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Amy Allen, Assistant Professor, Elementary Education

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Amy Allen, Assistant Professor, Elementary Education

School of Education
1750 Kraft Drive
Room 2017 (0302)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8242  |

Amy Allen is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies in the Elementary Education Program. Throughout her time teaching at the elementary level, Amy focused on engaging young students in complex and thoughtful dialogue and integrating social studies concepts throughout all subject areas. These experiences served as a catalyst for many of her teaching and research interests which broadly include elementary social studies, place based learning, and inservice teacher professional development. In writing about elementary social studies, her research focuses primarily on the ability of young students to participate in classroom discussions. She is also interested in researching various ways teachers integrate children’s books about social studies topics into the time and space devoted to language arts, using them as an avenue to enter into discussion and dialogue about issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice that are often neglected in the elementary classroom.

  • Elementary social studies
  • Discussion-based teaching strategies
  • Place-based learning
  • In-service teacher professional development
  • Ph.D., Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, Emphasis in Social Studies Education, University of Oklahoma
  • M.S., Education Technology, University of Central Missouri
  • B.E.Ed., Elementary Education, University of Central Missouri
  • Board of Directors, Social Science Education Consortium
  • Director of Educational Development, The Academy
  • Instructor, University of Oklahoma
  • Information Age Publishing, Young Scholar Award, 2019
  • University of Oklahoma, William B. Ragan Memorial Scholarship, 2019
  • Oxford Teacher Seminar, Exceptional Teacher Fellowship, 2019
  • Social Science Education Consortium, Young Scholar Award, 2019
  • University of Oklahoma, Kern and Ruth Chastaine Johnson Scholarship, 2018
  • University of Oklahoma, Sooner Heritage Scholarship, 2018
  • Social Science Education Consortium, Young Scholar Award, 2018
  • University of Oklahoma Center for the History of Liberty, Visions of America Grant, 2017


Allen, A. (June 2022). Moving Beyond Hanukkah and the Holocaust: Teaching Religion Through Discussion and Diverse Text Sets. Social Science Education Consortium. Dublin, Ireland.

Allen, A. (2021). Communicating conclusions and taking informed action. In K. Brugar & K. Roberts (Eds.), Real Classrooms, Real Teachers: The C3 Inquiry in Practice. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Coucke, K., Allen, A., and Beach, S.A. (2021). Literacy curriculum guide in mother tongue and English for women in Northern Uganda. Norman, OK: Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, University of Oklahoma. 

Allen, A. (2020). Bridging the gap: One school’s attempt to build community through service learning. In T. Heafner, T. Rock, & L. Handler (Eds.), The Divide Within: Intersections of Realities, Facts, Theories, and Practices. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Allen, A. (2019). Where are the women? A continuing controversy. Social Studies and the Young Learner. 31(3), 19-23.

Allen, A. (2018). Teach like Socrates: Encouraging critical thinking in elementary social studies. Social Studies and the Young Learner 31(1), 4-9.


Allen, A. (April 2022). “We don’t often have examples”: Investigating How Teachers Learn Through Class Discussion. AERA Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA.

Allen, A. (November 2021). Historical Narratives and Place-Based Education as a Catalyst for Social Change. College and University Faculty Assembly Annual Conference. Online.

Allen, A. (October 2021). It's More Than Hanukkah and the Holocaust! Teaching Judaism in Elementary Classrooms. International Research Society for Children’s Literature Bi-annual Congress. Online.

Allen, A. (October 2021). Discussion Based Teaching Strategies for Engaging History Lessons in the Elementary Classroom. Oklahoma Council of History Educators Annual Conference. Edmond, OK.

Allen, A. (August 2021). Critical Features of Professional Development: Investigating How Inservice Teachers Learn Through Discussion. Association of Teacher Educators Summer Conference. Online.

Allen, A. (June 2021). Connecting History to Current Events by Engaging in Place-Based Education. Social Science Education Consortium. Online.

Allen, A. (June 2021). Teaching Socratically in the Elementary Classroom. Society for Classical Learning Annual Conference. Charleston, SC.

Heafner, T., Handler, L., Rock, T., Journell, W., Vesperman, D., Leet-Otley, J., Morris, W., Bohan, C., Davis, J., Konto, D. & Allen, A. (January 2021). Talk to the Authors: The Divide Within. Social Science Education Consortium Webinar Series. Online.

Savage, D., Harp, E., Allen, A., Alsup, K., & Wilson, C. (January 2021). History Hints and Habits for All. Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference. Online.

Journell, W., Heafner, T., Norwood, J., Handler, L., Rock, T., Vesperman, D., Fitchett, P., Leet-Otley, J., Morris, W., Bohan, C., & Allen, A. (November 2020). The Divide Within: Intersections of Realities, Facts, Theories, and Practices. College and University Faculty Assembly Annual Conference. Online.

Allen, A. (March 2020). Teach Like Socrates! Socratic Methods in the Elementary Classroom. School of the Ozarks & The Classical Thistle Annual Classical Education Conference. Point Lookout, MO.

Allen, A. (July 2019). How do Goals and Intentions of Volunteer Service Impact the Actions and Beliefs of Those Involved? Social Science Education Consortium. Charlotte, NC.

Allen, A. (February 2019). Does it Help or Hurt? Explicit and Implicit Intentions of Mandatory Community Service. University of Oklahoma Diversity Scholars Conference. Norman, OK.

Allen, A. (December 2018). Channeling Socrates: Inquiry Strategies that get Elementary Students to Think! National Council for Social Studies Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.

Waring, S., Widdall, V., Shear, S., Sabzalian, L., Hawkman, A., & Allen, A. (December 2018). Best Practice in Meaningful Elementary Social Studies. National Council for Social Studies Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.

Allen, A. (June 2018). Considering the Implementation of Socratic Philosophies in Elementary Social Studies. Social Science Education Consortium. Florence, Italy.

Allen, A. (February 2018). Developing Critical Consciousness in Elementary Classrooms with Compelling Questions. University of Oklahoma Social Justice Conference. Norman, OK.

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