Social Studies Scoop
A Monthly Bulletin for 6-12 Social Studies Teachers in CCS
Preparing students for success in college, career, and civic life
In this edition:
- Professional Development: High School Department Chair PD
- Professional Development: Middle School Content Experts PD
- Curriculum and Instruction: Navigating the Social Studies Website
- Curriculum and Instruction: Updated Guidebooks for 2019-2020
- Curriculum and Instruction: Middle School Curriculum Updates
- Curriculum and Instruction: High School Curriculum Updates
- State Testing: Ohio's State Test Results
- Student Programs: Youth at the Booth
- Student Programs: High School Mock Trial
Welcome to 2019-2020!
- Matt Doran
High School Department Chair Monthly PD
- September 4, 2019
- October 2, 2019
- November 6, 2019
- December 4, 2019
- January 14, 2020 (combined with MS Content Experts)
- February 5, 2020
- March 4, 2020
- April 1, 2020
- May 6, 2020
While attendance is required for Department Chairs, all teachers may attend any meeting to receive CEUs.
If you are new to the Department Chair position this year, please contact Matt Doran to have your name added to the contact list.
Middle School Content Experts PD
- September 17, 2019
- November 19, 2019
- January 14, 2020 (combined with HS Department Chairs)
- March 17, 2020
- May 19, 2020
All teachers of social studies in grades 6-8 are invited to apply. To apply for the MS Content Experts program, please complete the form here: https://tinyurl.com/Experts20
Navigating the CCS Social Studies Website
The CCS Social Studies website is your one-stop shop for social studies curriculum, instructional resources, assessment tools, professional learning opportunities, and student programs. From the homepage, www.ccsoh.us/socialstudies, use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate to each section.
- This page includes the three core curriculum documents: Curriculum Maps, Clear Learning Targets, and "I Can" Checklists organized in folders by grade band.
- This page provides links to the Course Sites, custom Google site pages created for each grade level/course. This page also includes general instructional resources for each grade band, including textbook companion sites, teacher guidebooks and social studies skills toolkits.
- The assessments page has resource pages for Ohio's State Tests in American History and American Government and a formative assessment tool for all grade levels.
- Upcoming PD opportunities and workshop materials are linked from this page.
- This page contains an archives of the Social Studies Newsletters from recent years. The most recent newsletters are linked on the Social Studies homepage.
Updated Guidebooks for Teaching Middle and High School Social Studies
- Click here to download the Guidebook for Teaching Middle School Social Studies.
- Click here to download the Guidebook for Teaching High School Social Studies.
Middle School Curriculum Updates
Curriculum Maps and Clear Learning Targets for grades 6-8 have been updated to align with Ohio's Learning Standards for Social Studies (2018).
In addition to minor adjustments in the wording of content statements, and a few additional content statements in grade 8, these documents now incorporate the Ohio Financial Literacy Standards. Financial literacy standards are included in the fourth grading period of each course. Since Ohio does not specify precise grade levels for each standard, CCS Social Studies has divided the standards among the three grade levels.
The revised curriculum documents may be access from the Social Studies curriculum page: https://www.ccsoh.us/Page/2284
High School Curriculum Updates
American History 10 and American Government 11 will continue using the 2010 standards this year. Ohio's State Test re-alignment to the 2018 standards will take place in spring 2021.
Curriculum documents may be access from the Social Studies curriculum page: https://www.ccsoh.us/Page/2284.
Ohio's State Test Results for American History and American Government
As we continue to prepare students for Ohio's State Tests, please make use of the resources available on the Social Studies Assessments webpage. Take note of the following recently added or updated resources:
- Teachers Guide to the State Tests;
- American History and American Government Quick Review Guides;
- Released Test Items by Content Statement (2019 update will be emailed this week);
- Vocabulary Practice Quizlets;
- Evidence-Based Sets Practice Assessments; and
- DocsTeach Historical Thinking Exercises.
Ohio Test Prep.com provides interactive digital tutorials, activities, and assessments aligned with each unit in the American History and American Government curriculum. These resources can be used in a Blended Learning environment throughout the school-year.
Youth at the Booth
For those who teach or advise seniors, please encourage your students to consider this opportunity. All paperwork for YAB is available on the Kids Voting Central website: http://www.kidsvotingoh.org/youth-at-the-booth.html. The deadline for completed Student Application/Permission Forms is August 28, 2019. Please note that forms have been updated for 2019. Be sure to download the current forms from the Kids Voting website.
High School Mock Trial 2019-2020
Ohio Mock Trial offers an innovative approach to learning about law and how our legal system functions. Guided by teachers and volunteer legal advisors, students participate in an original, unscripted, simulated trial written by attorneys. High school students argue both sides of the case in real courtrooms. For more information about Mock Trial, see the following webpage: http://oclre.org/aws/OCLRE/pt/sp/programs_mocktrial.
To compete in the Ohio Mock Trial program, each school needs a team advisor. The advisor position is a supplemental contract granted by the building principal. The pay for the position is established by Article 905.01 (Group B) of the Master Agreement. If you are interested in advising a Mock Trial team at your school, please speak with your building principal regarding this position. Principals should complete the supplemental contract appointment form and submit it to Human Resources. Also, please contact Matt Doran as soon as possible so we can order case materials for your team. The cost of case materials and team competition are covered by the Social Studies Office. Substitute requests should be submitted by the building administration as a "Student Activity Sub" request.