Ohio Social
Studies Signal

Ohio Social
Studies Signal

State organizations offering opportunities and resources


The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) offers school opportunities to enhance citizenship education

  • Mock Trial Listening Tour  -- OCLRE is hosting five regional town hall meetings for high school and middle school mock trial. Whether 2019 was a school’s first or 15th year with the program, OCLRE wants to hear from its teachers. 
    • Here are the dates:
      • Columbus – Tuesday, May 7, 4-6 p.m., OCLRE office, 1700 Lake Shore Drive, Columbus, 43204;
      • Cincinnati – Wednesday, May 15, 4-6 p.m., Cincinnati Bar Association, 225 E. 6th, Cincinnati, 45202;
      • Athens – Monday, May 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Ohio University Bentley Hall, Rm. 140, 6 President St., Athens, 45701; 
      • Toledo – Wednesday, May 22, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Toledo Bar Association, 311 N. Superior St., Toledo, 43604; and
      • Cleveland – Tuesday, May 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 1375 E. 9th St., Cleveland, 44134
      • Visit the calendar page to sign up. 
  • Law and Citizenship Conference -- This annual conference will take place in Columbus on Monday, Sept. 23. This year’s conference theme is Tackling Tough Issues: Current Events and Controversy in the Classroom. Join teachers, lawyers and other civic education professionals to gather strategies and tips for addressing controversial issues with students.
  • We the People Program -- Interested in bringing inquiry to the classroom? OCLRE’s We the People program aligns with the C3 Framework and helps teachers integrate inquiry into the classroom. Teachers are invited to observe the state showcase in action on May 17 in Columbus. Contact Tim Kalgreen at tkalgreen@oclre.org or (614) 485-3515 for more information.
Ohio Council for the Social Studies updates on annual conference and excellent educator nominations
  • The Ohio Council for the Social Studies is now accepting proposals to present at its 2019 annual conference. This year’s theme is Local, National, Global: Connecting Communities and Cultures through Social Studies. The conference will take place Oct. 14-15 at the Embassy Suites in Dublin.
  • The nomination period for Excellent Ohio Elementary or Secondary Social Studies Teacher now is open. The Ohio Council for the Social Studies is deeply committed to recognizing teaching and leadership excellence in the teaching profession. If you know excellent elementary or secondary history or social studies teachers or leaders in social studies education, help celebrate their achievements by nominating distinguished teachers for the Emerging Social Studies Leader Award, Outstanding Social Studies Teacher Award and Social Studies Leader Award. Nominations are due by May 31. 
National Veterans Memorial and Museum hosts Teacher Appreciation Reception
The new National Veterans Memorial and Museum is hosting a Teacher Appreciation Reception Wednesday, May 8, from 5-7 p.m. at its location at 300 West Broad St., Columbus. The event is free. Guests will enjoy light refreshments and a guided tour of the museum, have time to network with fellow educators and receive an introduction to the museum’s curricula for visiting K-12 students. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum recognizes the dedication of K-12 educators who touch the lives of countless students and their families through their passion and commitment to making the world a better place. For additional information and to RSVP, contact (614) 427-1126 or teachers@nationalvmm.org.

Teacher Day to be held at the Society for Military History Annual Meeting
The Society for Military History and The Ohio State University have partnered with Ohio History Connection to host a day of content and instructional training for teachers of grades K-12. It will be held Saturday, May 11, at the Hilton Columbus Downtown from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. In addition to sessions, teachers can choose panels or roundtables. Examples are:
  • Soldiers and the Question of Inequality;
  • Living in the Cauldron of the World Wars;
  • The American War for Independence; and
  • Reconsidered: Leadership, Discipline and Divided Families. 
The cost is $150, including lunch. Participants will receive certificates for seven contact hours and are invited to attend that night’s keynote by The Ohio State University Professor Geoffrey Parker, titled, “Is the Military Revolution Dead Yet?” Registration now is open. For more information, email smh@osu.edu.

Facing History and Ourselves offers professional development opportunities
Facing History and Ourselves is offering professional development opportunities for Ohio educators.
  • Effective Teaching Strategies: Teachers Share Their Favorites -- Join three classroom teachers as they share their tried-and-true Facing History and Ourselves teaching strategy favorites, which you can implement in your classroom right away. During this interactive webinar, panelists will offer their own best practices and reflect on classroom successes and challenges. The webinar will be held May 7, from 3-4 p.m.
  • The Fragility of Democracy: The Reconstruction Era -- The study of the Reconstructive Era in American history is essential to the understanding of citizenship and democracy. At this seminar, participants will explore this significant period in U.S. history when Americans were faced with the challenge of restoring a nation amid the social and political upheaval of the Civil War. The seminar will take place June 18 and 19, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Society of Friends House, 10916 Magnolia, ,  
  • Holocaust and Human Behavior Featuring Elie Wiesel's Night -- Study of the Holocaust allows students to consider profound moral questions raised by this era of history and fosters their skills in ethical critical thinking, reasoning, empathy and civic engagement, all critical for sustaining democracy This July 23-25 seminar features the book Holocaust and Human Behavior and the teaching guide to Elie Wiesel's Night. It will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Urban Community School,4909 Lorain Ave, 44102 Cleveland.
WWI workshop to be offered at the Ohio History Connection
The National WWI Museum & Memorial in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Ohio History Connection (OHC) will be hosting the WWI 360 Teacher Workshop: An Interdisciplinary WWI Teaching Workshop in 360 Minutes for teachers of grades 5-12. The event will take place on June 10, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. at the Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211. There is no cost to attend the workshop. Each attendee will receive contact hours and a plethora of resources from the National WWI Museum and Memorial as well as the partner organizations. Seats are limited. Register by Friday, May 31. For questions about the workshop, email LearningCenter@clev.frb.org.
Economics for Leaders workshop offered by Case Western Reserve University
Economics for Leaders (EFL) is a week-long professional development program, high school teachers "go back to school" and are taught by university professors and mentor teachers. What’s unique are the games and simulations: instructors run the activities with real students so the teachers can observe the students' interactions. The teachers see, up close, why FTE-designed lessons are so effective and leave with a better knowledge of economics, new classroom strategies, and a renewed enthusiasm for teaching.
  • $300 Stipends available for participants
  • Lodging, most meals, and program materials provided by the Foundation for Teaching Economics
  • Three semester hours of graduate credit in economics available (optional) • 50+ hours of instruction
  • Lessons aligned with the Ohio Learning Standards in Economics
It will be held July 22-28 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Space are limited. Apply online.
Barker Center offers Summer Teacher Institute
Applications are now open for the Barker Center's 2019 Summer Teacher Institute. This year's institute focuses on entrepreneurship and STEM education and is open to all middle and high school educators. It will be held at the University of Akron on July 22-26 from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm and Nov. 9 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Educators that complete institute requirements earn a $400 stipend. Spots are limited. Email barkercenter@uakron.edu for more information or register here.