James Davis is Executive Director of the Social Science Education Consortium in Boulder, Colorado. He received his Ed.D. in social science education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. An active NCSS member for more than 30 years and a former social studies teacher, he has developed curriculum materials and teacher resources for both elementary and secondary levels.
Phyllis Fernlund is Dean of the School of Education at Sonoma State University. She received her B.A. and M.A. in the teaching of history from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and her Ph.D. in education from Northwestern University. A former high-school social studies teacher, she has developed curriculum and professional development materials for K–12, business, and higher education.
Peter Woll is Professor of Politics at Brandeis University. He received his B.A. from Haverford College and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. His fields of specialization include American Government and Constitutional Law. Professor Woll has written 14 books, including American
Government: Reading and Cases (2004) and American Government: Competition and Compromise (2001).
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Ed.D., has served as an education consultant to more than 1,000 schools across the nation and abroad. Dr. Jacobs serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Curriculum on Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has written two bestselling books and numerous articles on curriculum reform. She received an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and completed her doctoral work at Columbia University’s Teachers College in 1981. The core of Dr. Jacobs’ experience comes from her years teaching high school, middle school, and elementary school students. As an educational consultant, she works with K–12 schools and districts on curriculum reform and strategic planning.
Michal LeVasseur is the Executive Director of the National Council for Geographic Education. She is an instructor in the College of Education at Jacksonville State University and works with the Alabama Geographic Alliance. Her undergraduate and graduate work were in the fields of anthropology (B.A.), geography (M.A.), and science education (Ph.D.). Dr. LeVasseur’s specialization has moved increasingly into the area of geography education. Since 1996 she has served as the Director of the National Geographic Society’s Summer Geography Workshops. As an educational consultant, she has worked with the National Geographic Society as well as with schools and organizations to develop programs and curricula for geography.