and equality of all citizens; and encouraging students to evaluate what motivates them to take action and make positive change in their communities.
    4. Encouraging students to conduct an analysis of the root causes of inequity they find in their communities.

    Learn more at:

  • 08 Dec 2014 3:24 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies with Riverside County Office of Education and San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools invite you to the

    Jamboree 2015 - History Social Studies + Common Core

    January 31, 2015

    8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Hosted by the Coronoa - Norco USD at

    Ramirez Intermediate School, 6905 Harrison Ave., Eastvale, CA 92880

    Looking for new ideas, but can't wait until the CCSS conference in March?

    Join us Saturday, January 31, 2015, as K-!2 History-Social Studies educators from throughout Southern California come together for a one-day Jamboree of fun and learning. Talk with and learn from colleagues and top social studies teacher presenters in California to learn the best strategies for deeply engaging students in quality social studies content that integrates Common Core ELA State Standards.

    • Meet our featured speaker, Riverside County 2011 Teacher of the Year, Kevin Roughton, who will welcome you to "The Next Level," as he does on his fantastic website:
    • Attend 3 Sessions of your choice that demonstrate H-SS content and demonstrate the following (and more!) common core strategies. Rather than just sharing theory, these sessions will show Common Core State Standards and H-SS content integrated successfully in K-12 H-SS classrooms that prepare all students for college, career, and civic life.

    o   Close and discerning reading of complex text
       Project-based and cooperative learning
       Current events in the context of history
       Drawing upon evidence to write persuasively

    This experience is a bargain at $40 for CCSS members and $50 for non members. This fee  includes all handouts, continental breakfast, and lunch.
    Registration after January 27 at the door is $10 more for everyone.
    Sorry, no credit cards this time.


    After you complete the registration form (see attacchment below) make your check or money order payable to Inland Empire Council for the Social Studies (IECSS) for $40 or $50 based on your CCSS membership. Mail this to IECSS Treasurer, 1314 N. Mulberry Ave., Upland, CA 91786.


    Print Registration Form:

    Ramirez Intermediate School, 6905 Harrison Ave., Eastvale CA 92880
    • 31 Jan 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Ramirez Intermediate School, 6905 Harrison Ave., Eastvale CA 92880
    Jamboree 2015....History-Social Studies + Common Core Jamboree 2015
    Jamboree 2015....History-Social Studies + Common Core

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