Sonoma County Office of Education

History and Social Science

Blog: Common Ground/Exploring our Story

This blog focuses on the history/social science framework and standards. It offers ideas and resources to support history and social science instruction in relation to the standards and 21st century learning.

Author | Matt O'Donnell and Kelly Matteri

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Student Leadership in the Wake of School Shootings
After the tragic school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, several students began speaking out about gun violence and started a national conversation about school safety. Some of these students went to Washington to speak with lawmakers while others planned a protest march or used social media to spread their message. Students have always had the capacity to lead; they were at the forefront of the civil rights movement from sit-ins at lunch counters to the LA student walkout in 1968. They have led protests around the country about the end of DACA. So it should be no surprise they are once again leading a movement... Read More...

Connecting Educators to Cultural Understanding and Civic Engagement
The Unity Center at the California Museum in Sacramento, California opened to the public on Saturday, August 26th. Created to foster mutual understanding among Californians and inspire them to civic action, the Unity Center offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to come together for the common good. Read More...

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