Project Director, Northern Nevada Teaching American History

Angela Orr

Angela Orr, M.S., M.Ed., serves as the Project Director for the Northern Nevada Teaching American History grant, which provides rigorous, relevant and sustained professional development in history content and pedagogy to social studies teachers across Northern Nevada. In addition to serving as a Social Studies Program Coordinator for Washoe County School District, Ms. Orr is the Associate Director and past-President of the Northern Nevada Council for the Social Studies, wherein she helps to coordinate two major annual events for social studies teachers and is Contributing Editor for the newsletter, Sierra Social Studies. Ms. Orr is a mentor and trainer for “We the People” competitions and is a member of the Nevada Holocaust Education Task Force, the Law Related Education Consortium, and the George Washington Teaching Ambassador Committee. Recently, Ms. Orr became a Core Advocate with Student Achievement Partners, a non-profit organization founded by authors of the Common Core State Standards with the goal of designing action based evidence to improve student achievement. Because of Ms. Orr’s strong belief in collaboration and collegiality, she frequently presents on topics of social studies research and practice at local, state and national conferences, and her work has been published in The Social Studies and Social Studies Research & Practice. In addition, when time allows, she teaches Social Studies Methods and Multicultural Education at Sierra Nevada College and the University of Nevada, Reno. Ms. Orr began her career in education teaching 7th grade social studies, and during her tenure in the classroom, she taught every grade level 7-12. Her courses included U.S. History, Civics, We the People, Law & Society, Current Events, Student Council and Leadership, and Media Literacy. As a teacher, Ms. Orr also helped lead many committees including accreditation, professional development and Advanced Placement. Ms. Orr earned a M.S. in educational specialties – civic literacy, as well as a M.Ed. in educational administration.