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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January 2018

In this edition:

  • Social Studies Course Sites & Model Lesson Updates
  • Middle School Content Experts Professional Development
  • Summer PD Save the Dates: Google Galaxy and Reimagine II
  • Hosting Civil Conversations Newsela Webinar, January 11
  • Advanced Placement Summer Institutes
  • National World War II Museum Summer Teacher Institute
  • Ohio University Online Master of Social Science Degree


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Social Studies Course Sites & Model Lesson Updates for HS Modern World History and American History

The migration of the World History and American History Model Lessons to Google Drive is now complete. This migration also included content changes to the lessons, assessments, and resources.

All of the lessons and resources are now fully editable in Google Docs format. To edit, select "File" and "Make a copy" to save the document to your Google Drive--do not request edit access. Note also that the graphic organizers in the docs (vocabulary organizers, causes/effect charts, etc) are also editable by double clicking on the image. If you are posting to Google Classroom, select the option "Each Student Gets a Copy." Students can type answers directly in the blank spaces and tables and double click to add answers to graphic organizers.

You can access the Model Lessons from the Social Studies Course Sites webpage: The Course Sites are maintained on G Suite, so you will need to enter your CCS email address and password to access the sites. If you receive a "404 D" message, you are not logged in to Google with your CCS account--you may be logged in with a personal account instead.

In addition to the Model Lessons, the Course Sites also contain correlated links to DBQ Online, Reading Like a Historian, Newsela, and CommonLit.


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Middle School Content Experts PD 2018

The Division of Secondary Curriculum will once again be offering the Content Experts program for any teacher of grades 6-8. 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 will focus on the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework. Using the Inquiry Design Model from C3, participating teachers will work in teams to develop an original inquiry and field test the inquiry in their classrooms.

Content Expert meetings will be held at Linmoor Education Center on the following Tuesdays: January 30, February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 15, 2018.

Click here to complete the application for the Content Experts program. Please apply by January 25, 2018. See the flyer below for additional information.


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Summer PD Save the Dates: Google Galaxy (June 4-5) and Reimagine II (June 6-7)

The CCS eLearning Committee in partnership with the Office of Professional Learning and Licensure will be offering a two-day Google Galaxy on June 4-5, 2018. Google Galaxy includes workshops for beginning, intermediate, and advanced users. Registration and details will be available soon.

The Office of Teaching & Learning will present Reimagine II, a conference for middle and high school teachers, June 6-7, 2018 at Columbus Africentric Early College. Stay tuned for registration information and a call for presenters.



External Professional Development

Hosting Civil Conversations: Newsela Webinar, January 11, 2018

Hosting Civil Conversations: A Partner Webinar with Constitutional Rights Foundation

Thursday January 11, 2018, 6:30PM ET

Many recent news stories have been shocking, violent, and tragic. Classrooms are often the first places students have an opportunity to critically discuss these events. To help teachers guide these difficult conversations, Newsela is partnering with Constitutional Rights Foundation to demonstrate how their civic approaches can be used with Newsela’s content.

To register for this free webinar, go to:


Advanced Placement Summer Institutes

Note: CCS teachers should first contact the CCS Gifted & Talented Department regarding procedures for AP summer training and/or required Gifted PD hours.

AIU Advanced Placement Summer Institute

June 25-28, 2018

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Social Studies workshops offered this summer (Click on title below to register):

AP US Government & Politics **2018 College Board Course Redesign**

AP Economics (macro & micro)

AP European History

AP Human Geography **New Offering**

AP Psychology

AP US History

AP World History

Some scholarships from the College Board are available if you apply before February 15. Check them out HERE.


Paul Cindric
Curriculum & Instruction Coordinator
Teaching and Learning

Allegheny Intermediate Unit
475 East Waterfront Drive, Homestead, PA 15120
412-394-4940 (office)


National World War II Museum Summer Teacher Institute

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has opened up applications for its third annual Summer Teacher Institute. Participants spend a week here at the Museum learning from top WWII scholars, analyzing artifacts in our vault, and practicing strategies for making World War II more relatable and interesting for to day’s students.

Participants also earn six hours of graduate credit and have the opportunity to travel to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for an extended look at WWII sites on Oahu. Perhaps best of all, the program (including travel) is free for the thirty or so teachers we accept each year.

Full details and the application are located at:

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2018.


Ohio University Online Master of Social Science Degree

The Master of Social Sciences focuses on social sciences content, and students with undergraduate experience in social science courses do very well in the program. For teachers, this means learning more about the subjects, rather than focusing on teaching methods.

A high level of professional motivation and a desire to learn more about content in the social sciences is a shared characteristic of all students in the program. This degree is not intended as preparation for students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree.

M.S.S. courses are taught by Ohio University faculty who are renowned in their scholarly disciplines. Dr. Brian Schoen, the program director, advises the students in the program.

Classmates stay connected through Ohio University's Blackboard online course system. Each course features discussion forums, email and online chats that engage participants in exciting collaborative learning.

For more information, see the following webpage:


Matthew I. Doran

6-12 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator

Office of Teaching & Learning

Secondary Curriculum Division