Empower Critical Thinking and Informed Reasoning in Your Social Studies Curriculum: Primary Sources: Webinar

Empower Critical Thinking and Informed Reasoning in Your Social Studies Curriculum: Primary Sources: Webinar

Social studies and history curricula are about so much more than remembering the names, facts, and dates of popular historical events. The National Council for the Social Studies says the “primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.” So, what tools can we as educators use to help them achieve that goal? In this webinar, instructional designer Waneta Hebert and Andrew Gyory, Ph.D., editor in chief of Infobase’s Issues & Controversies and Issues & Controversies in History, will discuss using supplemental materials in the social studies curriculum—including (but not limited to!) primary sources and document-based questions (DBQs)—to help students become better critical thinkers and thoughtful, educated citizens.

You will learn:

  • Research-based strategies to support the development of civic-minded students.
  • Ways to use DBQs in social studies classrooms and beyond.
  • How supplemental materials, such as primary sources, can:
    • Engage students with the power of choice.
    • Empower students to explore their interests.
    • Elevate struggling students with additional support.
    • Extend high-achieving students to new heights.

“I didn’t really know what to expect but was truly inspired by the work and dedication by Andrew and his team. Thanks for a great hour.”—webinar participant

About the Presenters:

Waneta HebertWaneta Hebert is an instructional designer and lecturer with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Kent State University, a Master of Education from the University of Houston, and she is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education at Sam Houston State University. With experience on all sides of instruction—as the designer, the instructor, and the student—Waneta is an expert in course design and instructional technology in K–12 through higher education, online, face-to-face, and nearly everything in between.


Andrew Gyory has been affiliated with Infobase Publishing for more than 17 years. He is the editor in chief in charge of the News Services division at Infobase, including the Issues & Controversies, World News Digest, Polling the Nations, and Issues & Controversies in History databases.  

He holds a B.A. in American History from Middlebury College, where he graduated with High Honors, and a Ph.D. In American History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He has held teaching positions at Montclair State University (Montclair, N.J), Brookdale Community College (Lincroft, N.J.), and Hunter College (New York, N.Y.), and is the author of Closing the Gate: Race, Politics, and the Chinese Exclusion Act.

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