The Ohio Council for the Social Studies
Benefits of Membership
OCSS Members enhance their careers through:
The OCSS Newsletter is published four times a year. The newsletter provides information regarding teaching materials and methods, programs and projects for teachers and students, legislative trends, opportunities for professional development and more.
The Ohio Social Studies Review
Published in the spring and summer, members receive two editions a year of Ohio’s own scholarly social studies journal which offers in-depth articles and a potential opportunity to have your research and articles published.
The Annual Conference
The annual spring gathering of professionals offers prominent speakers in the field, job-alike networking groups, numerous break-out sessions and contacts with large and small vendors. Regional, one-day opportunities are also offered.
Online Professional Development Courses
Beginning in the Summer of 2013, the Ohio Council for the Social Studies will offer professional development course to help members explore timely educational topics and to fine-tune their craft. These courses will be offered periodically through the year and can be taken for graduate credit or for continuing education credits.
Members can stay in touch with OCSS leaders and get the latest info on conferences and professional development opportunities. Archived information is also available.
Curriculum specialists, supervisors, and social studies department leaders meet periodically in Columbus to share strate-gies, learn the latest news from ODE, and discuss issues impacting social studies instruction.
Higher Education Network
Ohio’s university instructors gather periodically to examine issues related to teacher preparation programs.
Working with Government Officials and Social Studies Advocacy
Voicing Our Opinions
Teachers of all types are represented on the OCSS Executive Board. Elementary, middle, senior high, vocational and collegiate level teachers all have reps on the board as well as curriculum supervisors. These are in addition to regional reps from around the state. Conveying your special interests is easily done.
Staying Current with Curriculum
OCSS takes an active role in reporting actions by the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Board of Education and the Ohio Department of Education that will have an impact on the way you conduct your classes.
Being Part of the Process
OCSS members have served on the Ohio Model Curriculum Committee, the Ohio Licensure Committee, and test writing committees. We have testified in favor of increased social studies graduation requirements and sought equal treatment of educators’ views at public hearings on educational issues.
Honoring Excellence in the Field
OCSS annually recognizes members with Teacher-of-the-Year awards in elementary, middle and high school categories. There is also an award for Educator-of-the-Year recognizing a contributor from outside the classroom.
Recognizing Student Achievement
OCSS participates in the awards for Ohio History Day and gives the President’s Scholarship annually to an exemplary college student member who is planning a career in the field.