CCHE is the only 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.

Register now for the CCHE Conference at The California Museum

Registration for the 8th annual CCHE Conference is available online until Tuesday October 22nd at noon. Registration will re-open at 8:30am, Friday, October 25th at The California Museum. This year's outstanding program features special workshops at the California State Archives and the Center for Sacramento History, in-depth Common Core professional development with the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) and the California History-Social Science Project, and a strand on LGBTQ inclusive curriculum that implements the FAIR Act (SB48, 2011). 

Join us for an evening with award-winning historian Charles Postel on Friday the 25th, and a special screening (sponsored by the Center for California Studies, Sacramento State) of California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown with director Sascha Rice on the 26th.

Click here to register and for complete conference 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

National Council for History Education News

NCHE is coming west! The 2014 national conference will be held March 20-22 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Fun and Interesting Enrichment Excursions to Museums and Historic Sites
More than 70 Breakout Sessions and 3 Keynote Speakers

Join more than 500 Teachers, Historians and University Faculty for Three Days of the Best in History Education!

Connect with Teachers from Across the Country who Share your Passion for History.

The NCHE national conference is a place where everyone who loves to teach and learn history can come together and share. NCHE encourages conference proposals that illustrate collaboration and history education.

For more information about the conference, click here