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Release: #18-67
October 17, 2018
Contact: Jonathan Mendick
Phone: 916-319-0818

California's History-Social Science Framework Wins Prestigious American Historical Association Prize

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California History-Social Science Project (University of California, Davis) have won the American Historical Association's Beveridge Family Teaching Prize for distinguished K–12 history teaching. The two organizations collaborated to create the groundbreaking History­-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools, which was approved by the State Board of Education in 2016 and published last year.

"California is leading the way in helping our students recognize the diversity of our great state and nation," Torlakson said. "Thanks to the partnership between the California Department of Education and the California History-Social Science project, California students will learn from the latest research and have a deeper understanding of the important contributions and challenges faced by many individuals and ethnic groups that have sometimes been overlooked. These include every major ethnic group, as well as members of the LGBT community and people with disabilities.”

Among other things, this framework adds more detail on Latino history, the Armenian Genocide, the role Filipinos played in World War II, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, and African American history—including slave narratives and firsthand accounts of uprisings, and protests during the Civil Rights movement.

Torlakson said the instructional materials will give students a broader, deeper, and more accurate understanding of history and the social sciences, provide them with current research, and equip them with the critical thinking and research skills to make up their own minds about controversial issues.

"This framework updates the teaching and learning of history and social science and conveys important new information to our students that will help them become better informed and better able to participate in civil life,” he said.

Established in 1995, the Beveridge Family Teaching Prize honors the Beveridge family’s long-standing commitment to the American Historical Association and K–12 teaching. Friends and family members endowed this award to recognize excellence and innovation in elementary, middle school, and secondary history teaching, including career contributions and specific initiatives. The prize carries with it a cash award of $1,000.

The American Historical Association is the largest professional organization serving historians in all fields and all professions. The group announced winners of its 2018 prizes on October 10, and prizes will be awarded at its 133rd annual meeting in Chicago on January 3 through January 6, 2019. The association offers annual prizes honoring exceptional books, distinguished teaching and mentoring in the classroom, public history, and other historical projects. Since 1896, it has conferred more than 1,000 awards.

View all of the 2018 winners on the American Historical Association website External link opens in new window or tab.. The CDE’s History-Social Science Framework (PDF) is available on the CDE website.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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