Ohio Social
Studies Signal

Ohio Social
Studies Signal

April 2014


Free summer Advanced Placement workshops offered

The Ohio Department of Education is pleased to announce the 2014 Advanced Placement Summer Workshops!  These workshops are free to all teachers in the state of Ohio. Certificates for contact hours will be provided. The workshops will include U.S. History and U.S. Government and Politics. The four-day U.S. History workshops will cover the course revisions in detail. Click here to register. For further information, contact Jennifer Hargreave at jennifer.hargreave@education.ohio.gov or (614) 995-0095.


History Teaching Institute: Teaching History with 20th Century Clothing Artifacts

This week-long summer institute focuses on the use of 20th century clothing artifacts in the classroom. The institute is sponsored by the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection and the Goldberg Center at The Ohio State University. Participants will have hands-on experiences with museum pieces and develop new lesson plans using artifacts housed at the university and accessible online. The goal of this professional development opportunity is to advance classroom learning in Ohio by providing teachers with both new approaches and materials to work with when creating lessons. Participants will explore how to bring the online archive into the classroom. The focus on the 20th century will include topics related to the growth of consumerism and mass production,textile material innovations developed during the sixties, the Great Depression and World War II. Participants will be provided a travel stipend, housing and certificates of contact hours for their participation. To download an application form, visit http://go.osu.edu/teachcostume Applications will be accepted until Monday, April 7.  Notification of acceptance will be made in mid-April.


Ohio History Day competition to be held in April

The 2014 Ohio History Day competition will be April 26 at The Ohio State University. National History Day in Ohio is sponsored by the Ohio Historical Society and is a year- long program where students choose a historic topic related to the annual theme, conduct research, analyze information and create papers, performances, documentaries, exhibits or websites. The 2014 theme is Rights and Responsibilities in History. History Day is for students in Grades 6-12 and is a wonderful way to connect to the Common Core standards. Judges are needed for both district and the state History Days. Judging is a five-hour volunteer commitment where teachers, historians, museum professionals and archivists view student projects, interact with the participants and provide feedback.  There are judging opportunities across Ohio every weekend in March and at the state event on April 26.  It’s a great opportunity to learn about History Day, meet and encourage enthusiastic students, and to be inspired by the work of young historians. Those unable to judge are welcome to come see National History Day in action. The public is invited to all district events and the state contest. Judging of documentaries and performances are open to the public and the exhibit hall will be open during set times for public viewing. Come and see students excited about history. Click here to sign up as a judge. For more information contact state Coordinator Mary Bezbatchenko at mbezbatchenko@ohiohistory.org or (614) 297-2528.


OCLRE Law & Citizenship Conference set for September

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s annual Law & Citizenship Conference will take place Sept. 21-22. This year’s keynote speaker is Mary Beth Tinker.  Ms. Tinker was the lead defendant in the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District, that affirmed that students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

Session topics include teaching with primary sources, elections 2014, updates from the Ohio Department of Education, online and organizational teaching resources and much more. The Center is still seeking breakout session proposals.  If you have interesting strategies to engage students are interested in sharing them with teachers around the state, Click here to submit a presentation proposal.  Visit www.oclre.org for up-to-date information.


OCLRE offers professional development this spring on the Constitution, government law, public policy or injustice  

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education is offering no-cost professional development this spring to be presented for a school’s teacher professional development day or after school.  The Center will demonstrate how its programs engage students. To schedule, contact Kate Strickland at kstrickland@oclre.org or at (614) 485-3501. To learn more about the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education visit www.oclre.org.


Register for High School Moot Court Competition

There is still time to register for the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s inaugural High School Moot Court Competition, which will take May 20 at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center. Moot Court focuses on the appellate court process and is designed to provide students the opportunity to present a simulated oral argument and respond to questions posed by a panel of volunteer judges. Moot Court will also give many students their first experiences in legal writing by allowing participants to compose legal briefs related to their arguments that will be reviewed and scored by volunteer attorneys. By focusing on the applicability of constitutional law to current legal issues, Moot Court will provide students with opportunities to strengthen critical thinking skills and increase their understanding of the Constitution and judicial system. For more information or to register, click here.


Nominate students for Civics & Law Honor Roll 

The Civics & Law Honor Roll recognizes secondary school students (Grades 9-12) from throughout the United States who have demonstrated a commitment to civic learning and engagement. Created by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Civic Education in the Nation’s Schools, its purpose is to create enthusiasm for and reward academic and community volunteer achievements in civic education and engagement. As a sponsoring organization, the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education may recognize students for the Civics & Law Honor Roll in accordance with selection criteria recommended by the American Bar Association. Learn more or nominate a student here.


Law & Leadership Summer Institute 2014:  legal and leadership training and more

The Law and Leadership Institute 2014 Summer Institute is now enrolling students. This free five-week program provides students from underserved communities in Grades 9-12 academic enrichment, leadership training, legal curriculum, a mock trial competition, daily professional speakers and field trips -- plus food and transportation.  Students entering the ninth grade at the start of the 2014-2015 school year from urban high schools in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton and Toledo, are eligible to apply. The institute is also accepting applications from current ninth graders from Cleveland and Columbus. Applications will be accepted until the class is full, but no later than April 15, 2014.  Click here for details and to apply or contact Rachel Wilson for more information.


The Big History Project free history curriculum is now available online

The Big History Project is 13.8 billion years of history told through engaging videos, animations, articles and classroom activities. What can the birth of a star tell us about the ways in which early man lived and the shape of our lives today?  What happens when we ask students to incorporate the insights of physics, biology, anthropology and other scientific and scholarly disciplines into their thinking about history and the future? More than 500 teachers are using the Big History Project. It is free and available online. Click here for more information.


The Ohio Historical Society offers Teacher-In-Residence program

The Ohio Historical Society has created a new Teacher-In-Residence program as an innovative way for Ohio social studies teachers to participate in professional development.  The program will take place June 16-27 at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.  Teachers will go behind the scenes to learn about the Ohio History Center, experience hands-on historical thinking activities, and collaborate to create unique educational projects.  The program is designed to provide educators with the knowledge, tools, and atmosphere to participate in enlightened thinking, engaging activities, and immersive learning that will ultimately be transferable to their own teaching methods.  For more information, contact Joy King at jking@ohiohistory.org or visit: http://www.ohiohistory.org/education/teacher-in-residence-program


2014 National Conference on Geography Education will be held this summer in Memphis

Join hundreds of educators (K-12 and university) and geography professionals from around the world this July 31- Aug. 3, for the 2014 National Conference on Geography Education. Attend the 2014 conference in Memphis to exchange ideas, research, resources, and best practices in geography education. This conference will mark the 99th annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education. The council is dedicated to expanding and improving geography education in U.S. schools and contributing to the development of highly qualified geography teachers. Attend the 2014 conference and connect with your geography education community. Click here for more information on the conference.


National Council for the Social Studies offers 2014 Professional Development Series

The National Council for the Social Studies is presenting its 2014 Social Studies Professional Development Series. These extensive webinar and workshop offerings focus on the C3 Framework, Common Core strategies, technology integration, using primary sources, geographic connections, and grant writing in preparation for the 2014-2015 school year. Attendees can receive a certificate of attendance upon request for your professional development needs.  Click here to see the full list of workshops.


Teaching Tolerance Publishes Guide for Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project issued a guide designed to help teachers and school leaders ensure their lessons about the Civil Rights Movement are robust and meaningful to students. The March Continues: Five Essential Practices for Teaching the Civil Rights Movement is a best practices guide intended to provoke thought and innovation in teaching the movement. It offers guidance and resources that help teachers talk about race, tell a complicated story and connect it to the present, among other goals. The guide – available to all teachers free of charge – can be viewed at: http://www.tolerance.org/TTM-essential-practices.      



Intermediate grades for social studies resource portal is open

The Ohio Council for the Social Studies now has a portal open in its website for teachers to share resources for the intermediate social studies grades. Go to Intermediate Grades Social Studies Resource Portal.


Civil War: The Untold Story

This five part documentary series will be aired on public television stations nationwide in April. Check local listings. It is narrated by Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) For more information and video clips, go to https://www.facebook.com/CivilWarTheUntoldStory


Changing the Teaching of History, One Byte at a Time

Edutopia News



6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

The title is self-explanatory. From Edutopia News



Send comments/questions to:

Dwight Groce, consultant, Office of Curriculum and Assessment, Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, or dwight.groce@education.ohio.gov