Ohio Social
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Ohio Social
Studies Signal

State organizations offering opportunities and resources


Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s offers opportunities for teachers and students

  • Ohio Government in Action for teachers. Experience state government ‘live’ and behind-the-scenes. Join the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education for Ohio Government in Action, Feb. 11-12. Teachers will see oral arguments before the Supreme Court of Ohio and meet with leaders from each of Ohio’s three branches. Teachers will take home ready-to-use lessons and connect with government teachers from around the state. For more information contact Ryan Suskey at rsuskey@oclre.org
  • Middle School Mock TrialThe 2020 Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase still has space available on Thursday, April 23. This year’s case is based on Louis Sachar’s novel Holes. Students will present both sides of an original, unscripted case that puts the warden of boys’ correctional camp on trial for child endangerment. Visit the middle school mock trial webpage Visit the webpage or contact Danielle Wilmot at dwilmot@oclre.org for more information. 
  • We the People Middle School Showcase. Registration is open for the 2020 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Middle School State Showcase. Students demonstrate their knowledge of the Constitution in simulated legislative hearings, acting as expert witnesses in ten-minute rounds of hearings. The deadline to register is Friday, March 6. Want to learn more but not yet ready to participate? Interested teachers and curriculum coordinators may observe the showcase. To find out more, visit the webpage or contact Kelly Masterson at kmasterson@oclre.org
  • Moot Court Program. Moot Court is a simulated U.S. Supreme Court hearing that challenges students to craft legal arguments. The program will help students hone their argumentation skills, critical reading, analytical writing, and public speaking. Teaching AP Government and Politics? Moot Court is perfect preparation for the SCOTUS comparison essay part of the AP Exam. This year’s case has students explore the limits of investigative journalism and the First Amendment. The case centers around a high school journalist who “infiltrates” a gubernatorial campaign and reports on her findings without permission from the candidate. The 2020 Ohio Moot Court case is now available. For more information and to order the case materials, visit the webpage or contact Kelly Masterson at kmasterson@oclre.org

Ohio Council for the Social Studies hosting regional workshop for teachers for grades 3-6

The Ohio Council for the Social Studies is hosting the 3rd – 6th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies with the DBQ Project workshop on Saturday, March 7, from 8:30 am to 2 pm at Hull Prairie Intermediate School in Perrysburg. This training will provide elementary teachers with instructional strategies, sample lessons and intensive modeling to utilize the document-based question approach – a tool to meet the goals and historical thinking skills stressed in both the C3 Framework and Ohio’s Learning Standards for Social Studies and English Language Arts. The cost is $25 individual or $40 for a two-person team (one social studies and one English language arts). Deadline for registration is Feb. 28. 

Celebrating one hundred years of women’s suffrage

The 19th amendment that granted women the right to vote was ratified August 18, 1920 and Ohio is celebrating this event. Classroom resources from the National Archives, Library of Congress, National Park Service, PBS, and the Smithsonian can be found in the Women’s Vote Centennial website.
The Ohio History Connection’s exhibit: Ohio Women Vote: 100 Years of Change is a traveling exhibit and is available for schools and other organizations. The Ohio Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission webpage has a list of events occurring throughout the year.

Presentation at University of Akron on Teaching About Race & Black Histories in Schools

Dr. LaGarrett King, an award-winning researcher and editor of the recently released book, Perspectives of Black Histories in Schools will present “Teaching About Race & Black Histories in Schools” and share resources and insights for K-12 educators in advancing critical multicultural literacies focused on teaching black history and perspectives. This includes helping educators and their students explore, What is Black history? How are Black histories (mis)understood in schools? And, what Black historical knowledge and pedagogies should be cultivated in classrooms? It will be held at the University of Akron on Wednesday, March 4 from 5:15 pm to 6:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Contact hours are available, and books will be available for purchase and signing. 

Supreme Court of Ohio celebrates Black History Month

Celebrating the contributions of African Americans to Ohio and the United States is a hallmark of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s annual Black History Month celebration. This year’s featured speaker is Justice Melody Stewart. Justice Stewart studied music long before she became a lawyer, law professor, judge, and now a justice, and music has remained an important part of her life. Her knowledge of law and music often intertwine, and she uses her musical background to aid her legal work. Educators, students, and the general public are invited to attend this event on Monday, Feb. 10 at 1 pm in the Courtroom of the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center as Justice Stewart delivers an insightful presentation entitled, “The Harmony of Music and the Law.” Please RSVP no later than Feb. 6, via email to forum@sc.ohio.gov. The program also will be streamed live on the Court’s website.