CCHE is a statewide membership organization devoted to the promotion of history education in California. Governed independently, we are allied with the National Council for History Education (NCHE). CCHE was established in 2005 at CSU Chico by Dr. Dale Steiner (current NCHE Chair) to advance the study and teaching of history in schools throughout California.  CCHE's mission is to:

  • Provide a program of professional activities for history educators
  • Promote professional interaction among K-16 history educators
  • Facilitate collaboration between historical and cultural organizations and institutions (e.g. museums, archives, libraries, state parks) and history educators.

In 2012 professors Chloe Burke (History) and Mimi Coughlin (Education) assumed leadership of CCHE and brought the organization to their home campus, Sacramento State. We bring 15 years of shared experience creating and implementing professional development opportunites for teachers through Teaching American History grants in the Capitol region. We are excited to continue the great work of CCHE as we move into a new era partly defined by the Common Core. Our goal is to expand possibilities for teachers and students of history by building strong networks and tapping into new resources.

National Council for History Education
Crossing Borders • 2016 NCHE National Conference

Niagara Falls, NY 

April 21-23, 2016

Join teachers, historians and university faculty from around the nation in beautiful Niagara Falls, NY for three days of the Best in History Education!

The national conference is a place where historical thinkers can come together and share their passion for teaching and learning.

Visit the NCHE website for more information


CCHE members include K-12 history teachers from throughout the state, university faculty members, public historians, government staffers, students, and private citizens with an interest in history. All California members of NCHE are automatically members of CCHE. Read more about membership and how to join here