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Dr. Tina M. Ellsworth

Dr. Tina M. Ellsworth



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Joined Northwest in 2021

Assistant Professor


  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Social Studies Education from the University of Kansas (2017)
  • M.A. in History from University of Central Missouri (2010)
  • B.S. in Social Studies Education from Central Missouri State University (2003)


  • Building Level Administrator License for secondary grades (2021)
  • Kansas Teaching Certificate for History, Government and Social Studies 6-12 (2017)
  • Missouri Lifetime Teaching License in Social Studies Secondary Grades (2003)

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

  • EDCI 62220 Designing Integrated Curriculum
  • EDCI 62222 Social Studies in Elementary School
  • EDCI 62223 Delivering Integrated Curriculum
  • EDCI 61569 Multiculturalism in Education

Graduate Courses Taught:

  • EDUC 61653 Trends and Issues in Curriculum + Instruction
  • EDUC 61689 Leading in the Digital Age
  • EDUC 61667 Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
  • EDUC 61653 Trends and Issues in Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDUC 61691 Change Management in Education

Academic Interests

  • Racial Pedagogical Content Knowledge
  • Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Teaching with Primary Sources 

Scholarly Activity

Recent Publications

  • Ellsworth, T.M. & Waring, S. (in press). “I wonder what happened to Joe Jitters:” Teaching about blockbusting in the United States. Social Education.
  • Ellsworth, T.M. (in press). Can I believe what I learn at a museum or historical site? Challenging the dominant narrative. In S. Waring (Ed.), A methods textbook for pre-service social studies teachers. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress.
  • Ellsworth, T.M. (in press). How are we connected to those in the past? S. Waring (Ed). National Council for the Social Studies.

Publications under review

  • Ellsworth, T.M. & Gates, T. (under review). There is no Kansas City without Black Kansas City. Social Studies and the Young Learner.
  • Ellsworth, T.M & Burgard, K.B. (under review). Intentional erasure, immeasurable consequences. The History Teacher. 


  • Ellsworth, T.M., Burgard, K.B., & Boucher, M. (2022). Revolutionary thinking in solidarity: Teaching K12 students to becomes allies and accomplices. National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Ellsworth, T.M., Boucher, M., and Burgard, K.B. (2022). “Or I will not take all”: Examining marginalization of Black women suffragists. National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Carano, K., Ellsworth, T.M., Rodriguez, N.N., & Sell, C. (2022). Teacher Education Research Collective (TERC): Teaching Asian American histories through critical inquiries. College and University Faculty Assembly Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Burgard, K.B., and Ellsworth, T.M. (2022). Proceeding with caution and care: Examining classroom simulations through the lens of educational equity. National Social Studies Supervisor Association Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Dringman, T. & Ellsworth, T.M. (2022). The history of Black America’s fight for land ownership and equality. National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Waring, S.M. & Ellsworth, T.M. (2022). Teaching with primary sources in revolutionary ways. National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Other Professional Experiences

  • National Council for the Social Studies Board of Directors (2020-present)
  • Writer for the Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium from the Library of Congress (2019-present)
  • K12 Social Studies Coordinator for Olathe Public Schools (2017-2021)
  • Former Economic Education Specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (2016-2017)
  • Middle and High School Social Studies Teacher (2003-2011)


  • DESE Grant Recipient for Recruitment and Retention of Teachers
  • 2019 National Social Studies Supervisor of the Year (NSSSA)