September 2021

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September 2021

Free OSDE Regional Workshops Fall 2021

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is excited to announce free, professional learning workshops, led by the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, for the 2021-2022 school year. These three-hour workshops will be held in five different regions of the state and are designed to support educators with effective instructional strategies and resources aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards. 

Social Studies Workshop

Inquiring Minds: Exploring Instruction and Assessment Ideas from the Oklahoma Social Studies Curriculum Frameworks

Participants will explore the guidance and resources found in the new social studies curriculum framework which offers sample inquiry-based lessons, classroom-ready resources, and formative assessment designed to elicit student thinking.

In-person workshops run from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Seating is limited, so be sure to register using one of the links below: 

  • Tuesday, September 28th at Tulsa
  • Thursday, September 30th at Chickasha
  • Thursday, October 21st at Alva
  • Tuesday, October 26th at Durant
  • Thursday, October 28th at El Reno

For those unable to attend the in-person workshops, a condensed virtual option will be available, recorded and published. Be sure to use the registration link below for the Zoom information.

  • Monday, November 1st, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm  Virtual

Please note that added safety measures are being taken at each location to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Each session has been designed to provide ample spacing for participants, and tables and chairs will be cleaned prior to session start times. Mask wearing will be highly encouraged, and additional measures will be implemented throughout the session to allow participants to feel comfortable while engaging in professional learning activities.

If you have additional questions, please email

To see dates, locations, and session topics for all of the professional learning workshops, visit

Family Guides

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If you are looking for a great resource to share with families at conferences or family nights, check out the family guides created by OSDE.

The OSDE Family Guides are resources aligned with the Oklahoma Academic Standards and developed specifically for Oklahoma families to complement classroom learning. They illustrate what is expected of students at each grade level in different content areas along with activities families can do at home to further support children's learning experiences.

There are family guides in the content areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies for students in grades Pre-K through grade 6. Translations are available in either English or Spanish.  

To access the family guides for your grade, in either English or Spanish, click on the corresponding links in the table below.

Family Guides in English

Family Guides in Spanish





Grade 1

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Grade 2

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Grade 3

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Grade 4

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Grade 5

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 6


Please note that the Social Studies guides are being updated to more accurately reflect the revised Social Studies standards and the ELA guides will be updated for the 2022-2023 school year.  We will publicize the updated guides as soon as they are ready.

United States Senate Youth Program

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The 60th 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  the week of March 5, 2022. The exact timeframe of the program is to be decided. Two students from each state will be selected to attend the 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 2021-2022 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 October 1, 2021Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Finalists will be notified by November 1, 2021. Finalists will be required to attend an interview in November 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 December 31, 2021.

For additional information contact Brenda Beymer-Chapman

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The following are resources to use in your classroom:

  • The Library of Congress has created a primary source set containing images, audio, maps, and lesson plan ideas for bolstering lessons on Hispanic Heritage.
  • Bolster a Hispanic Heritage classroom discussion or lesson plan with the United States Census Bureau's stories, population data, and trade figures.
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities has lesson plans and resources for teaching about Hispanic Heritage Month.

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum offers interactive lesson plans for students in grades 3 to 12 that address the 9/11 attacks, their ongoing repercussions, and the history of the World Trade Center. Lessons plans are divided by grade level and theme. 

The September 11, 2001 Documentary Project at the Library of Congress

The September 11, 2001 Documentary Project captures the reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Patriotism and unity mixed with sadness, anger, and insecurity are common themes expressed in this online presentation of almost 200 audio and video interviews, 45 graphic items, and 21 written narratives. Some of the interviews are from people who were in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon during the attacks, but the majority of the interviews are from other parts of the U.S. — from those who first heard the news on television or radio, and from teachers, friends, family, and other members of their communities. In all, materials were received from 27 states and a U.S. military base in Naples, Italy. View the project here.

Smithsonian Educator Day

Celebrate "Educator's Day" on September 17th

As part of the Smithsonian's 175th anniversary celebration, PreK–12 educators from across the nation are invited to participate in this free, all-day virtual event. Programs will bring together teachers and museum educators to explore opportunities to collaborate, learn from each other, and discuss the future of education. 

September 17 | 8 AM - 4 PM PDT | Learn more and register

The Constitution's Birthday Celebration

Join the National Constitution Center for The Constitution’s Birthday Celebration, Preamble Reading and Kids Town Hall: Favorite Historic Figures
11 a.m. ET
Join the National Constitution Center to wish the Constitution a happy 234th birthday LIVE from the museum on Independence Mall! President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen will be joined by some famous faces from history for a special reading of the Preamble to the Constitution. Following the reading, join the Kids Town Hall With Favorite Historic Figures. The Constitution may have been written in 1787 by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention, but it has also been impacted by many people and events over the last 234 years, including during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras and by amendments, court decisions, legislation, and more, making our democracy more embracive. During this special program, visitors will have the opportunity to “meet” famous figures from throughout constitutional history and hear about the ways they shaped the Constitution.
Register Here 

The National Archives Presents We Rule: Civics for All of US

We Rule: Civics for All of US is a new national civic education initiative from the National Archives that promotes civic literacy and engagement. The interactive distance learning programs taught by National Archives educators located nationwide draw upon the vast holdings to promote the knowledge, skills, and dispositions students need for civic engagement in the 21st century.

The Constitution Rules! for Grades K–2 (Register for the 30-minute program)

Students will explore the idea of different responsibilities in their community and analyze images that highlight the jobs of the three branches of government as outlined in the Constitution.

  • September 15, 16, and 17 at 10 a.m. ET
  • September 22, 23, and 24 at 2 p.m. ET

The Constitution and Our Community for Grades 3–5 (Register for the 45-minute program)

Students will explore the idea of community, hone their primary source analysis skills by examining government records, and connect the Constitution to their own lives.

  • September 15, 16, and 17 at 2 p.m. ET
  • September 22, 23, and 24 at 10 a.m. ET

Library of Congress Constitution Day Resources

On September 17, 1787, the final draft of the Constitution was signed by 39 delegates. The document was then sent to the states for ratification, and went into effect on June 21, 1788 when New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution.

In celebration of Constitution Day, the Library of Congress has compiled a variety of materials from across its collections. Explore these rich resources and features to learn more about one of America's most important documents. Resources and lessons here.

Celebrate Constitution Day with the Bill of Rights Institute on September 17th, 2021

Constitution Day Live! is a hybrid streaming program that features direct live engagement with educators and students coupled with pre-recorded segments and published in-class materials to promote the study of the Constitution and Constitutional issues on Constitution Day. Sign up here!

Constituting America Constitution Day Program

On Friday, September 17, the nonpartisan educational foundation, Constituting America, is hosting a series of nine 25 minute workshops on the U.S. Constitution, moderated and led by Actress Janine Turner, with Constituting America’s student contest winner panelists!  Students, teaching students about the U.S. Constitution and talking about how the Constitution applies to their specific interests and abilities!    

 This is the type of program you and your students can drop in for one or more sessions, or stay all day!  Click here for the full schedule, to learn more and to sign up!  All times listed are in the eastern time zone! Click here for a direct signup link to sign up now!  

 As a special offer to your school, Constituting America will send pocket Constitutions to any class that signs up!  Just email Terry, at .  Include what session(s) your class intends to view, and how many in your class, as well as your school’s mailing address.  

Lincoln and Reconstruction Seminar

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Teaching American History and the Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies invite you to the one day seminar titled Lincoln and Reconstruction. Participants will examine the evolution, implementation, and challenges presented by Reconstruction - before, during, and after the Civil War. All attendees of this free seminar on September 24th from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm at Southmoore High School will be provided with lunch and a certificate for continuing education. Register here.

Oklahoma Council for History Education Conference

The Oklahoma Council for History Education's conference titled "History for Uncertain Times" will be held October 2, 2021 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at the University of Central Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts in Edmond. There will also be an Indigenous Education in Oklahoma Panel Discussion on October 1, 2021 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. For more information and registration go to

Free Admission to the Oklahoma History Center

In celebration of Smithsonian Museum Day, September 18, there will be free admission to the Oklahoma History Center.