Social Studies Central is designed to provide you with tools, strategies, and ideas to improve instruction and engage kids in high level learning. You’ll find historical thinking lesson plans, helpful sites, technology integration tools, and links to my presentations. Be sure to check out History Tech, the latest in social studies technology integration, and the SSC Tip of the Week.

I enjoy working with teachers and look forward to spending time in your district or at your conference! Find out more about how to make that happen.

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History Tech blog

Find all sorts of ideas, tools, and best practices at History Tech. Feel free to browse around, subscribe to the feed, or leave a comment.

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After 15 years in the classroom, I now get the chance to support and encourage innovative instruction.

C4 Framework

The C4 Framework focuses on four themes – Collect, Collaborate, Create and Communicate – that can help you design high-quality instruction.


My podcasts are a lot like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup – it’s the best of both social studies instruction and tech integration.

Looking for resources?

Find tons of great online tools by exploring the different Instructional Resources pages. Want to know what I like? Be sure to check out my Favorite Five on each page!



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Every Friday I post a new Social Studies tip, teaching strategy, or handy web site for you to try out with your kids. You can also receive the Tip of the Week via email by signing up here. We’ll add you to our Tip of the Week mailing list and presto! Once a week in your inbox. If you missed a few Tips or want to go back and review previous Tips, hand on over to the handy, dandy Tip Archive.

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  • Minnesota Council for the Social Studies
    Historical Thinking Skills vs Fake News. No Contest!
    St Paul MN
    March 2018
  • MACE Conference
    Low Tech? High Tech? Using Whatever Works
    Manhattan KS
    March 2018
  • National Social Studies Supervisors Association Conference
    Fake News Bad. Historical Thinking Skills Good.

    San Francisco CA
    November 2017
  • Kansas Council for the Social Studies Conference
Social Studies & ELA: Mashing Up the Literacies

    Wichita KS
    November 2017
  • Kansas Department of Education
Google Tools for Increasing Literacy Skills
    Wichita KS
    October 2017
  • Kileen Social Studies Academy
Historical Thinking in the 21st Century
    Kileen TX
    August 2017
  • ElevateEd
    Creating Academic Discomfort: The Problem is the Solution
    Indianapolis IN
    July 2017
  • KSDE Summer Academy
Fake News: It’s a Real Thing
    Topeka KS
    June 2017