Integrated Action Civics - Teacher Research Groups

Integrated Action Civics Teacher Research Group


Program Description: The Santa Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) and the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), in partnership with the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project (UCBHSSP), are launching a multi-year professional development program to support the classroom implementation of a civics education approach to history education. This approach, aligned to California’s History-Social Science Framework (2016), integrates civically-engaged project-based learning with History-Social Studies curriculum. This program is now in its second year.

For more information and to apply, view the informational flyer for the closest county office:

Link to materials created by the South Bay Inquiry Group:


How is this approach different? Most civic engagement programs take place within government or civics courses, or exIst as isolated projects within history classrooms. This pilot will engage educators in the development of civic action projects that are deeply integrated within the history curriculum, as called for in the 2016 California H-SS Framework

What does integrated action civics look like? Teachers will work with county-based cohorts to collaboratively design, implement and evaluate curriculum-integrated civic engagement projects. 

  • Teachers create units within their course curriculum, referencing related contemporary themes.
  • Units develop students’ capacity for disciplinary thinking and analysis through historical case studies. 
  • Historical knowledge and investigatory skills are applied to a contemporary issue affecting the local community, moving toward developing action and advocacy-based solutions. 
  • Students apply their learning as they engage in a wide range of possible actions, often incorporating the responsible use of technology, to develop agency and embody civic engagement as a way a life. 

GOAL: These projects will create a scalable and replicable approach to civics education that supports capacity building leadership within schools and districts region-wide. 

Teachers are invited to participate in the full two-year program cycle and will receive a stipend for their participation.  We especially encourage teachers to apply who work in less-empowered communities. This project is open to all educators in Santa Clara County, San Mateo County and adjacent areas.