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  • 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

  • 08 Dec 2014 3:16 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)


    More information and application can be found at

    The 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program is designed to be a cornerstone for the next stage of the 21st century skills movement. For the past 10 years the Partnership for 21st Century Skills has advocated for 21st century readiness for every student. Thousands of schools, communities and thought leaders across the country have helped to define 21st century skills and promote their adoption. Now, they are ready to lead a coalition of educators and partners in identifying what 21st century educational practices look like and where they are being implemented successfully. Through the Exemplar Program, P21 seeks to identify, document, promote and celebrate examples of successful 21st century learning. This program provides educators and communities a variety of examples to draw from, and offers policymakers and P21 State Partners local examples to help encourage their support.

    All schools and districts based in the U.S. are eligible to apply. After you submit your application, you will receive automatic notification via email of your submission. You will be notified by email of the status of your application. Schools that have been selected for an evaluative visit will be contacted and additional materials or information may be requested in advance of that visit. Evaluative visits will be conducted before the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Scheduling will be individually determined based on P21 and school representative availability. Following the evaluative visits, the evaluation team will make a determination regarding 21st Century Learning Exemplar status.

  • 06 Dec 2014 4:10 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Each year, NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. To see the complete list access Stipends of $1,200-$3,900 help cover expenses for these one- to five-week programs.

    For more information and application instructions, visit the websites given on the list of individual programs.

  • 06 Dec 2014 3:48 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    Legacy Voices: The WWII Japanese American Experience
    Workshop for K-12 Southern California Teachers and Manzanar Pilgrimage
    Karen Korematsu
    Founder and Executive Director
    Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education
    Saturday, January 10, 2015
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Japanese American National Museum
    100 North Central Avenue
    Los Angeles, California 90012

    No cost to K-12 teachers.

    This unique professional development opportunity will feature keynote speaker Karen Korematsu, Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights.  She will describe local and national stories about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and the Supreme Court Case that followed.

    The training will also include a tour of the Japanese American National Museum, historical overview, information about the “assembly centers” in California, and the personal stories of those affected by the incarceration experience.

     Lesson plans and classroom resources will be distributed for elementary, middle, and high school students.

    All registered attendees will be eligible to participate in an all-day excursion to the 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage near Lone Pine, California on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  $25 registration fee to attend the Manzanar Pilgrimage will include round-trip bus transportation from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, access to Manzanar grounds and Interpretative Center, ceremonies, and light refreshments.

    Registration for January 10 workshop is FREE but space is limited.  
    To RSVP, visit

    Deadline: Thursday, January 8, 2015

    For more information, please contact: 
    Michelle M. Herczog, Ed.D.
    Consultant III, History-Social Science
    Los Angeles County Office of Education or (562) 922-6908
  • 06 Dec 2014 3:39 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

    The Public Meeting of the IQC will discuss the Filed Review results and the comments on the draft H-SS Framework at its next meeting December 18-19, 2014

    The December 18-19, 2014, History-Social Science Subject Matter Committee public meeting notice/agenda is available on the Instructional Quality Commission's Web page at:

  • 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.
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