Andrea Libresco, a professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Technology in the School of Education, recently co-edited a new textbook, Notable Books, Notable Lessons: Putting Social Studies Back in the K-8 Curriculum (ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2017).
Recently, the amount of time and resources allocated to teaching social studies has been significantly reduced, creating a need for these lessons to be integrated with other subjects. Libresco’s book provides teachers, librarians, and education methods professors with strategies, lesson plans, and activities that allow them to use literature to teach social studies.
Libresco has written on a variety of topics, including standardized testing, exemplary social studies teachers, children’s literature, civic engagement, and women’s history. Most recently, she was lead author of the book, Every Book is a Social Studies Book: How to Meet Standards with Picture Books, K-6 and is currently co-editor of the elementary department of the national journal, Social Education.