Dr. Herman J. Viola
Dr. Herman J. Viola
is currently Curator Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institute. An American historian with special interests in the Civil War, the American West, and American Indians, Dr. Viola has appeared on the History Channel and worked as a consultant with organizations such as the Disney Company and the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. During his 25-year tenure at the Smithsonian, Dr. Viola developed two major exhibits, "Magnificent Voyagers: The Story of the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842" and one of the most attended exhibits in the Smithsonian's history, "Seeds of Change," a multicultural examination of the impact of Columbus's voyages of discovery. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Dr. Viola was an archivist on the staff of the National Archives, where he launched Prologue: The Journal of the National Archives. He has published numerous scholarly and popular books, including a middle school U.S. history textbook.
Dr. Sarah Whitman Bednarz
Dr. Sarah Whitman Bednarz
is Associate Professor of Geography at Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas. She is Co-coordinator of the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education and has worked with social studies teachers across the nation to improve geography education. Dr. Bednarz's research interests focus on cognition and geography. She has taught social studies and geography in rural, suburban, and urban schools in Illinois and Texas and was a project director for Mission Geography, a collaboration between NASA and the geographic education community. Dr. Bednarz is a coauthor of Houghton Mifflin's We the People program and McDougal Littell's World Cultures and Geography.
Dr. Carlos E. Cortes
Dr. Carlos E. Cortés
is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Riverside. Since 1990, he has served on the summer faculty of the Harvard Institute for Higher Education and is also on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communications. The recipient of two book awards, Dr. Cortés has edited three major book series (totaling 96 volumes) on Latinos in the United States and has won numerous honors, including the NCSS 1995 Hilda Taba Award. He has lectured widely, has written film and television documentaries, and has appeared as a guest host of a PBS national television series. Dr. Cortés serves as Cultural Consultant for Nickelodeon's pre-school series, "Dora the Explorer."
Dr. Cheryl E. Jennings
Dr. Cheryl E. Jennings
is currently Director of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Project at the Institute of Education at the University of North Florida. Formerly, she was Associate Director of the Gus Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University in Tallahassee. As Curriculum Coordinator for Leon County School District in Florida, Dr. Jennings helped develop the AP World History curriculum, which the state currently uses. In her work with Florida teachers, Dr. Jennings developed materials and strategies for incorporating social science, particularly economics, into the literacy mandate. Additionally, she has consulted internationally in teacher training in the West Indies and Eastern Europe.
Dr. Mark C. Schug
Dr. Mark C. Schug
is Professor of Elementary Education and Director for the Center for Economics Education at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He has taught for more than 30 years at the public school and university levels and has conducted training programs on economic education for teachers throughout the country, often in affiliation with the National Council on Economic Education. Dr. Schug has published more than 150 articles and books, with a special focus on elementary social studies teaching methods and on teaching economics in the elementary grades, including Economics Choices and Challenges. He also is coauthor of World Cultures and Geography, published by McDougal Littell.
Dr. Charles S. White
Dr. Charles S. White
is Associate Professor of Education at Boston University, where he teaches elementary social studies methods with a focus on civic education for elementary students. He is a recognized authority on using technology in social studies. Through the International Civitas Education Exchange, Dr. White traveled to Russia to train teachers in civic education, spending one semester in residence. As the recipient of the Federal Design Achievement Award in 1995, Dr. White was honored for his Teaching with Historic Places project. Dr. White has published extensively on the role of technology in education and is a coauthor of McDougal Littell's World Cultures and Geography.
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