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San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
Teaching American History Program

The SBCSS Teaching American History Program is funded by the Teaching American History Grant program of the U.S. Department of Education. Program partners include Constitutional Rights Foundation, Huntington Library and Museum, Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Lincoln Memorial Shrine and Archive, Nixon Library and Birthplace, and California Geographic Alliance. The program is administered by the Inland Empire Consortium for International Studies, a regional California Subject Matter Project.

SBCSS Teaching American History Program Goals

  • Increase teacher knowledge about standards-based American history content
  • Provide curriculum materials
  • Support site-based curriculum development
  • Provide instruction and coaching in secondary literacy strategies


8th and 11th grade teachers from Ontario-Montclair School District, Chaffey Joint Union High School District, and San Bernardino City Unified School District

Study Topics Include

  • The Constitutional Convention and Ratification Debates
  • The Age of Jackson – The Presidency vs the John Marshall Supreme Court
  • President Polk and the Legacy of Manifest Destiny
  • Lincoln, Slavery and the Civil War
  • Civil War Amendments
  • FDR and the New Deal
  • Post-Cold War Presidencies

All participants receive copies of award winning curriculum published by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Teachers will visit and hear presentation from curators and historians at the Mexican-American Cultural Center/Olvera Street, Huntington Library, Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Lincoln Memorial Shrine, Los Angeles Central Library, and the Nixon Library.

Contact information:

Teaching American History Program Director
Janice Hamner
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools