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History-Social Science Professional Learning

Preparing Students for College, Career, and Civic Life ​

The professional learning opportunities listed below focus on assisting teachers in implementing the 2016 California History-Social Science Framework. SDCOE workshops have a particular focus on disciplinary literacy and inquiry.

San Diego History-Social Science Community of Practice

New and returning teachers are invited to participate in the History-Social Science Community of Practice (CP).  During this year’s CP, teachers will study political participation over time and in differing contexts. In small groups, teachers discuss and share best practices in three, two-hour sessions with scholars and three one-hour follow-up sessions. Resources developed will help students connect history to the current moment with civic applications.

Exploring the Environment of Civic Action (For K-5 Teachers) 
The San Diego County Office of Education is pleased to partner with the Orange County Department of Education and the California Global Education Project on this FREE two-part, web-based workshop. Participating teachers will learn about the History-Social Science Framework, and the environmental principles and concepts embedded within. Participants will receive lesson plans and materials focusing on environmental literacy, and they will have time to collaborate to adapt the lesson plans to their own classrooms. After implementing the lessons, they will meet again to discuss how the lessons went and share ideas for how the lessons might be implemented in the future. 

Date: March 23, 2021, April 27, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm

***Please register by March 10 to ensure that you receive your materials in time.

Choices in Little Rock
This online workshop includes two hour-and-a-half synchronous meetings, with opportunities of asynchronous learning in between. It  will introduce participants to Facing History and Ourselves' "Choices in Little Rock" unit and help prepare them to teach this unit in their classrooms. This unit focuses on the events surrounding the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.

***The first 20 teachers from San Diego, Orange, and Imperial Counties to register will have their registration fees waived and will receive a FREE hardcopy of the Choices in Little Rock book.

Date: April 21, 2021, April 28, 2021

Time: 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm

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Customized Services

SDCOE offers customized services for schools and districts in order to support their history-social science teachers. Topics include:

  • Implementing the History/Social-Science Framework Textbook Adoption Support
  • Disciplinary Literacy: Reading and Writing in the History-Social Science Classroom
  • Collaborative Unit and Lesson Planning in the History-Social-Science Classroom

Additional Opportunities (dates TBD)

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Matt Hayes               Amber Baldwin
Coordinator              Administrative Assistant
858-295-8857          858-298-2007