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Articles from August 2013


Ohio’s Secretary of State launches civic engagement initiative

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has launched a new civic engagement initiative to provide Ohioans with easy access to information about the leaders and principles that shaped our nation and state. OhioFoundingFathers.com contains profiles of early national and state leaders. OhioHistoricalDocs.com, links to the historical documents required to be covered in history and government courses, such as Ohio's Constitution, past and current laws of Ohio and many more helpful resources.

Annenberg Foundation offers online professional development workshop on teaching geography

The Annenberg Foundation is offering an eight-part online workshop for seventh- through 12th -grade geography teachers. Teaching Geography offers a foundation in geographic content and inquiry learning that readily translates into engaging lessons for the classroom. Highly integrated with the Geography for Life standards, this workshop equips teachers with the tools to create and use lessons that encourage higher-level analysis and critical thinking among students. For more information, click here.

Students can get hands-on experience of working for the government in virtual e-Internship

Students who are interested in internships with the federal government can gain hands-on experience learning about how federal agencies operate, without going to Washington. D.C. The U.S. Department of Education is teaming up with the U.S. Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service to offer a virtual e-Internship program. The program, housed in the State Department, matches student interns with federal agencies to complete projects virtually from college and university campuses in the U.S. and throughout the world. Learn more here.

Law & Citizenship Conference is Sept. 23-24

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s Law & Citizenship Conference will be held on September 22-23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin, Ohio. The conference offers interactive and engaging workshops for teachers of civics, government, law and related subjects. Teachers will take home ready-to-use lessons and resources and be prepared to spark lively classroom discussions and sharpen students’ analytical skills. Additionally, the 2014 Mock Trial case will be released at the conference. Register by August 15 to take advantage of the ‘early bird’ rate. For more information, click here or contact Tim Kalgreen at tkalgreen@oclre.org.

Ohio Government in Action Nov.5-6 offers teachers behind-the-scene look at state constitution

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education is hosting a two-day conference providing behind-the-scenes, place-based learning in the state capital. Ohio Government in Action provides participants the chance to meet with leaders in state government and learn about the Ohio Constitution and how is interpreted and enforced. The program content aligns with the teaching requirements of Am. Sub. S.B. 165.  Don’t miss out on the action – join OCLRE and other teachers on November 5 & 6 in Columbus. For more information, click here or contact Jared Reitz at jreitz@oclre.org.

“Fall” into project-based programs that make it real for students

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education offers academic programs that provide students opportunities to practice the role of citizen in authentic, meaningful ways. From Mock Trial to We the People, to social justice and public policy oriented programs like Youth for Justice and Project Citizen, there are a variety of ways to engage students in learning about government, our justice system, and the importance of being an informed, active citizen. Middle and high school teachers that attend a program professional development this fall will learn effective strategies to get students involved. All OCLRE programs are aligned to Ohio’s learning standards for social studies and language arts. Visit www.oclre.org and see a calendar of events to learn more. For more information contact Kate Strickland to find out how to schedule a professional development for a school or district.

Web resources

Creating the Constitution of the United States


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