The Social Studies Connection

A Newsletter for Secondary Social Studies Teachers in CCS

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

If you missed last month's edition of the Social Studies Connection, click here.

Matthew I. Doran

Secondary Social Studies Specialist

Office of Teaching & Learning

Curriculum Division

Southland Center

June 2021


In this edition:

  • Curriculum and Instruction: Textbook Adoption Update (Updated: June 15)
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Curriculum Update with Textbook Correlations (Updated: June 18)
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Canvas Course Curriculum Development
  • Professional Development: Summer TCI Textbook Adoption PD (Updated: June 21)
  • Professional Development: TCI Virtual Summer Institute
  • Professional Development: Ideas of Race and Racism in American and World History
  • Professional Development: Facing History Teaching for Equity and Justice Summit
  • Professional Development: OER Conference for Social Studies
  • Professional Development: NCHE Equity Summit


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UPDATED - JUNE 15, 2021 (Board Adoption)

UPDATED - JUNE 18, 2021 (Curriculum & PD)

UPDATED - JUNE 21, 2021 (PD Registration)

UPDATED - JUNE 28, 2021 (AP Adoption PD)

Check this newsletter for updates throughout the summer!

Note that many of the articles below have tentative information, some of which is pending Board action. Please check this newsletter and district email throughout the summer for updated information.

Textbook Adoption Update - TCI (Updated: June 15, 2021)

The Social Studies Textbook Adopted Committee has recommended the purchase of new textbooks and digital subscriptions beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. The Columbus Board of Education approved this recommendation at its June 15, 2021 meeting.


With this Board action, CCS is excited to launch a new partnership with Teachers Curriculum Institute (TCI) for implementation of its highly engaging and successful programs: Geography Alive!, History Alive!, Government Alive!, and Econ Alive!


CCS has a long history with TCI that began in 2004 with the implementation of weeklong History Alive! training as part of the History Works grant project. At that time, TCI published only supplemental materials, and the CCS Social Studies office maintained a popular lending library of TCI binders (and later box sets) for middle school teachers. As TCI transitioned to providing full textbook programs, it became more challenging to use their products without a new textbook adoption. However, many teachers continued to use the TCI approach, known for its active learning strategies, including interactive student notebook, experiential exercises, response groups, visual discovery, and social studies skill builders. The new adoption includes extensive professional development in these practices over the next five years.


The following courses will have updated textbooks and resources:

  • Social Studies 6: Geography Alive! and History Alive! The Ancient World (class sets + custom digital subscriptions)

  • Social Studies 7: History Alive! The Ancient World and History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond (class sets + digital subscriptions)

  • Social Studies 8: History Alive! The United States through Industrialism (class sets + digital subscriptions)

  • Modern World History 9: History Alive! World Connections (class sets + digital subscriptions)

  • American History 10: History Alive! Pursuing American Ideals (class sets + digital subscriptions)

  • American Government: Government Alive! and Econ Alive! (class sets + digital subscriptions)

  • Economics: Econ Alive! (class sets + digital subscriptions)

  • Global Issues: TCI (custom digital subscriptions only)


Please note that textbooks will be purchased and distributed to schools in schools July/August, once the new fiscal year begins. Additional updates on launch dates for the digital products and summer PD are forthcoming.


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Advanced Placement Textbook Adoption - Cengage Learning (Updated: June 28, 2021)

The Social Studies Textbook Adopted Committee has recommended, and the Board of Education has approved, the Cengage Learning Advanced Placement textbook series for all AP social studies courses. This includes:


  • Human Geography: A Spatial Perspective (APHUG)
  • The American Pageant, 17th Edition (APUSH)
  • The Earth and Its People, 7th Updated Edition (AP World History)
  • American Government, 16th Updated Edition (AP Government & Politics)
  • Psychology: Themes and Variations (AP Psych)



Please note that textbooks will be purchased and distributed to schools in schools July/August, once the new fiscal year begins.

There will be two opportunities for introductory training on the textbooks and digital platform:


  • July 16, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. or August 19, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    You can register for one section in PDS with the link here.

Sessions will be virtual on Zoom. A Zoom link is posted in PDS registration and will be sent by email as well. The sessions are not separated by AP course.


Sessions are .3 CEUs and $67.50 stipend.


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Curriculum Update with Textbook Correlations (Updated: June 18, 2021)

With the adoption of new textbooks, the District curriculum for each course have been updated with textbook correlations. These revised guides are now available on the Social Studies curriculum webpage.


To find the correlations within the document, scroll to the third section, "Curriculum and Instruction Guide." At the end of each unpacked learning target, there will be a new page with the header "Adopted Textbook Correlations." This page will list the corresponding textbook chapter(s) and some of the learning activities in the online platform.


Keep in mind that the organization of the curriculum is based on state standards, rather than following a textbook exclusively. Although there is substantial alignment between TCI and state standards, there will be many instances of where outside resources will be helpful, and other instances where specific TCI lessons will not apply in a given course.


Please note: The digital subscriptions referenced in these guides will not be available until mid-July

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Canvas Course Curriculum Development

As you read in the May 28 edition of the Core Report, CCS has adopted the Canvas Learning Management System. Course shells will begin to be available in the 2021-2022 school year.


Earlier this month, students at Columbus Downtown HS piloted a sociology course created using Canvas. Students were able to navigate Canvas using the platform Clever. Some of the student feedback included: liked the organization of the course and layout better than Google Classroom; icons on the homepage were helpful; and everything was contained in Canvas without going to outside sites, such the calendar or inbox.


Course content will be phased in over the next few years. There are three phases of course development: (1) Skeleton, (2) Blueprint, and (3) Complete course.

  • Skeleton courses provide a standardized template, course information, module outlines, and learning targets.
  • Blueprint courses include the skeleton course materials and some readings, learning activities and assessments that teachers can assign.
  • Complete courses include blueprint course materials plus additional learning activities that cover most of the needed course content for teachers to assign.


The three phases should be thought of along a spectrum, rather than fixed categories. Canvas can also work in tandem with the newly-adopted textbooks through LTI integration. The social studies courses are under development and will be released in August. See the graphic below. Look for additional training opportunities on Canvas in the coming months.

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Professional Development

Summer TCI Textbook Adoption PD (Updated: June 21, 2021)

In conjunction with the adoption of new textbooks, professional development will be offered this summer to begin the "activation" phase. The PD will introduce teachers to the textbook and teacher resources, digital platform, and active learning strategies (e.g., interactive notebook, visual discovery, experiential learning, skill builders, writing for understanding).


PD will be held virtually via Zoom. Each session will be 3 hours in length, for .3 CEUs and $67.50 stipend.


Register for one or two of the following sessions:

Note: After clicking the link, go to the "Sections" tab and register with the blue button on the right.

  • July 13, 2021 - TCI Overview and Digital Platform
    Middle School - 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Register here
    High School - 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Register here

  • July 14, 2021 - TCI Active Learning Strategies
    Middle School - 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Register here
    High School - 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Register here


  • August 12 - TCI Overview and Digital Platform - Repeat of July 13 (includes New Teacher Orientation)
    Middle School - 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Register here
    High School - 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Register here

  • August 13 - TCI Active Learning Strategies - Repeat of July 14 (includes New Teacher Orientation)
    Middle School - 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Register here
    High School - 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Register here



  • August 19 - TCI Overview and Digital Platform - Repeat of July 13
    Middle School - 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Register here
    High School - 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Register here


  • August 20 - TCI Active Learning Strategies - Repeat of July 14
    Middle School - 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Register here
    High School - 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Register here


Please register at least one week prior to the scheduled event. A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

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TCI Virtual Summer Institute

Teachers' Curriculum Institute (TCI) will hose a virtual summit: Back to School Reimagined. TCI is the publisher of the highly-acclaimed History Alive!, Geography Alive!, Government Alive!, and Econ Alive! programs. TCI is a leader in active learning strategies including interactive notebook, experiential exercises, skill builders, and writing for understanding. This summit is highly recommended for CCS Social Studies teachers.


Event Date & Time:

  • Pre-Summit: Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 9:00 am PT- 10:30 am PT (12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST)
  • Day 1: Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 9:00 am PT- 12:00 pm PT (12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST)
  • Day 2: Thursday, July 29, 2021, 9:00 am PT - 12:00 pm PT (12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST)


Join thousands of educators across the country to learn, share lessons from the past school year, and connect online! You will hear topics on:

  • Culturally responsive teaching
  • Gamification
  • Discussing current events
  • Fostering civil discourse in your classroom
  • Plus more!


Clear here to register for this free event.

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Ideas of Race and Racism in American and World History (Updated: June 18)

The Ohio State University Department of History will offer "Ideas of Race and Racism in American and World History" July 19-23, 2021, held virtually on Zoom.


Topics include:

  • Science, Race, and Society
  • Race, Racism, and the African American Experience in the United States
  • Indigenous Peoples in North America
  • Nazi Racism and Antisemitism


Scholars from The Ohio State University Department of History will lead the content sessions. CCS educators and the OSU Social Studies Education program will facilitate the pedagogy application.


See the flyer below for more information. Application deadline has been extended to June 21.

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Facing History Teaching for Equity and Justice Summit

July 13, 2021 to July 15, 2021, Online

Registration Fee: $50


Across the country, educators and administrators are acknowledging that schools themselves—both the practice of schooling and the outcomes students are achieving—are not equitable across lines of race and class. Facing History and Ourselves has designed a professional development model to help educators address these troubling and historically rooted disparities.


Through interactive and critically conscious pedagogy, educators will examine the history of American education, current systems of inequity, and gain the tools necessary to address these barriers to equity. This summit will feature a live keynote presentation by Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, author of Cultivating Genius, focusing on culturally and historically responsive literacy.


Click here to learn more and register for this event.


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The OER Conference for Social Studies


Emerging Practices for a Post-Pandemic World

August 3-5, 2021


Featuring Keynote Speaker Bryan Stevenson

Founder and Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy.


Join thousands of educators online to discuss how our world has changed and the impact on teaching practices. We’ll explore what history can tell us about this moment, how our view of citizenship has shifted, and what teachers should consider as they shift their practice to meet the challenge. The virtual event includes three keynote sessions, eight live discussions, and close to 70 Track Talks from K-12 educators on key social studies topics. You’ll leave this conference with fresh ideas you can integrate into your teaching practice this Fall, and a community of support to help.


Click here to learn more and register for this free event.

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NCHE Equity Summit: Recovery for Transformation

The National Council for History Education will hold its Second Annual Equity Summit, August 3-4, 2021, to be held virtually. Cost is $25 for members and $50 for non-members. The summit schedule will be available soon.


Register for the 2021 NCHE Equity Summit

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