Ohio Social
Studies Signal

Ohio Social
Studies Signal

State organizations offering opportunities and resources


The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s offers opportunities for teachers and students
The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s invites teachers to its spring programs. Teachers can see how to integrate civics, law, public speaking, and collaborative work in the classroom using authentic, place-based programs.

  • High School Mock Trial Competition. Teachers interested in starting their own mock trial teams are invited to see this year’s state competition March 11-12 at the Franklin County Courthouse. 
  • We the People Middle School Showcase. Registration is open for the 2020 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Middle School State Showcase. It will be held April 3 at the Ohio Statehouse. 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
  • Middle School Mock Trial 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 It will be held April 17, 23, and 24 at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center.
  • 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. It will be held May 1 at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center.
Ohio Council for the Social Studies 2020 Conference now accepting presentation proposals
Presenter proposals are being accepted for the 2020 Ohio Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference themed, “Preparing Energized and Engaged Democratic Citizens through Social Studies.” The 64th Annual Conference will take place on Oct. 26-27 at Embassy Suites in Dublin, Ohio.
Celebrating one hundred 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 in the Women’s Vote Centennial website.
The Ohio History Connection’s exhibit, Ohio Women Vote: 100 Years of Change, is a traveling exhibit 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 5:15-6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Contact hours are available, and books will be available for purchase and signing.