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Rachel Thompson is a curriculum specialist and writer, and is currently the Educational Outreach Director at the George C. Marshall International Center. Mrs. Thompson recently completed a series of lessons for the Web site of the White House Historical Association,, and for WETA’s educational site, She has written teacher’s guides for many WETA video productions, and for educational projects of USA Today, Time-Life, and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. Before becoming an educational writer, Mrs. Thompson was for thirty-one years a U.S. History and American Government teacher. Her undergraduate degree is from Carson-Newman College in East Tennessee, and she received her Master’s in Secondary Social Studies Curriculum at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.

Nancy Hall is a former educational writer and social studies teacher for the Fairfax County, Virginia, public schools. She is vice president of children's activities for the Opera Guild of Northern Virginia and a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children (CASA) for the Fairfax County Court system. Nancy received a B.A. in history form Duke University and a Master’s in Education from the University of Virginia. She writes educational articles and lesson plans for PBS on a regular basis.

Michael Hutchison teaches social studies at Lincoln High School in Vincennes, Indiana, and at Vincennes University. In 1996, Michael was named a national winner of the 21st Century Teacher competition, a recognition which was repeated in 1997. In 1998, Compaq named Michael a first-place prizewinner in its Teacher Lesson Plan contest, and in 1999, Michael was named the Midwest regional winner in Technology & Learning magazine's Teacher of the Year program. In 2002, Michael was named "Teacher of the Year" by the Indiana Computer Educators and "Technology-Using Teacher of the Year" by the International Society for Technology in Education. In addition, Michael hosts a weekly social studies forum for TAPPED IN, works as a staff member for ED Oasis, and serves as a faculty member of Connected University, as well as a member of the PBS TeacherSource Advisory Group.

Joan Brodsky Schur
is Social Studies Curriculum Consultant for the Village Community School in New York City where she has taught Social Studies and English for over 20 years. She is co-author of In A New Land: An Anthology of Immigrant Literature and creator of the American Letters series published by Interact. Joan’s articles have appeared regularly in Social Education, and her work can be found at the Web sites of the National Archives, PBS TeacherSource, and the National Council for Teachers of English. Joan is currently serving on the PBS TeacherSource Advisory Group for 2002-2003 and on the International Activities Committee of the National Council for the Social Studies for 2002-2005.

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