Joan Brodsky Schur

Title: Social Studies Educator, Curriculum Developer, Author
Location:  New York City, New York, United States 

Joan Brodsky Schur has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in social studies education and curriculum development.

As many teachers know too well, it isn’t enough to just be enthusiastic and passionate about a subject in order to be a successful educator. Teachers must find a way to connect with students and engage them in a way that is synergistic to their learning styles. For more than 45 years, Ms. Schur has demonstrated her natural ability to do just that. She is celebrated by colleagues and former students as a teacher who cares, a teacher who is engaging and a teacher who has shown countless students how to love history. Since 2002, she has been a social studies consultant for the City and Country Schools in New York, NY. In addition, she is an instructor for the Bank Street College for Continuing Professional Studies. Previously, she found success in numerous roles with the Village Community School including social studies curriculum coordinator, upper school coordinator, teacher, and high school advisor. Additionally, Ms. Schur has shared her expertise in academia as an author. She has published several teaching packets and lessons through PBS Online and authored such publications as “First Feminists of Egypt: The Early Twentieth Century,” “Historical Memory: Thinking Critically about Museums and Monuments with Students,” “Lessons on Sufism and Music, Women and Resistance ant the Jataka Tale,” and “Enemy of the Reich: A Muslim Woman Defies the Nazis,” among many others.

To share her experience and expertise with other professionals in her industry, Ms. Schur has participated in several career-related endeavors. Notably, she was a fellow of the TEACH Program in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, a board member of the Middle East Outreach Council, a consultant for the Lefferts History House, member of the Alumni Council at the Dalton School, governor of the board for the Village Community School, consultant for the New York Public Library and member of the executive committee for the City and Country School. When asked of her professional excellence, Mr. Schur mentions that her own education has played an important role in her accomplishments. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in history from the College of Arts and Science at New York University, as well as a MAT from the Graduate School of Education at New York University. She is a certified teacher of English for grades 7 through 12, as well as a certified teacher for junior high school English. As she looks to the future, Ms. Schur intends to continue in her work in academia and as a prominent writer in her field.

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