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  • 16 Sep 2014 3:15 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    I-Civics is offering Constitution Day appropriate games and lessons for classrooms, especially good for upper elementary and middle school. Take a look and share them with colleagues.

  • 09 Sep 2014 10:31 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)
    Interested in becoming an educational leader in California? Here is a great opportunity to make a difference. The State Board of Education now is recruiting applicants for the following posts:

    The 2015-2016 Student Board Member
    Any student who is a California resident, enrolled in a California public high school, and who will be enrolled in good standing in the twelfth grade in the 2015-2016 school year may apply. The Governor appoints one high school senior to serve on the State Board of Education for a one-year term. The student member functions as a regular voting member of the State Board of Education.

    The Advisory Commission on Charter Schools (ACCS)
    The role of the ACCS is to advise the State Board of Education all aspects of the State Board’s duties under the Charter Schools Act of 1992. Applicants are being sought to fill three positions. Among those selected must be applicants representing county superintendents of schools, charter parents, and teachers. The State Board of Education encourages applications from individuals with strong knowledge, experience, and interest in effective charter operations and authorization and in other state charter school policy.

    The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC)
    The IQC is responsible for advising the SBE on matters related to curriculum and instruction. The State Board of Education is recruiting currently practicing teachers with teaching experience and expertise in science, history–social science, world languages and/or health to apply.

    Information and applications may be accessed via (What’s New) or at

    Amy Bubbico
    Associate Governmental Program Analyst

    California State Board of Education

    (916) 319-0827


  • 05 Sep 2014 5:44 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    During the week of September 17th Constitution and Citizenship Day is commemorated in schools across the country.  The California Council for the Social Studies joins the Civic Mission of Schools leaders in wishing you a rich and valuable experience at your school as you create events to honor America's Constitution and the constitutional heritage of our nation. We have developed a list of reviewed resources for you to use for Constitution Day and ask that you share them with colleagues. Please also send any other lessons or activity suggestions that you have found of value to so that we may include them in the resource list for 2015. Find the CCSS Constitution Day Resources and Lessons at CCSS Constitution Day 2014.pdf.

  • 05 Sep 2014 11:38 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    The California History-Social Science Project invites social studies teachers to participate in five monthly live webinars, download free lesson plans, and receive classroom-ready excerpts of important historical documents with concise background information for you and your students.  Also, get 30 days of unlimited access to recordings of each session.  

    The webinar series is held on Wednesday from 4-5 pm:

    10.22.14: Winston Churchill, "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat:  Address to Parliament on May 13, 1940"

    11.19.14, Thomas Paine, Common Sense

    12.17.14, Margaret Chase Smith, "Remarks to the Senate in Support of a Declaration of Conscience"

    01.28.15, Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"

    02.11.15, Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

    Registration and more information is available at:


  • 10 Jul 2014 10:39 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    We are deeply saddened by the passing July 21st of longtime CCSS and Southern California Social Studies Association leader, Joel Rothblatt. We knew him as a friend and colleague who put in countless hours of service on the CCSS Board of Directors, in committee work, and at the annual conference. He strove to bring the best ideas and programs to CCSS members and encouraged social studies teachers to join in the work of CCSS to share new and creative ideas to engage students in social studies issues and encourage civic participation. We hold Joel's contributions dear and will miss his presence in California.
  • 23 Jun 2014 9:03 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Never before in human history has it been more important for a person to be geographically literate. Our world is astoundingly complex and increasingly interdependent - economically, environmentally, politically, socially and culturally. But the unsettling reality is that many teachers and most students are not yet geographically literate.


    In Emily Schell's A Road Map to 21st Century Geography Education California educators will find new ideas and guidelines not only to better infuse geographic literacy but to further integrate ELA Common Core Standards in their curriculum and  follow the inquiry arc of the new College, Career, and Civic Life Framework. The examples in the Road Map apply to K-12 classrooms and the article links to more material from the National Geographic Society.  To access this new Occasional Paper select Road Map to 21stc Geo Ed OP Spring 2014.pdf


  • 15 Jun 2014 11:35 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    The Anti-Defamation League has just produced a free downloadable resource 7 Ways to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary to help summer school educators teach about the Civil Rights Act signed into law on July 2, 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson. The Act prohibited discrimination in public places, provided for the integration of schools and other public facilities and made employment discrimination illegal based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

  • 04 Jun 2014 6:16 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    This June 4th edition of Current Context by the California History Social Science Project features background information, maps, and resource links for teachers to help them provide classroom discussion of Boko Haram the Muslim extremist group that kidnapped 200 school girls in northeastern Nigeria.

  • 31 May 2014 10:03 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)
    The Sunburst editorial team is currently looking for written reflection pieces on the legacy and impact of Maya Angelou. In the wake of Ms. Angelou's passing, many of our colleagues have remarked about personal experiences and encounters with her as a poet, writer, activist, inspirational speaker, and educator, leaving a unique and indelible impact on them personally and professionally. We'd like to capture your thoughts in a collective article showcasing a variety of our members across the state.

    Please share a memory, anecdote, and/or learning that has evolved from the teachings of Ms. Angelou. If selected, your submission will appear with other teacher submissions, in the upcoming June Sunburst publication. Please see the requirements below and thank you in advance for your interest and support! 

    Submission Requirements
    All entries should be submitted via a Word document or in the body of an email, 300 words or less, and include a picture of you (preferably a head shot), your name, school name, the subject you teach, grade level, and the name of your local council. Please send your submission, along with any questions, to sunburst@ccss.orgDeadline to submit - June 3, 2014.
  • 29 May 2014 9:45 AM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)
    The loss of Maya Angelou on May 28, 2014 put a focus on her remarkable life and contributions to American society. The New York Times put together a tribute to her and her work from their archives. Here are video clips and links to articles, lessons, interviews, and resources from the Times and other publishers and educational programs
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