Social Studies Scoop

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

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

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April 2019

In this edition:

  • Curriculum & Instruction: Census Statistics in Schools, April 1, 2019
  • Curriculum & Instruction: Financial Literacy State Requirements
  • Curriculum & Instruction: EVERFI Blended Learning Platform
  • Curriculum & Instruction: Free Financial Literacy Curriculum and Lesson Plans
  • Professional Development: Middle School Content Experts
  • Professional Development: Reimagine Me Summer Conference


Curriculum & Instruction

Census Statistics in Schools Campaign, April 1, 2019

The Ohio Census Advocacy Coalition is working to promote participation and awareness about the census across the state on Monday, April 1, 2019, which is officially one year out from 2020 Census Day on April 1, 2020.

The Census Statistics in Schools Campaign is a partnership with education stakeholders across the state to encourage teachers of students in all grades to discuss the census and complete a Census Statistics in Schools activity.

CCS Social Studies recommends the following activities or lessons for 6-12 social studies:

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

For additional activities and warm-up, see the Census Statistics in Schools website.


April is designated as National Financial Literacy Month. This edition of the Scoop provides you with resources for financial literacy instruction.

Financial Literacy State Requirements

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. Although instruction in economics and finance may occur throughout the course, the CCS curriculum maps draw special attention to this topic in the fourth grading period.

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 articles below highlight instructional resources to assist with financial literacy integration.

Click on the image to download a printable PDF File.


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EVERFI Blended Learning Platform

EVERFI's virtual courses in Financial Literacy, Civics, and African American History are available free to CCS teachers and students. These courses provide engaging video tutorials, animations, and assessment activities. Student receive digital badges as they complete activities and earn a certificate for completing the courses.

Register for EVERFI courses at For questions or assistance in setting up EVERFI courses, contact Michelle Fugate at:

EVERFI is sponsored by 5/3 Bank.

EVERFI Workshops and Scholarships

EVERFI Schools Manager, Michelle Fugate, is creating availability to connect

with counselors about a $2,500 scholarship opportunity for CCS students grades 9-12

through Fifth Third Bank. Michelle 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. Last semester, a student at Columbus Downtown High School was awarded a scholarship, and so we strongly encourage you to get your students involved again this semester!

Counselors/teachers, please contact Michelle Fugate at or

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


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Free Financial Literacy Curriculum and Lesson Plans

Check out the resources below for high-quality, turn-key, and FREE financial literacy curriculum.

Practical Money Skills

Next Gen Personal Finance

National Endowment For Financial Education High School Financial Planning Program


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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.

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.

Solving Economic Mysteries was the focus of Session 3. Participants used the principles of the Handy Dandy Guide and Fifty Nifty Econ Cards to explain everyday economic situations at the historic Southland Mall Loews Theater. (See images below)

The final sessions for the year will focus on Civic Online Reasoning and Active Digital Citizenship (April 9) and Geoliteracy (May 7). A make-up session will be held on April 16. All meetings are 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Southland Center, 3700 S. High Street.


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Reimagine Me Summer Conference

The CCS Academic Services Department will be hosting a summer PD conference, Reimagine Me, June 3-4, 2019 at the Convention Center. The focus will be on creating student-centered schools and classrooms. There will be general and content specific sessions. See your building principal if you would like to be included in the team of 10 from each school to attend the conference.


Matthew I. Doran

Secondary Social Studies Specialist

Office of Teaching & Learning

Curriculum Division

Southland Center

3700 S. High Street

Suite 125