Benefits of Membership
OCSS Members enhance their careers through:
The Newsletter and News Blasts
Your OCSS Membership includes two hard copy newsletters per year and 10 digital News Blasts. 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
Members receive two editions a year (fall and spring) of Ohio’s own scholarly social studies journal that offers in-depth articles and a potential opportunity to have your own research and articles published.
The Annual Conference
The annual fall gathering of professionals offers prominent speakers in the field, job-alike networking groups, numerous break-out sessions and contacts with large and small vendors.
Online Professional Development Courses
Ohio Council for the Social Studies offers both online and regional face-to-face professional development opportunities 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 information on conferences and professional development opportunities. Additional resources are available through our new members-only portal.
Curriculum specialists, supervisors, and social studies department leaders meet periodically in Columbus to share strategies, 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 representatives on the board as well as curriculum supervisors. These are in addition to regional representatives from around the state. This leadership structure makes communicating your interests and needs convenient.
Staying Current with Curriculum
OCSS takes an active role in reporting actions by the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Board of Education, the Ohio Department of Education, and the Ohio Department of Higher 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 excellence in Ohio social studies with four different teaching awards:
Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year
Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year
Emerging Social Studies Leader
Social Studies Lifetime Leader
Recognizing Student Achievement
OCSS participates in the awards for Ohio History Day and gives the Sheehan Award to an exemplary college student member who is planning a career in the field.