Ohio Council for the Social Studies

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2018 62nd Annual Ohio Council for the Social Studies/ Great Lakes Regional Conference



Summer 2018 Announcements

What really worked for you and your students last year?

Come share with colleagues all over the state at the annual OCSS Conference in Dublin. This year, the council is also pleased to be home to the 2018 Great Lakes Regional Social Studies Annual Conference.

While we are no longer accepting proposals for traditional 50-minute sessions, we are accepting proposals for roundtable discussions and posters.

Proposals can be submitted here until August 1.

Ohio Council of Social Studies Mission Statement

The Ohio Council for the Social Studies serves as the premier voice for social 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.  Our conferences and publications provide a network of services to members throughout the state.

Resources For History Majors











New Deadline – Friday October 6

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Ohio Workshops Announcement

Don’t shortchange America’s ‘founding documents,’ state school board told

Don’t shortchange America’s ‘founding documents,’ state school board told



COLUMBUS, Ohio – Don’t shortchange America’s “founding documents,” the state school board was told Tuesday, by trying to axe tests that make sure students learn them.

School board members have been under pressure from across the state to cut how many standardized tests students have to take. Some members have sought to cut any tests not required by the federal government, which would eliminate some math, English and science tests.

It would also wipe out the American History and American Government tests that all high school students must take.

That didn’t sit well with some legislators and activists who fought to require these documents to be taught — and included on state tests — in 2012. That’s when Senate Bill 165, called the “Founding Fathers Act” or the “Founding Documents Act” by some, mandated them.

That means the board can’t cut them on its own, but can only ask the legislature to do so.

Don’t bother, Senate President Larry Obhoff, a Medina Republican, told the board through an aide Tuesday. He said the legislature won’t change the law, regardless of any recommendation from the board.

“I encourage members of Ohio’s education administration to embrace the statute,” Obhoff said through his aide.

Activists who want the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers and other key historical documents to be a part of every high school student’s learning asked the board Tuesday to hold off on plans to cut them.

Despite more than 90 minutes of debate, most of which centered on procedural issues with motions and amendments, the board took no action on any tests. It delayed any vote until later this year.

Board members also hope that a joint meeting between board members and legislators can be called to work out a way to cut testing that all would be satisfied with.

State Rep. Andrew Brenner told the board that it makes little sense to cut any math or English tests now because legislators want to see if national ACT exams could replace the state’s current exams. State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria told the board that any comparison of ACT scores and those from state tests would not be available by their October meeting, so more discussion will likely be delayed until November.

In addition to hearing Obhof’s desire to maintain the two exams, the board also heard from other residents who want the American History and American Government tests to remain, even if the federal government does not require them.

“These are the ways our founding fathers have communicate their vision to us today,” said Pastor Alfred Davis of the Richfield Bible Baptist Church. “Taking the assessment away, teachers when pressed for time will shorten things down.  Things that aren’t on the test will be de-emphasized.”

He joined Chris Long, president of the Ohio Christian Alliance, who told the board that “our nation’s youth are in desperate need of understanding who we are as a representative republic and how our government works.”

The Alliance website had urged people to contact board members to support “saving constitutional studies in Ohio.”

“The intent and need for this curriculum legislation was due to the fact that students had poor knowledge of our American form of government,” Long added.

Beachwood resident Michael Goldstein, the Ohio director of a Jewish advocacy group called Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, also told the board that it is important to teach students that heritage, including classical Greek and Roman  along with Christian and Jewish studies.

 Video Don’t shortchange America’s ‘founding documents,’ state school board told 

See the video above for more of his remarks.



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Ohio Workshops Announcement

Save Social Studies In Ohio!

Help Us Save Social Studies in Ohio

The State School Board will meet on Sept 18th and 19th to consider a proposal urging the Ohio Legislature to turn the clock back by eliminating or consolidating required end-of-course graduation exams in High School American Government and High School American History. In particular, the introduced legislation reads, “The State Board of Education directs the Ohio Department of Education to seek legislative change so that the American Government high school end-of-course exam would no longer be required.” We know from Ohio researchers that when social studies is not tested, it begins to lose its place in the curriculum.

With the recent elimination of the 4th- and 6th-grade state social studies exams, disinvestment in history and social studies continues to spiral. The social studies and its learning outcomes disproportionately have been affected by cuts, reductions, and eliminations when compared to other core subject areas. Unfortunately, these reductions come at a time when the civic mission of social studies has never been more important. Our state, its students, and Ohio’s communities need active and informed citizens to undertake this nation’s most important office- the Office of Citizen.

Here are two ways you can do this:

One, contact Ohio State School Board members and tell them to vote NO on the proposal that would further make cuts to the history and social studies curriculum, including any reduction in the teaching or testing of High School American Government and High School American History. http://education.ohio.gov/State-Board/State-Board-Members

Two, advocate for and learn additional ways to support saving social studies in Ohio by attending the state’s largest gathering of history and social studies teachers–the 2017 Ohio Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, in Cincinnati on September 25th & 26th. You can register and learn more by visiting https://ocss.org.
Thank you for your support!

Ohio Council for the Social Studies Executive Board


2017 OCSS Conference Highlights

The big news for the 2017 Conference, Diversity in Democracy, is that the entire NCSS Board of Directors (https://www.socialstudies.org/about/board) will be in attendance (18 people from all over the country), as they will hold their semi-annual board meeting on site prior to our conference. Larry Paska (https://www.socialstudies.org/news/greetings-new-executive-director-larry-paska), the new Executive Director, will also be attending. Here are a few more highlights. We so hope to see all of you there.
1. Sunday, 9/24, 1pm: Reds V. Sox (http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/ballpark/). OCSS has a block of $11 tickets. See the registration page (click here) to purchase yours.
2. Sunday, 9/24, 5-7pm: OCSS President’s Reception at Moerlein Lager House (http://www.moerleinlagerhouse.com/), in view of the river and the stadium. $25 for heavy hors d’oeuvres and one adult beverage. Limited space available; sign up when you register. FYI, the NCSS Board will be attending this reception, so this is a good time to visit with them.
3. Monday, 9/25, NCSS President’s Reception for all pre-service and beginning (1-3 years) teachers. 7pm, President’s suite, Marriott.
4. Monday, 9/25, 9:30am: Powerful Plenary and Common Read: Dr. Sharon Davies, author of Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race, and Religion in America. Copies of Rising Road will be available at the conference for $12, and Dr. Davies will be available after her Plenary for a book-signing.
5. Monday, 9/25, lunch time TBA: Critical Keynote: Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. Justice O’Connor will be available after lunch for a question and answer session.
6. Tuesday, 9/26, TBA: Pierce Reed, Justice O’Connor’s Senior Judicial Attorney, will offer a session entitled Developing Discourse on Diversity through Constitutional Cases.

Announcement of Position Vacancy


Bowling Green State University Instructor in Social Studies Education beginning August 2017 School of Teaching and Learning


Secondary Social Studies Position Announcement

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