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General Social Science Resources

Resources listed on this page are relevant for multiple history-social science curriculum areas. These external resources should be carefully reviewed before use in the classroom.
  • Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research was established in 1988 to serve as a living tribute to the attorneys, community, organizers, and plaintiffs in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision of May 17, 1954, Brown v. the Board of Education.

  • Cal Humanities External link opens in new window or tab.
    Cal Humanities is a non-profit organization that promotes the humanities in California in order to help create “a state of open mind.” Through their work, they inspire Californians to learn more, dig deeper, and start conversations that matter among our diverse people.

  • California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS) External link opens in new window or tab.
    CCSS is a non-profit professional organization serving both public and private school educators, and is the leading voice for quality social studies education in California. This organization is affiliated with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) External link opens in new window or tab.. CCSS promotes and supports social studies education through service, advocacy, and leadership development. They are collectively committed to the strengthening and teaching of the social studies disciplines though professional development, public awareness, and collaboration at local, state, and national levels.

  • California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP) External link opens in new window or tab.
    CHSSP is one of nine California's Subject Matter Projects External link opens in new window or tab. that provide high quality professional development for educators at the pre-kindergarten through post-secondary levels. Participation in CHSSP fosters the development of knowledgeable history-social science educators who take responsibility for the development and implementation of standards-based comprehensive and sequential programs in history-social science at every educational level. CHSSP local programs and activities are designed to deepen teachers' knowledge of history, geography, civics, and economics, and enhance teachers' instructional strategies in the teaching of those disciplines.

  • California Global Education Project (CGEP) External link opens in new window or tab.
    CGEP is a statewide network that connects universities, schools, and districts in collaborative efforts to increase K-12 teacher competence in history and international studies. The university departments that host regional project sites and the international studies faculty specialists who participate in site programs represent a range of discipline interests in the humanities and social sciences. Headquartered at the University of the Pacific, CISP is part of the California Subject Matter Project External link opens in new window or tab. which are administered by the University of California Office of the President.

  • California Three Rs Project: Rights, Responsibility and Respect External link opens in new window or tab.
    The California Three Rs Project is partly based on ideas in Finding Common Ground External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) by Charles C. Haynes and Oliver Thomas, a First Amendment guide to religion and public education published by the First Amendment Center. This document outlines the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, the responsibility that citizens have to protect and defend the rights of all Americans [even those with whom they disagree], and the respect that is necessary to maintain civil discourse about issues when people disagree because of deeply held beliefs.

  • EDSITEment External link opens in new window or tab.
    EDSITEment is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Humanities, External link opens in new window or tab. and the National Trust for the Humanities. EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

  • Facing History and Ourselves External link opens in new window or tab.
    Facing History and Ourselves provides educational materials to support civic responsibility, tolerance, and social action for young people.

  • Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education External link opens in new window or tab.
    The mission of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education is to advance pan-ethnic civil rights and human rights through education, activism and leadership development.

  • The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Huntington’s education programs serve a broad audience and provide enrichment for school teachers, children, and adults. Programs range from lively activities for preschoolers to intensive five-week institutes for K-12 classroom teachers.

  • Museum of Tolerance External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Museum of Tolerance (MOT) is a human rights laboratory and educational center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination.

  • National Archives Teacher Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
    Lesson plans, training for teachers, primary sources, classroom field trips and more can be found at the National Archives Web site.
  • National Congress of American Indians External link opens in new window or tab.
    The National Congress of American Indians offers a guide for teachers titled, Tribal Nations and the United States: An Introduction External link opens in new window or tab., developed to provide a basic overview of the history and underlying principles of tribal governance. The guide also provides introductory information about tribal governments and American Indian and Alaska Native people today.

  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Programs for Educators External link opens in new window or tab.
    Each year NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers school teachers tuition-free opportunities to study important humanities topics in NEH Summer Seminars, Institutes, and Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops. Summer programs focus on important topics, texts, and questions in the humanities; enhance the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; build a community of inquiry; provide models of excellent scholarship and teaching; and promote connections between teaching and research in the humanities. Applications are due annually at the beginning of March.

  • National Humanities Center External link opens in new window or tab.
    The National Humanities Center is the only major independent American institute for advanced study in all fields of the humanities. This organization provides online professional development workshops and seminars for high school U.S. history and American literature teachers. The National Humanities Center presents America in Class: External link opens in new window or tab. primary and secondary resources, webinars, and lessons for history and literature teachers. America in Class is designed to promote the analytical skills called for in the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and literacy in history and social studies.

  • Oakland Museum of California External link opens in new window or tab.
    Through our exhibitions, outreach programs, and community dialogue, the Oakland Museum strives to cultivate a deeper sense of what it truly means to be a Californian. The new galleries feature first-person stories about California; wall labels in English, Spanish, and Chinese; and interactive gallery stations that invite our visitors to add their personal stories as they explore their own place in California's past, present and future.

  • Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) External link opens in new window or tab.
    P21 provides tools and resources that fuse core subjects and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation) to prepare students to successfully face rigorous higher education coursework, career challenges, and a globally competitive workforce.

  • PBS Learning Media External link opens in new window or tab.
    PBS LearningMedia™ is a destination for direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. PBS LearningMedia builds on the strength of public media and is designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards and include videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans. Educators can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections. Educators can also favorite, and share resources with your class and colleagues through folders and social media. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia’s basic service is free for PreK-12 educators.

  • Smithsonian Education – for Educators External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access uses all the Smithsonian offers to empower learners to explore their own interests and collaborate with others to bring ideas to life. They create models and methods that make the Smithsonian a learning laboratory for everyone. The Educator Page includes links to lesson plans, professional development, field trips, and resources.

  • Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Program External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Teaching Tolerance program produces and distributes – free of charge – documentary films, books, lesson plans and other materials that promote tolerance and respect in schools.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
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