Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m., May 31, 2017. All presenters are asked to register for the day they present or for the full conference if they are staying for all.
Theme: Diversity in Democracy
With this year's conference, we will visit a new city (Cincinnati!) and entertain some timely topics in addition to our ongoing search for excellence in social studies teaching and learning. Key supporting questions to think about as you develop your proposals in alignment with the theme include:
-How can we best teach about controversial political issues (ex., race, voting rights, minimum wage, Dream Act and immigration, same sex marriage, affirmative action, growing income inequalities)? -What more can we and should we do to protect fundamental political and civil rights? -What are the best ways to incorporate Culturally Relevant Pedagogy? -How democratic are our schools? How democratic should they be? -Whom can we trust for news? What are the best sources of information for ourselves and our students?
Please apply for and submit your proposal once. Priority will be given to proposals that connect to the Conference Theme and have an emphasis on one of the conference strands The five "strands" are Technology, Critical Thinking, Disciplinary Literacy/Literacy skills (Reading/Writing/Speaking/Listening), and OST Testing Practices. Please consider selecting one the following strands. These strands are used to support proposals that are connected to current significant needs in Social Studies Professional Development.
Note: Strands represent a category of breakout sessions that will be emphasized at the conference. All other proposals will be classified into a General Strand. OCSS welcomes your proposal if it fits into a General Strand, but wishes to give priority to the selected strands of the conference. It should be noted that each year there are proposals that have as a focus the actual content and how to teach it to students (Historical, Geographic, Economics, etc.) that do not fit exactly into one of the strands. OCSS will always look to schedule outstanding proposals that are focused on the content of the social studies strands. If you are unsure which strand to submit your proposal in please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentation emphasizes how participants can utilize technology in the social studies. Proposal offers connection to main theme of the conference. Examples include but are not limited to student presentation, using data to drive instruction, research in the social studies, civic action using technology, developing critical thinking, historical thinking using technology, web applications that support the teaching of social studies, etc. This "strand" would be chosen if this is the driving message of the proposal.
Critical Thinking Skills
Presentation emphasizes how participants can use strategies that reflect student practice of higher order thinking skills. Proposal offers connection to main theme of the conference. Generally speaking these practices involve activities found on the higher levels of Bloom's or Assessment practices that reflect Depth of Knowledge Level 3 or 4 assessments. It should be noted that this category could fit into any of the other categories (Tech, OSTs, Literacy Skills), however, a difference is that the goal of the proposal has as a focus having students demonstrate critical thinking skills. This "strand" would be chosen if this is the driving message of the proposal.
Understanding the Ohio’s State Tests
Presentation emphasizes how teachers can better understand the configuration, implications or changes to teaching and learning related to Ohio’s State Tests. Proposal offers connection to main theme of the conference. Examples may include but are not limited to: informational presentations about the OSTs, advancing rigor in the classroom to meet testing, or lesson ideas that relate to higher performance. This "strand" would be chosen if this is the driving message of the proposal.
Presentation emphasizes how teachers can incorporate the disciplinary literacy skills used by historians, geographers, economists, political scientists, and concerned citizens to investigate and solve problems into their daily lessons. Proposal offers connection to main theme of the conference. Examples include but are not limited to: historical research, communicating geographic, economic, or political data through charts, graphs, or maps, or inquiry-based research simulations like DBQs or Mapping Labs.
Further, embedding strategies and routines that support student reading, writing, speaking and/or listening skills have become critical shifts in supporting rigorous learning. This "strand" would be chosen if this is the driving message of the proposal.