August 2020

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August 2020

Virtual Meetings

  • Join other social studies educators in our monthly meet-ups the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. The next meeting will be on September 1, 2020. This meeting is a recurring meeting so this Zoom link will work for all meetings. The password is 981251.
  • Geography teachers are invited to join the OSDE, the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education, and teachers around the state for a Geography Virtual Meeting on August 11, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The meet-up is geared for teachers of grades 4-12. Join OKAGE presenter Dr. J. Scott Greene using this Zoom link and the password is 092908.

Debut of Next Steps Guidance

New, more in-depth guidance is coming soon for social studies teachers, with sections on standards and pacing, effective instructional routines, considerations for in-person, blended, and distance learning, classroom assessment, social and emotional well-being, equity and inclusion, connection and integration with other disciplines, and safety considerations. 

We will host different, grade-banded virtual meetings to debut this updated, more detailed Return to Learn Social Studies guidance.

  • Monday, August 10th at 3:30 p.m. for PreK and Kindergarten - Join Here
  • Monday, August 10th at 4:00 p.m. for Grades 3-5 - Join Here - PW 685936
  • Thursday, August 13th at 4:00 p.m. for Secondary Social Studies - Join Here - PW 459501
  • Friday, August 14th at 3:oo p.m for Grades 1-2 - Join Here - PW 753849

Bill of Rights Institute

Bill of Rights Institute
  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, our new, free digital U.S. History resource has been released. You can sign up for a free account here.
  • They are releasing at least two videos a week during the school year, including new webinars, scholar talks with many of the scholars from Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and close readings of primary sources with BRI staff and guests. They are also releasing new Homework Help videos in the coming weeks on Federalism, Incorporation, and the landmark Supreme Court case of Plessy v. FergusonSubscribe to our YouTube channel for notifications of all new releases.
  • We are less than three months from election day and to keep your students engaged, they will be releasinga new Think the Vote debate topic every week starting next week until the November 3rd election. Browse the list and see if there are any topics you'd like to use for  your own classroom purposes.

"Click and Go" Historical Inquiry for K-5 Classrooms

History's Mysteries

History's Mysteries is a ready-to-use K-5 curriculum. History's Mysteries also has virtual teaching tips! Engage your students in historical inquiry by working through sources to solve a mystery. Students will be experiencing what historians actually do and learning historical thinking skills. Visit History's Mysteries here.

Registration Open for NCSS Virtual Conference

National Council for the Social Studies

Join the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the American Bar Association (ABA) Division for Public Education, and the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) from the comfort of your home or office from December 4-6, 2020 during the NCSS Centennial Celebration.

This Year's Theme: "Advancing Social Justice"

See the rates and sign-up now!

Receive over 200 hours of social studies professional learning programming and networking opportunities with social studies professionals from around the world. Sign up to receive conference updates and announcements as they develop.

100 Years of Women's Suffrage From PBS

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2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted women the constitutional right to vote. This collection of video clips, lesson plans, and primary source documents detail key figures, events, and regional movements in the decades-long fight to win the right to vote for women in the United States.  Explore the collection here.

Unladylike2020 honors the centennial of women's suffrage. These digital resources present the rich history of 26 little-known Progressive Era women, diverse in profession, race, ethnicity, and geographical and class backgrounds, who broke barriers in the then-male-dominated fields such as science, business, journalism, exploration, and the arts. View the resources here.

Carrie Chapman Catt devoted most of her life to the expansion of women's rights nationwide and around the world, and is recognized as one of the key  leaders of the American women's suffrage movement. Her political strategies and organization skills contributed to the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Agust 18, 1920.  Learn more here.

FREE and hopefully STRESS FREE: Securities Department Virtual Investor Education

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WHY? Do you know the difference between a stock and a bond? What are your investment objectives? What is your risk tolerance when investing? Do you know the significance of asset allocation and diversification? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone. However, these matters are critical to your financial security and that of all Oklahomans.

WHAT? A mission of the Oklahoma Department of Securities (Department) is to teach students (and teachers) to be financially secure. The Department offers a free virtual learning opportunity for students in grades 9-12 through STARS (Students Tracking and Researching the Stock Market). STARS is an investor education and fraud awareness program that satisfies the savings and investing components for the 14 points of financial literacy.

HOW? One option is for the Department to provide an online instructor to guide students through the program. Students will learn to research stocks, assess risk, set financial goals, create online stock portfolios, and track results – knowledge that will positively impact the students for the rest of their lives. At the end of instruction, students will have an opportunity to write a report for the chance to win a $1,000 award.

Alternatively, any teacher who is interested in teaching the STARS program can use the FREE teacher resources available on the Department’s website, The resources include instructional videos, documentaries, classroom activities, and supplementary materials. Department staff is also available to help lead teachers through the teaching process. After training and implementation of the program, participating teachers are eligible for a classroom gift.