History and Social Sciences for Orange County

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!​

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National History Day

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History and Social Science

Professional Development

History Social Science Toolkit Training

 District teams are encouraged to attend this training on December 12 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to receive the tools & resources needed to adopt materials aligned with the new History Social - Science Framework in preparation for the Materials Adoption Fair in January.

Registration fee covers the cost of lunch and materials: $25.00

Please register online at: http://ocde.k12oms.org/1244-141084


History-Social Science Instructional Materials Fair

The California State Board of Education is scheduled to adopt new instructional materials to support History-Social Science for kindergarten through grade eight in November 2017.  The Orange County Department of Education is hosting a History-Social Science Instructional Materials Fair on January 29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. that will showcase publisher materials from the state adopted list as well as instructional "supplemental" materials from other organizations.

Registration required for this free event : http://ocde.k12oms.org/1244-139096


Learning About Islam and the Arab World

This two day professional learning opportunity (October 4 & 25, 2017) will assist K-12 educators to work more effectively with their students and promote cultural, ethnic and religious understanding in the classroom. Participants will come away with a better understanding of: The Arab World and Islam, diversity and stereotypes, history and US relations and more. Resources will be distributed to all participants.

For more information and to register go to: http://ocde.k12oms.org/1244-136577


 Democratizing the Document Based Question

  • Thursday, November 9, 2017
  • 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Orange County Department of Education, Room D-1003
    200 Kalmus
    Costa Mesa, Ca 92626

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)

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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