Center for History-Social Studies Education

Center for History-Social Studies Education

This website provides a number of professional development opportunities and resources to assist K-12 teachers with implementing the Framework in preparing all students to be informed, responsible, and engaged citizens in our democratic society.

The newly adopted California History-Social Science Framework provides instructional guidelines focused on content, literacy, inquiry, and citizenship. This website provides a number of professional development opportunities and resources to assist K-12 teachers with implementing the Framework in preparing all students to be informed, responsible, and engaged citizens in our democratic society.

For more information, please contact Michelle M. Herczog, Ed.D., Coordinator III, at (562) 922-6908 or at Herczog_Michelle@lacoe.edu

Upcoming Events
Creating a Reflective Classroom EnvironmentCreating a Reflective Classroom Environment
May 6, 2021 This workshop is particularly relevant for teachers of Ethnic Studies. Participants will consider multiple concrete strategies for creating the space for reflection, including the reflection needed to understand current events and the agency each person has as they interact today. ...Read more
Using Geography to Develop Student Agency and Critical Thinking: Grades K-5Using Geography to Develop Student Agency and Critical Thinking: Grades K-5
April 20, 2021 This online, no-cost workshop will present 5 strategies that leverage geographic learning to foster curiosity and develop civic mindedness. ...Read more
Blending Historical and Geographic Thinking, Grades 6-12Blending Historical and Geographic Thinking, Grades 6-12
April 28, 2021. This virtual, no-cost workshop presents a framework that will help you activate a geographic lens and maximize understanding in any History-Social Studies course. ...Read more
Economics in Children's Literature and U.S. History, Grades K-5 Economics in Children's Literature and U.S. History, Grades K-5
May 17, 2021 Sneak economics into your classroom while your students are having fun. Use children’s literature to teach decision making, human capital and the real reason why Columbus and others sailed the seven seas. Help your students acquire a skill that will serve them for a lifetime....Read more
Labor and Human Capital in History and Today, Grades 6-12Labor and Human Capital in History and Today, Grades 6-12
May 18, 2021 Help solve the mysteries of ancient trade. Help your students use economics to set goals, learn the ins and outs of different professions, and recognize that school is their ticket to success. ...Read more
California Democracy School TrainingCalifornia Democracy School Training
October 26-27, 2021 This IN-PERSON training will equip K-12 educators with tools and strategies to build civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions for all students to become informed, engaged citizens. ...Read more
State Seal of Civic Engagement Los Angeles County CollaborativeState Seal of Civic Engagement Los Angeles County Collaborative
May 26, 2021. Educators across Los Angeles County are invited to join a collaborative to brainstorm ideas and share resources to implement guidance for the State Seal of Civic Engagement. ...Read more
State Seal of Civic EngagementState Seal of Civic Engagement
The criteria for the State Seal of Civic Engagement has been approved by the California State Board of Education. Get information and updates here....Read more
The U.S. Constitution: Fulfilling the Vision of Human FreedomThe U.S. Constitution: Fulfilling the Vision of Human Freedom
FREE interactive online monthly workshops presented by the National Constitution Center in collaboration with the CLIC Project of the Los Angeles County Office of Education....Read more
Constitution Day Virtual Conference for K-12 EducatorsConstitution Day Virtual Conference for K-12 Educators
Links to recorded sessions of this year's Constitution Day Conference held virtually on September 12, 2020 are now available for viewing....Read more
Online Professional Development and Resources for HSS Distance Learning
A number of online lesson plans, teaching guides, videos, and other resources are available for at-home teaching for history-social science....Read more
Virtual Networking Meetings
Supporting History-Social Science Teaching and Learning
This February 23 networking meeting included a special focus on Ethnic Studies with a presentation from Kieley Jackson and Estevan Leyva, sharing the Ethnic Studies work at LAUSD....Read more
Supporting History-Social Science Distance and Hybrid LearningSupporting History-Social Science Distance and Hybrid Learning
This November 12th meeting provided history-social science updates and introduced the "Bridging the Divide: California History-Social Science Lessons Optimized for Distance Learning" Ready-to-use lesson plans for grades K-12!...Read more
Supporting History-Social Science Back-to-School Learning
This August 6 meeting featured Chelsea Bonilla from Fresno USD who shared a number of virtual reality resources and ideas. Participants shared their strategies for distance learning....Read more
Supporting History-Social Science At-Home Learning: Summer Activities for Students
This June 11 Zoom meeting featured presentations from iCivics, Constitutional Rights Foundation, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute with fun and engaging summer activities for students....Read more
Supporting History-Social Science At-Home Learning
This May 14 Zoom meeting features news and updates from LACOE and presentations from Rob Vicario, Coordinator, History-Social Science at Irvine USD; Rebecca Valbuena, TOSA at Glendora USD; and Scott Petri, Teacher at John F. Kennedy Medical Magnet in LAUSD....Read more
Supporting History-Social Science At-Home Learning
This April 23 Zoom meeting featured the NAEP 2018 Scores for Civics, Geography, and U.S. History; presentations from Kieley Jackson of LAUSD and Esmeralda Flores, Census Program Specialist for LACOE; and resources and strategies from the field....Read more
Online Professional Development Webinars
Reconstruction and the ConstitutionReconstruction and the Constitution
Professor Eric Foner explores the Constitution, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, and the Reconstruction founders’ vision of a “Second Founding” for our nation....Read more
The Election of Barack Obama: K-12 Lessons and WebinarThe Election of Barack Obama: K-12 Lessons and Webinar
These lessons comply with CA Assembly Bill 1912 for students to recognize the significance of the President Obama as the first African American President....Read more
California State Library K-12 HSS Content - Free AccessCalifornia State Library K-12 HSS Content - Free Access
Enrich your social studies or history content and enliven your lessons with your state-funded Prop 98 free access to resources that support your curriculum. Gather instructional materials and tools from ProQuest, Britannica, and TeachingBooks. ...Read more
Civil Liberties and the Civil Rights MovementCivil Liberties and the Civil Rights Movement
This webinar from the National Constitution Center with Dr. Hasan Jeffries explores the basic individual rights of all citizens as expressed in the Bill of Rights and reinforced by the 14th Amendment....Read more
First Amendment: Past and PresentFirst Amendment: Past and Present
This webinar from the National Constitution Center examines the historical context and drafting of the First Amendment....Read more
Defining Defining "Equal Protection"
This webinar grapples with the complexities of the 14th Amendment's promise of "Equal Protection" with a tour, discussion, and modeled activities exploring the history, changing interpretations, and modern debates pertaining to this pivotal constitutional provision. ...Read more
The Electoral College and Voting RightsThe Electoral College and Voting Rights
This webinar featuring Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center explores the Electoral College’s controversial origins at the Constitution Convention, the influence of founder James Wilson, and the many attempts to reform it over the years. ...Read more
Overview of the California History-Social Science Framework and Inquiry-Driven InstructionOverview of the California History-Social Science Framework and Inquiry-Driven Instruction
This webinar provides a brief overview of the California History-Social Science Framework and guides participants through an inquiry-driven approach to enliven social studies instruction in classrooms....Read more
The Learning Continues: Elementary Social Studies in the Distance Learning ClassroomThe Learning Continues: Elementary Social Studies in the Distance Learning Classroom
WEBINAR: Rebecca Valbuena, TOSA/Academic Coach at Glendora USD and LACOE CLIC Team Lead guides elementary teachers through simple, do-able tips and tools to support distance learning social studies instruction for young learners....Read more
History-Social Science Distance Learning Tips for Secondary ClassroomsHistory-Social Science Distance Learning Tips for Secondary Classrooms
WEBINAR: Dr. Scott Petri, History Teacher at John F. Kennedy Medical Magnet in LAUSD guides viewers through a number of tips and tools to actively engage learners in social studies content through student choice, voice, rigor, and multiple options to demonstrate learning....Read more
Breaking Down the Silos in History-Social Science: Civics - Economics - Geography - HistoryBreaking Down the Silos in History-Social Science: Civics - Economics - Geography - History
If History is to be a “story well told,” it must draw on the breadth of social studies disciplines. This four-part webinar series delves into the disciplinary principles of civics, economics, geography, and history as lenses for understanding the American Revolution and any lesson of the past....Read more
Difficult Decisions in Dangerous Times: Hope and Agency during the Armenian GenocideDifficult Decisions in Dangerous Times: Hope and Agency during the Armenian Genocide
This webinar led by Sara Cohan, Education Director of The Genocide Education Project and Dr. Dikran Kaligian at Worcester State University will help you teach about the Armenian Genocide while providing students examples of personal choices of common citizens they can relate to in their own lives....Read more
The FAIR Act in Practice: LGBTQ+The FAIR Act in Practice: LGBTQ+
WEBINAR: This webinar led by Facing History and Ourselves provides instructional strategies and resources to effectively implement the FAIR Act, with a focus on LGBTQ+. ...Read more
The FAIR Act in Practice: Disability HistoryThe FAIR Act in Practice: Disability History
WEBINAR: This interactive webinar led by Facing History and Ourselves provides instructional strategies and resources to effectively implement the FAIR Act, with a focus on disability....Read more
Preparing a Source for Student InquiryPreparing a Source for Student Inquiry
This webinar, led by Michael Sabin, Los Angeles County CLIC Team Member, will help teachers implement the steps for historical inquiry as they prepare students for deep analysis and understanding of complex primary and secondary sources...Read more
Universal Design for Learning in the HSS ClassroomUniversal Design for Learning in the HSS Classroom
This webinar will outline the need for flexible, proactive learning design and guide participants through the UDL backwards planning process. Finally, we will examine a sample lesson for opportunities to begin implementing Universal Design for Learning....Read more
The FAIR ActThe FAIR Act
The FAIR Act requires California schools to include the contributions of persons with disabilities and members of the LGBT community in history instruction. Learn more in these webinars for teachers and administrators....Read more
History-Social Science Framework Overview for AdministratorsHistory-Social Science Framework Overview for Administrators
This brief archived webinar will acquaint you with the four themes of the California History-Social Science Framework and provide tips on what to look for when you visit classrooms and how to support implementation...Read more