The theme of next year’s conference, Civil Literacy: Taking Informed Action, emphasizes the need for civic education and the literacy skills our students need to mature and grow into their role as informed, engaged, and contributing citizens in our republic and an evermore global marketplace. The conference theme also reflects the Ohio Council for the Social Studies’ continued efforts to help teachers and educational professionals in the field and to advocate for laws and policies at the state level to ensure that we are truly “Educating Ohio’s Citizens for Tomorrow’s World.”
Please go to Conference Proposal Form to submit your proposals by March 31, 2014. FREE conference registration is available for the first 10 practicing classroom teachers who submit an accepted session proposal.
Confirmed Speakers for the 2014 OCSS Annual State Conference
Kathy Swan, Ph.D. - Lead Writer of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework;
Associate Professor, Social Studies Education, University of Kentucky
Bob Bain, Ph.D – Designer of the Big History Project’s High School Course; Associate professor, School of Education; Associate professor, Department of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and Chair of Secondary Teacher Education, University of Michigan
NCSS Releases C3 Framework : College, Career, and Civil Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies Standards
You can download a copy of the C3 Framework at http://www.socialstudies.org/c3.
A PowerPoint explaining the C3 Framework (presented at the 2013 OCSS Conference) is available here- C3 Framework for OCSS.
Submission deadline: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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SAVE WORLD HISTORY IN OHIO CAMPAIGN UPDATE
NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT!
The Social Studies Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) currently assesses both the 9th grade World History and 10th grade American History courses. In order to pass the OGT students, need instruction in both World and American History. During the 2014-15 school year, this de facto requirement goes away as the new American History and Government end-of-course exams come online, and the OGT is phased out. Future Ohio graduates may choose not to take or not have the option to take World History, leaving them with a limited knowledge base and understanding of world cultures, world events, and the global economy as they enter college, military, or job market. The Ohio Department of Education has already developed new learning standards, model curriculum, and course syllabus for World History, as well as two additional world studies courses: World Geography and Contemporary World Issues. The Ohio Council for the Social Studies recommends the passage Ohio Senate Bill 96, which will ensure that Ohio high school students take a World History course as a part of the 3 social studies credits required for graduation. Schools currently offer World History as a course to prepare students for the OGT, so they would not need additional staffing or resource purchases to meet the new requirement. Ideally, students would also be assessed with an end-of-course exam, but even without an assessment, a required credit will ensure Ohio’s students will continue to receive instruction in world history and cultures.