Who I am...

With a PhD from York University in Education (2012) and a focus on meaningful learning in Canadian history education, Dr. Samantha Cutrara has become an expert in her field of teaching and learning history in both traditional and non-traditional sites of education, such as classrooms, museums, and archives. 

As a History Education Strategist, Dr. Cutrara develops strategies, projects, and programs to help organizations and individuals teach Canadian history in interesting, meaningful, and comprehensive ways. This has been done by 
developing museum exhibits and related programming, writing curriculum and creating resources, leading professional development sessions for educators, and building partnerships amongst organizations and individuals. 

As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Cutrara's work goes beyond pedagogy or presentation. Her work is based in feminist and anti-racist theory, a theoretical focus on 21st century students’ (and visitors’) experiences of learning, and knowledge of classroom practice and curriculum outcomes.

Experience in:
  • Developing innovative, dynamic public history programs 
  • Managing projects, inspiring staff, and fostering an inclusive work environment 
  • Developing and managing innovative outreach initiatives
  • Building partnerships, engaging communities, and reaching new audiences
  • Identifying and understanding the needs of various audiences
  • Utilizing various marketing and communication platforms, such as social media 

She is currently working on a manuscript titled Creating Possibilities: Meaningful learning in history education, creating resources for commemorating Canada150,  and developing students’ academic researching and writing skills as well as critical civic understanding at Seneca College as a partial-load Professor in the Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program and Liberal Arts University Transfer department.

Recent Updates

  • Congress 2016 presentations I just returned from the 2016 Congress of Humanities and Social Science held at the University of Calgary. I presented at both the The Canadian Society for the Study of ...
    Posted Jun 3, 2016, 9:43 AM by Samantha Cutrara
  • Canada's History Webinar - Slides and Note pages Links to hyperlinked slides and note-taking pages to support the March 31st Canada's History webinar: "Using Primary Sources as a Form of Social Justice: The role of archives ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2016, 11:25 PM by Samantha Cutrara
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Recent Blog Posts

  • Learning Over Teaching: Being a History Education Strategist Originally posted on The History Education Network's blog Teaching the Past: A Blog about Teaching History in Canada Aug. 16, 2015In 2012, I was fortunate to start a ...
    Posted Mar 1, 2016, 1:26 PM by Samantha Cutrara
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