Clarke C. Scott
JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY, PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SCHOOLS
PREK-12, UNIVERSITY GRADUATE & POST GRADUATE
YEARS AS AN EDUCATOR: 44
Clarke C. Scott is the recipient of the Virginia Board of Education, Resolution of Appreciation, for his work with revising the Virginia Standards of Learning for History Social Science in 2003. He is a content consultant with State Standards Publishing. Athens, GA. Clarke is a longtime member of the Board of Directors for The National Beta Club (Youth Leadership Development) and serves locally on the Campbell County Adult Literacy Board.
Growing up in Vermont, Clarke is a Vermont “Sugarmaker”, producing maple syrup each spring. He is an avid backpacker, kayaker, and wild caver. He shares his adventures above and below ground with his wife Joyce, children, and grandchildren.
What are the greatest challenges you face teaching the Civil War era? What strategies do you use to address them?
“In working with teachers in training and student teachers, I find the most challenging aspects of teaching the Civil War era to be threefold. First, is to make sure that teachers understand the full content and appropriate instructional practices of the American Civil War. Next, is to make sure teachers understand the various “lenses” through which students are viewing the complexities of the Civil War. Making links to the present and formulating an understanding of how the Civil War impacts our lives today and in the future. Last, to make sure teachers develop skills to lead students in learning difficult issues and fostering open, honest and respectful discussion.”