Welcome! This site is dedicated to sharing my work in K-12 social studies, qualitative method(ologies), and teacher education. For a printable version of my CV, please email me at sbs5180@psu.edu.

Acknowledgements: All education takes place on Indigenous lands. I acknowledge the need for social studies education, and indeed all education, to teach in ways that affirm and sustain the many identities of students and teachers in- and outside our classroom communities. As a non-Indigenous teacher educator-activist-scholar, I follow Dr. Bettina Love’s call to be a “co-conspirator” and Quechua scholar Dr. Sandy Grande’s call to “commit to collectivity” to work alongside fellow educators and communities to bring needed changes in K-12 education and teacher education.

About me:

Sarah Shear Pic

I am an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at Penn State University-Altoona. I earned my doctorate in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum from the University of Missouri in 2014 with concentrations in social studies education and Indigenous studies. My work examines K-12 social studies curriculum within Indigenous contexts, as well as race and settler colonialism in K-12 social studies teacher education, popular media, and qualitative methodologies. I am published in Theory and Research in Social Education, Knowledge Cultures, Social Studies and the Young Learner, and Qualitative Inquiry. In addition, I have several book chapters and co-edited (Re)Imagining Elementary Social Studies: A Controversial Issues Reader(Information Age Press, 2018). My co-edited text, Marking the Invisible: Articulating Whiteness in Social Studies Education, is forthcoming from Information Age Press in 2019. I present my work at the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies (CUFA-NCSS), American Educational Research Association, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, National Association for Multicultural Education, and Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. My work is featured by Zinn Project, Teaching Tolerance, Huffington Post, and I am also a featured speaker at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. I am currently the Book/Media Review Editor at the Journal of Social Studies Research and serves on the Social Studies and the Young Learner Editorial Board, CUFA Executive Board, and NCSS Publications Committee.