Advisory Board - History and ELA Education

Our Advisory Board has played an integral role in the development of Fourscore, meeting monthly. The Board is composed of thirteen education professionals, including master high school teachers, curriculum developers and standards writers. They have contributed their extensive and diverse expertise to ensure that Fourscore becomes a useful, exciting and engaging resource for social studies and ELA teachers.

Theresa Bennett

Theresa Bennett works for the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) as the ELA Education Associate. Ms. Bennett is an adjunct professor at Wilmington University where she teaches for the Masters of Reading and Masters of Education programs.

Lyn Cannaday

Lyn Cannaday has been a teacher at Greenway High School in Phoenix, Arizona, for twenty years. In addition to teaching English and Honors English, Ms. Cannaday coordinates and instructs PSAT/SAT/ACT Prep classes and sponsors the Greenway Writing Club and the school newspaper. The State of Arizona certified her as a Highly Qualified Teacher in History, and she has received National Board Certification in English Language Arts. She has been recognized by the National Society of High School Scholars and by Pi Gamma Mu, and has been listed several times in the Who's Who of American High School Teachers. Ms. Cannaday earned her M.Ed. in educational administration and supervision and her B.A. in education, secondary English, from Arizona State University. She received her M.A. in intelligence studies, with an emphasis on counterterrorism, from the American Military University.

Ed Dorgan

Ed Dorgan is the K-12 Social Studies Coordinator for Regional School District #10 in Burlington, Connecticut. He has taught a wide number of history and social studies courses at the secondary level and is the History Day adviser for RSD10. Previously, he served as a Developer of Online History Curriculum for Education Connection and as a secondary educational advisor for the Connecticut State Department of Education, where he assisted in the revision of the Connecticut State K-12 Social Studies Framework. Previously, Mr. Dorgan has served as president of the New England History Teachers Association and of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies (CCSS). 

Robin Hall, D.A.H.

Robin Hall is Director of Language Arts and Literacy, Council of the Great City Schools. Dr. Hall keeps members informed about research on systems and successful strategies for improving student achievement. She also provides support for development and dissemination of information and tools to implement the Common Core State Standards. Previously, Dr. Hall served in various capacities for Atlanta Public Schools, including Executive Director of K-8 schools, Principal, K-12 Language Arts Coordinator, Instructional Liaison Specialist, Language Arts Department Chairperson and high school language arts teacher constituting over twenty-five years of educational experience. Dr. Hall has also served on the Council of Great City Schools support teams in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and professional development.

David Hicks, Ph.D.

David Hicks is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Virginia Tech, specializing in History and Social Science Education. His research interests include examining the nature and purpose of the teaching of history in a standards based setting; the integration of multi-media and digital technologies to support the teaching and learning of history and social science; citizenship education; and disability studies and parental advocacy. Dr. Hicks has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his exemplary professional contributions. He earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech and an M.A. in history from the State University of New York College.

John Lee, Ph.D.

John Lee is a Lead Writer for the C3 Framework and an Associate Professor of Social Studies and Middle Grades Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at North Carolina State University. His scholarly work focuses on the uses of digital historical resources in teaching and learning and efforts to theorize and develop tools related to new literacies. Currently, he is researching the best design practices for online collections of historical resources targeted for K-12 classrooms. He is co-director of the New Literacies Collaborative (, and he develops innovative digital historical resources through the Digital History and Pedagogy Project ( Dr. Lee is the author of the book Visualizing Elementary Social Studies Methods and co-author of Research on Technology in Social Studies and Guiding Learning with Technology. He is a consultant for the Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum and Assessment Collaborative (SSACI) of the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO) and an author of College, Career, and Civic Life: Framework for State Standards in Social Studies. 

Francis O'Malley, Ed.D.

Francis O'Malley is Director of the Delaware Social Studies Education Project (DSSEP) and a Curriculum Specialist with the Democracy Project. Dr. O'Malley has over twenty years of experience as a teacher, department chair and coordinator for social studies programs in secondary schools. His research and professional interests include civic education, social studies education, professional development for teachers, teacher preparation and K-12 education. Previously, he served as the Chairperson of the Social Studies Assessment Committee for the Delaware State Testing Program, as an adjunct professor at Wilmington College and as the Social Studies Department Chair at Padua Academy.

Angela Orr

Angela Orr, M.S., M.Ed., serves as the Project Director for the Northern Nevada Teaching American History grant, which provides rigorous, relevant and sustained professional development in history content and pedagogy to social studies teachers across Northern Nevada. In addition to serving as a Social Studies Program Coordinator for Washoe County School District, Ms. Orr is the Associate Director and past-President of the Northern Nevada Council for the Social Studies, where she helps to coordinate two major annual events for social studies teachers and is Contributing Editor for the newsletter, Sierra Social Studies. Ms. Orr is a mentor and trainer for We the People competitions and is a member of the Nevada Holocaust Education Task Force, the Law Related Education Consortium, and the George Washington Teaching Ambassador Committee. During her tenure in the classroom, Ms. Orr taught every grade level 7-12. Her courses included U.S. History, Civics, We the People, Law & Society, Current Events, Student Council and Leadership, and Media Literacy. Ms. Orr earned a M.S. in educational specialties and civic literacy, as well as a M.Ed. in educational administration.

Seth Pollitt

Joe Rivers

Kathy Swan, PhD

Aleta Thompson