May 2021 Social Studies Newsletter

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May 2021

Monthly Virtual Meetings

  • Join other social studies educators at our next monthly virtual meet-up Wednesday, June 2 from 10 - 11 am Central.  Join the National Archives to discuss using cartoons from Clifford Berryman to engage students in a discussion of what Congress is, how it works, and what it does. This is a different link than we have been using so register here.
  • Additional June workshops with the National Archives:
    • The Cold War in Political Cartoons 1946-1963 - June 17 at 9:00 am Central. Join the National Archives to learn how you can analyze political cartoons to engage students in how the United States interacts with the rest of the world. Register here
    • America and the World: Foreign Affairs in Political Cartoons 1898-1940 - June 23 at 9:00 am Central. Join the National Archives to learn how you can engage students in analyzing political cartoons drawn by Clifford Berryman to deepen their learning about topics and major events in U.S. foreign policy. Register here
  • Geography teachers - We will not be meeting in May and June, however, all monthly geography virtual meeting recordings are now posted on the OKAGE YouTube channel.

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to politics, military, medicine, aviation, entertainment, and sports in the United States. The following resources have been collected:  

  • NEA Lesson Plans: The National Education Association has created a list of lesson plans and resources for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade bands. 
  • Library of Congress: This blog from the Library of Congress includes external links to additional resources and readings to support the celebration of this heritage month in classrooms. 
  • Presidential Proclamation: The following links to the text of President Biden’s proclamation of May as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Tulsa Race Massacre Resource Website

To honor the Tulsa Race Massacre victims and their descendents Tulsa Public Schools are pleased to share lesson plans and resources. Visit the website here.

Civics In The Middle Webinar

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Some of the most difficult topics for educators to address in the classroom are current events. How do we approach current events in a way that connects to our content while also allowing opportunities for both discussion and engagement? This webinar will share virtual resources that can be used to address current events from a civics lens. The Lou Frey Institute will discuss its Civics in Real Life series, a weekly series which uses civics concepts to explore current events in a one page, student friendly, image rich text. This includes hyperlinks to related content and a closing activity that encourages reflection and engagement. The webinar session will discuss ways in which this resource can be integrated into both face to face and virtual instruction while also discussing the use of the free Civics360 content platform as a means of building foundational knowledge through a virtual resource. 

May 19, 2021 3:30 pm 


AP Summer Institutes

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This summer, the OSDE will partner with the University of Oklahoma and Northeastern State University to offer AP Summer Institutes (APSI). The Institutes will be offered online and are tuition free to any Oklahoma educator (teachers will need to pay a $50 registration fee). Both universities will offer various sessions with the goal of reaching both veteran and novice AP teachers.

NSU APSI Offerings

  • AP Art & Design
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP English Language & Composition
  • AP English Literature & Composition
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Physics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish
  • AP Statistics
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP World History

For more information, including session dates, registration, etc., visit the NSU Advanced Placement Summer Institute site

OU APSI Offerings

  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP English Language
  • AP English Literature
  • AP European History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP Statistics
  • AP U.S. Government
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP World History

For more information, including session dates, registration, etc., visit the OU Advanced Placement Summer Institute site.

Engage OK in the Cloud

Join the Oklahoma State Department of Education's annual summer education conference for free online professional development.

This 3-day conference will be online with breakout sessions via Zoom. After registering, your confirmation email will include a link for access to the conference. Find agenda and other information here.

Check out the social studies session on June 22 10:30 am - 12:00 pm - One Stop Shopping for Social Studies: Teaching and Assessment Ideas From the Social Studies Curriculum Frameworks. Recommendations from veteran Oklahoma social studies educators are featured in the newly revised and enhanced curriculum frameworks, offering inquiry-based lessons, classroom-ready resources, and samples of engaging formative assessment ideas to let students show what they know and determine student needs. 

How We Argue: Using Intellectual Charity to Help Students Discuss Current Issues

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Intellectual charity is the skill we practice when we listen to and think carefully about other people's arguments - especially when we disagree. Being “charitable” in this context means treating other people’s arguments how you want them to treat yours: give people the benefit of the doubt, and try to assume best intentions. It sounds simple, but this skill is hard to practice when you disagree strongly. 

Why does intellectual charity matter? If a discussion in your classroom has ever devolved into a wave of assumptions, faulty evidence and emotional appeals, you may have experienced the frustration of arguing without an honest exchange of ideas. Or perhaps you have avoided discussing certain topics altogether, with legitimate concerns about how the conversation could go wrong.

Join Harvard Fellow Nate Otey to learn a simple, practical set of tools that you can use to improve your students' intellectual charity skills so that they can discuss current issues with both empathy and evidence.

When: Tuesday July 27, 9-11:30am Central Time (with stretch breaks!)
Where: Zoom - link will be sent to registrants beforehand 

Register Here

Teaching about the Holocaust 2021 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 Holocaust 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 Details:

  • Virtual event - June 24, 2021 9 am  - 4 pm
  • An introduction to online resources
  • A lecture on teaching the Holocaust
  • A 3-hour Echoes and Reflections teacher training

Register here

For more information, contact Charolotte Decoster @

Teaching the History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict Using Primary Sources Summer Institute

The Institute for Curriculum Services is hosting a virtual Summer Institute on Teaching the History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict using Primary Sources exclusively for Oklahoma teachers, and they are currently accepting applications.

What: 3-Day Virtual Summer Institute on Teaching the History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict Using Primary Sources to develop a deep, historical understanding of the conflict, learn new strategies for engaging students with primary source documents, and colloborate with fellow educators. Participants will receive a catalog of resources and lesson plans for instruction, and earn $150 stipend.

When: June 1-3, 2021 (9 am - Noon Central Time)

Where: Zoom

Apply here

OER Conference for Social Studies

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A free, online social studies conference for K-12 brought to you by the OER Project.

Join thousands of educators online August 3-5, 2021 to discuss how our world has changed and the impact on teaching practices as we reenter the classroom. Presenters will explore what history can tell us about this moment, how our view of citizenship has shifted, and what teachers should consider as they shift their practice to meet the challenge. The virtual event includes three keynote sessions, eight live discussions, and close to 70 Track Talks from K-12 educators on key social studies topics. You’ll leave this conference with fresh ideas you can integrate into your teaching practice this Fall, and a community of support to help.

Learn more and register >

Oklahoma Summer Social Studies Conference

As you are closing out this very special year, the social studies conference committee is working on finalizing the details for a fantastic Summer Social Studies Conference. For now, save the date to be in-person at the Oklahoma History Center on July 22nd. Registration will open in the next few weeks.

Please sign up below to be notified when registration opens for the conference. Please use an e-mail address you will check during non-school times.

Sign Up

Personal Financial Literacy Summer Academies

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is excited to partner with the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education to offer two free summer workshops for educators responsible for providing instruction on Personal Financial Literacy.

  • PFL Summer Academy I                                                                                                          June 15-17, 2021                                                                                                                            Register here                                                                                                                                  Sessions will be organized around state standards and focus on interactive learning. Middle and High School teachers will explore a variety of free high quality resources. This academy is designed for teachers new to teaching PFL
  • PFL Summer Academy II                                                                                                            June 22-24, 2021                                                                                                                          Register here                                                                                                                                  This academy is designed for educators who have been teaching personal financial literacy for 3 or more years and/or have attended a summer academy. Participants will discuss, review and reflect on interactive learning strategies with industry leaders at both the state and national level and will also develop a lesson plan.                                                                                                                                          

The White House Historical Association Teacher Resources

Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The White House Historical Association is excited to share the White House 360 Virtual Tour and the White House Video Tour with you. Each tour focuses on the public rooms of the White House. The video tour features a collection of short videos narrated by our historians and the 360 virtual tour is a fully-interactive exploration of the public spaces. 

The White House Historical Association invites you to explore the People's House using these new resources and to share them with all the learners in your life. To accompany teachers and students on the tours, The White House Historical Association has created digital notebooks that are accessible in virtual, in-person, and hybrid learning environments. The digital notebooks feature vocabulary, reflection questions, and other activities to encourage students to deepen understandings and create meaning in their exploration of the "People's House."

Explore this new resource and other resources here.

2021 Virtual White House History Teacher Institute

At the Virtual White House History Teacher Institute, you will explore how the White House building has changed over time and learn stories of individuals that have influenced the space from first families, to enslaved women and men, foreign visitors, curators and the American public.

This free teacher professional development is a five-day summer program hosted online by experts from the White House Historical Association. The Institute features discussions with historians, virtual tours, inquiry-based learning activities, special speakers, exclusive access to resources, and networking with fellow educators from across the country.

In summer 2021, we will again be offering the program in a free, virtual format. The five-day program will be hosted via Zoom from July 12-16, 2021 from approximately 1:00pm eastern to 3:00pm EST. The program is open to all K-12 educators.

Registration is open now and closes July 8, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

Learn more and register here.

2021 Virtual Three Branches Institute

​​​​​In collaboration with the United States Capitol Historical Society and the Supreme Court Historical Society, the White House Historical Association is pleased to invite you to participate in the inaugural Three Branches Institute.

At the Institute, you'll learn from each organization above about their respective branch of government. Discover new ideas for teaching about the three branches in your classroom, explore new resources, and network with fellow educators. 

The Institute will be held virtually from July 20-22, 2021. 

Register here.

Save the Date

  • National Archives Virtual Workshop- July 27 at 1:30 p.m. - details coming soon!
  • Back to School Bash at the Oklahoma Science Museum August 19, 5:30-7:30 - details coming soon!