Featured Primary Source 

Each month we will feature a primary source or collection that may support curriculum in history, science, math, language arts or visual and performing arts. If you have used a primary source in your classroom that you have found particularly engaging for your students, please send it along to us so we can share it. […]

Cotsen Mentor and Fellows Inquiry Meetings

  How might Cotsen Fellows and Mentors implement inquiry teaching and learning into their classrooms?  In October, November, and December approximately 80 teachers from Long Beach to La Puente explored this question when they visited UCLA Lab School. These visits have launched an ongoing collaboration between the Cotsen and UCLA Lab School teachers.

TPS Consortium Meeting 

In September, UCLA Lab School teachers Judith Kantor and Sylvia Gentile joined about 30 education and non-profit organizations from all over the United States at the fall meeting of the Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. UCLA Lab School partners with the Cotsen Foundation for the Art of Teaching in their […]

Teachers Delve into Primary Sources and Explore Huntington Library Collections

This past summer was the tenth anniversary of an institute at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens called Nature, California’s Place, and The American Dream. The institute was organized by William Deverell, professor of history at USC and David Igler, professor of history at UC Irvine.  The primary source workshop portion was led by […]

New Programs & Resources to Support Framework Implementation

As the Primary Writers for California’s new History-Social Science Framework, the CHSSP is uniquely positioned to support implementation of the new guidelines for instruction. Framework Conferences (2019-20) We’re proud to announce a new series of conferences across California, focused on Framework implementation. Sessions.  Conference participants will enjoy extended sessions with ample time for discussion and sharing with your […]

Teaching with Primary Sources

Registration through December 1, 2019, is open to Cotsen Mentors and Fellows only To register, contact Lyndon Catayong at lcatayong@cotsen.org Why use primary sources in an inquiry-based classroom? Primary sources are the raw materials of history. They are original documents and objects that were created at the time under study. When you teach with primary sources, […]

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Teaching California

Starting on August 1, Teaching California will offer schools and teachers classroom-ready resources designed to engage students in exciting and inspiring investigations of the past. Funded by a grant from the California State Department of Education, the California Historical Society (CHS) worked with the California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP) to create Teaching California, an innovative, free, online […]