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  • 06/23/2015 8:08 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Presenter: Simmi Kher, Education Consultant, Tony Blair Faith Foundation
    Location: Sonoma State University
    Dates: August 3-6, 2015
    Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    $200 honorarium for up to 20 middle and high school teachers
      2015 F2F Application(1).docx
    Cost: 2 units of SSU credit available for $110

    More information:

    As we look at the news every day, the connections among religion, economics, and political struggles across the world is unmistakable. However, most educators and social leaders are unskilled in the discussion of these issues in an academic setting. The North Bay International Studies Project is presenting a 4-day summer program for 20 middle and high school teachers on Global Connections that integrates the goal and methodology of culture related dialogue and discussion developed by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation's Face to Faith program. The culminating goal is for teachers and students to build respect and understanding across cultures and to create a Face-to-Face international experience with students in one of the 19 participating countries via video conferencing.

    Participating teachers will engage in developing a Teaching Guide that highlights the integration of Common Core and the interactive learning and discussion strategies of the Face to Faith program.

  • 04/28/2015 10:20 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Digital classroom resources from PBS. Check your TV listings. Step into the tumultuous Vietnam War era with resources from PBS' newest programs, Last Days in Vietnam, The Day the '60s Died, and The Draft:


    Last Days in Vietnam
    Grades 9-12 | Collection | War and Society
    Experience the chaotic, final days of the Vietnam War with new resources from the Academy Award nominated PBS documentary, Last Days in Vietnam. (This program premieres tonight on PBS).

    The Day the '60s Died
    Grades 9-12 | Video | War and Society
    What was it like to be an American in May 1970? Explore the lives of the students and soldiers that were there with resources from The Day the '60s Died. (This program premieres tonight on PBS).

    A Look at Today's Military
    Grades 9-12 | Video | U.S. Military History
    Now that the draft is no longer a driving force in American society - who is expected to serve? Meet the new face of the military in this clip from the PBS documentary, The Draft.

  • 04/24/2015 5:42 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)
    In partnership with Annenberg Learner, the Newseum is excited to offer two FREE three-day institutes for teachers. This unique professional development opportunity will include hands-on activities, exploration of artifacts from our collection with an archivist, and time to explore the museum independently.
    “Primarily Digital” Novice: July 13-15
    This institute is designed for teachers who have limited experience with blended learning. Together, we’ll create accounts and learn the basics of using Twitter, Pinterest and more in the classroom.
    “Primarily Digital” Advanced: July 22-24
    This institute is designed for teachers who are active creators of online content, whether through blogs, websites or social communication tools, but are looking for novel applications. Significant time will be dedicated to adapting participants’ existing lesson plans to incorporate new tools and applications.

    Learn more:

  • 03/27/2015 4:41 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    CCSS teachers will be interested in this assessment information from Stacey Greer, the Literacy, History, and Arts Consultant in the Leadership Office of the California Department of Education.

    On behalf of the State Board of Education (SBE), WestEd is organizing a third series of regionally-based input sessions to provide district, county, charter, and school leaders; teachers; students; parents; and community members with an opportunity to offer local insights to the evaluation rubrics development process. These sessions will be focused on gathering insights on a draft version of the evaluation rubrics related to the new state Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

    In addition to the in-person sessions, a facilitated online dialogue will open for comment from March 27-30, 2015. Click here to view the information document:

    Click here to view the draft evaluation rubrics as included in the March 2015 State Board of Education agenda:

    Click here to view the accessible version of the draft evaluation rubrics document:

  • 03/27/2015 4:06 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Since March 23rd, Britain's "The Guardian" newspaper (online) is featuring a history of 50 cities at risk in the world today and how these special places were pivotal in world history. The fascinating, visually rich accounts can bring history alive for students. The article on Aleppo, Syria, the oldest ancient continuously inhabited city of any size  is gripping and exceedingly sad at the same time. Its ancient citadel, a World Heritage site, has been in the middle of the battles for control of the city between the Assad government and the rebels.  Learn more at

  • 02/19/2015 4:44 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    February 28, 2015
    CSU San Bernardino
    Pine Room Dining Commons
    8:15 - 3:30 pm

    Grade 6-12 teachers (any subject area) and administrators who attend
    Spotlight on Turkey are eligible to apply for the Summer Travel Study to
    Turkey. Up to five people will be selected. The conference and the travel
    study are sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation and the World
    Affairs Councils of America and offered by the World Affairs Council of
    Inland Southern California with support from the Inland Empire Council
    for the Social Studies. See the AgendaSpotlight_on_Turkey_2015_Agenda.pdf

    for the Spotlight on Turkey conference. To register, send the following
    information to Dr. Margaret Hill World Affairs Council Chair: First and
    Last Name; School Name and Address; Grade Level; Daytime Phone;
    Email. Registration flier and more information may be found at The travel Study
    Application will be sent on receipt of conference registration.

    This interview with Daniel Ford, teacher at Chapparal HS in Temecula about his experience in Turkey as part of the Turkish Cultural Foundation Summer Travel Study gives a wonderful insight into the history and culture of Turkey and will fascinate both teachers and students

  • 02/17/2015 2:23 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy
    Facing History and Ourselves Workshop

    March 4-5, 2015
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day

    Autry National Center of the American West
    4700 Western Heritage Way
    Los Angeles, CA 

    Scholarships Available!

    How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of the democracy are most vulnerable? This two day workshop explores the Reconstruction era in the United States and the construction of American identity. Special to the March 4-5 workshop is an opportunity for a sneak preview of the upcoming exhibit, The Civil War and the West, opening April 25 at the Autry.

    In this workshop you will:
    * Discover new teaching strategies, classroom activities, and multimedia resources to use in your classroom that align with the Common Core State Standards
    * Explore themes such as historical memory, justice, and civic participation in a democracy
    * Receive a free copy of The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy?

    Recommended for 6-12th grade U.S. history, world history, or humanities teachers.

    After this workshop you will become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and online tools

    To register:


  • 02/10/2015 10:04 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Explore Korean History, Culture, Contemporary Issues, and Korean Americans at the USC-KAFE Summer Seminar for K-12 TeachersJuly 12-17. This collaborative program of the Korea Academy for Educators (KAFE) and USC Korean Studies Institute is sponsored by the Korea Foundation and held on the USC campus. Successful applicants will demonstrate interest in learning about Korean history and culture and the ability to create lessons based on what they learn. Fellowships will cover travel expenses, hotel, and some meals. 1 or 2 LAUSD Salary Points available. For more information, visit the KAFE website or email
    Learn more: KAFE_Recruitment.pdf

  • 02/02/2015 7:05 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    February is Black History Month. The CCSS Publications Committee offers this set of reviewed web resources to teachers to not only highlight the contributions of African Americans but to show that African American history is mainstream in American history. Access the resources at

     2015 Black History Month Resources for Teachers.pdf

  • 01/27/2015 6:54 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    If you are a K-12 educator interested in learning new teaching strategies, developing materials to use in your classroom, and joining a vibrant community of practitioners, join the Stanford University Summer Teaching Institute.

    Stanford Summer Teaching Institute
    L i Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge
    Stanford University Campus

    The Institute will be offering two different weeks of great courses. Courses vary in length.
    Week 1: July 6-10, 2015
    Week 2: August 3-7, 2015

    Learn more at
    or by contacting
    Kerri Glennon
    Javier Heinz

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