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

Matthew I. Doran

Secondary Social Studies Specialist

Office of Teaching & Learning

Curriculum Division

Southland Center

August 2021


In this edition:

  • Curriculum and Instruction: Curriculum Map Updates
  • Curriculum and Instruction: TCI Adoption
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Cengage AP Adoption
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Academic Elective Resources
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Canvas Course Curriculum Development
  • Professional Development: TCI Self-Paced PD
  • Student Programs: New Statewide Kids Voting Ohio Organization
  • Student Programs: Youth at the Booth
  • Student Programs: Civic Action Project Support


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Welcome to 2021-2022!

Welcome to CCS Social Studies for the 2021-2022 school year! As we prepare to return "all in" this year, these are exciting times for CCS Social Studies. In June, the Board of Education approved our adoption of TCI's History Alive!, Geography Alive!, Government Alive!, and Econ Alive! programs for all core 6-12 social studies classes. This summer over 150 social studies teachers attended professional development to learn about the digital platform and TCI's powerful active learning strategies.


Additionally, our Advanced Placement courses have a new program for the first time in 15 years, with the adoption of the Cengage Learning AP textbooks and MindTap platform.


This year new courses in Latin American Studies and Women's Studies will add to our rich array of offerings and strengthen our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion commitment. We have also refreshed some of our existing Academic Elective courses with powerful trade book titles and other resources.


Careful readers of The Social Studies Connection will notice a new subtitle for this year: "More Than a Newsletter." Indeed, The Social Studies Connection is not just a one way street of communication. It is about building a collaborative community of professional learners. In the coming weeks, you will learn more about our new collaborative virtual space, where you will be able to share ideas, resources, and questions with your social studies colleagues.


I look forward to partnering with you in our ongoing journey of preparing students for success in college, career, and civic life! Please do not hesitate to contact me for any questions or support.


- Matt Doran

Curriculum Map Updates

The CCS Social Studies Curriculum Maps are the primary tools to guide social studies curriculum, instruction and assessment. Each Curriculum Map consists of three components: Year-at-a-Glance, Scope and Sequence, and Curriculum and Instruction Guide. The Year-at-a-Glance provides a high-level overview of the course by grading period. The Scope and Sequence provides a detailed overview of each grading period. The Curriculum and Instruction Guide provides direction for standards-based instruction.


The 2021-2022 Curriculum Maps reflect the adoption of the TCI textbooks and digital platform. To find the appropriate textbook lessons, scroll (or click) to the Curriculum and Instruction Guide section of the document. Following the Unpacked Standards, Content Elaborations, Instructional Strategies, Sample Assessments and Performance Tasks, and Instructional Resources, you will find a separate page labeled Adopted Textbook Resources. The page is included for each Learning Target in the course.


Keep in mind that the textbook is one resource that helps you meet the required standards in each course. In some instances, there are many more textbook lessons than a teacher likely could use in a given year. You may also find it advantageous to use additional resources (also linked in guide) for some standards. In short, allow the standards and the curriculum to drive instruction and the textbook and additional resources to support the curriculum.


Access the Curriculum Maps directly from the Social Studies Curriculum page here.

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TCI Adoption

CCS is excited to launch a new partnership with Teachers Curriculum Institute (TCI) for implementation of its highly engaging and successful programs: Geography Alive!, History Alive!, Government Alive!, and Econ Alive!


CCS has a long history with TCI that began in 2004 with the implementation of weeklong History Alive! training as part of the History Works grant project. While the textbooks and digital platform are new, many CCS teachers will recognize elements of the TCI approach, known for its active learning strategies, including interactive student notebook, experiential exercises, response groups, visual discovery, and social studies skill builders.


Each school has received class sets of textbooks based on available information in Infinite Campus. Additionally, all teachers will have access to the TCI digital platform. When school begins for students (August 26), teachers and students will access TCI via the Clever platform.


Because Infinite Campus does not populate student data into Clever before the first day of student attendance, teachers will need to use direct log-in to the TCI platform until August 26. If you attended summer PD, you already have a direct log-in account with your district email address. If you do not remember the password, you can click on the "forgot your password" link to reset it. If you did not attend summer PD but would like access before August 26, please submit the form here. After August 26, you (and your students) will log-in through Clever.


A grade-by-grade breakdown of TCI resources is posted below.

TCI Adoption for Middle School Social Studies

Social Studies 6
  • Hard Copy Class Sets: History Alive! The Ancient World and Geography Alive! Regions and People
  • Digital: History Alive! CCS Edition: This is a custom edition created specifically for CCS and aligned with the order of the CCS curriculum map. It includes both the Ancient World and Geography Alive! content integrated into one product. Grade 6 standards are primarily concept and skill-based standards, rather than lists of content facts. It is not necessary to use all the lessons in this program to meet the standards. Geography standards, for example, may be incorporated into lessons on ancient history or the modern world.


Social Studies 7

  • Hard Copy Class Sets: History Alive! The Ancient World and History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond - The Medieval World is backordered until October.
  • Digital: History Alive! OH Edition: This is a custom Ohio edition. It includes both the Ancient World and Medieval World and Beyond content integrated into one product.


Social Studies 8

  • Hard Copy Class Sets & Digital: History Alive! The U.S. through Industrialism. The digital and hard copy are the same. State standards and district curriculum conclude with the Reconstruction Era.
  • History Alive! The U.S. through Industrialism Teacher Placards. This is a hard copy package. These will be sent to teachers via CCS office mail.


All teacher materials are contained in the digital platform. Teacher materials can be projected in presentation format and/or printed as PDF files. There is no teacher's wrap-around edition. All student materials can be accessed via the digital platform and/or printed as PDF files. This includes the textbook, interactive notebook and lesson handouts.


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TCI Adoption for High School Social Studies


Modern World History 9
  • Digital and Hard Copy Class Sets: History Alive! World Connections
  • History Alive! World Connections Teacher Placards. This is a hard copy package. These will be sent to teachers via CCS office mail.


American History 10

  • Digital and Hard Copy Class Sets: History Alive! Pursuing American Ideals
  • History Alive! Pursuing American Ideals Teacher Placards. This is a hard copy package. These will be sent to teachers via CCS office mail.


American Government

  • Digital and Hard Copy Class Sets: Government Alive!
  • Hard Copy Class Sets: Econ Alive!
  • Government Alive! Teacher Placards. This is a hard copy package. These will be sent to teachers via CCS office mail.


Economics

  • Digital and Hard Copy Class Sets: Econ Alive!
  • Econ Alive! Teacher Placards. This is a hard copy package. These will be sent to teachers via CCS office mail.


Global Issues
  • Digital Only: Global Issues Alive! This is custom CCS digital only book aligned with the order of the CCS Curriculum Map.


All teacher materials are contained in the digital platform. Teacher materials can be projected in presentation format and/or printed as PDF files. There is no teacher's wrap-around edition. All student materials can be accessed via the digital platform and/or printed as PDF files. This includes the textbook, interactive notebook and lesson handouts.


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Advanced Placement Textbook Adoption

The Social Studies Textbook Adoption Committee has recommended, and the Board of Education has approved, the Cengage Learning Advanced Placement textbook series for all AP social studies courses. This includes:
  • Human Geography: A Spatial Perspective (APHUG)
  • The American Pageant, 17th Edition (APUSH)
  • The Earth and Its People, 7th Updated Edition (AP World History)
  • American Government, 16th Updated Edition (AP Government & Politics)
  • Psychology: Themes and Variations (AP Psych)


AP teachers have received a temporary username and password to the Cengage NGL MindTap platform. We will provide an an update when the platform is available for you and your students via Clever.


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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Academic Elective Resources

Last year we began a review of our curriculum to look at ways of highlighting and amplifying issues of diversity, race, inequality, and social justice. To that end, we revised many of our course curriculum guides and anchored all courses with the Big Six Ideas and Overarching Essential Questions in 2020-2021.


In 2021-2022, we have taken some additional steps in this domain with the addition of two new courses to meet the Academic Elective requirement: Latin American Studies and Women's Studies.


Latin American Studies provides an overview of the history of Latin America and examines the historical and contemporary experiences of Latinx immigrants and their descendants in the United States. Deliana Soto (Beechroft HS) and Katie Ross (Beechcroft HS) developed a curriculum map for this course. Two texts will help anchor the course: Born in Blood and Fire:

A Concise History of Latin America and Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America.


Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on the contributions, ideas, experiences and roles of women in both historical and contemporary society. Organized thematically, this course examines the powerful role of women and gender in the economy, education, family, government and science. Leanne Sunderman (Columbus North International) developed a curriculum map for this course. Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks will support student learning in this course.


African American Studies is one of our most longstanding and popular Academic Elective courses. In addition to the course curriculum and textbook, copies of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds) are now available to support student learning in this course. A free Educator's Guide for this book is available online.


To request copies of these titles for your Latin American Studies, Women's Studies, and African American Studies courses, please complete the form here.

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Canvas Course Curriculum Development

In June, the District's new Department of Learning Technology took over leadership of the Canvas Learning Management System. If you have logged into Canvas recently, you may have seen the following message:


  • "Student Access for SY 21-22
    Attention Teachers! Welcome to the CCS Canvas LMS! At the beginning of the school year, teachers have access to Canvas through Clever for ongoing professional development, TBT, and admin purposes, but the students do not.
    Even though you may see students rostered in your SY21-22 course sections in Canvas, they will not be activated through Clever. Only after a course blueprint has been created and approved, and users of that course have been trained in Canvas will a course Blueprint be replicated out to a teacher's IC sections and student access granted.
    Teachers interested in creating blueprint content for specific grade levels will be able to apply for a potential extended-time opportunity. More information will be shared at the start of the school year."

Some have asked: Where do we currently stand in CCS Social Studies with respect to Canvas courses?


Over the summer a team of teachers, along with social studies coordinator Matt Doran, worked on Blueprint Social Studies courses. Thank you to Eric East (Ft. Hayes), Hannah Green (Whetstone), Allison Lewis (Whetstone), Johnny Merry (Ft. Hayes), Brandy O'Hearn (Columbus Downtown HS), Jonathan Ryder (Briggs HS), Katie Ross (Beechcroft HS), Brittany Sherman (Columbus Downtown HS), Keiko Sjostrom (Walnut Ridge), Deliana Soto (Beechcroft HS), Tina Sturgeon (Columbus Downtown HS), and Leanne Sunderman (Columbus North International) for your commitment and hard work this summer.


Eight HS Social Studies Blueprint courses have been submitted for approval. "Light" Blueprints are designed to supplement the adopted TCI platform for core HS social studies classes. The activities fill gaps and enhance the TCI materials. These consist mainly of current events assignments, source analysis assignments, vocabulary activities, and video segments. "Detailed" Blueprints are for courses that do not have new adoption. In addition to the above-cited activities, these courses also have textbook-like readings with accompanying assessments.


As additional information on course approval and training becomes available, you will receive updates via email.


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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

TCI On-Demand PD

If you were unable to attend the TCI Summer PD, you can take advantage of the self-paced options below.


For future reference, these links will remain on the "Featured Resources" on the right side of the Social Studies homepage for the duration of the school-year.


You can watch one of the webinars below to learn how to navigate your TCI resources, how to use TCI's Lesson Guides, and what resources are available to your students. Note: This is a general presentation, and may vary in some ways from the CCS subscription.

Middle School Social Studies Program Overview
High School Social Studies Program Overview

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STUDENT PROGRAMS

New Statewide Kids Voting Ohio Organization

Kids Voting Ohio offers free non-partisan voter preparedness and civic education programs for Ohio Schools. Note that KVO is a new statewide organization, not connected with the previous Kids Voting Central Ohio that is no longer in operation.


Kids Voting Ohio programs include:

  • Mock Elections
  • Student Scholarships
  • Voter Registration Drives
  • Student Events and Activities
  • Standards-Aligned Curriculum
  • Educator and Voter Resources
  • Meet Your Ohio Leaders Video Library


Teachers can access the free curated curriculum from the Kids Voting Ohio website here.


Stay tuned for additional information on training opportunities to learn about: an overview of KVO programs, mock election set-up, scholarship opportunities, and Q & A. You can also reach out to Project Director Matina Bliss (matina@kidsvotingohio.org) to learn more about KVO programming and support.


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Youth at the Booth

As the Kids Voting Central Ohio organization is no longer in operation, the Franklin County Board of Elections has assumed responsibility for Youth at Booth, an opportunity for high school seniors to work at the polls.


Teachers should contact the Youth at the Booth Coordinator at 614.525.5731 or email lagatton@vote.franklincountyohio.gov. Deadlines for General Elections are varied and based on the beginning date of each school.


Please see the Franklin Board of Elections YAB page for more complete information and forms: https://vote.franklincountyohio.gov/Poll-Worker/Youth-at-the-Booth.

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Civic Action Support (CAP) from the Constitution Rights Foundation

Civic Action Project (CAP) is a project-based learning model for civics and government courses. It offers a practicum for high school students in effective and engaged citizenship and uses blended learning to engage students in civic activities both in and out of the traditional U.S. government classroom.


CAP is managed by the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF). CCS has a long history with CAP, having served as one of three pilot districts in the country with funding from Annenberg Foundation from 2004-2007.


Although CRF is based in California, CAP Senior Program Director Sarah Badawi is currently based in Akron, Ohio and available for support for CCS teachers. Please feel free to reach out to Sarah for support if you are implementing CAP in your classes this year, sarah@crf-usa.org.


Stay tuned for further CAP connection opportunities coming this year.


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