February 2023 Social Studies Newsletter

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February 2023 

Happy Valentine's Day

Candy Hearts

February is the month of love and showing kindness to friends and family. Please remember to love yourself and take time to do something that makes you happy. It is important for you to take time to care for yourself as you are serving others. Maybe it is ok to eat that piece of chocolate!

Holocaust Education Survey

The Jewish Federations of Tulsa and Oklahoma City are interested in learning more about how educators teach about the Holocaust. This survey will allow them to better plan for professional development that supports teachers with the Holocaust Education Law and identify teachers who are already actively teaching about the Holocaust. The end of the survey contains a registration link for a free Holocaust education workshop on June 15, 2023, in Oklahoma City and June 16, 2023, in Tulsa. Please complete the survey by March 10, 2023 .

Black History Month Resources

February is Black History Month and Black history and culture is American history and culture. It is important to explore these stories. Here are resources:

Vets In Schools

In 2019, the American Legion started a program in Oklahoma schools called Vets in Schools. Speakers are members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Sons of the American Revolution and will speak on patriotism, U.S. History, and their military experiences. In some areas of the state, speakers would be available to appear in period dress and discuss their ancestor's experience in the War of Independence. For more information contact Ken Wyatt at ken@nwcd.net and please put Vets in School in the subject.

Elementary Ed Chats

Next Elementary EdChat is February 27, 2023 at 4:00 and 7:00 - topic is classroom engagement - Zoom Links for 2/27 Chat are below:

4:00 https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItceCqqjIjGLCHD0V0y8j2M_bsDJqwqHg



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 recordingpresentation slides and session notes to learn more about strategies to manage difficult behavior. 

Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Primary Source Questions Free Online Course

When studying primary sources, questions can act as both a magnifying glass and a telescope. They help us to see more clearly what is in front of us and then inspire us to look beyond. Learning how to ask questions is an essential skill that can transform the way students approach primary source learning. Join the Right Question Institute and the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program for a free online course. Learn how to combine the Question Formulation Technique with the Library of Congress primary sources to drive student-centered, inquiry-based learning. The course runs February 28, 2023-March 28, 2023. Register here.

Evening at the Fed

Federal Reserve Bank of Kanas City OKC branch logo

Evening at the Fed: a Dinner and Discussion for Educators

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023

This is an opportunity to hear from Federal Reserve experts on relevant and timely topics that will impact you and your classroom.


5:15 p.m.      Registration and Resource Fair

5:45 p.m.      Dinner

6:15 p.m.      Program Begins

7:30 p.m.      Conclusion

Attendees will receive free, classroom-ready materials to help apply economics and personal finance content into existing curriculum, a professional development certificate, and dinner.

Parking will be provided.


Current Economic Outlook

Chad Wilkerson, Senior Vice President and Oklahoma City Branch Executive

The Road to Self-Sufficiency: Navigating the Benefits Cliff

Steven Shepelwich, Lead Community Development Advisor

Register Now

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum Offerings

  1. Essay contest due Feb 27 *including grade 5-6 and 7-8 divisions* (prizes $50-$1000): Essay Contest – Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum (memorialmuseum.com)
  2. FREE Teacher Workshop March 25, including lunch and featuring panel that includes author of Generation Disaster, Dr. Karla Vermeulen.
  3. Teacher Free Days and special demos, meet the curator, and more - March 14 and 16: Teacher Free Days
  4. Día Hispano March 17, tours and programming in Spanish: Día Hispano | Hispanic Day – Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum (memorialmuseum.com) 
  5. Resources for teaching OKC Bombing to 12 and under 
    1. Video Lesson: Students Teaching Students the Impact of the Oklahoma City Bombing – Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum (memorialmuseum.com)
    2. Curriculum as part of Kids Marathon: Kids Marathon – Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon (okcmarathon.com)

Oklahoma Transportation Grant

The Oklahoma History Center now offers a transportation grant to help bring students to one of their partnering institutions in Oklahoma. Partnering institutions include: Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Greenwood Rising in Tulsa, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum in Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. More information can be found here and please contact education@history.ok.gov for questions.