Authors for IMPACT Social Studies:
An Elementary Social Studies Curriculum

The IMPACT Social Studies authors and consulting authors are educational leaders and well-respected experts in social studies, literacy, and instruction. Each bring research-based practices and diverse perspectives to the program.

James Banks, Ph.D.

Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and Director, Center for Multicultural Education, University of Washington

Seattle, WA

Area(s) of Expertise: Multicultural relevancy, History of race

Kevin Colleary Ph.D.

Curriculum and Teaching Department, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University

New York, NY

Area(s) of Expertise: Literacy

William Deverall, Ph.D.

Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and Professor of History, University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Area(s) of Expertise: U.S. History, History of the West

Daniel Lewis, Ph.D.

Dibner Senior Curator, The Huntington Library

Los Angeles, CA

Area(s) of Expertise: Artifacts, Science connections

Elizabeth Logan, Ph.D.

Associate Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Area(s) of Expertise: History of the West

Walker Parker, Ph.D.

Professor of Social Studies Education and Adjunct Professor of Political Science, University of Washington

Seattle, WA

Area(s) of Expertise: Inquiry, Elementary social studies methods

Emily Schell, Ph.D.

Professor, Teacher Education, San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

Area(s) of Expertise: Global citizenship, Geography

Jana Echevarria, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita, California State University

Long Beach, CA

Area(s) of Expertise: English Language Learners (ELLs)

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D.

Professor, Educational Leadership, San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

Area(s) of Expertise: Literacy

Jay McTighe

Columbia, MD

Area(s) of Expertise: Understanding by Design, Essential Questions

Rebecca Valbuena, M.E.

K-5 Teacher on Special Assignment/Academic Coach, Glendora Unified School District

Glendora, CA

Area(s) of Expertise: Inquiry, C3 framework

Carlos Ulloa, Ed.D.

Principal, Escondido Union School District Escondido Union School District

Escondido, CA

Area(s) of Expertise: Dual Language Learners

Tahira Dupree Chase

Superintendent of Schools, Greenburgh Central School District

Hartsdale, NY

Area(s) of Expertise: Implementation, Teacher and student experience, Global citizens, International baccalaureate, Social emotional learning

Nafees Khan

Clemson University, Department of Education

Clemson, SC

Area(s) of Expertise: Enslaved People, Social studies methods