History and Social Sciences for Orange County

​​NHD-OC News 2018 
Online Registration is OPEN!

Literacy, Critical Thinking, Common Core State Standards success, and preparation for participation in a democratic society guide OCDE History-Social Science support efforts Grades K - 12. Support activities include professional development, networks, and student academic events. From Mock Elections to Teaching About Religion, we explore meaningful ways to address California content standards and develop teacher efficacy. Look inside to make History-Social Science relevant within your curriculum!​



Civic Education Wins in the California State Legislature

 AB 24, establishing a State Seal of Civic Engagement for students, was signed into law this legislative session. This new seal will provide recognition for young people who are already participating in, and are knowledgeable about, our democracy. It will also provide motivation for other students to become involved. 

More information on criteria will be available soon.

History and Social Sciences Online Resources, (coming soon).


National History Day

Learn more about National History Day - Orange County!

Learn more about National History Day - California!


History and Social Science

Professional Development

 9th Circuit Court's Annual Civics Contest

High school students are encouraged to participate in the 9th Circuit Court's Annual Civics essay and video Contest and pass along this information to High School teachers who may be interested in having their students participate.  Contest rules, entry instructions and more information is available at: http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/civicscontest .


California Council for Social Studies Annual Conference, San Diego

The 2018 conference, Tearing Down Walls: Building Connections, Collaboration and Civil Discourse, will continue CCSS's traditional devotion to providing quality professional development focused on new scholarship, research-based strategies, and networking -- all designed to improve the teaching and learning of history/social studies across the state. Use these links to register and make hotel reservations! 

*See the flyer for a special Administrators' Colloquium and Awards Breakfast

*See the conference flyer

History-Social Science Framework Rollout: Thursday, March 22, 2018, San Diego
Join local teachers, administrators, and teacher educators for the second series of programs designed to introduce California's History-Social Science Framework.  These interactive and engaging one-day conferences across California offer time to collaborate with other educators, as well as state, regional, and local HSS leaders. Participants will leave with classroom-ready instructional materials, and a full-day examination of the instructional shifts, updated and expanded content, aligning HSS instruction with the ELA/ELD Framework, and inquiry-based instruction across grade levels.   Use this link for more information.

 History Social Science Introduction to the Framework

 On April 12, 2018, The Orange County Department of Education is hosting a "Mini" History Social Science Framework Rollout for those who were not able to attend the statewide events. Social Science educators (K-12), curriculum coaches and administrators are encouraged to attend.

Topics will include a Framework introduction, instructional shifts and the FAIR Education Act.

  • April 12, 2018
  • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Orange County Department of Education
    3001 Red Hill Avenue, Esplanade Building 5, Suite 108
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(Click here for the flyer)

 History / Social Science Toolkit Training

 On April 23, 2018, the Orange County Department of Education is hosting an Instructional Materials Toolkit Training to aid districts in assessing their instructional needs regarding the new framework. Social Science educators (K-12), curriculum coaches and administrators are encouraged to attend.  State Adopted Instructional Materials will be available to view during session. 

  • April 23, 2018
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Orange County Department of Education
    3001 Red Hill Avenue, Esplanade Building 5, Suite 108
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(Click here for the flyer)

 Inquiry & Evidence Based Writing (The DBQ Project)

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Supports implementation of the new CA History-Social Science Framework by:

Delivering an inquiry-based approach to learning the content standards

Developing students' historical-social science analysis skills

Promoting students' critical literacy skills

Supports LCAP Priorities 2 (Common Core State Standards) & 5 (student engagement)


Teachers Law School Workshop 
The American Board of Trail Advocates' (ABOTA) Teachers Law School (TLS) program is designed for middle and high school educators with an interest in prioritizing civics and law-related education in the classroom. The TLS sessions provide teachers with valuable content directly from knowledgeable legal professionals. Participants will receive a flash drive with lesson plans and other resources, will be entered for raffle prize drawings, and will have the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean of the UC Irvine School of Law on "What Students Should Know about the Constitution".  This program is free to administrators and teachers. 

Check back in spring for information for fall 2018 workshop