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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
Oct 16, 2017
Advisory Board Meeting Scheduled for 10/20
The CHSSP Advisory Board will meet via conference call on Friday, October 20 from 9:30 - 11 am.  The Board Agenda for this meeting includes: 1.  Public Comment 2.  CHSSP Update 3.  ...
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Oct 02, 2017
Teaching after Terror - Las Vegas
by Nancy McTygue, Executive Director I can’t believe I’m writing another one of these posts in response to a horrific terrorist attack.  In 2015, I wrote two – one in response to the massacre ...
Teaching after Terror - Las Vegas
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Sep 26, 2017
Teaching about California's Water Supply
by Shelley Brooks The recent Current Context issue on the Challenge of California’s Water Supply provides students with the opportunity to think about the importance of California’s water ...
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Sep 18, 2017
Watching Whales and Thinking about Environmental Literacy in HSS
by Shelley Brooks We couldn’t have asked for a better setting for our environmental literacy retreat. Thanks to Ten Strands and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, regional site directors from ...
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