Teaching Fellows Program

The Choices Teaching Fellows Program promotes excellence in social studies by supporting a corps of master teachers who conduct teacher-centered professional development and outreach activities nationwide.

Summer Leadership Institute

Each summer, approximately 20 educators from across the country are selected on a competitive basis to participate in a Choices Leadership Institute held at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. For one week, teachers learn from scholars, engage in best practices workshops, and learn from their peers in an intensive, rewarding environment. Applications are usually available in January; notification of acceptance is usually in March.

We welcome applications from secondary social studies educators in all public, private and parochial schools. Choices also welcomes librarians, literature teachers and college educators.

Conducting Outreach

Upon completion of the Institute, these educators—now called Choices Teaching Fellows—return to their respective communities and conduct outreach activities. Choices encourages its Teaching Fellows to tailor their activities to their own interests and strengths, and provides resources to help them conduct outreach. This outreach can take a number of forms; See some of the Choices Teaching Fellows below to hear what they have done.

Supporting Colleagues

Teaching Fellows assist their colleagues in implementing Choices materials by sharing their expertise and sharing their voice in our Teacher Conversations. Listen and read about how Teaching Fellows use and adapt our materials. Not sure which units will work in your course? Learn which units our Teaching Fellows pair with their courses.

See a complete list of Choices Teaching Fellows.

Meet Choices Teaching Fellows


Kevin Conlon

Kevin Conlon has conducted a Choices webinar on Afghanistan, presented at local conferences and was a lead facilitator at the 2012 Choices Institute in Chicago.


Sarah Lundy

Sarah Lundy is a former classroom teacher and currently an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction who has completed and published research comparing how high school social studies students engage with a digital version of Choices curriculum versus a print text edition. She is a frequent workshop presenter and summer Institute facilitator.


Linda Hammon

As a Choices Teaching Fellow, Linda has conducted numerous Choices workshops around the state for geography teachers. She has presented at the Texas Council for the Social Studies conference and the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education conferences, as well as in numerous school districts. Linda enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for Choices units by conducting demonstrations in Methods classes at local institutions of higher education and in her own college courses at Texas State University.


Claire Heskestad

Claire Heskestad has presented at the conferences of Long Island Council for the Social Studies, Westchester Council for the Social Studies, and the New York State Council for the Social Studies. She wrote an article on using The United Nations: Challenges and Change unit for the UNA-Westchester Global Connection Newsletter.