Social Studies Scoop

A Monthly Bulletin for 6-12 Social Studies Teachers in CCS

Preparing students for success in college, career, and civic life

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December 2018

In this edition:

  • Curriculum and Instruction: New Common Instructional Framework Interactive Website
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies Learning Plan Builder
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Blended Learning
  • Ohio's State Tests: New American History and Government Assessments in Edulastic
  • Teacher Opportunities: ODE Nominations for Assessment Committees


New Interactive Common Instructional Framework in Social Studies Website

To support infusion of the Common Instructional Framework (CIF) in social studies class instruction, CCS Social Studies has published a new interactive web page: This page provides strategies, tools, and resources for implementation of the CIF in Social Studies.

From the main page, click on one of the four components of the interactive CIF graphic. Each component page includes indicators of success, supported by tables with hyperlinked strategies and resources.


Social Studies Learning Plan Builder

As part of the new CIF interactive website, CCS Social Studies has created a powerful tool for building CIF-aligned learning plans. The Learning Plan Builder allows you to choose learning targets and strategies from drop-down menus.

To build a learning plan, click on the link here and complete the form. After submitting the form, you will automatically receive an editable Google Doc in a new learning plan template. You can further refine your plan and add details in the Google Doc.


Blended Learning in Social Studies

Blended Learning (BL) is an integrated experience of both face-to-face and online learning in which students have some control over time, place, path and/or pace. While BL is one form of technology integration, not all use of technology in the classroom constitutes BL.

Four hallmarks of BL include:

  • Integration - a seamless connection between face-to-face and online learning activities;
  • Agency - increased student control over time, place, path/and or pace of learning;
  • Connectivity - increased student collaboration and online classroom presence; and
  • Restructuring - time for in-classroom collaboration and small group activities.

To access more information about BL models and digital information/literacy resources and digital creation tools, see the following page of the CIF web page:

If you are using the station rotation model of BL, check out this customizable planning tool in Google Drawings: This tools includes sample stations with a fully-editable menu of activities and classroom layout.



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New American History and American Government Assessments in Edulastic

Teacher Opportunities

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Stakeholder Nominations for Assessment Committees

The Ohio Department of Education currently is accepting applications for participants to serve on stakeholder committees for Ohio’s State Tests.

Every test has a Content Advisory Committee. The purpose of this committee is to review and evaluate test questions and related test materials to ensure each question is a valid and appropriate measure of Ohio’s Learning Standards for that particular subject area and grade level.

Every test also has a Rubric Validation Committee. The purpose of this committee is to review student responses from machine-scored items administered during the online embedded field test. The review is conducted to ensure the machine is scoring the items accurately. The committee can make changes to the scoring rubric of an item for clarity, accuracy and reliability.

All test items are reviewed by a Fairness and Sensitivity Committee. The primary purpose of this committee is to review and evaluate test questions and related test materials to ensure test questions are fair and unbiased for all groups of Ohio students. This committee ensures test questions do not disadvantage groups of students because of their race, ethnicity, gender or disability.

More information about these committees and test development information can be found on the Department’s Assessment Committees webpage.

If you are interested in participating on one of the assessment stakeholder committees, you may complete the Stakeholder Committee Nomination Form.

Applicants are asked to describe their experience in education, including expertise with Ohio’s Learning Standards in English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Please be sure to to identify grade level and content area assignment preferences. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 18. Applicants selected to participate will be notified by the Department once there is an opening for their preferred grade level/content assessment committee. Please be sure to include an active email address for notifications.

Please note, the Department continually updates committees when there are vacancies. Submitting a nomination form is not a guarantee that a stakeholder meets the demographic, geographic or content need of committees with vacancies. Nomination forms will be kept on file for the eventuality of a committee vacancy.

We hope you will consider applying to be part of this valuable stage of the test development process. If you have questions or need additional information, please send an email to


Matthew I. Doran

Secondary Social Studies Specialist

Office of Teaching & Learning

Curriculum Division

Linmoor Education Center