Rethinking how we teach history

Sheila Sundar holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Hampshire College and a Master’s Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She began her career in education in 2003 as a history teacher in the New York City Public Schools.  She is the author of “Watching the Sky: Human Rights in the 20th Century” and “War and Participation,” the curriculum guides for the documentary films Watchers of the Sky and The Recruiter.  She previously directed education programs for the Egypt office of Education for Employment, where she developed civic education programs for youth and trained educators throughout the Middle East on student-centered, participatory teaching.

Ms. Sundar is also the Founding Director of the Southern History Project, an organization which develops comprehensive curricula for Southern classrooms, connecting the history and challenges of the American South to those of the global South. Southern History Project content is informed by a team of scholars, activists, and historians, and implemented through close collaboration with partner schools. The mission of the Southern History Project is to reshape the teaching of social studies throughout the American South by engaging students in the questions of the past and the challenges of today–on a regional, national, and global level.

Sci High and the Southern History Project were recently featured on National Public Radio’s Southern Education Desk. Click here to listen.

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