Welcome to the Ohio Social Studies Resource Center
Who We Are
The Ohio Social Studies Resource Center is on online resource for best teaching
practices, content resources, and assessment items that align with and support
Ohio's Social Studies Academic Content Standards.
One of the key operational guidelines of the Ohio Social Studies Resource Center
in recommending Instructional Resources is that each resource must be peer
reviewed prior to posting on the web site. By applying the OSSRC Rubric, Review
Board members verify the each resource is in alignment with the
Ohio Social Studies Academic Content Standards, contains strong Quality
and Usability measures, and possesses other additional considerations such as
reflecting high expectations for all students for acquiring and applying
The work of the Review Board is fundamental to accomplishing the mission of the
OSSRC. This spring we will be forming the first statewide Review Board for the
purpose of identifying instructional resources focusing on the Ohio Graduation
Selection of Review Board members will begin in the near future. We will need
Review Board members for all seven standards in grades 9 10 who will work
this spring toward identifying and recommending resources for use by classroom
teachers in Ohio to prepare students for the OGT. You can apply yourself or
recommend someone to serve on the Review Board.
You can find out more about the specific Review Board Member Guidelines for
serving on the Review Board and submit a Review Board Member Application.
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OSSRC Resource Types
- Instructional Resources
Lesson plans that have been reviewed by the Review Board Members to ensure that
they meet the criteria established by the OSSRC Rubric for Best Practices.
These materials can be used as is by classroom teachers.
Best Practice instructional resources have received favorable peer reviews,
high ratings based on alignment to the Ohio Social Studies Academic Content
Standards, evidence of research, quality and usability.
Promising Practice instructional resources reflect widely known and generally
accepted research bases, or are emerging strategies that indicate potential for
becoming a best practice.
- Professional resources
- Support professional knowledge and development of Best Practices and effective
classroom instruction. Professional resources may include national standards,
research articles, policy documents, and books published online.
- Content resources
Provide support for implementation of best practices and effective classroom
instruction. Content resources include data sets, digital images, reference
materials, tutorials and applets.
- Assessment resources
- Measurement items or tasks correlated to the Ohio Social Studies Academic Content Standards. Data about student performance are included when available.
- General education resources
- Not specific to the content areas of social studies, but have been deemed appropriate for inclusion in an educational database designed to support effective educational practice.