History/Social Science

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The Continuous Improvement and Support Department at the San Joaquin County Office of Education provides coordinating services and support for the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute.


First Impressions Program

First Impressions YouTube Playlist
First Impressions supporting documents

State History Subject Matter Project

The History Project at University of California Davis is a community of K-16 educators in the greater Sacramento area. These educators are committed to raising student achievement by teaching history in challenging and exciting ways, which expand content knowledge and develop a literate citizenry. Furthermore, they are dedicated to supporting and challenging one another in pursuit of excellence in history and social science education.

In addition, this program is part of the UC Davis History department, one of seven California History-Social Science Projects, and part of the larger network of the discipline-specific sites known as the California Subject Matter Projects commissioned by California State Legislature.

For more information on the History Project at UC Davis, visit its website at

California Council for the Social Studies

The purpose of this professional social studies organization is to promote the teaching of the social sciences in the State of California. The group provides its members with a newsletter, journal, annual conference, and membership in local councils. The local council for teachers from San Joaquin County is the Golden Valley Council for the Social Studies. For more information on the State organization, visit the CCSS website a

National Council for the Social Studies

Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators. Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies has grown to be the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 69 foreign countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education. Organized into a network of more than 110 affiliated state, local, and regional councils and associated groups, the NCSS membership represents K -12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies.

For more information, visit the NCSS website at

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation site has wonderful resources for teachers and students on Colonial American History. There are classroom-tested lesson plans, electronic field trip registration information, a catalog of real materials to order, and general teaching resources.

For more information, visit the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation website at

Constitutional Rights Foundation

This site has information about the student and teacher programs which are administered through the Constitutional Rights Foundation. More information can be found on the Constitutional Rights Foundation website at

National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society offers resources for teaching about geography including current issues of the National Geographic Magazine, World Magazine for Kids, a map making program, hot sites for geography resources on the Internet, and information about National Geographic Society television programs. You can visit the National Geographic Society website at