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Alan J. Singer - Hofstra University. Hempstead, NY, US

Alan J. Singer Alan J. Singer

Professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology | Hofstra University


Alan Singer specializes in social studies education and United States history.




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Alan Singer is a professor of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership and the director for social studies education programs. Dr. Singer is a former New York City high school social studies teacher and is editor of Social Science Docket, a joint publication of the New York and New Jersey Councils for the Social Studies. He is the author of Teaching Global History (Routledge, 2011), New York and Slavery: Time to Teach the Truth (SUNY Press, Excelsior Editions, 2008), Social Studies for Secondary Schools (Routledge, 3rd edition, 2008), and editor of a 268-page secondary school curriculum guide, New York and Slavery: Complicity and Resistance. In 2011, the Long Island Conference for the Social Studies awarded Dr. Singer the Mark Rothman Teacher Mentoring Award, for his commitment to students and continued excellence in education.

He received his Masters and Doctoral degrees from Rutgers University and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

Industry Expertise (2)

Research Education/Learning

Areas of Expertise (4)

Social Studies Education United States History History of Slavery Teaching race. ethnicity and class

Accomplishments (2)

Mark Rothman Teacher Mentoring Award


Long Island Conference for the Social Studies

2015 – 2016 New York Distinguished Social Studies Educator Award (professional)


Dr. Alan Singer won the 2015 – 2016 New York Distinguished Social Studies Educator Award, which is given to an individual who exemplifies the best in professional social studies education in New York State.

Education (3)

Rutgers University: PhD 1982

Rutgers University: MA 1974

City University of New York-Brooklyn College: BA 1971

Media Appearances (5)

Make-believe at Hempstead schools

Newsday  online


In this op-ed for Newsday, Alan Singer, a professor in the School of Education and an expert on public education issues, discusses how the district’s state-appointed special adviser’s latest student performance review glosses over deep district challenges.

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An Interview with Alan Singer: A Statue For Shirley Chisholm

Education News  online


Dr. Alan Singer, professor in the School of Education and an expert on social studies, was interviewed by Education News to discuss New York City’s plan to erect a statue of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to be elected to Congress in 1964, in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

“Shirley Chisholm is a great choice for a new New York City statue,” said Dr. Singer. “Chisholm was the first African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives where she represented Central Brooklyn. In 1972, she was the first woman to seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination and the first black woman to seek the presidential nomination of either of the major political parties.”

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Alan J. Singer: Event at Hofstra

Education News  online


Dr. Alan Singer granted an interview with Education News three days before Hofstra hosted the first U.S. presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Sept. 26, 2016.

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Common Core politics: State drops Pearson for 3rd-to-8th grade tests

Newsday  online


Dr. Alan Singer is quoted in this Newsday article about New York dropping Pearson Education for its school state exams and selecting a new vendor, Questar Assessments. He calls Pearson “one of the most aggressive companies seeking to profit from what they and others euphemistically call educational reform.” He adds that replacing Pearson with the lesser-known Questar leaves open wider issues involving these exams, raised in the recent “opt-out” movement.

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Dr. Alan Singer on Fliers Recruiting for the KKK in LI Communities



Dr. Singer, a professor in the School of Education who helped develop a middle school and high school curriculum on the Civil Rights movement on Long Island, was interviewed by WNBC-TV about the history of the KKK in the region and the possible reasons why recruitment fliers for the hate group have been surfacing. He said while this is a fringe movement and not a Long Island-wide problem, it does present an opportunity to open a dialogue between communities to better understand one another.

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Event Appearances (1)

Keynote Presenter

45th annual New York State Foundations of Education (NYSFEA) Conference  SUNY Cortland, NY

Articles (2)

Creating a Museum of Family Artifacts Social Studies and the Young Learner


Students at all levels need to have opportunities to represent themselves in their work in ways that are meaningful to them. The Family Artifact Museum Project provides an opportunity for students to accomplish this as they bring their family stories into the classroom and see how the lives of ordinary people are part of history. This project came about as a creative way to address New York's social studies and literacy learning standards and national social studies thematic strands. This article gives several examples of these types of projects, from pre-school up to fifth grade, and describes how students of different ages were able to participate in a developmentally appropriate way. Teachers can use this type of project to introduce social studies themes and to build a sense of community in the classroom. It was found that the Family Artifact Museum can support multicultural and culturally-relevant pedagogy, transform social studies classrooms into "laboratories of culture," promote literacy, and introduce children to what it means to be an historian.

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Asking the BIG Questions Social Education


Teaching about the Great Irish Famine and World History IN MARCH 2001, an educational columnist for Newsday (New York) dismissed the New York State Great Irish Famine Curriculum Guide as another effort to promote ethnocentric history and the idea that the United States is little more than "a pastiche of different peoples, linked mostly by a Constitution and a system of interstate highways." The columnist cited Chester Finn, Jr., a long-term opponent of multiculturalism, who insisted, "If we invite every faction in our society to insert their own best or worst episode from history, there will be no end of it."(2) The New York Times had a different take on the curriculum guide...

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