The Social Studies Connection

More than a Newsletter for Secondary Social Studies Teachers


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Matthew I. Doran

Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator

Office of Teaching & Learning

Curriculum Division

Southland Center

In this edition:

  • Curriculum and Instruction: Constitution Day, September 17, 2022
  • Curriculum and Instruction: TCI Canvas Integration
  • Curriculum and Instruction: History Alive! and Government Alive! Placards for Grades 8-11
  • Professional Development: High School Department Chair Meetings
  • Professional Development: TCI Professional Development
  • External Professional Development: NCHE Equity Summit
  • External Professional Development: Echoes & Reflections Webinars
  • Student Programs: High School Mock Trial Program
  • Student Programs: City Leaders Academy
  • Student Programs: United States Senate Youth Program


Constitution Day, September 17, 2022

September 17 is Constitution Day. The purpose of Constitution Day is to commemorate the signing of the supreme law of the land in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Federal law requires that all schools receiving federal funds hold an educational program for their students on September 17 of each year.

Since September 17 is a Saturday this year, Constitution Day activities should take place on Friday, September 16.

Teacher Resources

Interactive Student Resources


TCI Canvas Integration

TCI, our adopted textbook/digital platform, integrates with the Canvas Learning Management System. When your TCI classes are synced with Canvas, TCI assignments will automatically appear in Canvas. Grades posted in TCI will also sync with Canvas, which in turn will sync with Infinite Campus.

TCI Canvas integration requires three steps:

1. Connect your TCI account to your Canvas account;

2. Pair your TCI classes with your Canvas classes; and

3. Match your students in TCI rosters with your students in Canvas rosters.

Follow the step-by-step procedures here, or view the videos below for directions on using TCI with Canvas.
How-To: Sync TCI Assignments in Canvas


History Alive! and Government Alive! Placards for Grades 8 - 11

Many TCI lessons involve the use of placards. Placards are handouts that engage students in analyzing powerful images, graphs, maps, and primary sources.

Laminated, reusable hard copy placards are included with our adoption for the following courses/grades.

  • History Alive! The United States through Industrialism, Grade 8
  • History Alive! World Connections, Grade 9
  • History Alive! Pursuing American Ideals, Grade 10
  • Government Alive! Power, Politics, and You, Grade 11

To request hard copies of placards for the programs above, use the support request here.

Since Grade 6, 7, and Global Issues are customized courses, hard copy placards are not included in the adoption package. However, placards are available in printable PDF from the "Materials" tab in the digital platform for all programs.


Snapshot of a Successful Secondary Social Studies Classroom

The Snapshot of a Successful Secondary Social Studies Classroom is a guiding tool to help teachers design their classrooms and learning experiences. This is a not checklist or evaluation instrument. It is illustrative, not exhaustive or conclusive. The most recent update of the Snapshot is linked below.

Click on the image below to download a PDF of the Snapshot.


High School Department Chair Meetings 2022-2023

High School Social Studies Department Chairs meet monthly for professional development and to collaboratively help shape CCS Social Studies. This year's meetings will be held on the second Wednesdays of month (except March and April):

  • September 14, 2022
  • October 12, 2022
  • November 9, 2022
  • December 14, 2022
  • January 11, 2023
  • February 8, 2023
  • March 15, 2023
  • April 19, 2023
  • May 10, 2023

Meetings will be 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. The current plan is to hold meetings on Zoom. Department Chairs will receive a Zoom link.

Department Chair appointments are made by the building principal, in accordance with Article 905 of the Master Agreement.

New Department Chairs for 2022-2023 should email Matt Doran to make sure they are on the distribution list for this year.


TCI Professional Development: Learn TCI at Your Own Pace

Click on the graphic below for the Interactive Guidebook



NCHE Equity Summit

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Virtual

Free Registration

In partnership, the National Council for History Education and the National Council for the Social Studies present “In Pursuit of Equity.” The purpose of this Equity Summit is to engage multiple communities in deliberative discussions about opportunities for and challenges to equity in the United States’ past, present, and future.

Drawing upon the complex history of race, ethnicity, enslavement, poverty, and immigration in the American experience, sessions will emphasize opportunities, activism, and student empowerment. This Equity Summit fosters actively engaged and informed communities, fueled by the power of history.


Echoes & Reflection September 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.

The Fate of Jewish Children Under Nazi Control

September 12th, 2022



The Establishment of the Ghettos

September 19th, 2022

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST


Exploring America & the Holocaust

September 21st, 2022

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST




High School Mock Trial Program

Ohio Mock Trial of­fers an in­no­v­a­tive ap­proach to learn­ing the 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 across the state. The state fi­nals are held in the Ohio State­house and the win­ner ad­vances to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Learn more about Mock Trial, including the case information, dates, and deadlines from the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education.

To compete in the Ohio Mock Trial program, each high 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.

Additionally, please contact Matt Doran if you are interested in starting or continuing with Mock Trial. The Curriculum Division will cover the cost of case materials and team competition.


City Leaders Academy

The City Leaders Academy is now accepting applications for the 2022/2023 program. Up until now, this leadership program has been strictly for middle school students (6th-8th grade). This year, we are proud to announce we will now be accepting 9th grade students.

The City Leaders Academy introduces 6th-9th grade students to the leaders and locations that make Columbus a great opportunity city. This leadership academy is designed to educate and accelerate youth to become model citizens and future leaders of our great city. Our programming for 9th grade students will focus on college and life readiness. The ideal candidate for the program should exhibit leadership abilities at home, school and within the community, exhibit great behavior and really want to be part of this great program.

For more information and the full application, see the information here.


The United States Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school seniors interested in pursuing careers in public service. Two student leaders from each state will have the opportunity to spend a week in Washington, D.C., experiencing their national government in action during the annual program in March. Student delegates hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies and participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Students selected to represent Ohio in the national program also receive a $10,000 scholarship. The application deadline is October 17.

To learn more about eligibility and access the application, visit the Ohio Department of Education page here.