Social Studies Scoop

A Monthly Bulletin for 6-12 Social Studies Teachers in CCS

Preparing students for success in college, career, and civic life


www.ccsoh.us/socialstudies

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March 2019


In this edition:

  • Professional Learning: Get ConnectED in CCS: Empowering Learners
  • Professional Learning: Middle School Content Experts PD
  • Curriculum and Instruction: State Standards Revision Transition
  • Ohio's State Tests: Edulastic Assessments for American History & American Government
  • Ohio's State Tests: Level-Up Newsletters
  • Student Programs: EVERFI Scholarships
  • Student Programs: Spring Debate
  • External Professional Development: Gilder Lehrman WW I Workshop


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Get ConnectED in CCS: Empowering Learners

Join us for Get ConnectED in CCS: Empowering Learners on March 23. Register now on PDS.
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Middle School Content Experts PD 2019

The Middle School Content Experts have held two PD meetings this year. Designed to help refine teachers' Pedagogical Content Knowledge, this year's program is focused on disciplinary thinking skills within the C3 Framework.


In session 1, we began by sharing about our formative experiences as social studies students. Teachers shared stories about classes that inspired them and shaped their thinking about social studies education. (See images below.)


Session 2 focused on strategies to meet disciplinary thinking skills for History. Teachers used the Diamond Nine strategy to analyze causes of the Civil War and the Fall of the Roman Empire.


Still to come: Solving Economic Mysteries (session 3), Geoliteracy (session 4) and Civic Virtues and Democratic Principles (session 5).


Remaining Content Expert meetings will be held: March 12, April 9, and May 7. All meetings are 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Southland Center, 3700 S. High Street. A make-up session will be held on April 16.

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Curriculum & Instruction

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State Standards Revision

Ohio's Social Studies Standards were revised and approved by the State Board of Education in 2018. The revisions are minor; mostly involving changes in wording of a few Content Statements. There are also a few additions, subtractions, and grade level moves at some grade levels. See the crosswalk documents linked below for full details.


Transition to the revised standards will take place over a period of three year (including this current school year). State Tests in American History and American Government will continue to be aligned to the 2010 standards through the 2019-2020 school year.


CCS will use the following transition timeline:

  • 2019-2020 - Revised (2018) Standards for Social Studies 6, 7, 8, and Modern World History 9 - Revised Curriculum Maps and Clear Learning Targets published in summer 2019.
  • 2020-2021 - Revised (2018) Standards for American History 10 and American Government 11 - Revised Curriculum Maps and Clear Learning Targets published in summer 2020. State Tests aligned with 2018 Standards.

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Ohio's State Tests

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New Edulastic Assessments for American History and American Government

Formative assessments aligned with each lesson in the CCS American History and American Government curricula are now available on Edulastic. You can access these assessments from the learning modules on Ohio Test Prep or using the direct links below. The assessments can be used for practice by clicking on the green "Preview" button in the upper right corner. No log-in is required to practice. Alternatively, teachers can copy the assignments to their own classes using the blue "Assign to your class" button. Students can use their Google accounts to log-in.



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American Government



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Level-Up Weekly Newsletter

Be sure to check your email each of the next six weeks for the weekly Level-Up newsletter. Previous editions are available on the Social Studies Newsletters page.


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Student Programs

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Spring HS Policy Debate Competition

The spring debate competition will be Thursday, April 18th at Capital University. Students will debate the resolution:


  • Resolved: The Columbus City School District should reduce the number of schools it operates.


For resources and registration information, check out the Spring 2019 Debate folder: https://tinyurl.com/debatehsSpring19


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EVERFI Financial Literacy Scholarships

National ed-tech leader, EVERFI, is in town and creating availability to connect with teachers/ counselors about a $2,500 scholarship opportunity for Columbus CIty Schools students grades 9-12 through Fifth Third Bank. Michelle, our local contact, is looking to visit each CCS high school to host a scholarship and financial literacy workshop for any and all interested students, in partnership with a teacher or guidance counselor. During this period-long workshop, she will help students complete activities on personal financial literacy, then ensure they are entered into the statewide scholarship contest before the session ends. This is open to grades 9-12 and EVERY student is eligible to participate. Michelle can do this on a small classroom level scale, or school-wide/grade-level wide- it is flexible!


Counselors/teachers, please contact Michelle Fugate at mfugate@everfi.com or

614-596-9324 ASAP to reserve your scholarship workshop date.


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External Professional Development

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Gilder Lehrman World War I Workshop with Professor Hasan Jeffries

In honor of the centennial anniversary of America's participation in WWI, join the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the WWI National Centennial Commission for a full-day professional development session for Columbus, OH teachers on Saturday, March 9th.


Free breakfast, lunch, and classroom materials will be provided as well as a $40 participation stipend!


In the morning, you will hear a content lecture by Ohio State University Professor and author of Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt, Hasan Kwame Jeffries. In the afternoon, you will dive into pedagogy and integrated literacy strategies with one of our Master Teachers.


Click here to register.


Please register by clicking on the button on the top right. Note that the address you enter will be the one we send the stipend to 2-3 weeks after the workshop - please make sure you enter your correct, preferred address.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email education@gilderlehrman.org. Thank you!


When: March 9th, 2019 9:00 AM through 3:00 PM

Location: Hilton Columbus Downtown

401 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215


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Matthew I. Doran

Secondary Social Studies Specialist

Office of Teaching & Learning

Curriculum Division

Southland Center

3700 S. High Street

Suite 125