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 Imagining a New "We": Canadian history education for the 21st century, 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

  • New Blog post: Dreams of This as Home: Chinese labourers in children’s history books Check out my May blog post on ActiveHistory.ca on Chinese labourers on the Canadian railway as represented in  in children's history books. "Dreams of This as Home: Chinese ...
    Posted May 19, 2017, 6:36 PM by Samantha Cutrara
  • Find me at Congress! I'll have papers at CSA, CHA, & CSSE Sunday May 28 - 9:45am - CSSE (CAFE)Curricular Roles: Neoliberal interactions in/of education. Paper to be presented at the annual Canadian Society for the Study in Education conference. Ryerson ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2017, 4:35 PM by Samantha Cutrara
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Casual Writing

  • 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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