Ohio Social
Studies Signal

Ohio Social
Studies Signal

May 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.


The Ohio Council for the Social Studies offers online workshop

When taught well, history and social studies courses engage students in an active examination of the past and the world in which we live. Literacy and research skills are at the heart of effective social studies instruction. Ohio’s new academic content standards for social studies and the literacy standards found in Ohio’s new academic content standards for English/language arts provides teachers with an opportunity to reinvent traditional social studies classes through regular analysis and close reading of primary and secondary source documents and by defending positions with evidence in classroom discussions and/or in writing. Join the Ohio Council for the Social Studies online from June 9 - July 2 for Social Studies with Reading, Writing, and Research at the Core. This course will introduce intermediate, middle and high school teachers to several tools and strategies that can be used to integrate disciplinary literacy skills into their lessons and to challenge students to think like historians, geographers, economists, and political scientists. To register for the class, go to the Ohio History Store. A $50 fee for this course includes a one year membership/renewal to the council. Teachers interested in taking the course for an optional one graduate credit will need to complete a University of Akron registration form and pay an additional $145 to the university. The course will be hosted on the Schoology learning management system (video introduction). Registration for this course will open on May 1 and course codes will be emailed to registered participants by June 1.


Ohio Historical Society to become Ohio History Connection

On May 24, 2014, the Ohio Historical Society will change its name for only the second time in the organization's 130 year history. In 1885, the organization began as the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society. The name changed in 1954 to  the Ohio Historical Society. The organization will now become the Ohio History Connection. The name change is the result of two years of research both nationally and in Ohio. An overwhelming majority of respondents enjoyed the services and historical sites in Ohio, but those same people felt the words “historical” and “society” were too exclusive and antiquated. In contrast, the word "connection" is associated with being fun, open, and fresh. The organization believes that the Ohio History Connection does a better job of describing the way relates to all sorts of people all across Ohio. It sees itself as helping people connect to their past through programs that include the Ohio as America Online Textbook, the Museum in a Box and History to Go Van programs, and many other educational programs across the state.


Creative Learning Factory offers free professional development for teachers

The Creative Learning Factory is excited to offer professional development opportunities to social studies teachers across Ohio. Workshops, webinars and podcasts provide hands-on, minds-on experiences for Ohio teachers and take place in exciting locations. Each workshop offers applicable content that teachers can take directly into their classrooms. All the programs are aligned to Ohio’s New Learning Standards and the Common Core State Standards.

Some of our themes are:

  • Historical thinking skills
  • 21st century skills in the social studies/history  classroom
  • Primary source identification, analysis and interpretation
  • Literacy connections in social studies/history

Seminars can be provided on a variety of topics related to social studies and literacy and assist teachers with the integration of subject material. For more information, click here or contact Ryan at:  ryan@creativelearningfactory.org or at (614) 297-2526.


Hunger Games to Harry Potter: Spotting economics in young adult literature

This workshop will focus on using popular young adult literature to help educators integrate a variety of different economic issues and concepts into their instruction. Teachers will receive free resources and a framework for integrating economics into select young adult literature titles. Using knowledge gained in the workshop, participants will collaborate to create a unit of study to implement within their own classrooms. Strategies for differentiation and grade level adjustments will be provided. It will take place on Thursday June 26 from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm at the University of Akron. Teachers will receive certificates of contact hours for participation. Discounted graduate credit from the university is also available.  ($145 per hour versus the regular price of $412). Credit can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 hours. To register: complete the workshop registration online at www.economiceducation.us. For further information, contact William McSuley at wjm33@uakron.edu or visit us at www.economiceducation.us.


Law & Citizenship Conference registration is now open

Registration is now open for the Law & Citizenship Conference that will be held Sept. 21-22. Keynote speaker Mary Beth Tinker – Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District – will discuss students’ constitutional rights. Additional session topics include: primary sources, historic documents, 2014 elections, public policy, mock trial and much more. Special rates are available for first-time attendees, as well as colleagues from the same district/school. To register, visit http://www.oclre.org/2014-law-citizenship-conference-registration. For additional details, visit www.oclre.org or contact Program Coordinator Tim Kalgreen at tkalgreen@oclre.org.


Students learn about appellate process with Moot Court

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education inaugural High School Moot Court Competition will take place on May 20 at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center in Columbus. 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. By focusing on the applicability of constitutional law to current legal issues, Moot Court will provide students an opportunity to strengthen critical thinking skills and increase their understanding of the Constitution and judicial system. The 2014 Moot Court case focuses on the Fourth Amendment and a hypothetical new Ohio "stand your ground" law.  Moot Court is correlated to Ohio's New Learning Standards for social studies and English/ language arts. For more information, or if interested in observing the competition, contact Todd Burch at tburch@oclre.org


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 conference and connect with your geography education community. Click here for more information.


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 professional development needs.  Click here to see the full list of workshops.


National Council for the Social Studies  Annual Conference to feature Ken Burns, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Eric Foner

Filmmaker Ken Burns and historians Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Eric Foner headline the notable list of conference speakers at the 94th National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference in Boston this November. Join the council in its first return to New England in more than 30 years for the world's largest and most comprehensive social studies professional development conference. Attend conference to gain new ideas, resources and skills. More than 3,000 educators from across the U.S. will share the most current knowledge, ideas, research and expertise in social studies education. The conference will be held  Nov. 21-23. Click here for more information.



Ancient Civilizations Virtual Trip


Annenberg Classroom: Resources for Excellent Civics Education


Replica of Lincoln Funeral-train Engine to Stop at Statehouse

Columbus Dispatch


Bell Ringer: The Black Codes During the Reconstruction Era

C-SPAN provides this short video on a discussion of the Black Codes.


Bell Ringer: President Johnson’s Reconstruction Policy

C-SPAN provides this short video on a discussion of the President Johnson’s Reconstruction Policy..


Bell Ringer: President Johnson and the 14th Amendment

C-SPAN provides this short video on a discussion of the President Johnson and the 14th Amendment.


Bell Ringer: The Monuments Men

C-SPAN provides this short video on a discussion of the Monuments Men.



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