November 2020

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November 2020

Monthly 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 December 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 December 82020 at 4:00 p.m. The meet-up is geared for teachers of grades 4-12. Join using this Zoom link and the password is 092908.

OCSS Virtual Conference

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Hey Social Studies friends, save the date for the Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference. This year we are “Going Viral”. Instead of a traditional one-day conference, we will be holding virtual breakout sessions at 4:30 PM on each evening of January 12th, 19th, & 26th.  Several breakout session choices will be offered each day, all of which will be recorded so you can attend one and still see the others later! Due to the nature of this year’s conference we are able to host presenters who typically couldn’t travel to our conference. You’ll get to meet NCSS President Stefanie Wager from Iowa, Joe Schmidt from the Maine State Department of Education, Nate Otney from Harvard’s Department of Philosophy, NCSS Board Member Tina Ellsworth from Kansas, NSSSA Board Member Glen Wiebe from Kansas, and Dr. Adam Tyner from the Fordham Institute, along with several of your Oklahoma favorites. Save the dates - more details to come!

NCSS First-Timer Scholarships

Are you a social studies teacher interested in attending the National Council for the Social Studies Conference for the first time? It is a virtual conference the first week of December. Did you know there are scholarships available? Information here.

United States Senate Youth Program

The 59th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, awards two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Delegates hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Each delegate is awarded a $10,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies. 

USSYP is limited to juniors and seniors who are currently serving in any one of the following student government offices:

   a. student body president, vice-president, secretary, or  treasurer

   b. class president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer

   c. student council representative

   d. national honor society officer

   e. student representative elected or appointed to a district,  regional, or state level civic           or educational organization          

The USSYP Washington Week will be held online the week of March 14, 2021. The exact timeframe of the program is to be decided. Two students from each state will be selected to attend the online program and each will receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. Students may qualify to apply through leadership positions they currently hold per the USSYP official criteria for the current 2020-2021 academic year. If students are unable to hold leadership positions this year due to the pandemic, they can submit the position they held during the 2019-2020 academic year. All student leadership qualifying positions are subject to the judgement of the state selection administrator and will be verified and confirmed. Access the USSYP Brochure here.

Oklahoma applications can be accessed here and are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 30, 2020Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Finalists will be notified by December 31, 2020. Finalists will be required to attend a virtual interview the week of January 11-15, 2021. On the basis of the personal interview, essays, letter of recommendation, and application, judges will select two student delegates to represent Oklahoma and a first and second alternate. The two students chosen to represent Oklahoma as delegates and the two students chosen as alternates will be notified by the middle of February.

For additional information contact Brenda Beymer-Chapman

Oklahoma City National Memorial Essay Contest

Oklahoma City Memorial Survivor Tree

We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity.
Memorial Mission StatementThe Memorial’s Mission

The Mission Statement was created by a 350-member task force that was brought together by an
unspeakable act of terrorism. On April 19, 1995, one hundred and sixty-eight individuals were killed in the
bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Within months, survivors,
family members, first responders and community members united to create the Oklahoma City National
Memorial & Museum.

Those involved in the Memorial process had to learn to listen to other perspectives, share their personal
opinions and practice patience and civility all while working through their own grief and vulnerability. Though
the discussions were difficult and emotional at times, everyone was committed to ensuring those who were
killed, those who survived and those changed forever would always be remembered.
The essay committee at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is deeply interested in how
engaging in civil conversations have made a difference in your life and how respectful discussions can lead to
a kinder, gentler world.

Find essay rules, prompts and prizes here. Deadline is February 21.

OKAGE Postcard Contest


It's Geography Awareness Week! National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week 25 years ago to raise awareness for geographic literacy and to excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life! There is still time to enter OKAGE's Postcard Contest, entries must be postmarked by December 1st, 2020.

Pay Tribute to Ancestry and Tradition With Primary Sources

November is National Native American Heritage Month!

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

Put the power of primary sources to work in the classroom. Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids.

Native Knowledge 360

Use the Native Knowledge 360 resources to help you teach more accurately and think more broadly about the Thanksgiving story. Find even more educational resources from NK360°, and check out the museum's Thanksgiving online resources.”