Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Update #120 August 1, 2013

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Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Update #120

August 1, 2013

  1. 52nd Annual United States Senate Youth Scholarship – Nominate Your Student

  2. Oregon Journal of the Social Studies (Volume 1 Number 2) Now Available Online

  3. Oregon Journal of the Social Studies Call for Proposals

  4. Oregon Historical Society: Field Trip Support, History Day, and New Exhibits

  5. Nominate a Librarian for the “I Love My Librarian” Award

  6. Soccer City USA: The Birth and Rise of the Portland Timbers

  7. Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services Financial Tips Sheet

  8. Oregon Council for the Social Studies Fall Conference, October 5

  9. New App: Field Trip

  10. Facing History and Ourselves Webinars

  11. From the Asia Society E-Newsletter: Grants and Opportunities

  12. Annenburg Learner Resources

  13. ODE Resources (in every issue)

1. 52nd Annual United States Senate Youth Scholarship – Nominate Your Student

Students with junior or senior standing who are currently elected student officers for the 2013-2014 school years are eligible to apply to participate in the United States Senate Youth Scholarship program. These students will then compete for:

  • A scholarship award of $5,000; and

  • An all-expense paid (including airfare) one-week trip to Washington, D.C.

Completed student nomination packets must be postmarked no later than Friday, October 11, 2013, no exceptions. Faxes and e-mails will not be accepted.

Please visit the website for more information: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1496. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Stephanie Parks at Stephanie.Parks@state.or.us or (503) 947-5801.

2. Oregon Journal of the Social Studies (Volume 1 Number 2) Now Available Online

The summer issue of the electronic journal Oregon Journal of the Social Studies is now online. Access social studies research and practice articles and book reviews at http://www.oregonsocialstudies.org/httpwww-oregonsocialstudies-orgwp-contentuploads201210call-for-manuscripts-july-2013-pdf/oregon-journal-of-the-social-studies-inaugural-issue.

3. Oregon Journal of the Social Studies Call for Proposals

About the Journal: The Oregon Journal of the Social Studies is a peer-reviewed, electronic journal that provides an outlet for P-16 social studies research, best practices, lesson plans, and reviews.

Executive Editor: Ken Carano

Co-editor: Shawn Daley

Call for Proposals

The editors of the Oregon Journal of the Social Studies, a peer-reviewed electronic journal, issue a call to submit manuscripts for the January 2014 issue.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions from all social studies disciplines as well as from interdisciplinary perspectives are welcome. Each submission will be refereed using a double-blind peer review process. Submit manuscripts as a file attachment to the executive editor.

  • Submit your manuscript with an email message indicating that it has not been published elsewhere, is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that copyright will be given to the Oregon Journal of the Social Studies should it be accepted for publication.

  • To be sent for peer review, manuscripts must be:

  • Original, accurate, meet submission guidelines, in good form editorially, and not under consideration elsewhere.

  • Submitted in Microsoft doc or docx format.

  • Submitted in Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) style.

  • Manuscripts that do not comply with APA format will be returned without review.

  • Formatted in Times New Roman, size 12 font, double spaced with graphics embedded in text in .gif or .jpg file formats.

  • From 2,000 to 5,000 words in length, excluding references.

  • All manuscripts must be written in English.

  • Submit with an e-mail message (a) identifying the category under which the manuscript should be reviewed (i.e. Practice, Research, or Lesson Plan). Confirm that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere, is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that copyright will be given to the to the Oregon Journal of the Social Studies should it be published in the journal.

  • Please include: A title page with complete contact information for all authors, including address, telephone, fax, and email.

  • Manuscript that is void of author(s) name and institution(s).

  • An abstract of 100 words or less following the title page.

  • A biographical sketch of each author of 30 words or less at the end of the manuscript.

For any additional questions please contact caranok@wou.edu. Manuscripts should be submitted no later than October 20, 2013 to caranok@wou.edu.
4. Oregon Historical Society: Field Trip Support, History Day, and New Exhibits

Oregon Historical Society and History Museum is again offering free school tours along with bus assistance to all school groups in Oregon for the 2013-14 school year! In addition, they will be coordinating the Oregon state History Day contest and will be sponsoring the trip to the national competition in Washington D.C. for the student(s) with the best entry. The state contest will be held in Portland at Concordia University on Saturday, April 12th, 2014. Keep an eye on the OHS website for updates on this as well as for upcoming exhibits and make your reservations early for a tour. Also check the site for curricular materials that connect the exhibits with the Common Core standards.

OHS’s current exhibit, Windows on America, features a world-class collection of presidential history, never before seen to the public. Carefully acquired over more than fifty years, the Mark Family Collection, consisting of over 100 artifacts and documents, focuses on American presidential leadership and major turning points in the history of the United States. It has been a huge draw for the local community, so don’t miss your chance to see it. Teachers always have free entry for pre-tour viewing.

The upcoming exhibit on the Nisei soldiers of WWII and the Congressional Medal of Honor, in Portland from 8/24-9/29, offers some fantastic teaching materials, which can be found here. OHS will be holding a free Educator Evening with resources and refreshments on 8/29 to highlight how the educator resources can augment curriculum and excite students about history (please RSVP if interested in attending).

Look for a techie “Night at the Museum” planned for October at Halloween time. It’s in the works, and should be a load of historic and sleuthing fun.
5. Nominate a Librarian for the “I Love My Librarian” Award

Do you have a great teacher librarian in your school? Maybe he or she helps you find resources for teaching, explains the databases to you and your students, offers to team teach lessons to incorporate information literacy skills, knows just which book to entice reluctant readers, points you towards a new tech tool, or has creative ideas for ways students can present research projects. If so, consider nominating him or her for the I Love My Librarian award. Winners receive a $5,000 cash award and a plaque, and they will be honored at a ceremony in New York. Nominations are being accepted online at www.atyourlibrary.org/ilovemylibrarian through September 6th. For ideas, read the nomination letters of past winners.

6. Soccer City USA: The Birth and Rise of the Portland Timbers

Monday, August 5, 2013; McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan, Portland

The Oregon Encyclopedia gives a nod to Timbers fever with this presentation on the history of Portland’s soccer franchise. Take a look back at the Timbers’ first season in 1975, a season so successful that it landed the Timbers in the NASL Soccer Bowl and earned Portland the nickname “Soccer City USA.” The presenter will be Michael Orr, managing writer and editor for FC Media, a Portland-based research company focused on soccer club history. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the program begins at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. Minors may attend with a parent. This event is sponsored by the Northwest Examiner.
7. Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services Financial Tips Sheet

It's never too early to get ready for the next step in life. High school seniors can do themselves a favor by knowing that their decisions can have long-term effects on their finances. Getting off to a good start financially leaves you with so many financial options down the road such as better loan and credit card interest rates and better rates for car insurance.

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has created tips in a few key areas that may be helpful to seniors and college students.

8. Oregon Council for the Social Studies Fall Conference, October 5

The Oregon Council for the Social Studies will present its Fall Conference "This Land is Our Land? Reflections on American Justice" at Concordia University in Portland on October 5th. Attendees will be treated to a round table discussion on Social Studies' future with NCSS President Steve Armstrong, who will also lead a session for pre-service teachers, "The Interview that gets you the job." Over 25 other presentations are planned, including a two hour workshop on Social Studies and the Common Core. Other sessions will focus on Civil Rights, Environmental Studies, Elementary Education and Popular Culture. A full roster will be available at the conference website: http://www.oregonsocialstudies.org/ocss-conference

Register today and save! Registration is open at: http://www.oregonsocialstudies.org/fall-conference-registration.
9. New App: Field Trip

Google has released a free smartphone app that notifies users of interesting nearby attractions by GPS. Called “Field Trip,” the program available for Android and iOS notifies users when something interesting is nearby with pop-up cards of information. Users can choose from subjects such as local history, obscure events, shops, movies, architecture and restaurants and control their number of notifications. Audio notifications are also available.

For those international travelers, there's a running list of more than 80 countries and 30 languages to choose from.

Read more: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nianticproject.scout&referrer=ai%3DCbayrNc3_UeHtOM73iQK0t4DQAt-xoZ8Dr8mCqTWh1eycewgAEAFQl6u52f______AWDJ5v6LzKTUGaAB-fzU3APIAQGqBBlP0EB8BQjWaCB4Cmdq51Ck6uXDiCBAQ_v8ugUTCO3RjcjX5rgCFQqrQgodz00AksoFALAGAYAH74KrIw%26gclid%3DCMj9hczX5rgCFS3hQgod_GUAmA%26conv%3D999636601

10. Facing History and Ourselves Webinars

Whether you are new to Facing History and Ourselves or are part of the Educator Network, join them in August for one of their free, one-hour webinars. Discover primary source documents, multimedia resources, and teaching strategies that will make a lasting impact in your classroom.

Choices in Little Rock and the Common Core

August 15 · 8:00 p.m. EDT

Join Facing History Program Associate Daniel Braunfeld to explore how Choices in Little Rock resources align with Common Core State Standards. Click here to register.
Holocaust and Human Behavior and the Common Core

August 21 · 4:00 p.m. EDT

Join Facing History Senior Program Associate Jocelyn Stanton to explore how Holocaust and Human Behavior resources align with the Common Core State Standards. Click here to register.
To learn more, visit Facing History's online learning page: http://www.facinghistory.org/online-learning.
11. From the Asia Society E-Newsletter: Grants and Opportunities


  • Teach in Bhutan: The Bhutan Canada Foundation is offering K-12 teachers the opportunity to teach in Bhutan for 1 year. Deadline: July 31. http://teachinbhutan.org/

  • Mockingbird Foundation Music Education Grants: Several grants are available for music projects that encourage self-expression by children and that foster self-esteem. Prize: Grants range from $100 to $5,000. Deadline: August 1. http://mbird.org/funding/inquiries/

  • Challenge 20/20 is an Internet-based program that pairs classes at any grade level (K-12) from schools in the U.S. with counterpart classes in other countries; together the teams (of two or three schools) tackle real global problems to find solutions that can be implemented at the local level and in their own communities. Applications accepted until August 16. http://www.nais.org/Articles/Pages/Challenge-20-20-Program-Details.aspx

  • YFU, a nonprofit educational organization, seeks volunteers and families to mentor and host Japanese high school exchange students coming to your community. All you really need to host a YFU student is the ability and desire to share your home and open your heart to a new family member. Hosting is all about sharing your version of the American lifestyle with a Japanese student. Learn more today at yfu-usa.org.

  • The International Reading Association will honor an outstanding mainstream, elementary classroom teacher dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing, across the curriculum in real world contexts in grades K–6 (ages 5–12). Deadline November 15. http://www.reading.org/Resources/AwardsandGrants/teachers_routman.aspx


  • The Society of American Travel Writers' Teen Travel Writing Scholarship will award prizes to students in grades 8-12 who submit the best travel essay. Deadline: July 22. http://www.myfamilytravels.com/Teen_travel_writing?utm_source=Partnership+for+Global+Learning+General&utm_campaign=e75d77754d-PGLNewsletter_June_2011&utm_medium=email

  • The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its fifth Annual Student Competition. Students and teachers can enter by writing an essay addressing ethical challenges facing the planet. Deadline: December 31. http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/news/announcements/0082

12. Annenburg Learner Resources


Find ideas for teaching about civic engagement in Making Civics Real. Teacher Matt Johnson leads his Constitutional Law 12th graders in applying what they’ve learned to new hypothetical cases that mirror actual students’ rights cases presented to the Supreme Court in workshop 8, “Rights and Responsibilities of Students.”

  • The Economics Classroom: A Workshop for Grade 9-12 Teachers

  • Social Studies in Action: A Teaching Practices Library K-12


First Atomic Bomb is Dropped (August 6, 1945)

http://www.learner.org/redirect/aug13/fifties.htmlIn the early hours of August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the world’s first atom bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing over 120,000 Japanese citizens as a result of the blast and the after-effects of the fallout. President Harry S. Truman justified the use of the bomb, saying that there would have been a much greater loss of life had the U.S. invaded Japan by land.

In A Biography of America, program 23, “The Fifties,” try the You Decide; The Atom Bomb? interactive to determine if President Truman made the correct decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the goal of ending World War II?

Read about the cultural and human consequences of the nuclear weapons race of the 1950s in American Passages, unit 14, “Becoming Visible,” Living with the Atomic Bomb: Native Americans and the Postwar Uranium Boom and Nuclear Reactions.

The discussion of controversial issues can promote critical thinking skills. John Allen Rossi's article "Creating Strategies and Conditions for Civil Discourse About Controversial Issues" raises questions about the decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima. See Making Civics Real: A Workshop for Teachers workshop 7, "Controversial Public Policy Issues."

Mathematics Illuminated traces the origins of game theory to the work of Hungarian mathematician and physicist John von Neumann, who worked on the Manhattan Project, the top-secret plan to build the first atomic bomb.

More resources for teaching about World War II and the atomic bomb:

  • Reactions in Chemistry, workshop 3, “Energetics and Dynamics

  • The Western Tradition, program 48, “The Second World War"

  • Look for more connections to historical events and important days in August, such as the First US Census and Hawaii’s Entrance into Statehood, in the 2012 August update and in upcoming Facebook and Twitter posts.

13. ODE Resources (in every issue)

Past editions of Social Sciences Teacher Update: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1707

Social Sciences Announcements: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=24

Social Sciences Performance Standards: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=223

Current Social Sciences Standards (adopted August 15, 2011): http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/subjects/socialscience/standards/oregon-social-sciences-academic-content-standards.pdf.

Oregon Social Sciences Standards Crosswalk: http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/subjects/socialscience/standards/oregon-social-sciences-standards-crosswalk-2011.pdf

Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects:


Oregon Social Sciences Standards Review: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=2429

FAQ: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1808

Review and Revision of the Oregon Social Sciences Standards information: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=2429

Social Science Analysis Scoring Guide: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=32

State Adopted Instructional Materials for Social Sciences:

To see the list of adopted materials 2012-2018, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/instructionalmaterials/or-ss-adop-list-2013-10_21_11.pdf.

For publisher representative information 2012-2018, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/instructionalmaterials/reps-contact--soc-sciences-10_21_11.pdf

For a list of materials viewing sites, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1823

ODE Social Sciences web pages:

Social Science “landing” page: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=24

Curriculum: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1738

Assessment: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=241

Resources for Educational Achievement and Leadership (REAL): http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/

Oregon Diploma: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=368

Civics and Financial Literacy Task Force: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1836

ELL Resources: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=106

Contact the State Specialists:

  • Andrea Morgan, Curriculum, andrea.morgan@state.or.us, 503.947.5772

  • Rachel Aazzerah, Assessment, rachel.aazzerah@state.or.us, 503.947.5835

****Disclaimer--The materials contained in the Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Update produced by Oregon Department of Education are drawn from both internal and external sources and inclusion of external materials does not necessarily indicate Oregon Department of Education endorsement.****

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