Special Programs for Students and Teachers

We recognize and value the crucial role that elementary, middle, and high schools play in preparing each generation for participation in our democracy, so it is with great enthusiasm that we invite you to apply for the California Civic Learning Award. Now in its sixth year, the award is designed to celebrate successful efforts to engage students in civic learning and to identify at each grade span effective models that can be replicated. Applications are due January 19, 2018.

Heroes Hall Museum


Heroes Hall at the OC Fair & Event Center is a free, permanent, year-round museum with exhibitions, performances and educational programs that celebrate the legacy of Orange County veterans and others who have served our nation. The two-story exhibition space will rotate themes semi-annually with each focusing on an aspect of the personal stories and experiences of veterans.

​More information can be found by visiting the website.

Chapman University Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

In partnership with The “1939” Club, one of the largest and most active Holocaust survivor organizations in the United States, and with the support of the Samueli Foundation and others, the Rodgers Center annually sponsors an art and writing contest for middle and high school students. 

Focusing on themes central both to the Holocaust and to ethical decision making in our world today, the contest gives students from public, private and parochial schools the opportunity to share their creative  works in response to survivors’ oral testimonies.
Representatives and educators from each school attend the awards ceremony where they meet Holocaust survivors. For information regarding this year's contest, please contact cioffi@chapman.edu or 714.628-7377 or visit Chapman University’s Holocaust Art and Writing Contest Information Web Page.

National Endowment for the Humanities Grants:

Teaching about the Holocaust: Southern California Teacher Forum on Holocaust Education

Every year the United States Memorial Museum, in cooperation with the University of Southern California (USC), will present "Teaching about the Holocaust: Southern California Teacher Forum on Holocaust Education', a three-day teacher professional development forum. The program will take place at USC and is offered free to teachers. More information can be found by visiting United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website.

Patriot Day Observance

September 11th marks the annual commemoration of the attacks on the US in 2001.  A response to this event has been a resurgence of patriotism and a growing commitment to service.

Observance of Patriot Day_Resources.pdf  

Museums on Main Street

The Smithsonian Museums on Main Street Traveling Exhibit, Journey Stories will be at the Heritage Museum of Orange County located in Santa Ana from October 5, 2014 to November 16, 2014.  Journey Stories is about how we and our ancestors came to America.  To prepare for the exhibit, Museums on Main Street provides lesson plans, reading lists, scavenger hunts, teacher guides and much more.   For mote information, visit the website.

Constitution Day

Constitution Day takes place on September 17th every year.  All agencies receiving federal funds commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on or about September 17th.  The Orange County Department of Education and partner organizations offer a number of resources and events for teachers and students.

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation - OC Annual Constitution Day Event for High School Students, learn more!
  • Constitution Day Seminar coming soon, check back for more details!

Free online resources from the Federal Government:

The People v. Goldie Locks Lesson Plans: Download

Teenage Legal Survival Skills

Volunteer attorneys from the Orange County Bar Association are available to visit classrooms to make a presentation on legal survival skills for young adults. Learn more...

UCI History Project

The UCI History Project connects university scholars and resources with middle and high school teachers in the areas of World and U.S. History.  You’ll want to be sure to get on their email list for information regarding workshops, seminars, and institutes!  For more information, visit the website.