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History-Social Science Professional Learning

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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.

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. Click on the date below to register for your choice.

Facing History & Ourselves- Holocaust and Human Behavior

In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the Holocaust allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. In this one-day workshop—featuring the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior—teachers will:

  • Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias
  • Increase their ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, antisemitism, and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis
  • Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make
  • Engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives
  • Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully

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

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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Matt Hayes