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  • 27 Mar 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:

  • 27 Mar 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

  • 19 Feb 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

  • 17 Feb 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:


  • 10 Feb 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 Feb 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

  • 27 Jan 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

  • 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 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.

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