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California Council for the Social Studies Award Nominations

The California Council for the Social Studies is requesting award nominations for educators who have made important contributions to social studies. Honorees receive recognition and awards at the CCSS 60th Annual Conference,Cultivating Global Citizens for the 21st Century, March 5-7, 2021. Recognitions include:

  • Outstanding Elementary School Social Studies Teacher of the Year
  • Outstanding Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year
  • Outstanding High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year
  • Outstanding Pre-Service Teacher of the Year
  • Outstanding Rookie Teacher of the Year (1-5 years experience in K-12)
  • Diane L. Brooks Administrative Award
  • Carol Marquis Global Understanding Award
  • Roy L. Erikson Civic Education Award
  • Ruth Delzell Service Award
  • Hilda Taba Award

CCSS Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice Awards:
  • K-16 Educator Award or Diversity and Social Justice
  • Student Award: Champion for Diversity and Social Justice

Civic Learning Showcase

The San Diego County Civic Learning Partnership is planning this year’s Civic Learning Showcase. The showcase provides students an opportunity to share their experiences as they engage in civic engagement activities, and teachers have an opportunity to learn about how they could provide their students with a chance to enhance their own civic learning experiences. Please register your interest in being either a participant or a presenter by completing this brief survey. To learn more, see this flyer.  

California Civic Learning Award

The Civic Learning Award for public schools is co-sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. The award is designed to recognize the role of public schools in preparing students for participation in our democratic system. The award celebrates successful efforts to engage students in civic learning and to identify successful models that can be replicated in other schools. Since the inception of this award, several San Diego County schools have been recognized for their civic learning programs.

San Diego County Office of Education Distance Learning Units of Study

The San Diego County Office of Education Curriculum and Instruction, MEGA, and Innovation Departments have collaborated to design distance learning units of study in grades K-12 that are focused on grade level essential learnings in each content area. These units were purposefully designed to integrate content, provide flexibility and choice. The units of study connect content in the following areas: ELA, ELD, Mathematics, Science, History/Social Science, Arts, Computer Science, and Physical Education through integrated study in K-5 and thematic units in grades 6 through high school. Assessment opportunities (formative and summative) and student feedback are embedded and intentionally developed. These open-source units are being developed in Google to ensure maximum flexibility for districts to use them with their preferred distance learning instructional platform.

Online Workshops on the U.S. Constitution

The Los Angeles County Office of Education is inviting educators from across California to participate in monthly webinars it is conducting in partnership with the National Constitution Center. Below is a schedule of workshops and registration links. 

History Day

History Day is an exciting, history-based learning experience for students who not only learn about issues, ideas, people, and events in history but who also apply this learning, through creative and original productions. Students participating in History Day develop valuable research and analytical skills as they process information they've gathered from research of primary and secondary resources, then draw their own conclusions about their topic's significance in history.

Each year, students from grades 4 through 12 select, develop, and complete standards-based projects focusing on the theme, reflecting local, state, national, and world history. Students may participate as individuals or in groups. All students work with a teacher or coach affiliated with a local school in order to prepare for History Day. Students who compete at county level have the opportunity of qualifying to advance to state level, just as those competing at state level may be selected to compete at national level.

If you have questions about San Diego County History Day, please contact Janet Mulder at For more information on National History Day visit: NHDSD. Information regarding teacher orientation and judging will be posted when available.

Junior Model United Nations

Junior Model United Nations allows students to step into the shoes of ambassadors from the United Nations to debate current issues on the organization's vast agenda. Student "delegates" prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the U.N.'s rules of procedures - all in the interest of mobilizing "international cooperation" to resolve critical issues.

Students research global problems drawn from today's headlines in preparation for the San Diego Regional Junior Model United Nations Conference.  This prestigious conference is held every May at the University of San Diego and it is here that JMUN delegates discuss topics including peace and security, human rights, the environment, food and hunger, economic development, and globalization. 

For information regarding the Junior Model United Nations program in San Diego please contact Anne Anthony

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