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  • 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
  • 12 May 2014 4:42 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    CCSS - 54th Annual Conference
    Bridges to the Future

    March 6 – 8, 2015

    Oakland Marriott City Center
    Oakland, California


    The annual conference continues a CCSS tradition devoted to exploring ideas and activities by which social studies educators can help students make intelligent decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.  California Council for the Social Studies in now accepting proposals for the 54th Annual CCSS Conference: "Bridges to the Future." We have strands that include: Scholars Series, Project Based Learning, 21st Century Skills and Technology. 

      Access the online proposal form here: 


    Only members of CCSS may present - be sure you join or renew today!

  • 10 May 2014 3:48 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Foundation for Teaching Economics presents
    Economics for Leaders

    June 22 – 29, 2014
    University of California, Santa Barbara

    $150 Commuter Stipend Available

    Economics for Leader (EFL) is a five-day program where teachers “go back to school” and are taught by university professors and mentor teachers.  What’s unique are the games and simulations:  instructors run the activities with real students so the teachers can observe the students’ interactions. The teachers see, up close, why FTE-designed lessons are so effective and leave with a better knowledge of economics, new classroom strategies, and a renewed enthusiasm for teaching.

    FTE provides room and board and materials for all attendees.  3 semester hours of graduate credit is available.

    Learn more at

    Contant: Linda Geiger
    (530) 757-4630

  • 04 May 2014 6:21 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)
    Foundation for Teaching Economics
    Economic Forces in American History
    July 28 – August 2, 2014

    Los Angeles, CA
    Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

    $150 Commuter Stipend Available

    Economic Forces in American History (EFIAH) is a five-day program designed to provide teachers of social studies and American history with innovative new ways to update their lesson plans.  Pivotal American historical events are examined through the lens of economics - providing a valuable approach for teachers looking for new ways to engage their students.  Teachers attending EFIAH have the unique opportunity to hear from and interact with university professors, who are experts in the field of economic history, as well as receive hands-on direction from high school mentor teachers on how to run relevant, fun activities to help bring history and economics lessons to life for their students.

    Learn more at

    or contact

    Lisa Chang
    (530) 757-4638

  • 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

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