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About Us

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality history instruction, with a special focus on meeting the needs of English learners, native speakers with low literacy, and students from economically disadvantaged communities. 

Our Institutions

We belong to a larger network of discipline-specific programs known as the California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP), administered by the University of California, Office of the President. Our headquarters in the Department of History at University of California, Davis, provide support for our six regional sites across the state.  At each site, teachers and scholars work together to improve classroom instruction, student learning, and literacy.

Our Approach

Our approach to instruction integrates content, disciplinary understanding, and explicit support for English language proficiency, framed in an inquiry model of historical investigation. All CHSSP programs and resources are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and both the English Language Development Standards and the History-Social Science Standards for the state of California.

Our People

To learn more about us, visit our Statewide Office at UC Davis, our Teachers and Scholars, our Regional Sites, and our Advisory Board pages.

Recent Blog Posts
Dec 08, 2017
Teachers Helping Teachers
In response to the terrible fires that devastated parts of Napa and Sonoma Counties this fall, the California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP) are hosting a one-day professional learning and resource ...
Teachers Helping Teachers
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Dec 08, 2017
Teaching about Land Use
This post is meant to accompany the recent Current Context issue, People and Predators . There are many great EEI lessons to get your students thinking more deeply about how and why we use land ...
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Dec 05, 2017
Seeking New Director for UCLA History-Geography Project
The California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP), Center X , and the UCLA History Department are currently seeking applications for the position of Regional Site Director for the UCLA ...
Seeking New Director for UCLA History-Geography Project
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Nov 16, 2017
In Search of a Better History Book
by Nancy McTygue The first time I sat on a textbook adoption panel I spent 45 minutes deliberating.  I remember that a significant part of my consideration was the quality of the lunch that the ...
In Search of a Better History Book
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