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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. Please check back for 2018-19 dates. Click on the event dates below for more information and to register for the professional learning opportunities presented by the History-Social Science department.

4th Annual History-Social Science Conference: From Inquiry to Action

Save the date for Feb. 8, 2019. Visit the conference page for more details!

History-Social Science Leadership Meeting

This network is designed to bring educational leaders in the area of history-social science and professional development together with the goal of building capacity within their schools and districts. The network will focus on considering how leaders can develop systems to support teachers as they shift their instruction to align to current scholarship and the Common Core. Areas of consideration will include pedagogy, instructional resources, and access to language and literacy. Tentative topics for discussion are:

San Diego County History-Social Science Community of Practice

School and district teams are invited to join the San Diego County History-Social Science Community of Practice, or CoP. The CoP is part of a statewide network of educators who are working towards implementation of the 2016 HSS Framework. Participants will take an in-depth look at the framework and its focus on inquiry. They will also use the framework as a tool to consider how we can better prepare our students to become active and engaged members of their communities. During their participation, teams will develop a plan to implement the framework in their schools and districts.

View the flyer for more information. Details of this opportunity, including meeting dates, are still being finalized. Please follow this link to complete a form indicating you would like to receive more information once it becomes available.

Additional Opportunities (dates TBD)

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. 

  • New dates coming soon!

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. 

  • New dates coming soon!

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 something's 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.

  • New dates coming soon!

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.

  • New dates coming soon!

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
  • New dates coming soon!

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:

  • 2018-19 date coming soon!
  • Hear teacher presentations from teachers who attended last year's 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

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 visit 

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Matt Hayes