History/ Social Science Communiqué

Volume 3, Issue 5, December 18 , 2015

Updates/ Announcements

  • Happy Finals Week! Winter break is almost here...
  • If your PLC did not give the district final, please don't forget to submit your PLC-created final exam to Research & Evaluation. You can email Gilda Marentez in R&E directly and attach your test.

Important Upcoming Dates


  • Jan 27th: SDCOE "Navigating a World of Change" Conference, University of SD, 8am-3pm
  • Feb. 1st: H/SS Bilingual/DL Pullout, Parent Center on Moss (Email Olga Loya-Estrada for more information)
  • Feb. 1st: Special Education H/SS FUND Pullout, Special Services
  • Feb. 9th: H/SS Cohort Meeting, A & B, 8am-3pm (site curriculum specialists & admin only)
  • Feb. 18th: H/.SS Zone 4 PD Days
  • Feb. 19th: H/SS Zone 1 PD Days
  • Feb. 22nd: H/SS Zone 2 PD Days
  • Feb. 23rd: H/SS Zone 3 PD Days

Featured Professional Reads/Articles

CA HSS Curriculum Framework Progress

• A new draft of the CA HSS Curriculum Framework was considered by the full Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) at their November 19–20, 2015 meeting. The current draft under consideration can be found on the IQC’s HSS Subject Matter Committee Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/cc/cd/hsssmcmtgagenda102015b.asp.

• In early 2016, a new draft that incorporates edits approved by the IQC will be posted for the next 60-day public review and comment period.

• The full timeline for the HSS Framework may be viewed at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/hs/cf/hssdrafttimeline.asp.

Two New Twitter Handles for History-Social Science Educators

The CDE has two new Twitter handles relevant for history-social science educators. Follow @CaEdGlobal for global, international, and world language education. Follow @CaEdHSS for history-social science education.

Featured H/SS Conference

Facing History and Ourselves: Teaching the Holocaust (January 12, 2016)

Participants will sample lessons from the Facing History publications: Holocaust and Human Behavior, Common Core Writing Prompts and Strategies: Holocaust and Human Behavior, and online modules rich with primary and secondary sources. This core resource examines the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups. Emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach to citizenship education, students move from thought to judgment to participation as they confront the moral questions inherent in a study of violence, racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry.

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm (8:30 Registration)

Location: South County Regional Education Center, 800 National City Blvd., National City, Com Labs 1-4

Cost: $50 (Includes handouts, materials, continental breakfast, and lunch)

Registration: http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/1014-98594

Featured Opportunities and Resources

Colonial Williamsburg Summer Institute

San Diego area 8th Grade US History teachers are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend a six-day professional learning program onsite in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Participants will: exchange ideas with local experts, meet character interpreters, examine interactive teaching techniques, develop a network of San Diego area 8th Grade US History teachers, and much more.

Scholarships Includes:

  • Transportation to and from Virginia
  • Institute tuition
  • Admission to all program activities
  • Room (double occupancy) and meals
  • $100 stipend for educational materials

When: June 29 - July 5, 2016

Application Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2016

Online Application: http://www.history.org/history/teaching/TIScholarships.cfm

For more information on the Institute: http://www.history.org/history/teaching/tchsti.cfm

Please note that scholarship recipients are expected to develop a lesson plan, attend 2-3 follow up meetings at the San Diego County Office of Education, and participate in the annual Convocation.


Voices and Choices of Young People during the Holocaust
The Museum of Tolerance has once again invited us to collaborate on a workshop blending our case study approach with the Holocaust and Human Behavior and an exploration of the Museum. The museum also has a grant to subsidize travel expenses if you live more than 50 miles from the museum!
Registrations should be done as soon as possible to ensure travel funds.
Dates: January 12-13, 2016
10:45 am - 6:00 pm on January 12
7:30 am - 5:00 pm on January 13
Location: Museum of Tolerance
Participants will explore the voices of young people during the Holocaust – what factors contributed to their identity, what choices they made, and what students today can learn by studying the Holocaust with an eye towards better understanding ordinary people and human behavior. Using Facing History and Ourselves curriculum and unique exhibits of the Museum of Tolerance -- including its newest one on Anne Frank -- the program also features the opportunity to meet and hear a Holocaust survivor. Everyone walks away with new insights, tools and valuable classroom resources.
Registration and more information: https://www.facinghistory.org/events/w2016la9-voices-and-choices-young-people-during-holocaust

California Council for the Social Studies 55th Annual Conference

The California Council for the Social Studies is holding it 55th annual conference in Southern California this school year. The conference includes featured speakers, breakout sessions, and other events. It offers a great opportunity to participate in sessions lead by teachers and content experts, and to meet and network with social studies educators from across the state. See attached flyer for more information and to register.

When: March 4-6, 2016

Where: The Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa

Registration: http://www.ccss.org/conference


FOUNDATION FOR TEACHING ECONOMICS (FTE)

Winter Online Programs for Teachers

Economics Online for Teachers, Part 2 (EOFT-2)

Dates: January 12 - March 15, 2016

Interactive, standards-based instruction in economic reasoning is the hallmark of FTE-style economic education. In Economics Online for Teachers, FTE has adapted interactive methodology to the virtual classroom. Using asynchronous class interaction and participation, practice problems with one-on-one feedback from nationally acclaimed instructors, the national voluntary content standards in economics, and the resources of the Internet, EOFT promises to increase your confidence in teaching the fundamentals and to renew your enthusiasm for introducing students to the power of economic reasoning to explain the world around them. Registration and cost information is available here.

Teacher Economics: The Federal Reserve (TE-FR)

Dates: January 12 - March 15, 2016

This course is a virtual recreation of FTE’s 2015 PTA-Members-Only Conference, “Perspectives From and On the Federal Reserve System,” held at the Fed Board of Governors,
Washington D.C., April 23–25, 2015. The course consists of five lessons, including written and discussion assignments, and pre- and post-test. Registration and cost information is available here.


Teach the Election

(available in both English and Spanish) puts the 2016 election in its historical context by providing you with classroom-ready explanations of the electoral process, relevant issues, and suggestions to incorporate the election cycle into your regular curriculum. Teach the Election also helps your students engage with informational text and primary sources to help them make the evidence-based arguments required by California's Standards. When you register, you'll receive:

  • 13 Teach the Election issues (available November 2015 - November 2016). Each issue will include original content, selected primary sources, and teaching suggestions, connecting our current election cycle to elections of the past.
  • 7 Election Updates - short and student-friendly resources to help students understand and engage with the election, including candidate bios, how-to guides, and in-depth explanations of election-related issues.
  • Issues and Updates available in both Spanish and English.

Cost: $75/teacher or $350/site http://chssp.ucdavis.edu/programs/election/registration

World Geography Corner

Looking forward to Semester 2

The instructional guide for second semester is complete and on Canvas. It is a working draft, so more will be added as the semester goes on. The focus will be on food production and industrialization, and the impact these have on populations and the environment. In addition, there is a unit on Human Rights which should be very engaging, and an opportunity for students to research solutions to local issues.

Spotlight on Literacy

We had a chance this month to visit classrooms throughout the district, and see teachers engaging students in the new instructional guide as well as preparing our students for the next level. Below are a few samples.

Teacher Q & A

Who do I contact if I have a suggestion, comment, or question for the H/SS Communiqué?

Kelly Leon- kelly.leon@sweetwaterschools.org

History/Social Science Contacts

Middle School Curriculum Specialist:

Olga Loya-Estrada


High School Curriculum Specialist:

Kelly León


Geography Curriculum Specialist

Joel Rodriguez


Special Services H/SS Specialist

Valerie Ruiz