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Join us online August 3-4, 2022 for the OER Conference for Social Studies (OC for SS)! Since 2020, the OC for SS has become one of the biggest professional development events on the social studies calendar, bringing thousands of teachers from across America together to learn and grow.

Past OC for SS keynotes have included author John Green; civil rights activist Bryan Stevenson; and journalist and historian Jill Lepore, and we have a huge lineup for 2022 that we'll be unveiling over the coming months! Reserve your spot now, and be the first to hear the big news, plus details about clock hours, state partners, the pre-conference book club, and slate of Track Talk videos. 


The 2022 Conference

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The OER Conference for Social Studies is a free online professional development event structured to foster discussion around social studies teaching practices and how to adapt to teaching and learning in or out of the classroom. It combines asynchronous videos with live, online, moderated discussions.

Track Talks

Track Talks are short TED-style videos recorded by leading educators on the topics you need to know about as a teacher. We will be gradually releasing these videos in the weeks leading up to the conference to give you time to check them all out, and discuss them in the conference discussion forum ahead of the event.

This year's talks will be organized into five tracks, or themes: 

  • Assessing Historical Thinking
  • Bringing Context to World Events
  • Crafting Inquiry
  • Literacy
  • Taking Informed Action

You can watch these teacher-led, 5–15-minute Track Talks right here on the website before, during, or after the conference. During the conference, each of the five tracks will have a dedicated hour of live discussion with educator input.

Keynote Speakers

In the past, we've welcomed keynote speakers like civil rights activist Bryan Stevenson and author and educator John Green. Our past keynotes also include luminaries like Linda Darling-Hammond, Yohuru Williams, Jill Lepore, Jane Kamensky, and LaGarrett King. This year, each day of the conference will start and end with an inspiring keynote session. Register now to be the first to hear when we announce keynote speaker names. 


All times Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Clock Hours

This two day event is happening August 3–4, and is a free, online way to receive professional development credit hours. We'll be updating the website with clock hour information as we confirm the claim process for each state.

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