OK Social Studies June 2020

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June 2020

Introducing the Oklahoma Social Studies Curriculum Framework

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is excited to announce the publication of the new Oklahoma Curriculum Framework for Social Studies.

With the adoption of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Social Studies (OAS-SS) in spring of 2019, it has been the priority of the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to ensure all Oklahoma educators are provided with the opportunity to deeply understand the intent of the standards, while supporting educators with resources that support implementation of those standards. The Oklahoma Curriculum Frameworks were developed by Oklahoma educators for Oklahoma educators to meet these goals.

The curriculum frameworks provide a detailed breakdown of the intent of each of the objectives in the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Social Studies as well as examples of what teachers may do to support students with those objectives and what students may be doing if they are achieving those objectives. The curriculum frameworks also identify key concepts and common misunderstandings associated with each objective and provide sample lesson ideas and inquiry-based tasks, accompanied by correlating primary and secondary instructional resources to support ambitious teaching and learning in the social studies classroom.

To learn more about the Oklahoma Curriculum Frameworks for Social Studies and how teachers and schools can utilize them to plan for instruction next year, join me at Engage OK in the Cloud July 17 from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. the session titled, Social Studies Framework: Comprehensive Standards-Aligned Resources. Register here.

Tulsa Race Massacre Institute Webinar Series for Oklahoma Educators

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission in partnership with Tulsa Public Schools presents a four part Tulsa Race Massacre webinar series. The webinar series is a special opportunity for Oklahoma Educators to learn about the history and legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Through moderated discussions with historical experts and community leaders, Oklahoma educators will gain insight into how they can incorporate the history of the race massacre into their classroom curriculum. The webinar will be held May 20, May 27, June 3, and June 10 from 4:00-5:30 pm.  Register here

  • Session 1 (May 20):   Tulsa's Greenwood District Before the Massacre featuring Hannibal Johnson  
  • Session 2 (May 27):   Understanding the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre featuring Dr. Karlos Hill
  • Session 3 (June 3):    Legacies of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre featuring TBA
  • Session 4 (June 10):  Teaching Hard History featuring TBA     

Social Studies Virtual Meet-Ups

Join other social studies educators in our monthly meet-ups the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00. The next meeting will be June 2, 2020 with special guest Sarah Dumas who is the Education Director at the Oklahoma History Center.  This meeting is a recurring meeting so this zoom link will work for all meetings. The password is 981251. 

  • June 2, special guest Sarah Dumas from the Oklahoma History Center
  • July 7, special guest Karen Leonard from the OSDE discussing technology platforms
  • August 4, special topic will be Action Civics

Geography Virtual Meet-Up

Save the Date! Geography teachers are invited to join the OSDE and teachers around the state for a Geography Virtual Meeting on July 14, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The meet up is geared for teachers of grades 4-12.  Join OKAGE presenter Professor Gary Gress to discuss teaching the concept of regions. The zoom link is https://zoom.us/j/92066553935 and the password is 259475.

Engage OK in the Cloud

Join us for Engage OK in the Cloud July 15-17.  Join other social studies teachers for the following sessions:

  • Teaching the Tulsa Race Massacre in High School - July 15, 2020 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Description - Explore resources and lessons for teaching one of Oklahoma's most historically significant events - the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
  • Social Studies Framework: Comprehensive Standards-Aligned Resources - July 17, 2020, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Description - Oklahoma teachers have developed guidance and resources to help you learn about the new social studies standards, including instructional resources and ideas to help engage your students. 

Register here

Summer Social Studies Conference

Save the Date!  The Summer Social Studies Conference, "Overcoming Tragedy Through Triumph" is scheduled for July 28, 2020 at the Oklahoma History Center. The conference has a great line up of amazing content material to kick start the new school year! Dr. Karlos Hill will serve as the keynote speaker on the Tulsa Race Massacre. The discussion and presentation will be geared towards teaching during these changing times.  Registration information coming soon.

Teaching About the Holocaust Workshop: Inspiring Upstanders

Join the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, Echoes and Reflections, the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City and the University of Oklahoma Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies for a comprehensive, virtual teacher workshop to learn more about the Holocaust and its impact on history.

This Oklahoma Academic Standards-aligned workshop provides the necessary resources and tools for U.S. history, social studies, world geography/history and language arts educators to teach a unit on the Holocaust and inspire students to be Upstanders.

Program highlights include an introduction to online resources and lesson activities and a lecture on teaching the Holocaust.

June 10, 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Register here

For more information, contact Charlotte Decoster at cdecoster@dhhrm.org.

Study of Historical Fiction Books 3rd - 8th Grade

Dr. Kristy Brugar (University of Oklahoma) and Dr. Annie Whitlock (University of Michigan-Flint) are conducting a study of the historical fiction books often used by 3rd-8th grade teachers for social studies instruction. The findings will contribute to educational research in the area of social studies teacher education. They are looking for teachers to complete a one-time survey which will take no more than 30 minutes. If interested, please follow this link: https://ousurvey.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebtrtj3u4xhOHIN