• History-Social Science
    & Civic Engagement

    ACOE's History-Social Science and Civic Engagement program seeks to promote deeper, inquiry-based teaching and learning in History-Social Science, and to help prepare K-12 students for active civic engagement in our diverse, increasingly complex society.  To do so, we provide support for districts and schools implementing California's new History-Social Science Framework, and facilitate the County's well established History Day, and Mock Trial programs.  Here are a set of useful Instructional Resources. 

    MLK marching from Selma

    What's New: ACOE is hosting an Ethnic Studies Collaborative

    In order to help Alameda County districts meet the demands of AB 101, which will make ethnic studies a graduation requirement for all students, ACOE is inviting district, site and teacher leaders to particpate in a two-part Collaborative. 

    The Collaborative will kick off December 13 with a virtual session featuring experts presenting a range of perspectives on developing and implementing ethnic studies programs.  Part two will entail a series of virtual design salons during January and February in which district teams will have the opportunity to learn from others, and to share and gain feedback on their efforts in progress. 

    New: State Seal of Civic Enagement

    On September 10, 2020, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted criteria and guidance to award a State Seal of Civic Engagement (SSCE) to California students who demonstrate excellence in civics education and participation, and an understanding of the United States Constitution, the California Constitution, and the democratic system of government. By adopting these criteria, California joined a small but growing number of states that formally recognize and promote student civic engagement with seals to affix to student transcripts, diplomas, or certificates of completion.
    The SSCE elevates civic engagement as a goal for graduates of California public schools. We are now provided with an opportunity to reenvision and co-create more equitable school systems and communities that prepare students for college, career, and civic life. Schools may begin awarding the seal as early as 2021. The CDE plans to provide an update to the SBE on the recommendations for integrating civic engagement into the College/Career Readiness Indicator (CCI ) on the California Dashboard as part of the annual accountability work plan update in 2021.

    Other Civic Engagment Resources


    Civic Engagement: Voting! 

    There are several great opportunities for schools in Alameda County to engage students in civic learning activities specifically related to voting.  


    Featured Distance Learning Resource!

    Free and flexible Resources to Teach the History-Social Science Framework from UC Berkeley's History-Social Science Project 

    On this website you will discover classroom-ready resources to help teach California's History-Social Science Framework. Inquiry sets include curated collections of primary sources, teacher and student notes, activities, and other tools that will help guide you through a research-based approach to improving student reading, writing, and critical thinking.

    Teaching California: Bringing Archives into the Classroom


    "The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are...History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again." --Maya Angelou

  • Contact
    Ben Sanders Ben Sanders, Ed.D.
    Acting Director I,
    Core Learning
    (510) 670-7751