Ohio Social
Studies Signal

Ohio Social
Studies Signal

Articles from July 2013


Goodbye Mr. Muthig

William Muthig, a social studies consultant, retired from the department on June 14, after 43 years in education, 25 of those with the Ohio Department of Education. Prior to coming to the department, Bill was a high school teacher in Milan, Ohio. He was instrumental in the development of the first proficiency tests and the early development of the new assessments for 2014-2015. He was truly committed to improving the education of Ohio youth and will certainly be missed. We wish him all the best in this new chapter of his life. 

Revision made to high school American history model curriculum

The second paragraph in the high school American history model curriculum content elaboration for content statement nine has been amended. Use the June 2013 document posted here on the social studies standards website. 

We the People: Engaging Students in Their Constitutional Government

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education is sponsoring an interactive course on the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curricula for teachers of American history, government and AP government in grades 8-12. The courses are:

  • June 25-27, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Ashland University Columbus Center, 1900 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43229
  • July 29-31; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, 5811 Canal Rd., Room 210, Valley View, OH 44125

Participants may receive a certificate of contact hours or earn one semester hour of graduate level credit from Ashland University. Contact Jared Reitz at the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education for additional information and to register.

Global Teacher Institute offers two summer workshops

The Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County is offering a Global Teacher Institute – Fostering Innovation in Education – on Aug. 1 and 2, to all Ohio educators interested in international issues, world cultures and languages, and local and global resources to enhance teacher preparation and student success in the global knowledge economy. Keynote presenters and experts from education, business and community organizations will share innovative practices and local and global resources for teaching and learning. Graduate credit will be available. Register online at www.esc-cc.org or contact nadine.grimm@esc-cc.org.

2013 Law & Citizenship Conference – OCLRE celebrates 30 years

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the annual Law & Citizenship Conference, Sept. 22-23, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin.

Attendees receive classroom-ready lesson plans related to every breakout, plenary and keynote session. Graduate credit through Ashland University also is available. For more information, visit www.oclre.org or contact Tim Kalgreen.

From Gilder Lehrman: History Now 36 (Summer 2013): Great Inaugural Addresses

Issue 36 of the Gilder Lehrman quarterly online journal features five scholars who analyze the social and cultural climate of America through key presidential inaugural addresses, starting with George Washington in 1789 and ending on Barack Obama. 

Also included are new lesson plans that align with the Common Core State Standards and a multimedia feature on presidential inaugural addresses in key moments in history with videos, transcripts and images.

Web resources

Creating the United States


This exhibition offers a remarkable opportunity to learn in a fresh new way how the founding documents that emerged from this period were forged out of insight, invention, and creativity, as well as collaboration and much compromise.

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