Ohio Council for the Social Studies

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

Argumentative Writing Workshop for Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts Teachers: A Summer Professional Development Opportunity

Ohio State is offering a summer workshop to train participants on effective ways to teach argumentation in middle and high school classrooms. Rather than being the domain of English language arts teachers, argumentative writing should be a skill built across all disciplines. Teams of teachers from the same building or district are encouraged to apply!

See attached flier



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.

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