Episode 25: Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) with Joel Breakstone

In episode 25, Michael and Dan discuss the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) with their director Joel Breakstone.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. SHEG website: https://sheg.stanford.edu/
  2. SHEG Beyond the Bubble assessment website: http://beyondthebubble.stanford.edu/
  3. SHEG’s Historical Thinking Matters website: http://historicalthinkingmatters.org/
  4. You can find magazine articles, research articles, and books about the research SHEG has done on their website, including the article Joel discussed in the podcast:
    1. Reisman, A. (2012). Reading Like a Historian: A document-based history curriculum intervention in urban high schoolsCognition and Instruction, 33(1), 86-112.


Joel Breakstone directs the Stanford History Education Group. He received his Ph.D. from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Along with Mark Smith and Sam Wineburg, he led the development of SHEG’s assessment website, Beyond the Bubble. He received the Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award from the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) in 2014. He holds a B.A. in history from Brown University and a M.A. in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College. After graduating college, he taught high school history in Thetford, Vermont, for six years. His research focuses on how teachers use assessment data to inform instruction (Bio on SHEG website). You can find him on Twitter @joelbreakstone.

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