The Social Studies Connection

More than a Newsletter for Secondary Social Studies Teachers

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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

Summer 2022

In this edition:

  • Student Programs: Whetstone Students Qualify for National History Day Competition
  • Student Programs: Kids Voting Ohio Civic Leaders Summer Program
  • Curriculum and Instruction: TCI End-of-Year Wrap-Up
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Ohio's State Tests Results
  • Professional Development: TCI Summer PD
  • Virtual Professional Development: Echoes & Reflections June Webinars
  • Virtual Professional Development: Non-Traditional Texts for Social Studies
  • Virtual Professional Development: Using Historical Fiction to Teach U.S. History
  • Virtual Professional Development: LearnOn Virtual Conference
  • Virtual Professional Development: OER Conference for Social Studies
  • Face-to-Face Professional Development: Ohio Leadership Summit
  • Face-to-Face Professional Development: Institute on Teaching the Holocaust
  • Face-to-Face Professional Development: Teaching Black History Conference


Whetstone Students Qualify for National History Day Competition

Whetstone High School ninth grade students Jillian Nelson, Jonas Conn and Ellie Dew have qualified for the National History Day Contest in June! Their group documentary, "Toxic Waste Dump: The Debate and Diplomacy Behind the Love Canal," won second place at the Ohio competition in April. Students created this project under the direction of humanities teachers Krista Buckley and Kathy Arnold.

National History Day is an inter-disciplinary, project-based learning program. Students conduct research; analyze and synthesize information from primary and secondary sources; write and present an argument; and create imaginative exhibits, documentaries, papers, performances, and websites.

Congratulations and good luck at Nationals!


Kids Voting Civic Leaders Summer Program

Kids Voting Ohio is excited to announce the Civic Leaders Summer Program!

The Civic Leaders Summer Program provides high-school students with a unique opportunity to earn 10+ service hours this summer. Participating students will collaborate with Kids Voting Ohio to create and implement civic projects that will bring change to their communities.

The free summer program includes an informational session followed with bi-weekly workshops during the months of June and July. Students will implement their civics project during the 2022-23 school year.

Please visit our website for more information at Have questions? Reach out to us at or call (404) 545-4797.


TCI End-of-Year Wrap-up and Summer Procedures

The TCI sync with Clever will be paused for the summer beginning May 31, 2022. This means that no roster changes will be processed after that date. Teachers and students will continue to have access to TCI programs and classes through June 3. Teachers will have access to student data in TCI until June 30. Teachers can download data by using the "Export to CSV" in the upper-right corner of the gradebook.

During the summer, teachers may also add additional programs to their account in order to prepare for next year's courses. However, teachers will not have the permissions to create rostered classes for 2022-2023—those classes will autoroster from Clever when the new school-year begins.

Grade Level/Course Programs:

  • Social Studies 6 - History Alive! 6th Grade (CCS Edition) - This text includes both the Geography Alive and History Alive content for Grade 6 in one custom book. Teachers do not need to add the separate Geography Alive program.
  • Social Studies 7 - History Alive! 7th Grade (OH Edition) - This text includes both the Ancient World and Medieval World texts in one custom book.
  • Social Studies 8 - History Alive! The United States Through Industrialism
  • Modern World History 9 - History Alive! World Connections
  • American History 10 - History Alive! Pursuing American Ideals
  • American Government - Government Alive! Power, Politics, and You
  • Global Issues - Global Issues Alive! (CCS Edition)


Ohio's State Test Results - American History and American Government

Preliminary results for the Spring 2022 Ohio's State Tests are now available. Teachers may access individual student results in the Assessment tab on Infinite Campus.

A brief summary of District results is found below.

American History

  • Highest Performance by Reporting Category: Skills and Documents
  • Lowest Performance by Reporting Category: 1877-1945
  • Largest Gap between State and District Performance by Reporting Category: 1877-1945
  • Smallest Gap between State and District Performance by Reporting Category: Skills and Documents

American Government

  • Highest Performance by Reporting Category: Ohio, Public Policy, Economy (Content Statements 17-21)
  • Lowest Performance by Reporting Category: Founding Documents (Content Statements 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 16)
  • Largest Gap between State and District Performance by Reporting Category: Founding Documents
  • Smallest Gap between State and District Performance by Reporting Category: Ohio, Public Policy, Economy


TCI Summer PD

There are several summer opportunities for refresher or first-time PD for our adopted TCI platform and pedagogy. These are national events hosted by TCI. To earn CEUs for these events, follow the directions on the document here.

Kick Start Your Summer Learning K-12 Social Studies Webinar - June 14, 2022, 3:00 p.m. ET

Whether you are new to TCI or need a refresher, join this webinar to learn about the latest product features and how to make the most of your social studies TCI program.

Register here

Pre-Summit - July 27, 2022, 12:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET

New TCI User Kickstart

Making the Most of Your TCI Account

Connecting Your LMS with TCI

Register here

Virtual Summit - July 28, 2022, 12:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET


Building a Community of Learners


Integrating Civics in Your Classroom

Register here

Back-to-School with TCI for 6-12 Social Studies - August 2, 2022, 4:00 p.m. ET

Whether you are new to TCI or need a refresher, join this webinar to learn about the latest product features and how to make the most of your middle school and high school TCI programs.

Register here

Bring Learning Alive! An Introduction to TCI - August 11, 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

This is a CCS hosted event in conjunction with New Educator Orientation, however, all teachers may attend. The session will provide an introduction to the TCI approach and the digital platform.

Register in PDS here.


Learn TCI at Your Own Pace

In addition to live PD opportunities, teachers can learn TCI at their own pace with these on-demand resources.

Click on the graphic below for the Interactive Guidebook



Echoes & Reflections June Webinars

Echoes & Reflections webinars are designed to increase participants' knowledge of Holocaust history, explore and access classroom-ready content, and support instructional practice to promote student learning and understanding of this complex history and its lasting effect on the world.

Using Photography to Teach the Holocaust

June 1, 2022

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

Timeline of the Holocaust: Other Victim Groups

June 7, 2022

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Using Animations to Teach about the Holocaust

June 14, 2022

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

Perpetrators, Bystanders, and Everyone in Between: Examining Complicity and Responsibility

June 16, 2022

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Teaching with Testimony: Stories of Black American Liberators

June 28, 2022

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET

Click here for more information and registration.


Non-Traditional Texts for Social Studies Instruction, June 21-24, 2022

Non-Traditional Texts for Social Studies Instruction will be part of the OSU Virtual Summer Institute. See details on the flyer below.

The Virtual Summer Institute has limited space available to CCS educators at no charge as long as funding is still available when you officially register with the purchase order code.


Using Historical Fiction to Teach U.S. History Webinar, June 23, 2022

Free webinar, Thursday, June 23, 2022, 7:00 pm ET

Using well-researched historical texts can be a very effective way to fill holes in our students’ understanding of U.S. History, as well as our own. This conversation with author Laurie Halse Anderson will explore diverse perspectives and untold stories of enslaved people during the Revolutionary war, drawing on her research for writing "Chains," and the "American Seeds Trilogy." We’ll also discuss why and how teachers should look for opportunities to incorporate historical fiction into their unit planning, focusing on strategies for teaching the American Revolution by including the stories of marginalized groups who had a profound effect on the war. And we’ll provide a list of recommended resources, including many historical fiction texts across historical eras, appropriate for the classroom.

Click here for more information and registration.


LearnOn Virtual Conference by EVERFI, July 21, 2022

EVERFI's 3rd annual LearnOn Educator Conference offers sessions grounded in teaching the whole child. This year's theme is Forward Together. This is a free virtual event for K-12 educators.

Thursday, July 21, 2022, 11:00am - 3:00pm ET

  • Get lesson freebies and classroom inspiration from 60+ experts in education.
  • E-meet, collaborate and network with fellow teachers and district leaders invested in whole child learning.
  • Receive a certificate for 4 hours of professional development

Click here for more information and registration.


OER Conference for Social Studies, August 3-4, 2022

The OER Conference for Social Studies (OC for SS) is a free online professional development event structured to foster discussion around social studies teaching practices and how to adapt to teaching and learning in or out of the classroom. It combines asynchronous videos with live, online, moderated discussions.

This year's talks will be organized into five tracks, or themes:

  • Assessing Historical Thinking
  • Bringing Context to World Events
  • Crafting Inquiry
  • Literacy
  • Taking Informed Action

Past OC for SS keynotes have included author John Green; civil rights activist Bryan Stevenson; and journalist and historian Jill Lepore, and we have a huge lineup for 2022 that we'll be unveiling over the coming months!

Click here for more information and registration



Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit, June 8, 2022

The 2022 Ohio Teacher Leadership Summit will take place on June 8 at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Professional learning will be delivered by educators from across the state, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education. The purpose of the Summit is to bring together educators from schools, districts and organizations doing innovative work to develop teacher leaders and to share their successes, lessons learned, and strategies for overcoming challenges around teacher leadership implementation. The Summit offers an opportunity to become engaged with a statewide network of teacher leaders and administrators to promote and strengthen teacher leadership in Ohio.

More information and registration are available here.


Institute on Teaching the Holocaust, June 20-24, 2022

Educators are invited to join the Holocaust & Humanity Center in Cincinnati for a five-day institute that will give them effective and engaging techniques for teaching the Holocaust in their classrooms.

For almost thirty years the Roma & Sam Kaltman Institute on Teaching the Holocaust has trained educators to teach the Holocaust effectively; helping their students be the best of humanity today.

At this week-long workshop, you will:

  • Learn how teaching the Holocaust helps your students develop empathy and make personal connections to history.
  • Individualize the history by incorporating the testimonies of local Holocaust survivors with ready-to-implement activities.
  • Explore curricular strategies for both ELA and social studies classrooms that connects historical content with the vital literacy skills students need to succeed.
  • Join a network of Holocaust educators who, along with HHC staff, will support your work in the classroom for years to come.

Housing is available for the Institute at Hebrew Union College. For more information, please contact Jodi Elowitz, Director of Education & Engagement.

Click here for more information and registration.


Teaching Black History Conference, July 22-24, 2022

The Teaching Black History conference is the signature program of the Center for K–12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education at the University of Buffalo. Each year, the conference convenes hundreds of teachers to learn the best curricular and instructional practices surrounding Black history education. We will have featured speakers and entertainment, but the stars of the conference are our teachers. Each conference session is led by a classroom teacher who shares their Black history strategies. The sessions are interactive, so participants will have hands-on experiences to bring to their classrooms.

Conference attendees love Black history. We welcome community educators, parents, school-aged students, librarians, museum curators and anyone who loves to learn about Black history. The conference can be held face to face, virtually, or in a hybrid format. This year's theme is Mother Africa.

Click here for more information.