Ohio Council for the Social Studies


Now accepting applications for attendees and presenters. All expenses paid for teachers who become legacy certified. Who is eligible? We welcome any educator who can incorporate veteran stories and artifacts from the Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial into the classroom.


High School Government Videos

Several months ago, the Attorney General’s Office produced a series of 5 civics videos that are tied to Ohio High School Government education standards. The videos were produced under the guidance of several high school teachers and are available free of charge.

High School Government Videos



JULY 11-14, 2017


Hilton Doubletree Crystal City in Washington, D.C.

Now accepting applications for attendees and presenters. All expenses paid for teachers who become legacy certified.

Who is eligible?

We welcome any educator who can incorporate veteran stories and artifacts from the Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial into the classroom.

Want to learn more?

Visit our website at http://www.kwdhproject.org/teacher-conference Or email us at Samantha.fraser@kwdhproject.org

Thank you to our proud sponsors
the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, R.O.K.

Ohio Social Studies Review Call For Manuscripts


Update:  Call for Manuscripts

Submission deadline, May 10, 2017

The editors of the Ohio Social Studies Review, a peer-reviewed publication of the Ohio Council for the Social Studies, issue a call to submit manuscripts for the fall 2017 issue, which is scheduled to launch in October 2017. The Ohio Social Studies Review is published twice a year, once in fall as hard copy and once in spring online. While both issues are open to all types of submissions, the spring issue has a targeted focus that aligns with the theme of the fall Ohio Council for the Social Studies Conference.

The editors of the Ohio Social Studies Review are interested in soliciting manuscripts that add to what we know about best practices and research in social studies, and foster meaningful discussion about the implementation of such in social studies around the world.  The fall 2017 issue welcomes manuscripts on all topics focusing on the social studies and related disciplines as well as those written from interdisciplinary perspectives. The editors have special interest in manuscripts authored by teachers or co-authored by researchers and practitioners that highlight practical responses to persistent challenges and understanding in our field. The Ohio Social Studies Review audience is comprised in large part of practicing classroom teachers; therefore, manuscripts that focus on practical applications and/or effectively relate theory to practice will receive preference.

The OSSR accepts submissions of original full-length manuscripts.  All, submissions will be refereed using a double-blind peer review process.  The OSSR has feature sections that are not peer reviewed.  First, is the “Forum.” This special section presents paired manuscripts offering divergent perspectives on a topic.  If you would like to suggest a dialogue topic for our “Forum” feature, please contact the editor directly. The editors will make the final selection of “Forum” topics either through invitation or from among submissions.   The second section publishes “Resource Reviews.”  Building on the book review concept, authors are invited to submit reviews of software, teaching and learning resources, and of course books!  Resources must be relevant to the social studies and the reviews are limited to 700 words.

Submission Guidelines

Submit your full-length manuscript or special feature article to Scholastica by clicking on the icon below.  

Note: All new authors are required to complete a new user profile prior to submitting their manuscript.

Full-length manuscripts must meet the following criteria in order to be sent out for peer review:

  • Original work that has not been previously published and is not under consideration elsewhere.
  • The manuscript must be prepared for blinded peer-review; free of any and all references to the author or authors.
  • From 1,500-5,000 words in length, including references.

  • Complete contact information for all authors, including address, telephone, and e-mail that is separate from the body of the manuscript.
  • A biographical sketch for each author of 50 words or less must be provided separate from the manuscript.
  • An abstract of 200 words or less in APA style (6th edition) format.
  • Submitted in Microsoft .doc or .docx format.  Manuscripts submitted in pdf will be returned to the author(s).
  • Submitted in Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) style. Manuscripts that do not comply with APA style will be returned and requests for corrections will be made prior to being sent for peer-review.  See the website for basic APA guidelines and author check sheet.

Should you have questions related to this call, please contact Dr. Victoria Stewart, OSSR Executive Editor, University of Toledo at: victoria.stewart@utoledo.edu,  or Christopher Prokes, OSSR Associate Editor, Sinclair Community College, christopher.prokes@sinclair.edu


Victoria C. Stewart                                             Christopher Prok

Summer Professional Development Opportunities in Social Studies

Looking for Professional Development this summer (2017)?

Here is a database compiled by the Council of State Social Studies Supervisiors

Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Ohio’s Learning Standards Survey

Ohio’s Learning Standards survey for review of the for social studies, science and financial literacy is now open

Educators statewide will help the Ohio Department of Education update Ohio’s Learning Standards in science, social studies and financial literacy, based on teacher and public comments the department is seeking through a survey that is now open to all Ohioans. After the survey closes, advisory committees of education association representatives will review all survey comments and determine where revisions are needed. Working groups of teachers then will write proposed standards revisions.


Ohio teachers have gained valuable experience with Ohio’s Learning Standards in the last few years. Now the Ohio Department of Education invites all Ohioans to review the social studies, science and financial literacy standards and give us their thoughts. Although general comments are welcome, specific comments about what could be improved and what should stay the same will be the most helpful. To make specific comments, please watch the video and select a content area to begin. The survey closes at midnight on Monday, Jan. 9. Click here for to access the standards review survey

Population Education’s eight-week, online professional development course

Earn professional development hours or university credit with Population Education!

Population Education is excited to announce the launch of its first online professional development course forscience and social studies educators of grades 6-12. Discover student-centered learning strategies that use contemporary issues and real-world data to examine the social and environmental impacts of human population and engage in meaningful dialogue with teachers across the world. If you teach Environmental Science, World Geography, Human Geography, Biology/Life Science, World History, or the AP counterparts, this course is perfect for you! The course is asynchronous, which means students can work at their own leisure and pace. There will be online discussion boards, weekly journals and a final project, all built to provide students with meaningful feedback and materials to use within their own classroom. Teachers can choose to earn one hour of graduate education credit from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) or 45 professional development clock hours for successfully completing the full eight weeks.

Class size will be capped at 30 participants, so don’t wait to sign up. The cost will be $80.00 to earn 45 CEU hours or $155.00 (for credit) + $80.00 (for CEU’s) to earn credit through UMKC.  For more information and to register, visit https://courses.populationeducation.org.

2016 OCSS Conference

Join the Ohio council for the Social Studies for our 60th Annual Conference on September 26-27, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio at the Embassy Suites Columbus/Dublin.

Conference Theme: Celebrating and Elevating Ohio Social Studies:  Embracing the Active Citizen

OCSS Conference Flier

Check out our Session Descriptions

The Ohio Council for the Social Studies

Benefits of Membership

OCSS Members enhance their careers through:

Professional Development

The Newsletter
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.
Web Site
Members can stay in touch with OCSS leaders and get the latest info on conferences and professional development opportunities.  Archived information is also available.
Supervisor’s Network
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

Individual Honors
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.

Statehood Day 2016

Join fellow history lovers and social studies professionals at the Ohio Statehouse to commemorate Ohio’s birthday – and to advocate for Ohio History.

Ohio’s first constitution was approved by Congress, and then signed by President Thomas Jefferson on Feb. 19, 1803. By then, the January elections had been held, with the mild-mannered doctor and legislator Edward Tiffin – Thomas Worthington’s brother-in-law – elected governor. Official “state” business was conducted for the first time on March 1, 1803, when Tiffin and members of the first Ohio General Assembly convened in Chillicothe.

Ohio’s first constitution was approved by Congress, and then signed by President Thomas Jefferson on Feb. 19, 1803. By then, the January elections had been held, with the mild-mannered doctor and legislator Edward Tiffin – Thomas Worthington’s brother-in-law – elected governor. Official “state” business was conducted for the first time on March 1, 1803, when Tiffin and members of the first Ohio General Assembly convened in Chillicothe.

In commemoration of Ohio’s founding, the Ohio History Connection and its partners invite you to join a broad coalition of history advocates for its annual Statehood Day event. The state’s birthday serves as an appropriate time each year for history advocates to come together (on or near March 1) to help showcase the importance of Ohio’s history and how history, historic preservation and the organizations that help provide access to Ohio’s rich history benefit the Buckeye State. Statehood Day is a celebration of Ohio and its history, as well as a legislative advocacy event.

Register today



9:30–10 a.m.            Coffee and registration                                 Marion-Werkheiser.jpeg

10–10:30 a.m.          Briefings on Statehood Day legislative priorities

10:30 a.m.–Noon    Meet with state legislators (scheduled on your own)

  • Find your state representative here.
  • Find your state senator here.

Noon–1:30 p.m.        Lunch program

  • Presentation of Ohio History Leadership Award to State Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton)
  • Keynote Speaker: Marion F. Werkheiser, Founding Partner Cultural Heritage Partners
  • History Fund Grant Awards

1:30 p.m.– later       Additional legislative meetings as necessary

  • Optional Statehouse tour available

How to meet with your local legislator

Statehood Day is a joint effort among the Ohio Historical SocietyHeritage Ohio, the Ohio Academy of History, the Ohio Archaeological Council, the Ohio Local History Alliance, the Ohio Historical Records Advisory BoardPreservation Ohiothe Ohio Genealogical Societythe Ohio Council for Social Studies, and the Society of Ohio Archivists.

Registration is now open.  Click here to register.


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