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

April 2022

In this edition:

  • Curriculum and Instruction: Financial Literacy Resources
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Public Comment on Student Interactions with Peace Officers Model Curriculum
  • Teacher Opportunities: Teachers' Dream Grant
  • Student Programs: Junior Achievement Career Adventures for Grade 6
  • External Summer Professional Development: OSU Summer Institute
  • External Summer Professional Development: Teaching Black History Conference

Financial Literacy Resources

To meet requirements for instruction in financial literacy in the state of Ohio, CCS incorporates economics and financial literacy into social studies courses in grades 6-8, HS American History and HS American Government. CCS curriculum maps draw special attention to this topic in the fourth quarter.

Topics to be addressed in financial literacy include:

  • Financial Responsibility and Decision Making;
  • Income and Careers;
  • Planning and Money Management;
  • Consumerism;
  • Investing;
  • Credit/Debt; and
  • Risk Management and Insurance.

While there is no minimum amount of instructional time required, the time allotted should be sufficient enough to address each topic meaningfully.

The following financial literacy resources are available free for CCS classrooms.

Middle School:

  • Practical Money Skills - Students can prepare for the real world with these activities. Lessons include making financial decisions and credit card basics.
  • EVERFI Future Smart - The interactive lessons will engage learners in an immersive adventure that translates financial concepts into easy to apply experiences that help students develop strategies for managing future finances. EVERFI is available through CCS Clever.

High School:

  • Next Gen Finance - The Unit library includes lessons, interactives, assessments and other resources for engaging students with quality personal finance curriculum.
  • EVERFI Financial Literacy - The interactive lessons in this financial literacy course translate complex financial concepts and help students develop actionable strategies for managing their finances. EVERFI is available through CCS Clever.


Public Comment on Student Interactions with Peace Officers Model Curriculum

The Ohio Department of Education has extended the public comment period for the draft model curriculum for instruction in grades 9-12 on interactions with peace officers until 4 p.m. on April 4. The education community and public are invited to provide suggestions for improving the model curriculum through a public comment survey.

Ohio law requires schools to provide instruction on student interactions with peace officers within at least one course required for high school graduation. The first group of students expected to receive this instruction will be students entering grade 9 for the first time on or after July 1, 2022. Districts determine locally which graduation courses include this instruction and the instructional time needed to provide the instruction established in this model curriculum.



Apply for a Teachers' Dream Grant

Multiple grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 will be available to all Columbus City Schools teachers to assist in their attempts to improve teaching and learning. The grants give teachers an opportunity to develop meaningful, creative, and innovative experiences for their students along with financial support. The purpose of this grant is to support teachers in their efforts to be change agents for themselves and their students. Projects that lead to transformative action that addresses injustices in our society will receive priority.

Applications must be completed and submitted online by April 22, 2022 before 4:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE to APPLY using your ILead Login and Password



Junior Achievement Career Adventures for Grade 6

The JA Career Adventures encourage students to determine WHO they want to be before they can figure out WHAT they want to be! Students are encouraged to “be open to exploring ALL OF THE THINGS that make you so fantastically, extraordinarily YOU!”

There is no cost to participate in this program. The program was released in November and available, per each teacher's schedule, until mid-June.

Our philosophy is that we can only teach kids who want to be taught so the Adventures are intentionally fun, engaging, colorful, surprising, positive and easy-to-read. Based on teacher feedback from last year, the JA Career Adventures also includes voice-over narration for students who may struggle reading.
  • Students use a Venn Diagram as they discover their Personality, Skills, Interests and Values. The intersection of those four circles is their Happy Place: a successful rewarding career
  • Students navigate ten lessons about Career Readiness and Financial Literacy, then participate in a Holland Codes Interests Survey. Based on the results of the survey, students are directed to investigate Career Clusters
  • Students see how their education affects their career which affects their lifestyle
  • Program includes vocabulary words, quizzes, scavenger hunts, videos, stickers, GIFs, Fun Facts and Things You Can Do Now suggestions!

Link to the JA Career Adventures Demo (teachers must sign into the lead form to access)

Link to the JA Career Adventures Teacher's Guide

Link to the JA Career Adventures Standards Alignment

JA Career Adventures Registration


Pete Crozier

Vice President, Innovative Program Development

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio

68 E. Second Avenue | Columbus, OH 43201

614.704.2532 |



OSU is again holding a Virtual Summer Institute with 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. Online workshop options include topics on meeting mental health needs of K-12 students, educator wellness and burnout, overcoming systemic racism in schools, literacy, teaching for equity and social justice and technology as a learning tool.

Apply for CCS funding using the form here.

  • Upon pre-registering, we will then send you the purchase order code via email. You will then need to enroll yourself in the course using the purchase order code.
  • Workshops will fill on a first come first served basis. Space is limited/funding is limited. Even if you have the purchase order code, you might still not make it into the course as teachers from several districts will also be registering.
  • Credits: Participants will receive documentation for the successful completion of their workshops. No university credit will be earned as the workshops are based on OSU continuing education credits. Contact hours, listed as credit hours on the Summer Institute website, are defined as time spent under scheduled instruction, which can be synchronous or asynchronous. Documentation of completion of the workshops may be submitted to the LPDC Committee for CEUs. Click HERE for directions on how to request CEUs upon completion of your workshop(s).
  • If you make it into a course(s) via the CCS pre-registration process, please attend the workshop(s) as you will be taking a seat and CCS will be funding your seat. If you find you are unable to attend, please let me know immediately so we may offer the spot to one of your colleagues.

Contact Karmen McCaslin with any questions - 614-365-5039;


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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.