Social Studies Newsletter December 2022

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December 2022

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Educators After Hours

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Educators and their guests are invited to experience all that the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum offers teachers and students December 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Museum education staff, curators and docents will  showcase available educational resources, preview student tours, introduce participants to the Dickinson Research Center and allow everyone the opportunity to create their own take home craft! Guests are also invited to explore the Museum galleries on their own. Refreshments available. Limited to K – 12 educators and teachers plus one guest. Register here.

Law Day

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National Constitution Center Workshop

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Join members of the National Constitution Center's education team for a two-day professional learning workshop on teaching the Constitution of the United States. Using the Center's non-partisan educational framework, participants will gain scholarly insight into key constitutional topics, collaborate with their peers in classroom application sessions, and learn about the online educational resources the Center provides. Those in attendance will also learn about Constitution 101, a 15-unit asynchronous, semester-long curriculum that provides students with a basic understanding of the Constitution's text, history, structure, and caselaw.

This program will be held at the Central Library, located at 400 Civic Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will include an opening night dinner and scholar talk on Friday, January 13, 2023, which will run from 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2023, will include a full day of programming, running from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. A more formal schedule will be sent in the weeks leading up to the workshop.

If you are interested in this program, please complete this form by Wednesday, January 4, 2023. Please send any questions to Sarah Harris, Director of Education, at

Elementary Ed Chat

The OSDE elementary curriculum directors have hosted Elementary Ed Chats in October and December.  These chats are focused on issues that face elementary educators who may teach various subject areas.  See information from the previous chats below and look for information about the next OSDE Elementary Ed Chat coming soon. If you would like to provide input about the topics, complete this survey

October 2022 - Meet the OSDE Elementary Team

See the recording and presentation slides to learn more about the OSDE elementary content directors and their favorite classroom strategies.   

December 2023 - Tackling Challenging Behaviors: Starting Fresh in the New Year

See the presentation slides and session notes to learn more about strategies to manage difficult behavior. The recording will be coming soon! 

OSDE Elementary Team

Bill of Rights Day

On December 15, 1791, the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States were ratified. These ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights and protect our most fundamental rights. Celebrate Bill of Rights Day with these resources:

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum 22nd Annual Student Essay Contest

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is excited to announce the 22nd Annual Student Essay Contest. This year, they are deeply interested in hearing what students think about the benefits and challenges of a non-violent, democratic society.

There are four divisions: 5th – 6th grade, 7th – 8th, 9th-10th, and 11th – 12th

Prizes range from $50 - $1000, thanks to a generous sponsorship by Stella Nova.

This is an excellent opportunity for young people to comment on the current world as they see it and support the civic engagement that is necessary for a functioning democracy. 

Submissions are due February 27th. Please help by forwarding the essay contest to anyone who may be interested.

Essay Contest – Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum (