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History-Social Science Professional Learning

Preparing Students for College, Career, and Civic Life ​

The Professional Learning Opportunities ​​​​listed below will focus on the new California History-Social Science Framework, which was adopted by the State Board of Education on July 14, 2016. Click on the event dates below for more information and to register.

Upcoming Events

Looking Closer at the Framework: Historical Inquiry

This one-day workshop will provide an in depth look at how an inquiry model of instruction frames an integrated approach to teaching history-social science that includes history, geography, economics, civics, and the humanities. In so doing, participants will discuss how an inquiry approach increases students disciplinary understanding and supports student literacy.  This session will introduce participants to examples of inquiry-based instruction in which students are taught to utilize the tools of each discipline to address a question of significance, conduct research and analyze multiple perspectives, draw conclusions based on evidence, and apply the acquired knowledge and skills to address issues and solve problems. Participants will look at ways to use current instructional materials to support inquiry, and will analyze free online resources that are available to augment lessons.

Past Events

Please check back for 2018-19 dates. Listed below you can find out more information on the professional learning opportunities presented by the History-Social Science department.

Planning with the New History-Social Science Framework

The New History-Social Science Framework is intended to help guide educators as they implement content standards based and Common Core aligned instruction. During this two-day workshop, participants will analyze the Framework and use it as a tool to develop year-long pacing/curriculum guides. They will discuss how to organize their lessons around themes and guiding questions. The intended audience is educators who already have an understanding of the goals of the new History-Social Science Framework, including its focus on content, literacy, inquiry, and civic learning. This is a perfect opportunity for teachers to attend in teams. 

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Introduction to the New History-Social Science Framework

This one-day workshop provides an overview of the new framework, including its focus on content, literacy, inquiry, and civic learning. There will also be opportunities to review portions of key chapters from the framework, experience framework-aligned lessons, and access online resources. 


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The Gilder Lehrman Institute Presents: Teaching World War I

The Gilder Lehrman Institute has teamed up with the San Diego County Office of Education and the San Diego Unified School District to provide a FREE one-day workshop on Teaching Literacy Through History: World War I. Participants engage in a pedagogy session facilitated by a Gilder Lehrman master teacher. This session will focus on deepening content understanding while aligning instruction to both content and state standards. Additional, participants will be treated to a discussion on World War I led by professor Jennifer Keene. 

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Looking Closer at the Framework: Civic Education

There has never been a better time than now to consider how we can strengthen our students’ understanding of our civic institutions and their ability to become civically engaged. During this one-day workshop, participants will discuss the History-Social Science Framework’s focus on citizenship. Participants will look at ways that daily lessons can support the development of civic dispositions, and they will learn of opportunities to extend student learning through a variety of civic learning opportunities available through local civic partners. 

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Looking Closer at the Framework: Geographic Inquiry

Strong geographic reasoning is an integral part of being a contributing member of the local and global community. It is not enough to know where something is. Students must be able to ask, investigate, develop conclusions about questions about how somethings location influences its characteristics and its relationship to other phenomena. Then, they must ask the question, “Now what?”  During this one-day workshop, participants will learn about geographic inquiry, how it is interwoven throughout the History-Social Science Framework, and how they can start to develop geographic reasoning skills in their students. Participants will have the option of extending their learning by develop classroom “snapshots” similar to those found in the Framework, and by reconnecting later in the year through and online meeting platform.

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The Armenian Genocide and International Justice

What is the responsibility of the international community when mass murder and genocide occurs? We will examine the events leading up to the systematic murder of over one million Armenians, the American response as a nation and as a people, the role of justice and judgment in the aftermath of such atrocity, and the legacies today in terms of how we evaluate and seek justice in the United States and around the world. Recommended for teachers of World History, US History, Government, and Humanities.
In this seminar you will:

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skills aligned with Common Core and the newly-adopted History Framework
  • Explore topics in global education that help students become informed citizens such as: racism, prejudice, international justice, international human rights, journalism in the digital age, civic participation
  • Receive a free copy of Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: The Genocide of the Armenians
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Colonial Williamsburg Convocation and Fair

Make history come alive in your classroom. Attend an evening presentation and open house to learn from other teachers about how they have developed lessons that are relevant, engaging, and that connect their students to our nation's past. Participants in this event will:

  • Hear teacher presentations from teachers who attended the 2017 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute (CWTI).

  • Receive lesson plans and ideas.

  • Learn about the CWTI elementary and middle school programs.

  • Find out how San Diego area 5th and 8th grade teachers can apply for an all-expense paid scholarship to attend the CWTI

  • This event took place on Feb. 28, 2018. Check back for next year's date. 

The Williamsburg Convocation and Fair will include brief presentations about the CWTI and an open house during which participants can meet with past CWTI participants. Light hors d'oeurves will be served. 

For more information on the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute please click here or visit 

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Matt Hayes