Education News and the Haberman Education Foundation have named Hofstra University School of Education Professor Alan Singer a recipient of the 2013 Upton Sinclair Award. According to the website, the award is “an innovative search for the unsung heroes of American and international education.” Of the honorees: “some of these leaders were ‘muckrakers’ in the spirit of Upton Sinclair, others have led grass roots movements, others have been writers, scholars, researchers, and some have made contributions to policy.”
Dr. Singer is a professor of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership and the program director of Hofstra’s graduate programs in Social Studies Education. He is a former New York City high school social studies teacher and is editor of Social Science Docket, a joint publication of the New York and New Jersey Councils for the Social Studies.
He is the author of Teaching Global History (Routledge, 2011), New York and Slavery: Time to Teach the Truth (SUNY Press, Excelsior Editions, 2008), Social Studies for Secondary Schools (Routledge, 3rd edition, 2008), and editor of a 268-page secondary school curriculum guide, New York and Slavery: Complicity and Resistance.
Dr. Singer was a co-director of the New York State Great Irish Famine Curriculum Guide and the editor of the “New York and Slavery: Complicity and Resistance” curriculum guide. Both curriculum projects were recipients of National Council for the Social Studies Program of Excellence Awards. He is a frequent contributor to Social Education and other professional publications. He also blogs for Huffington Post.
In 2011 the Long Island Conference for the Social Studies awarded Dr. Singer the Mark Rothman Teacher Mentoring Award, for his commitment to students and continued excellence in education. As an active Hofstra faculty member presents or co-presents numerous lectures and workshops for Hofstra students and K-12 classes on issues such as the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, New York’s complicity in the slave trade, the racial divide in education; and immigration reform.