social studies education

Apr 20, 2021

Articles from Associate Professor Meghan Manfra Highlight Professional Development, Digital Instruction Challenges for Social Studies Teachers During the Pandemic

Associate Professor Meghan Manfra, Ph.D., has always believed in the importance of considering teachers’ insider knowledge. Her recent work with Wake County Public School System teachers is highlighted in two recently published articles that showcase professional development work and the challenges in delivering high-quality digital instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jan 15, 2021

College of Education Faculty, Alumni Offer Advice on How to Discuss Violence at U.S. Capitol with Students

As the world watched the violent attacks at the U.S. Capitol Building unfold Jan. 6, many educators were left wondering, “what does teaching require of us in this moment?” That question was one of several explored by a group of panelists during the “Responding to Insurrection: How Do We Talk with Students?” webinar hosted by the Friday Institute on Jan. 14, 2021.

Jan 12, 2021

The Conversation: How Should Schools Teach Kids About What Happened at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6? We Asked 6 Education Experts

NC State College of Education Assistant Professor Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., discusses how social studies teachers can help students understand the events that took place at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and remain informed moving forward. 

Oct 15, 2020

Ask the Expert: What is Social Studies? A Way to Provide Students with ‘Good Background Knowledge and Skills’ to Participate in Democratic Society, Says Associate Professor Meghan Manfra

What is social studies? Associate Professor Meghan Manfra, Ph.D., explains why it’s important for students to receive a quality social studies education and how educators can use technology and address media literacy in the classroom.

Oct 8, 2020

Dinner with Democracy Event to Engage Community in Discussion Across Differences, Provide Professional Development for Educators

With the 2020 presidential election rapidly approaching and COVID-19 restrictions continuing to limit the ways people can interact face-to-face, opportunities to engage in meaningful and productive discussions about political issues have become more scarce. Assistant Professors Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., and Christy Byrd, Ph.D., are hoping to address this through the virtual Dinner with Democracy event on Oct. 21, 2020.

Aug 4, 2020

Gilder Lehrman North Carolina History Teacher of the Year Beth Shaver ‘24PHD: ‘Every Day I Get to Share My Passion for American History. I Get the Opportunity to be a Full-time Storyteller and Bring History to Life’

Beth Shaver ‘24PHD, an AP United States History and African American Studies teacher at Holly Springs High School and a 14-year educator, was named the 2020 North Carolina History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

Jun 25, 2020

With Support from Peter Martorella Fund, Social Studies Educators Develop New Skills to Produce More Civic-minded Students in the Classroom

A third cohort of teachers who received funding from the Peter H. Martorella Memorial Award Fund graduated this spring from the NC State College of Education’s New Literacies and Global Learning (NLGL) master’s degree program with a concentration in social studies.

Apr 13, 2020

Associate Professor Meghan Manfra Offers Advice, Resources for Finding Credible News During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to spread, the public is eager for news and information about the evolving situation surrounding the pandemic. But, how can parents and teens be sure the information they read is credible? Associate Professor Meghan Manfra, Ph.D., offers tips and resources to enhance media literacy.

Apr 10, 2020

N.C. Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year Marlin Jones ‘20MED: ‘My Love of Learning and My Desire to Help Others Inspired Me to Become a Teacher’

When Marlin Jones ‘20MED was a freshman in college, he changed his major from engineering to history education and never looked back. Now an AP World History and American History 2 Teacher, Jones has been named the 2019-20 N.C. Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year.

Apr 6, 2020

Assistant Professor Paula McAvoy Suggests ‘Podcasts for a Pandemic’ to Help Educators Explain Concepts, Events Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Assistant Professor Paula McAvoy, Ph.D., who researches how teachers should bring controversial issues into the classroom, has been using podcasts as course texts for quite some time. Now, she is recommending several podcasts that high school teachers could use to help students understand concepts and events related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.