February 2021

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February 2021

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 March 2, 2021. 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 March 9, 2021 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.

One Document, One Hour Series for Oklahoma Teachers

The Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies and Teaching American History present the following One Document, One Series for Oklahoma Teachers.

Six Big Ideas in the Constitution of the United States

The Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and the National
Archives Foundation are pleased to present a free online workshop for both
middle school and high school teachers in Oklahoma that uses primary source
documents to show how educators can teach the 6 Big Ideas in the U.S.
Constitution. Led by the Center for Legislative Archives Outreach Supervisor Charles
Flanagan, the workshop focuses on teaching the foundational principles that
shape the Constitution and the institutions that bring its design to life. Thus,
students learn the significance of the guiding principles of our nation's framing
document and the importance of participatory government it creates and
reinforces. Sessions are approximately 60 minutes and will be available on:
March 9 at 3:30pm (CST)
March 25 at 3:30pm (CST)
March 30 at 4:30pm (CST)

The Economic Influence of America's Black Banks

Join this Federal Reserve Education event in Discussing Race and Inequality in the Classroom series. Teachers, students, and professors are welcome to attend as we address income disparity, financial service inequity, generational wealth gaps, and more.
Learn about these relevant topics and enhance students' knowledge by registering for this free virtual event. It will include highlights from the recently published book, "Let Us Put Our Money Together: The Founding of America's First Black Banks," followed by a panel discussion on factors and solutions for wealth disparities among different racial and ethnic groups.

This event is Thursday, February 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Register here.

NEH Landmarks Workshop: The Long Road From Brown

Teachers (grades 6-12) are invited to participate in a virtual workshop on school desegregation in Virginia following the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision. Teachers will virtually interact with leading historians in the field, engage historic sites and archives, and will discuss curricular and teaching techniques related to this subject.

This workshop unveils the unknown stories of school desegregation in Virginia and throughout the nation after the U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. It highlights the role African Americans played in bringing about Brown, the state's determined resistance, the processes that led to initial and then token school desegregation, the eventual integration of public education, and the slow decline of school integration in recent decades. 

Participants will receive a stipend of $1,300. Please apply by March 1, 2021 to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks Workshop, The Long Road From Brown.

Workshop dates: July 11-16 and July 25-30, 2021

The workshop will be held virtually. Activities will be conducted synchronously and asynchronously on the internet. There is no residental component.

Visit https://sites.wp.odu.edu/thelongroadfrombrown/ to learn more.

KEY Conference Virtual Professional Development Madness

The University of Oklahoma is hosting the Third Annual KEY (Keep Educating Yourself) Conference, Virtual PD Madness. The KEY Conference is an opportunity to learn new things, engage with teachers from across the state, and interact with OU faculty on a wide variety of topics from the importance of childhood play to teacher advocacy and Dreamland Burning to writing across the curriculum. See a complete list of offerings and access the Zoom links at https://www.ou.edu/education/news/21-key-conference
This year's conference will be held throughout the month of March with two Zoom sessions (75 minutes) each Saturday morning.  There is no cost or pre-registration required.  Professional development certificates will be given for each session attended (up to 10 hours throughout the month). 

Social Studies teachers might be interested in these offerings:

  • Writing Across the Curriculum, March 20, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
  • Dreamland Burning with Kristy Bruger and Craig Hill, March 20, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 
  • Become a Play Warrior - Play based learning - March 27, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m

Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World Virtual Teacher Workshop


Join the National Cowboy Museum for a professional development opportunity for teachers grades K – 12 in collaboration with the College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma. The workshop will be held on February 27, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Explore the religious and ceremonial activities, farming and hunting practices, and daily life of the Spiro people. Learn how a “Little Ice Age” may have led to the site’s ultimate abandonment and what lessons may be learned as we face our own ecological changes today. The exhibition also showcases contemporary Indigenous art pieces that explore the ideas of origin and connect the art and artistry of the Spiro people to their modern descendants.

Learn more and register here or call (405) 478-2250 ext. 280. 

Holocaust Educator Training

Yahad-In Unum Webinar Training
Holocaust by Bullets in the Occupied Soviet Territories
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City and The Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies at the University of Oklahoma are pleased to offer this important training at no cost to Oklahoma educators. Participation will be limited to educators currently in the classroom and for whom Holocaust studies is included in at least one of their classes.

Registration is due by March 1, 2021. We will maintain a waiting list once the session has been filled. Please contact Roberta S. Clark, Executive Director, Jewish Federation, if you have any questions (Direct/405-286-1488 or Email/roberta@jfedokc.org).

Register here.

The International Conference on WWII

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans invites you to attend the International Conference on World War II. The International Conference on World War II is well known for bringing together greatest-in-their-field minds to speak on the latest and greatest works and findings in the field of World War II studies. This year, thanks to the support of the Pritzker Military Foundation, on behalf of Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the March 5 & 6 Conference is entirely virtual and entirely free. While many of its sessions focus on the key battles and personalities of the war, the museum always strives to include programming on lesser-known subjects and locales not often discussed in traditional presentations, as well as on the uniquely tragic event that is the Holocaust.

A World at Arms: World War II’s Forgotten Fronts
March 5 | 3:45 p.m.–4:45 p.m. CST

While D-Day, Iwo Jima and Kursk are well known to the learned WWII aficionado, this truly was a global war. Gerhard Weinberg, PhD, one of the world’s leading authorities in the field, will chair the session and discuss some of the lesser-known and far-away areas. He will be joined by Michael Neiberg, PhD, who will discuss the East Africa Campaign of 1940-1941 and the critical role the actions there played. Neiberg has studied this campaign extensively, including making an official visit to Ethiopia with the Army War College. This session will surely put viewers existing knowledge in a broader context.

Never Forget: Preserving and Teaching Holocaust History
March 6 | 10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m. CST

This session will feature leading scholar and author Alexandra Riche and Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum Director Paul Sparrow. These two, who will be joined by the Museum’s own Jason Dawsey, PhD, will discuss how the Holocaust is taught in Europe and the United States as well as how historic institutions and museums present this most sensitive of subjects. Incorporating Holocaust Studies within the broader field of World War II history, this is sure to be an important and memorable session.

For the complete schedule, or to register to virtually attend our International Conference on World War II, please visit ww2conference.com.

The National WWII Musuem Special Programs

"Give Us Faith: African Americans and The Home Front": A Conversation with William Sturkey, PhD and Jason Dawsey, PhD on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST. Join for an engaging discussion about African Americans’ contributions on the Home Front and how they helped lay the groundwork for the post-war Civil Rights Movement. Register here.

American Liberators of the Holocaust on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST.  Students and teachers join museum educators to discuss the few Americans who saw the atrocities of the Holocaust with their own eyes. The Allied soldiers who first entered the Nazi death and labor camps scattered across Europe are called Liberators. Watch as students from New Orleans interview the new interactive biography featured in the Museum’s special exhibit: Dimensions in Testimony: The Story of Alan Moskin. Mr. Moskin was drafted into the military at 18 and served in the United States Army during World War II. In May 1945, his Company participated in the Gunskirchen Concentration Camp’s liberation, a Mauthausen sub-camp. This webinar is appropriate for grades six and up. Register here.

World History Project

Looking for a standards-aligned, infinitely adaptable world history course that connects the past to the present, with an eye to the future? Check out the World History Project (WHP): free, open, and online for everyone. WHP features skills and approaches that prepare students to become the next generation of great thinkers and problem solvers.

  • Critical thinking - Students consider important questions, gather and analyze evidence, and build informed arguments in a way that is applicable across all discplines.
  • Reading - Students develop close reading strategies to help them analyze, evaluate, and use a variety of sources.
  • Writing - Carefully scaffolded writing activities develop this key skill throughout the course.
  • 8 Core Skills - Reading, writing, claim testing, sourcing, causation, comparions, contectualization, continuity, and change over time.

WHP emphasizes the importance of usable history. Connecting the dots of history - people, places, and events - into coherent narratives helps students make sense of, and prepare for, the world they live in today. And the "s" in "narratives" is essential: Students should recognize the danger of a single narrative. The usability of history and power of narratives are concepts that are embedded in engaging articles and videos featuring experts and educators. 

WHP is also a community that supports, inspires, and evolves together, sharing the best insights, trends, and industry research in support of a range of learning environments. Whether you are teaching in a classroom or at a distance, WHP is designed to fit in a range of contexts, no matter the learning environment. Leveled articles, video transcripts, and engaging activities meet students where they are with what they need and are optimized to be used with your current LMS. WHP is built to give you the flexibility to meet your school's specific requirments. Visit the WHP website at oerproject.com or email team@oerproject.com.

Personal Financial Literacy Professional Development Series

The Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education are proud to anounce a video professional development series for personal financial literacy. There are presently three videos with more to be recorded soon. 

To find new modules as they are added go to  https://sde.ok.gov/personal-financial-literacy

There is also a new updated lesson for the Economic Reasoning module. Find the new lesson here.

Classroom Resources