Public & Professional Works

Black History Education in Chicago: Past, Present, & Futures

Chicago has a rich history of Black history education that we can draw on in the present to build new futures. Join Michael Hines, author of A Worthy Piece of Work about the introduction of the first Black history curriculum in Chicago Public Schools, and other education professional leaders for a timely discussion. Together, they will look at where Black history education has been, where it is today, and where it must go for better futures.

Illinois State Board of Education

Member of the Illinois Social Science Standards Review Working Group (2020-2021). The objective of the review is to ensure the social science standards are historically accurate, inclusive, bias-free, and, culturally responsive and sustainable.

I organized and facilitated a panel on the revised standards in July 2021 featuring several educators and one student from the working group.

Anti-Defamation League

Reviewed and provided feedback on the ADL civics curriculum (2020), a comprehensive one-semester curriculum for high school including timely lesson plans that encourage students to understand their role in government and society and to actively engage in their communities. While utilizing ADL Education’s anti-bias framework, the 80-lesson curriculum focuses on six major themes: Civic Participation, Structures of Democracy, Social Justice and Civil Rights, Power and Privilege, Identity and Membership and Media and News Literacy. Through these themes, the curriculum invites students to stretch their ideas of what an active democracy looks like and requires.

NEH Summer Institutes for Teachers

“Rethinking the Gilded Age & Progressivisms: Race, Democracy, & Capitalism, 1877-1920” (2013, 2015-2017, 2019, & 2023)


“Chicago Tonight,” WTTW. Chicago’s Next Mayor Faces Pressing Public Education Issues. (March 28, 2023).

The Next Generation Politics Podcast, “We Are The Missing Link” (January 6, 2022).

Sino-American Education Research Association “Love, Hope, Unity, Peace” Symposium (August 8, 2020).

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers, Episode #65 (May 4, 2018).


Public Voice Fellow, The OpEd Project (2018)

Civic Engagement Fellow, Service Learning & Civics Education Consortium Chicago (2018-2019)


Editorial Board, Multicultural Education Review

Editor, Review of Research in Education, volume 45 (2021), “Quality of Research Evidence in Education: How do we know?”

Associate Editor, Review of Research in Education, volume 43 (2019), “Changing Teaching Practice in P-20 Settings.”

Curriculum Development

Chicago Public Schools “Reparations Won!” Curriculum Revisions Working Group (2021).

Chicago Public Schools “Global Civics Initiative” (2011-2014).


Social Science Subject Matter Expert, Curriculum Equity Initiative, Chicago Public Schools (2020-2021).

Partner & Content Expert for Civics and International Baccalaureate Professional Learning Community (2018).

Lesson Study “Knowledgeable Other” for George Westinghouse College Prep (2017) and South Shore Fine Arts Academy (2018).

Implementation of Standards-Based Grading, Eric Solorio Academy High School (2012).


Co-founder, Big City District-University Social Studies Group

Board of Trustees, Intercultural Studies for the Future

Scholarship Review Committee, Wentcher Foundation


Conference Site Co-Chair, 14th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (2015)

Member of Local Arrangements Committee, International Baccalaureate Conference of the Americas 2015

Member of Organizing Committee, Beyond These Times: Reimagining Schooling. Conversation with Tony Wagner & Connie Yowell (2013)

Member of Organizing Committee, Beyond These Times: Reimagining Schooling. Conversation with James Gee & Richard Elmore (2013)

Member of Organizing Committee, Lessons from the Future, Part One: The Changing World. An evening with Kieran Egan (2012)

Member of Organizing Committee, Lessons from the Future, Part Two: The Changing Mind. An evening with James Gee (2012)

Lead Organizer, What will it take to change the way we think about teaching history? (2011)

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