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 Free Fair Showcases History-Social Science Instructional Materials

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) will bring together 13 instructional material programs from seven publishers at its History-Social Science K-12 Instructional Materials Fair next month.

The fair is free of charge and will offer hands-on access for district leaders and decision-makers to the instructional materials programs approved by the state Board of Education for History-Social Science for students in kindergarten through 8th grade as well as programs for high school students.

"We want to be sure we support our districts with high schools too," said Oscar Ramirez, systems technician with SDCOE's Learning Resources Display Center.

This free fair is a one-stop shop to view publisher exhibits and presentations, and get a firsthand look at the materials. It will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 7 at SDCOE's main campus in San Diego. Register here. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided.

The materials highlighted are aligned to state History-Social Science standards adopted in 1998 and recently updated framework that focuses on content, inquiry, literacy, and citizenship/civic learning. Learn more about the 2017 History-Social Science adoption on the California Department of Education website.

The new instructional materials reflect legislation that required the addition of several topics in the 2016 History-Social Science Framework. These topics include the Armenian Genocide, financial literacy, Cesar Chavez, Filipino-American Farm Labor Movement, LGBTQ and disability history, Mexican Repatriation Program, environmental principles and concepts, and the presidency of Barack Obama. The topics are not intended to be restrictive or exhaustive. The legislation gives local districts autonomy when determining how to include the instructional content.

As with recent adoptions, districts are not limited to the materials recommended by the State Board of Education. They can decide to adopt a program not listed if the materials meet evaluation criteria required by education code and that the selection process is documented and adheres to state requirements and guidelines.

"What's helpful with these recommended programs is the state does the legwork for districts when determining if these materials have met requirements in regard to educational and social content standards," said Matt Hayes, History-Social SDCOE Science Coordinator at SDCOE. "It's up to the districts when conducting their own local adoption reviews to determine which, if any, of the recommended programs meet their particular district and student needs."