Since the founding of inquirED, Shanti Elangovan has emerged as a leading voice in social studies education and inquiry-based learning. She has delivered keynote addresses and developed interactive presentations that advocate for the use of inquiry-based instruction in social studies to a variety of groups, including teachers, school administrators, and education thought leaders. See below for links to recordings of some of her past presentations and information about upcoming speaking engagements. Possible speaking topics include:
High-Quality Instructional Materials in Social Studies
Inquiry and Hard History
High-Quality, Diverse Sources in Social Studies
If you’re interested in having Shanti speak at an event, please contact inquirED’s Director of Communications, Martin Andrews, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A panel discussion with Lawrence Paska (Executive Director of The National Council for the Social Studies), Natacha Scott (Director of Educator Engagement, iCivics), and Shanti Elangovan (Founder and CEO of inquirED), about opportunities, obstacles, trends, and innovations in social studies instruction. Moderated by Sarah Schwartz of Education Week.
Fireside chat with Sam Wineburg, Executive Director of the Stanford History Education Group and Stanford's Ph.D. program in History Education, to talk about the role social studies teachers can play in combating this disinformation and shoring up the foundations of our democracy.
Panel discussion with Dr. Tanji Reed Marshall, Ph.D., Director of P-12 Practice at The Education Trust, and Stefanie Wager, Education Partner Manager for the OER Project and President of the National Council for the Social Studies.
Webinar introducing inquirED’s guide for reviewing high quality instructional materials in social studies, with a focus on why high quality materials matter in social studies
Presentation at National Council for the Social Studies 2020 conference
Panel discussion with Ron Berger of EL Education and Jim May of New Tech Network
One-on-one Q&A with Natalie Wexler, author of The Knowledge Gap
CEO & Founder of inquirED
After obtaining an M.Ed from Columbia University, Shanti moved from classroom teacher to coach to curriculum director. Eager to help educational organizations scale their impact, she went on to earn an MBA.
Shanti quickly put those skills to work by envisioning and implementing strategies to grow National Center for Teacher Residencies’ impact.
In 2017 Shanti founded inquirED to scale the use and impact of inquiry-based learning.
Tippie School of Management, May 2015
MA, Elementary Education
Teachers College, Columbia, May 2009
MPH, International Health
Boston University, May 2007
BA, International Relations
Boston University, May 2004
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