Joan Brodsky Schur is an education consultant, author, and teacher whose fields of interest include American History, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, Islam in World History, Modern European History and literature related to those fields. Learning and teaching are her passions in life. As a curriculum developer and workshop presenter, she brings to bear more than thirty years of classroom experience as well as extensive world travel in pursuit of cross-cultural understanding. For Bank Street College of Education Joan leads a program for American educators held each spring in Morocco.
She is the author of Eyewitness to the Past: Strategies for Teaching American History in Grades 5-12 (Stenhouse 2007) which examines six types of primary historical sources like diaries, travelogues, letters, and news articles, and provides interactive strategies to help students analyze the unique properties of each.
Joan has also written books for school libraries, edited a literary anthology for high school students, and published extensively for professional journals and websites, including those of PBS and the National Archives. She is a regular presenter at national conferences and teacher training workshops.