OCSS Mission Statement
The Ohio Council for the Social Studies serves as the premier voice for s
ocial studies professionals in Ohio. We advocate for the vital role of
social studies and assist educators through professional development for
the delivery of effective and innovative instruction
Benefits of Membership
Our conferences and publications provide a network of services to members throughout t
Your membership supports:
PublicationsThe 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.
Conferences and Regional Workshops
Regional, one-day opportunities are also offered.
Ohio’s university instructors gather periodically to examine issues related to teacher preparation programs.
Using Children’s Literature to Teach the Ohio Academic Content Standards correlates
nearly 300 children’s titles to the Ohio Academic
Content Standards in Social Studies. Ideal for elementary teaching methods courses
and elementary teachers. Available at ocss.org.
Voicing Our Opinions- Classroom teachers, university instructors, and social studies professionals from related organizations serve on the executive board. Together, we carry your voice to Ohio’s legislators and the Ohio Department of Education, advocating on behalf of social studies education. We have testified in favor of increased social studies graduation requirements and sought equal treatment of educators’ views at public hearings on educational issues.
Being Part of the Process- OCSS members have served on the Ohio Model Curriculum Committee, the Ohio Licensure Committee, as well as Ohio Achievement Test content advisory and range-finding committees.
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.