Editor’s Note: As we travel around California, one of the most frequent concerns we hear from teachers is that they don’t feel prepared to teach students about the history of California Indians.
A recap of Teaching California on the road at the California Council for the Social Studies conference.
This post spotlights the important primary source-driven philosophy of our Teaching California project, and shares some of the great examples that we’ve been incorporating in our content development.
We sat down with the directors of the two organizations spearheading the project to find out how Teaching California came to be.
The California Historical Society (CHS) and its partners at The California History and Social Science Project (CHSSP) have the unique opportunity, thanks to a substantial grant from the state’s Department of Education, to develop Teaching California, a free K-12 online curriculum that puts California’s archives at the center of student investigation into the past. Crucial to this initiative will be taking a co-designing approach with the audiences we want to engage, so that what is created is as discoverable and widely-used by those audiences as possible.