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Expert Panel Review

To assess the relevance of Last Best Hope for school use, we conducted a panel review of twenty-two experts in the field of American History. This panel included nationally recognized history teachers, state and national leaders, a first lady who is a former high school social studies teacher, two chief state school officers with backgrounds in history, and state curriculum and textbook coordinators. The panel summary was overwhelmingly positive and indicated that these books bring history alive for readers. They are rich in information and engaging in their narrative style.


List of Panel Members

  • Dr. Stephen H. Balch, President, National Association of Scholars
  • Philip Bigler, Director, James Madison University, 1999 Virginia Milken Educator
  • Dr. Nikki Bray Clark, Secondary Education Program Director, Louisiana State University
  • Dr. Anita Buckley-Commander, Director, Alabama Textbook Program
  • Norm Conard, Executive Director, Lowell Milken Center, 1992 Kansas Milken Educator
  • Jim Doucette, High School History Teacher, 2003 Wisconsin Milken Educator
  • Joanne Emerick, Retired High School History Teacher, 1995 Kansas Milken Educator
  • Chester E. Finn, Jr., President, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
  • Dr. Jeff Gall, Associate Professor of History, Truman State University, 1996 Missouri Milken Educator
  • Kim Henry, First Lady, State of Oklahoma
  • Mark Ingerson, High School History Teacher, 2005 Virginia Milken Educator
  • Paul Kelly, Division Head, Social Science/Foreign Language, 2005 Illinois Milken Educator
  • Laura Lay, High School History Teacher, 2005 Virginia Milken Educator
  • Dr. William J. Moloney, Former Commissioner of Education, State of Colorado
  • Lynne Munson, Former Deputy Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Dr. Diane Ravitch, Research Professor of Education, New York University
  • Dr. Suellen Reed, Former Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of Indiana
  • Linda Sarver, Elementary Teacher, 2003 Missouri Milken Educator
  • Gilbert T. Sewall, Director, American Textbook Council
  • Elaine Sherman, Consultant, McDougal Littell/Houghton-Mifflin, 1992 Nevada Milken Educator
  • Deborah J. Walker, Director, Educator Recognition Programs, Massachusetts Department of Education
  • Pat Watson, Prince George County, Maryland, Former Social Studies Supervisor