Ohio Social
Studies Signal

Ohio Social
Studies Signal

State organizations offering opportunities and resources


Ohio Council for the Social Studies offers free digital resources for online learning

The Ohio Council for the Social Studies (OCSS) has organized and posted resources to help and students learn virtually.

Submit presenter proposals now for the 2020 Ohio Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference. This theme is “Preparing Energized and Engaged Democratic Citizens through Social Studies.” The 64th annual conference will take place on Oct. 26-27 at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, Ohio.

Ohio History Connections offers lessons

The Ohio History Connections has posted a number of engaging and educational history resources that teachers and families can use for online learning.

MAPS Air Museum offers free videos for American history

The MAPS Air Museum is located in Green, OH. It has aligned three videos to the high school American history standards.

  • Presentation 1: Change. This program was designed to support Ohio American History Content Statement 21.  It deals with how World War 2 changed American society or started the process of change.  As World War 2 caused us to face underlying bias, prejudice and, in some cases, hatred for specific segments of our own population, the program addressed how the “norms” of American society were altered.  Specifically, the program addresses change for four groups: African Americans, Native Americans, Japanese Americans and women.  Also included in the program is how the concept of wartime rationing impacted an entire generation of Americans.
  • Presentation 2: History. This video was designed to support Ohio American History Content Statement 3. This, perhaps the most difficult of all history standards to teach, requires students to examine history, not just in terms of isolated events, but to bring together all of the historical strands that lead up to an event from multiple perspectives – to understand WHY events occur.  The event that is covered in this video is one that students should be familiar with in their studies of history – the attack on the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. The video looks at that event, not only from the perspective of the United States, but also from the perspective of the Empire of Japan.
  • Presentation 3: Isolationism. This video was designed to support instruction dealing with Ohio American History Content Statement 20 which addresses the concept of Isolationism. While specifically focused on our non-interventionist leanings between World War 1 and World War 2, it also looks at the history of isolationism from the founding of this Nation.  It also examines how countries and other world leaders of the period between the wars could have interpreted our non-interventionist tendencies.

Ohio museums with virtual programming, education activities, tours and events

In response to COVID-19, many museums across Ohio are offering virtual programming through online education activities, tours and live-stream events that can be enjoyed outside of museum walls.

Celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage

The 19th amendment that granted women the right to vote was ratified Aug. 18, 1920, and Ohio is celebrating this event. Classroom resources from the National Archives, Library of Congress, National Park Service, PBS and Smithsonian can be found on the Women’s Vote Centennial website.

The Ohio History Connection’s exhibit, Ohio Women Vote: 100 Years of Change, is a traveling exhibit and available for schools and other organizations. The Ohio Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission webpage has a list of events occurring throughout the year.