The 2016 History-Social Science (HSS) Framework incorporates a critical shift for California educators. This shift includes a focus on inquiry-based instruction through innovative teaching and learning practices. The Budget Act of 2017 includes an allocation of funds for high-quality professional learning and resources for HSS educators and administrators to implement the new Framework.
The HSS Framework guides educators as they design, implement, and maintain a coherent course of study to teach content; develop inquiry-based critical thinking skills; improve reading comprehension and expository writing ability; and promote an engaged and knowledgeable citizenry in history and the related social sciences.
A focus on student inquiry and civic engagement ensures that the next generation will be civically aware and engaged.
Through funding from the California Department of Education, the Sacramento County Office of Education has developed a system of statewide and regional communities of practice (CPs) to provide meaningful and targeted support in HSS for classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, and site administrators.
Representing the four instructional shifts described in the HSS Framework, the Content, Literacy, Inquiry, and Citizenship (CLIC) Project includes many important elements, all integral for the successful implementation of the HSS Framework. The primary components of this project are:
- A Focus on Inquiry at the Core: Teachers will be supported in utilizing a systematic inquiry process that can be applied to any content area to personalize the learning experience.
- Communities of Practice: Statewide and regional CPs will focus on 1) shared professional learning to deepen content knowledge and pedagogy, 2) networking and sharing of best practices, and 3) regional action planning. The CPs will focus on a continuous improvement mindset that is critical for maximum impact.
- Access and Equity for All: The CPs will adopt an approach that integrates culturally and linguistically responsive teaching to ensure that ALL students thrive.
- Specialized Resources on Important Topics: Organizations with expertise in specialized content areas will develop resources in the context of the inquiry process.
- Online Resources: An online module will provide access to resources to support teachers in the implementation of a high-quality inquiry-based approach to instruction. An online repository of existing and prospective resources will be developed to engage learners and support educators in practical classroom applications.