Social Studies Newsletter March 2023

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March 26, 2020

March is Women's History Month

Women's History Month logo

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. A new exhibition entitled All American:The Power of Sports includes stories and artifacts related to women trailblazers in sports, such as Wilma Rudolph, Billie Jean King, and Althea Gibson. The National World War II Museum and the National Constitution Center also have resources. The White House has issued a Proclamation on Women's History Month, 2023

Irish American Heritage Month

March is Irish American Heritage Month which coincides with St Patrick's Day and celebrates the contributions of Irish Americans. In 2021, 31.5 million United States citizens claimed Irish ancestry. Visit the following websites for resources:

2023 Civics for All of US Teacher Institute with the National Archives

Teachers working with grades 3–12 are invited to apply for the inaugural Civics for All of US Teacher Institute with the National Archives taking place in Washington, DC, from July 17–21, 2023. This five-day institute will include hands-on sessions featuring strategies for teaching civics with primary sources, special tours and activities in the National Archives Museum, guest speakers, and site visits to additional landmarks and museums in the nation’s capital. Each participant will receive a stipend to help cover travel and other expenses. Learn more here and apply by 03/31/23.The 2023 Civics for All of US Teacher Institute is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation.

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. There were not many social studies teachers who filled out the survey last month, please consider filling out the survey to help plan future professional development. There is also a new Holocaust Education resource page for teachers. 

2023 Eva K. Unterman Conferences for Holocaust Educators

Holocaust Education Workshop Flyer

Cognia U.S. History Item Writing Workshop

Cognia and the Oklahoma State Department of Education are hosting the 2023 U.S. History Item Writing Workshop. The goal of the U.S. History Item Writing Workshop is to provide attendees with training in assessment literacy, as well as, to give them some information in assessment construction as it relates to the state summative assessment and the Oklahoma Academic Standards. Items produced by the writers will go through editing by Cognia and the OSDE and will be used to build an item bank for U.S. History teachers. The workshop will take place in the Oklahoma City area May 22-24, 2023. Attendees will be paid a stipend and will be eligible to receive lodging or mileage. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. Apply here.

2023-24 AP Materials Grant

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is offering a one-time materials grant for all AP educators. This grant is available to any teacher who teaches an existing AP course or who will begin a new AP course in the 2023-2024 school year. The maximum award for this grant is $25,000. 

The full Request for Proposals is available HERE

To apply, please complete your proposal at this link:

A copy of the Assurances Statement must be signed and attached on the form. The Statement can be found HERE

Proposals are due April 21, 2023. Award announcements will be May 10, 2023. 

For questions, please contact Leah Murphy, Director of AP at

History is Relevant Teacher Workshop at the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum


Teachers of all disciplines are invited to discover all the latest resources available to teach students the lessons learned from the Oklahoma City bombing in this FREE workshop, Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. (lunch provided)

  • Tour the Museum with an expert guide, try interactive lessons in our state-of-the-art STEM lab, and explore our newest online resources.
  • Hear from former State House Rep. Susan Winchester, sister of Dr. Peggy Clark, who was killed in the bombing. Winchester was instrumental in making the bombing part of OK curriculum. You will also hear from Susan’s niece and Peggy’s daughter, Blayne Arthur, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture who is helping teach the next generation through her work chairing the Memorial Conscience Committee.
  • Education Committee Chair Valerie Couch, Cait Porterfield of UCO’s Forensic Institute, Dr. Larry Tolls of the National Park Service, and Director of Education & Public Programming Stephen Evans will discuss the Memorial's outreach and educational programs.

The workshop will conclude with a Better Conversation on Trauma and Resilience with expert panelists Dr. Karla Vermeulen, Dr. Desiree Hill, Blayne Arthur, and others. Space permitting, friends of educators are invited to join this unique opportunity from 2:15  - 3:15 p.m. Registration is required. Register here.


Summer Teacher Institutes at Ford's Theatre

K-12 educators can choose from two opportunities to study about issues related to Abraham Lincoln, enslavement, the Civil War, and more using Ford's Theatre and other important locations throughout Washington, DC as your classroom.

Cost is FREE and includes lodging, resources, entry fee, some meals, and airfare. Applications are due by April 10, 2023.