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OCSS Mission Statement

The Ohio Council for the Social Studies serves as the premier voice for social studies professionals in Ohio. We advocate for the vital role of 
social studies and assist educators through professional development for the delivery of effective and innovative instruction

 Our conferences

and publications provide a network of services to members throughout the state.

Your membership supports:


Conferences and Regional Workshops

Using Children’s Literature to Teach the Ohio Academic Content Standards correlates nearly 300 children’s titles to the Ohio Academic 
Content Standards in Social Studies. Ideal for elementary teaching methods courses and elementary teachers. Available at ocss.org.

Professional Advocacy

  • Voicing Our Opinions- Classroom teachers, university instruct-ors, and social studies profes­sionals from related organizations serve on the 
  • executive board. To­gether, we carry your voice to Ohio’s legislators and the Ohio Department of Education, advocating on behalf of social 
  • studies education.  We have testified in favor of increased social studies graduation requirements and sought equal treatment of 
  • educators’ 
  • views at public hearings on educational issues.
  • Being Part of the Process- OCSS members have served on the Ohio Model Curriculum Committee, the Ohio Licensure Committee, as 
  • well 
  • as Ohio Achievement Test content advisory and rangefinding committees.

Awards Honoring Professional Excellence

  • Teacher of the Year Awards
  • Social Studies Professional Award
  • Awards for University Students
  • The OCSS President’s Award
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