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Ohio as America Professional Development Institute

When: July 25, 2022 from 9 am to 3 pm (registration and breakfast from 8 to 8:55 am)

Where: Ohio History Center (800 E 17th Ave. Columbus, Ohio)

Fee: $100, including breakfast and lunch (the event is free of charge for Ohio as America multi-year subscribers)

Contact-hours certificate will be provided

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We are back in-person! The Ohio History Connection and the School & Teacher Support Team invite you to our annual Ohio as America Professional Development Institute. The goal of this workshop is to bring social studies teachers and educators together, providing opportunities to learn and discuss new ideas of how to incorporate hands-on, creative and fun experiences to your classroom.

Throughout this day, educators will participate in various sessions focused on project and game-based learning, use of primary sources, interdisciplinary approaches and more. We have partnered with others organizations such as OSU and the Constitutional Rights Foundation to bring you a unique program and diverse teaching resources.

Schedule at a glance

8:00-8:55 am – Welcome/Registration/Breakfast

9:00-9:50 am – Introductory Remarks and Panel: Best Practices in Social Studies

10:00 – 10:50 am – Concurrent sessions A

11:00 am-11:50 am – Concurrent sessions B

12:00 am-12:45 pm – Lunch – 2nd Floor Plaza

12:50-1:40 pm – Concurrent sessions C

1:50 pm -2:40 pm – Concurrent sessions D

2:45-3 pm – Final remarks/Certificate’s distribution

Introductory remarks and best practices in social studies panel - 9:00 – 9:50 am


Facilitator: Carla Mello (Manager, School and Teacher Support Department)

Panelists:  Amanda Goodwin, Social Studies Educator & Ohio History Day Master Teacher, Urbana City Schools; Justin Leach, Social Studies Consultant, Ohio Department of Education; Ryan Suskey, Director of Programs, Ohio Center for Law-Related Education.

Let’s gather to celebrate and share experiences on social studies education. This session will kick off the day’s programming schedule. Our wonderful panel will focus on strategies, ideas and innovations that address the current state of Social Studies education. This will be a very organic conversation among peers and we hope attendees will participate by asking questions and providing input along with panelists.


Concurrent Session 1 – 10:00 – 10:50 am


Press Start! An Exploration of Games in Social Studies

Presenter: Trevor Rhodes, Content Coordinator, Ohio History Connection

The medium of games is ripe for educational content, and Ohio History Connection is ready to connect you to your next social studies game for the classroom! Teachers will interact with a myriad of tabletop games, board games, video games, and simulations that can be applied to the classroom. Whether you are a kindergarten teacher looking for a way to role-play social-emotional learning or an APUSH teacher wanting to simulate the American Revolution, this workshop will equip teachers to instruct through the most entertaining medium possible.



Really Cool Old Maps

Presenter: Robin Schuricht, Programs Coordinator, Ohio History Connection

What can an old map tell us about the people, times and places of the past? Why is it important to know how to read an old map? Join me in this hands-on session and let’s discover how cool old maps can really be. This session will provide you with ideas of how to incorporate these amazing primary sources into your classroom and guarantee you’re hitting that Geography Strand.


Concurrent Session 2 – 11:00-11:50 am


Teaching Black Math History through Ohio’s Hidden Figures

Ranthony A.C. Edmonds, PhD, and Monica Delgado, The Ohio State University

Nearly 200 Black mathematicians have earned degrees from the Department of Mathematics at The Ohio State University–yet their stories and legacies have remained “hidden.” One of the key initiatives of the Ohio’s Hidden Figures project is to use these stories to create educational resources for K-12 teachers. This includes a digital archive of historical narratives, descriptions of key events from the state of Ohio’s history from 1963 to present, lesson plans, discussion questions, and activities for those who want to learn more about the intersections of math, history, and racial justice. In this session, we’ll share some of these resources and how they can be used for learning tools inside and out of your classroom.


How to Weave Cultural Organizations into Your Curriculum: A Practical (and Successful) Example

Presenter: David Haskell, PhD, Teacher at Columbus Gifted Academy

For the past eight years the Columbus Gifted Academy has developed relationships with multiple cultural organizations in Central Ohio and incorporated multiple programs into their curriculum. In this session, we’ll provide you with practical and applicable ways to do the same in your area, including how to develop these relationships to getting buy-in from decision-makers and budget approvals. Most importantly, we will give you clear examples of how these partnerships have enriched the CGA’s social studies curriculum.


Lunch – 12:00-12:45 pm


Concurrent Session 3 – 12:50-1:40 pm


Our Rights and Freedoms: A Visitor from Outer Space

Presenter: Sarah Badawi, Senior Program Director, Constitutional Rights Foundation

In this session, teachers will participate in a lesson demonstration that will prepare them to break down complex content and concepts in a way that engages students in critical thinking, academic discussion, and thoughtful writing. Specifically, attendees will experience a classroom activity where they decide which of the rights included in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights they value the most. The activity features a review of basic rights enjoyed by people in the United States, presents a hypothetical scenario in which an extraterrestrial creature requires humans to choose only five rights they get to keep, and has students work in small groups to decide on the five rights they find most important and report back their findings.



Title: Investigating History, a New and Free Resource for Project-Based Learning

Description: We all know project-based learning is a wonderful tool to get students engaged in the classroom. However, it can require a lot of educator preparation from the get-go. This is your chance to get a first look at our brand new PBL curriculum, Investigating History. Learn how you can utilize these co-created materials and resources to help spark curiosity and creativity within your students!


Concurrent Session 4 – 1:50-2:40 pm


What Happens If I Push This Button?

Trevor Rhodes – Content Coordinator at Ohio History Connection

This is your chance to take a deeper look into our award-winning digital curriculum Ohio as America. If you have questions about managing assessments, grading, and additional features of our online curriculum, this is your chance to get information directly from our content coordinator. We will also showcase our new features and content, and talk about the future of Ohio as America.



An Exploration of Indigenous Wonders of Our World

This will be an opportunity to visit our new exhibition, Indigenous Wonders of Our World. It’s an innovative way to highlight ancient Ohio cultures focusing on the eight earthwork complexes in Ohio that have been officially nominated to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List, as they give especially eloquent testimony to the brilliance of these ancient people.


Final remarks and raffle results – 2:45-3:00 pm


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