Teaching Inquiry About Race and Democracy Through Primary Sources (K-6 Event)


National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and National Council for History Education (NCHE) are proud to present a special two-night professional learning event on teaching inquiry about race and democracy through the use of primary sources in K-12 social studies and history classrooms.

Each night, this program will preview a chapter from NCSS’ forthcoming online methods texts, Inquiry and Teaching with Primary Sources to Prepare Students for College, Career, and Civic Life, and a panel discussion and Twitter chat with the chapter’s author and a history scholar, moderated by NCSS and NCHE leaders. Join us to discuss why teaching inquiry about race and democracy through primary sources is essential to social studies inquiry.

This program is made possible through the generous funding from the Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) grant.

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The schedule of events is below (all times Eastern):

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - Why Use Elementary K-6 Inquiry to Teach About Race and Democracy Through Primary Sources?

7:00 - 7:10 Welcome Remarks and Video Introductions from Library of Congress TPS Manager Vivian Awumey and TPS Lead Coach Dr. Scott Waring, NCSS Executive Director Dr. Lawrence Paska, NCHE Executive Director Grace Leatherman

7:10 - 8:00 Elementary K-6 Inquiry Session with Dr. Amanda Vickery

8:00 - 8:30 Panel Discussion moderated by NCHE President Dr. Kristy Brugar: “Why is teaching inquiry about race and democracy through primary sources so essential to the K-6 classroom?”


Kristy Brugar, Ph.D.
Moderator, NCHE President 2020-2021

Kristy is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman, OK. Previously, she was an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and a middle school social studies teacher in Maryland and Michigan. Dr. Brugar earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from Michigan State University. Dr. Brugar is a recipient of the OU Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education Junior Faculty Award (2017), the National Council for the Social Studies, College and University Faculty Assembly Early Career Award (2017), and the OU Robert L. and Nan A. Huddleston Presidential Professor of Education (2018). She is a long-time member of both NCHE and NCSS. Her research interests include social studies and history education, interdisciplinary instruction involving history/social studies, literacy, and visual arts, and teacher development.

Tikia K. Hamilton, Ph.D.
Historian, CEO, Triple Ivy Writing and Educational Solutions

Tikia is a graduate of the Department of History at Princeton University, where she completed her Ph.D. in 2015. She also holds an MA in African American Studies from Columbia University and a BA in History from Dartmouth College. Dr. Hamilton also has taught at a number of prestigious institutions, including Princeton and Loyola University, as well as the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, Sidwell Friends in Washington, D.C., and the Latin School of Chicago. She also is the recipient of the Spencer Fellowship under the National Academy of Education, the Mellon Fellowship, and numerous other fellowships and grants. Currently, she is completing revisions for her first book, entitled Making a Model System: The Battle for Educational Equality in the Nation's Capital before Brown. She also operates Triple Ivy Writing and Educational Solutions, where she coaches writers and designs workshops centered around history and matters of race, gender, and social justice. She also has written a number of Op-eds focusing on the same. She is a proud graduate of the Chicago Public Schools. You can find her on Facebook at Tikia K. Hamilton or visit her website at tripleivy.com.

Amanda E. Vickery, Ph.D.
Writer, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education and Administration, University of North Texas

Amanda is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education and Anti-Racist Education at the University of North Texas. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary social studies methods. Her research focuses on how Black women teachers utilize experiential and community knowledge to reconceptualize the construct of citizenship. Additionally, she explores Black women as critical citizens within the U.S. civic narrative. Her scholarship has been published in Theory and Research in Social Education, Urban Education, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Curriculum Inquiry, Journal of Social Studies Research, Multicultural Perspectives, Gender and Education, The Social Studies, Social Education, The High School Journal, Social Studies Research and Practice, and The International Journal of Multicultural Education. Dr. Vickery is active in the social studies community serving as Chair of the Executive Board of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). In 2019 she was awarded the CUFA Early Career Award in recognition of her scholarship, teaching, and service to the field of social studies. Dr. Vickery is a former middle school social studies teacher.