& 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.
ACOE will be hosting a new History-Social Science Community of Practice this year. Click here for more details
Civic Engagement: Voting!
With an historic national election just weeks away, there are several great opportunities for schools in Alameda County to engage students in civic learning activities specifically related to voting.
- CA Student Mock Election. The California Secretary of State and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction are partnering to host the 2020 California Student Mock Election on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
- Register/Pre-Register to Vote!
- Online pre-registration is available for eligible 16 and 17 year olds by visiting registertovote.ca.gov. California youth who pre-register to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old.
- Poll Workers. High School students as young as 16 are eligble to serve as paid poll workers. "Earn as you learn!"
- Voter Registration Drive Tuesday, September 22 is National Voter Registration Day, and thus a good day to host a voter Registration day at your school
- Democracy Central: A Teacher’s Guide to California’s Statewide Elections. Loads of useful instructional resources regarding voting and elections
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.
"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
Click here for a curated set of resources designed to assist History-Social Science teachers in providing high quality learning experiences for their students while schools are closed for the Covid 19 shelter-in-place. Resources include
Fully Developed Digital Lesson Plans
Useful Instructional Resources