Social Studies Signal

Social Studies Signal

June 2023- Social Studies Newsletter


Updates from the Ohio Department of Education

2023 Professional Learning Survey

The Ohio Department of Education's Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies invites social studies educators to complete a professional learning survey focused on district and school professional development and learning needs by 4 p.m. EST on Friday, June 16.

Data from this survey will help the Department plan supports and professional learning for social studies in the 2023-2024 school year.

High School Financial Literacy Licensure Validation Update

The State Board of Education approved the draft of the OAC 3301-24-30 Educator License Validation in Financial Literacy Instruction on April 11. The Department will next file this rule with the Joint Commission for Agency Rule Review for final adoption into the Ohio Administrative Code. The Department is currently developing a financial literacy Ohio Assessment for Educators, as required by the rule, and will begin accepting applications for this new validation as soon as the State Board of Education has adopted the examination.

2023 Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit

The 2023 Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit will be held on June 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University. The summit brings together educators from schools, districts and organizations doing innovative work to develop teacher leaders. Summit attendees will share successes, lessons learned and strategies for overcoming challenges around teacher leadership implementation.

Participants will share their knowledge, create networks and connections and participate in professional learning. The summit offers an opportunity to become engaged in a statewide network of teacher leaders and administrators to promote and strengthen teacher leadership. Ohio’s Teacher Leadership Summit aligns with current and future education topics related to Future Forward Ohio. Registration is free and attendees will receive contact hour certificates. 

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Office Hours with Ohio Department of Education Program Specialists

Ohio educators can schedule office hours directly with Ohio's Social Studies and Financial Literacy consultants, Justin Leach and Linda McKean, using the Microsoft Teams Bookings links below: 

News from Education Organizations

Grant Opportunity: Library of Congress’ Lewis-Houghton Civics and Democracy Initiative

Congress established the Lewis-Houghton Civics and Democracy Initiative and appropriated funds to the Library of Congress “to develop and administer a pilot educational program as a part of the Initiative, which funds eligible organizations within the United States and its territories to develop digitally-enabled comprehensive, assessable teaching project-based creative arts-driven curricula programs focused on using the digitized primary sources of the Library of Congress related to history, civics and democracy.”

Awards made under Lewis-Houghton Civics and Democracy Initiative must include rights-free materials from the Library’s vast collections of music and creative arts-related resources to develop curriculum, teaching materials, and tools for history, civic and democracy instruction targeted toward high school students.

The grant application is open until 2 p.m. EST on June 30, 2023. Interested applicants can find more information about the grant on the website.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Register Today for the 2023 Teaching Financial Literacy Conference

Registration is open for the H.K. Barker Center for Economic Education's 2023 Teaching Financial Literacy Conference scheduled for July 6-7, 2023, in Akron, Ohio. Sub-themes for the conference include:
  • Credit & Debt
  • Insurance & Risk Management
  • Budget & Financial Planning
  • Investing 
  • Informed Consumer 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Economic Education 
  • Ohio's New Financial Literacy Graduation Requirement
  • Educator Licensure

OCSS Hosts National Museum of the United States Air Force Tour

The Ohio Council for the Social Studies (OCSS) is hosting a National Museum of the United States Airforce tour on July 11, 2023. The tour is free for members and non-members, and interested educators can register on the OCSS website

2023 We the People Summer Institute

Applications remain open to join the Ohio Council for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) at the 2023 We the People Summer Institute in Philadelphia on July 8-12. The institute offers free professional development & focuses on engaging pedagogy and academic content centered on the We the People curriculum, as well as support & resources based upon the history, principles, and application of the U.S. Constitution. Questions? Contact Cheyenne Oechsle at

2023 Ohio History Connection Professional Development Institute

The Ohio History Connection (OHC) and the School & Teacher Support team invite educators to their seventh Annual Professional Development Institute. This workshop aims to bring social studies teachers and educators together and allow them to learn and discuss new ideas and resources to implement in their classrooms in the coming school year and beyond.

Throughout this day, educators will participate in various sessions focused on inquiry, project-based learning, the connections between ELA and Social Studies, and inclusive history. OHC has collaborated with experts from the Myaamia Center, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, The Ohio State University, and the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education to provide a unique and engaging program. Interested educators can register on the OHC website

2024 National Council for History Education Conference Accepting Proposals

The National Council for History Education invites proposals from K-12 and university teachers, historians, public history and education professionals for their 2024 National Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Interested individuals are encouraged to review the proposal submission guide before submitting a proposal

Native Knowledge 360° Summer Series: Selecting Indigenous Images for Your Classroom  

This webinar will examine why commonly used imagery and language about Native peoples are detrimental to student understanding of Native histories and cultures. Join celebrated Native American contemporary graphic artists Michael Sheyahshe (Caddo) and Dr. Lee Francis IV (Laguna Pueblo) in conversation with Supervisory Curator Jennifer Shannon. They will discuss the challenges of navigating entrenched stereotyped images and how they use graphic novels to combat preconceived notions of Indigenous people.

Teaching the Holocaust: Intersections of History and Storytelling

The Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center, in partnership with Miami University’s Ohio Writing Project, will hold a professional development workshop called Teaching The Holocaust: Intersections Of History and Storytelling. The workshop is June 26-30, 2023, at the Voice of America Learning Center (West Chester, Ohio). It will explore the intersections of history and storytelling and establish best practices in Holocaust education to foster empathy and critical thinking skills through reading and writing. Participants will leave with strategies to incorporate the Holocaust in their classrooms through primary sources, storytelling, history, and literature. Email Lauren Karas at to register.

National Archives Summer Educator Professional Development

Registration is now open for the Civics for All of US online professional development workshops. The National Archives will present the following sessions:

Teaching American History Seminars invites educators to participate in conversational seminars that explore themes in American history and self-government by studying original historical documents. 
Upcoming Seminars Include:

Other Resources, News and Information

North Star: A Digital Journey of African American History

Explore African American history through digital activities on the Smithsonian Learning Lab platform. The National Museum of African American History and Culture has organized activities and collections featuring historical objects, stories, videos and thinking questions. 

Gilder Lehrman Institute Announces New Digital Exhibition

The Gilder Lehrman Institute announced the release of Their Full Measure, a digital exhibition created with the support of the National Cemetery Administration's Veterans Legacy Program.

This exhibition examines the experiences of nineteen military service personnel in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and Iraq and Afghanistan.

Free Economics and Financial Literacy Curriculum from the Alpaugh Family Economics Center

$martPath is a free, online economic and financial literacy teaching resource for grades 1-8 from the University of Cincinnati's Alpaugh Family Economics Center. $martPath has won several national curriculum awards, including the NAEE (National Association of Economic Educators) Platinum Award, EIFLE (Excellence in Financial Literacy Education) Awards from the Institute for Financial Literacy, the Lighting the Way Award from SunTrust Foundation and three regional Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. A Spanish-language $martPath will launch in the fall of 2023. $martPath resources are free for teachers, students, and families. Interested educators can learn more about the free platform on the $martPath website.

The resources in this newsletter are free and have been reviewed using the Department’s Social Studies resource filter against established criteria. Copies of the completed filter forms are available upon request. Inclusion in this newsletter does not represent a recommendation to use a resource. Many quality resources are available beyond those included here. Educators should use their professional expertise to determine the suitability of any particular resources for use in their districts, schools or classrooms.