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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May 2018

In this edition:

  • New CCS Social Studies Website
  • Student Programs: Centennial HS Youth & Government
  • Student Programs: Ft. Hayes Milo-Grogan History Project
  • Curriculum & Instruction: High School Final Exams
  • Professional Development: Middle School Content Experts
  • Professional Development: Summer Reimagine Me Conference
  • Professional Development: Google Galaxy
  • External Professional Development: OCSS Conference


New CCS Social Studies Website

Columbus City Schools has a brand new website! While the homepage remains accessible from:, internal page names have changed. To access the Social Studies website directly, go to the new URL: You can also access the Social Studies page from the Departments dropdown menu at the top. Please update your bookmarks accordingly.

You will notice a new design for the website, but the content from the old site has been transferred over. If you notice something missing, please let Matt Doran know. We will work over the summer to correct any changed direct URLs listed in district documents.

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Student Programs

Centennial HS Youth & Government

Under the guidance of Government teacher Jennifer LaPlace, students from Centennial HS participated in the YMCA Youth & Government program in April. Youth & Government is a hands-on program held at the Ohio Statehouse. Students write original bills to push through committee, talk strategy, and lobby their ideas. This is truly an awesome experience for students and should give all of us hope for the future of American government! For more information about Youth & Government, go to:
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Ft. Hayes Milo-Grogan Local History Project

For their work in local history, students at Ft. Hayes Arts & Academic HS were recently featured in an episode of WOSU's weekly Columbus Neighborhoods show. Under the direction of Ft. Hayes Social Studies Department Chair Eric East and Doreen Uhas-Sauer of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, students researched the history of the Milo-Grogan neighborhood, near the Ft. Hayes campus. Using maps, photos, and oral histories, students pieced together neighborhood history and connected it to broader themes in American history, including industrialization, urbanization, and civil rights.

Check out the video below to see this outstanding project!


Curriculum & Instruction

High School Final Exams

Per BOE Policy:

All courses granting 1.0 high school credit or more, will administer a final exam. A final exam schedule will be published by the District and according to Ohio’s student attendance requirements, exams will not be administered earlier than the scheduled dates. Seniors with an "A" average in a course may be exempted from a final exam, unless otherwise prohibited by State law.

2018 Final Exams


Teachers may choose to administer the district provided final exam or create their own.

Paper copies order of the district exams were due from the building principals to the CCS Print Shop on May 4. Additional copies may be printed in the building if needed. District exams will also be posted in CiMS for teachers to print bubble sheets on May 18 should they want to scan in results. See scanning directions below.

Students are also able to complete the district exams online. See online testing directions below. Online passcodes will be emailed when the window opens on May 18.

If you plan to create your own exam instead, you are free to modify the district final exam to use as your own. Check your email for editable Word versions (Modern World History, American History, and American Government only). Note that if you do make changes, this exam becomes your own and you will not be able to scan with CiMS to receive scores. You could use a regular scantron instead. Reminder: You only need to print these Word versions if you intend to make changes.


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Middle School Content Experts PD 2018

The Middle School Content Experts program has completed four meetings this year, January 30, February 20, March 20, and April 17 at Linmoor Education Center. The purpose of the Content Experts program is to provide sustained professional development in the area of Pedagogical Content Knowledge.

The Social Studies Content Experts program is focused on the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework. Using the Inquiry Design Model from C3, participating teachers are working in teams to develop an original inquiry and field test the inquiry in their classrooms. At the May meeting, we will finalize C3 inquiries and prepare them for publishing to a wider audience!

The final Content Expert meeting will be held at Linmoor Education Center, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 4:00-6:00 p.m.


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Summer Reimagine Me Conference - June 11-13, 2018

The CCS Academic Services Department will be hosting a summer PD conference, Reimagine Me, June 11-13, 2018 at Columbus Africentric Early College. The focus will be on creating student-centered schools and classrooms. There will be general and content specific sessions.

On June 11, the DBQ Project will present two social studies workshops. The a.m. session will be an introduction the DBQ Project Method. The p.m. session will be an advanced session focused on source analysis, evidence-based writing and feedback. Participants will receive a DBQ Mini-Q binder (a $325 value).

In additional to contracted presenters, there will be teacher presentations during the conference on June 12, including social studies specific sessions. Matt Doran will also be presenting strategies for active student engagement in social studies and technology integration.

The team of 10 teachers selected by the building principal should sign-up for all three days of the conference. Any additional teachers may sign-up for June 11 and/or June 12. CiMS sign-up is school-specific, so be sure to register for your school section(s).


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Google Galaxy Conference - June 4-5, 2018

The CCS Office of Professional Learning & Licensure will host a Google Galaxy on June 4-5, 2018 at the Ohio Union. Register via CiMS ( by searching the following activity numbers: June 4 - 1000030887 and/or June 5 - 1000030888.

Featured keynote presenters Alice Keeler and Matt Miller will also lead breakout sessions during the event.

CCS Social Studies Coordinator Matt Doran will present two sessions at Galaxy:

  • Creating a Digital Interactive Student Notebook with Google Slides - The Interactive Student Notebook (ISN) meets the HyperDoc. Participants will learn how to adapt the popular ISN model for the digital world using Google Slides. HyperDocs provide an inquiry-based experience and the ISN allows students to creatively process key ideas. (June 4)
  • Solve a Mystery and Make a Digital Escape with Google Forms - Gamify your classroom using a digital breakout! In this session, participants will solve a mystery, crack a code, and earn a badge using Google Forms. Participants will learn how to use response validation in Google Forms and generate automatic badges/certificates with the autoCrat Add-on. (June 5)


Ohio Council for the Social Studies Conference - October 15-16, 2018

OCSS is accepting proposals for its annual conference through May 15, 2018. Submit your proposal here.

See the flyer below for additional information and registration link.

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Matthew I. Doran

6-12 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator

Office of Teaching & Learning

Secondary Curriculum Division