Web Resources for OSBG

In the previous post from Carolyn, a call for resources was made to provide lesson plans, curriculum materials, teaching ideas, multimedia content, and other web-based resources for the students and staff at OSBG.

Please share links you have found or use in your own teaching by linking them in the comments section below!

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Service Learning Opportunity in New Orleans

Dear AERA Research in Social Studies Education SIG Colleagues,

First of all, condolences and considerations to those of you with
loved ones in the various geologically and politically volatile parts
of the planet.

With our incredible access to knowledge it is so much easier to talk
about people in the past or people who are distant to us, rather than
to look just down the street and ask what we can do to help, here,
now. It is easier to give money rather than time and our skills. It is
easy to feel overwhelmed by the need.

On Friday, April 8 we have an opportunity to do some service in New
Orleans, and to learn first-hand from some of the people whose city we
will be visiting. Those of us who can, will work with Nat Turner and
his group of teachers/learning enthusiasts at Our School at Blair
Grocery (OSBG), helping them with some curriculum development. Nat
Turner is an educational innovator in NO who will be presenting with
Margaret Crocco and Bill Gaudelli on Teaching the Levees – and beyond,
at our Business Meeting on Sunday evening.

The plan is to meet with the OSBG staff from 8:00am (over breakfast)
until 1:00pm on Friday: visiting the garden then getting down to work.
Those of us who so desire will stay in touch electronically after the

OSBG has many volunteers and a group high school students doing the
physical work of the garden in the morning, then studying in the
afternoon. However they are dealing with the challenges of few
resources and teen-age students with elementary literacy skills.

This is where the power of using social studies ideas to drive the
taught curriculum lies. Here is an opportunity to have conversations
about how to help young people research and learn about their own
community and others, and in so doing gain the skills to talk
knowledgeably and persuasively with local decision-makers.

More concretely, we hope to : to start co-designing units or adapting
transdisciplinary units or successful projects; to identify where
current practices address official standards and benchmarks; to share
internet resources; perhaps to help write a grant for a One Laptop Per
Child program; consider other ideas you bring to the table.
Ultimately, those of us who are interested in this project will work
together with Nat and his team at OSBG to “empower youth to take
leadership in making New Orleans a city that ends hunger.”

Please let me know if this is something you would like to do on Friday
morning in New Orleans and those of us who are interested will be in
touch before the conference: omahony@oakland.edu

Or, alternatively, if you cannot make it on Friday but would like to
be of service, send me useful internet sites/portals for OSBG students
and teachers and we will set up an Internet Resource Bank.

Looking forward to an exciting conference in April,
Chair, RSSE SIG 2010-2011

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AERA Mixer

Graduate Students and Professors,

As we have been getting closer and closer to AERA, I have tracked down
a restaurant in New Orleans called “Huck Finn’s Cafe”
(www.huckfinnscafe.com) for our pay-your-own-way Graduate Student and
Professors Mingle evening.

Friday, 8 April @ 7:30 PM.

Connect with old and new SIG friends early in the conference.

I look forward to seeing you in the Big Easy!


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The Social Studies SIGnal

The Social Studies SIGnal
Noteworthy News and Views
From the AERA Research in Social Studies Education SIG
March 2011
Volume 1 Number 1

Editor: Theresa M. McCormick, Ph.D.
Auburn University

Research in Social Studies Education SIG website

A Note from the Chair…
SIG Chair: Carolyn O’Mahony, Ph.D. at Oakland University

The AERA annual meeting begins next week! It will be an excellent conference. For one thing, we will be back in New Orleans. As importantly, our RSSE SIG Program Chair, Ashley Lucas, leading members of the Board, has done an outstanding job of putting together the program for AERA 2011. We have a Service Learning Opportunity on Friday morning, a Grad Student/Faculty Gathering on Friday evening, a fascinating presentation and opportunity for conversation lined up for our Business Meeting slot on Sunday, and a slate of great presentations that are beautifully distributed across the conference days. Coordinating with the Teaching History SIG and Division C’s Section 2 means that you are in the position of having your best AERA conference yet.

As not all of you will be able to attend the annual meeting I would like to share a thought or two with you before my time as SIG Chair ends. These last two years have been times of transition for the RSSE SIG and for AERA. In 2009 AERA announced a major reorganization of its structure, including that the planning process for annual conferences would begin earlier and be completely web-based. You rose to the challenge and the numbers of proposals for our SIG remained stable, despite membership numbers dropping. As session allocations are based on proposals submitted, this energy has resulted in the SIG having a vital and significant presence at the Denver and New Orleans conferences. AERA decided to limit the number of people reviewing proposals which led to some reviewers having literally dozens of proposals to consider – over the traditional American summer. Once again, many of you rose to the occasion and volunteered your time.

Also in 2009, at the recommendation of a task force, members of the SIG voted to create a slate of officers, to distribute more widely the work required with supporting research in social studies education in AERA. That inaugural SIG Board is about to complete its term so I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nancy Gallavan, who smoothed the way as Chair 2009-2010; and our current, inaugural Board Members who met in Denver during AERA and in Denver during the NCSS conference in November and who have worked on their respective assignments in the interim: Jeff Passe, Secretary-Treasurer; Theresa McCormick, Newsletter Editor; Mark Helmsing, Webmaster; Chris Brkich, Graduate Student Representative; Jennifer James, Membership Chair; Fitchett, Nominations Chair;. Meghan Manfra, Assistant Program Chair; and Ashley Lucas, Program Chair. I learned much along the way and am so impressed by my colleagues. Many of them will be taking on new roles in our RSSE SIG 2010-2011 and will be working with a great group of new Board members. You can look forward to an energetic and healthy SIG Board supporting the work of educational researchers in, on and for social studies education.

However, our RSSE SIG needs your help. Membership numbers are lower. The economic situation has led to people not renewing their AERA memberships. Please encourage your colleagues with AERA memberships and interests in social studies, especially your graduate students, to join the RSSE SIG. As a group we need to consider if it is time to raise our $5 annual fee so that we can continue to show our support for our peers in such things as the Graduate Student Scholarship. Perhaps we should tie membership dues to the cost of a designer burger, cup of coffee, or adult beverage? Please send me your thoughts so that they can be added to our conversation on April 10.

It has been my pleasure and privilege to serve the RSSE SIG these past two years.
Happy and safe travels – and see you in New Orleans!

Congratulations to our newly elected board members for 2011 – 2012…

Chair: Ashley Lucas of Towson University has served as the Program Chair for the past year and will assume the role of Chair for 2011 – 2012. Her area of research is social studies education. She is currently working on a project that highlights teachers who are committed to multicultural issues and work in schools that are predominantly European American and affluent.

Program Chair: Meghan Manfra is the coordinator for the undergraduate and graduate secondary social studies programs at North Carolina State University. She serves as co-editor for the instructional technology section of Social Education and is an active member in the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies (NCCSS), the Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education (AACE), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Manfra’s current research interests include the integration of digital history to make social studies instruction more authentic and meaningful for students. A second line of inquiry focuses on teacher research for professional development. Using critical theory as the guiding framework, she is researching the manner in which teacher-directed inquiry can create more democratic classrooms.

Assistant Program Chair: Paul G. Fitchett is assistant professor of social studies education at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He has previously served as nominations and elections chair in the Research in Social Studies Education SIG. At the state level, Paul serves as president-elect of the North Carolina Professors of Social Studies Education and as an active executive board member for the North Carolina Council for Social Studies. His research interests include examining the impact of state and local educational policies on social studies curriculum and instruction. Paul is an integral research collaborator on the national study of social studies education being conducted in 44 states. His publications have appeared in journals such as Action in Teacher Education, Theory and Research in Social Education, the Journal of Social Studies Research, and Theory into Practice.

Graduate Student Representative: Stuart Collins’ primary fields of historical study are colonialism and postcolonialism. His Villanova experience provided me with a firm historical and philosophical foundation that is readily applicable to feminist, CRT, action
research, and other emerging qualitative epistomologies.

Membership Chair: Steven Camicia is an Assistant Professor at Utah State University. He researches curriculum and instruction in the areas of perspective consciousness, postcolonial theory, queer theory, global education, and social justice as they relate to democratic decision making processes. He is a former elementary school teacher, and in addition to chapters in edited books, he has been first author on research published in Theory and Research in Social Education, the Social Studies, Social Studies Research and Practice, International Journal of Social Studies Research, Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, Journal of Public Deliberation, and the London Review of Education.

Newsletter Editor: Stephanie C. Serriere is an Assistant Professor of elementary social studies at Penn State University. For seven years, she has been an active and devoted member of CUFA, NCSS, and the Social Studies AERA SIG. She is engaged in a large research project on civic engagement at the elementary school, investigating the experiences and products of engaged civic education. She has publications in Theory & Research in Social Education, Social Studies and the Young Learner, Social Education, and Social Studies Research and Practice on this topic and the status of social studies. She is a former elementary school teacher with diverse and global experience. Stephanie would make a superb newsletter editor because of her attention to detail, organization, and her diligent email communication.

Nominations & Elections Chair: Anne-Lise Halvorsen is an assistant professor of teacher education, specializing in social studies education, at Michigan State University. Halvorsen’s work focuses on elementary social studies education, the history of education, and teacher preparation in the social studies. She
teaches undergraduate courses in elementary social studies education and field instruction and doctoral courses in teacher education, quantitative methods, and the history of education. Halvorsen is involved in K-12 settings, most recently as a consultant for a Teaching American History Grant that uses lesson study. She is author and co-author of several journal articles and book chapters, and she is currently working on a book manuscript.

Secretary/Treasurer: Michelle Bauml is an assistant professor of Early Childhood/Social Studies education at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Her research interests include elementary social studies instruction, new teacher development, and teachers’ curricular & instructional decisionmaking. Currently, she is involved in case study research that explores how novice and expert teachers plan and implement integrated social studies instruction in elementary classrooms. Michelle’s authored or coauthored work has been published in Social Studies and the Young Learner, The Social Studies, the American Educational History Journal, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Teacher Education Quarterly.

Webmaster/Webmanager: Scott Wylie is a second year doctoral student in the Program in Social Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently working as a graduate assistant on the Understanding Fiscal Responsibility project to develop curriculum about the federal budget deficit and national debt. Scott’s responsibilities on this project include updating the project’s blog twice weekly (http://www.understandingfiscalresponsibility.org) and
maintaining the project’s social networking presence on Facebook and Twitter. Scott also serves as the webmaster for the NCSS Issues
Centered Education Community. He has helped the community transition to a new web platform and worked to increase awareness of the community both on and offline. Scott feels that a strong presence on the web is vital to maintaining communication among members and continuing collaboration on projects between conferences.

A Special Thank You…
RSSE wishes to extend a special “thank you to the following proposal reviewers:

Sohyun An at Augustana College
Wayne Au at University of Washington – Bothell
Steven Camicia at Utah State University
Antonio Castro at University of Missouri – Columbia
S. G. Grant at Binghamton University – SUNY
Elizabeth R. Hinde at Arizona State University
Todd Kenreich at Townson University
Meghan Manfra at North Carolina State University
Leisa Martin at The University of Akron
James Mayo at University of Minnesota
Scott Metzger at The Pennsylvania State University
Andrea Milligan at Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
Kathryn Obenchain at University of Texas – Austin
Carolyn O’Mahony at Oakland University
Jeff Passe at Townson University
Jeremy Stoddard at College of William and Mary
Cheryl Torrez at University of New Mexico
Omiunota Ukpokodu at University of Missouri – Kansas City
Stephanie VanHover at University of Virginia
Kevin Vinson @ University of the West Indies
Elizabeth Washington at University of Florida

The 2011 AERA Annual Meeting is meet Friday, April 08, 2011, through
Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in New Orleans, LA. The theme of the annual meeting is
“Inciting the Social Imagination: Education Research for the Public Good.”

Friday, April 8 @ 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Service Learning Opportunity: Service Learning at Our School at Blair Grocery. Join us at Cafe′ Du Monde, 800 Decatur Street. We will meet with the Our School at Blair Grocery (OSBG) staff over breakfast and help them with some curriculum development.

Friday, April 8 @ 7:30 Graduate Student & Professors Mingle Evening
Christopher Brkich, Doctoral Candiate at University of Florida has tracked down a restaurant in New Orleans called “Huck Finn’s Cafe” for a pay-your-own-way social gathering for graduate students and professors. Connect with old and new SIG friends early in the conference. Visit their website at http://www.huckfinnscafe.com

The SIG Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, April 10,
6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. New Orleans Marriott/Preservation Hall 3. This year’s invited presentation is titled “Teaching the Levees and Beyond” by Margaret Crocco and Bill Gaudelli, Teachers College, Columbia and their alumnus, Nat Turner, Director, Our School at Blair Grocery.

A listing of all our SIG sessions with titles of papers, authors, and their affiliations is attached to this email of so you can print it in advance. Bookmarks identifying the sessions, times, and locations will be available through our SIG at AERA.

Don’t Forget…
• When you renew your membership to AERA to also renew your membership to Research in Social Studies Education SIG!

• Be sure to submit your 2012 AERA proposal to the
Research in Social Studies Education SIG (#89). Watch for due dates!

• We’ll see you next year Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Friday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

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NCSS/CUFA in Denver

Planning on attending the 2010 convention for the National Council of the Social Studies?  Will you be attending the College and University Faculty Assembly of NCSS during the week?  Get in touch here with other colleagues by sharing your information and CUFA/NCSS plans in the Comments section of this post.  It would be a great time to share with others research you have been working on in social studies education and plans for the annual AERA meeting in New Orleans in April.

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Social Studies Research from Avner Segall

Dr. Avner Segall (Michigan State University) discusses some of his current research projects in social studies education.


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Social Studies Research from Anne-Lise Halvorsen

Dr. Anne-Lise Halvorsen (Michigan State University) provides an overview of some of her current research in social studies education

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