I moved to the Bay Area twenty years ago this summer to teach kindergarten at an elementary school in West Oakland. That decision was the beginning of my making the Bay Area my home. I’m not in touch with students from that class, who are now twenty five, but I do maintain a relationship with a student who... Read More

For the last two years, UCBHSSP academic coordinator Devin Hess and UCBHSSP Co-Director Phyllis Goldsmith have been leading a cross-district collaboration among the secondary social studies teachers in the San Jose Unified School District. During the initial phase, teachers were introduced to literacy strategies... Read More

How do we know about the past? How do we remember our past? How does the past affect our present?... Read More


Upcoming Events

January 20, 2017

Join UCBHSSP and Bay Area educators for this one day workshop to explore how we can increase student connection to the historical narrative, the history of their communities, and themselves through a focus on project-based learning and historical thinking concepts.

Monday, February 26, 2018

In partnership with the Contra Costa County Office of Education, UCBHSSP staff will provide a one-day orientation to the History-Social Science Framework, based on their vast experience working with teachers on integrating new approaches to learning.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Join UCBHSSP for a day of content learning and planning about the Black Panther Party for Self Defense! 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

This follow up session to our 2017 summer instittues is open to all Bay Area teachers. 

May 14-16, 2018

This 3-day symposium will explore the utility of using games and game-creation to teach historical concepts and thinking skills. A different type of game will be discussed on each day of the symposium. While the content will be grade level specific, the learning strategies will be applicable across grade levels. Participants will leave with new games and a process to engage students in their own game-creation. Teachers are encouraged to register for more than one day.