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Daisy Martin

As the Director of History /Social Studies Learning, Dr. Martin leads our work in student assessment in history and social studies. This includes the development and piloting of performance assessments and design workshops, and associated research projects. She also leads the Massive Open Online Courses [MOOCs] focused on providing high-quality professional learning opportunities regarding the design and implementation of performance assessments for the secondary classroom.

Daisy’s experience with history and civics education is extensive. She is currently a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and a Core Author for the international journal Public History Weekly. Prior to joining UL/SCALE, she was the Director of History Education at the National Clearinghouse for History Education (, and cofounded the Stanford History Education Group. She coauthored the award-winning book, Reading Like a Historian: Teaching Literacy in Middle and High School Classrooms and website “Historical Thinking Matters.” She has worked with K-12 teachers nationwide and led professional development workshops funded by, among others, the National Parks Service, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project and Teachers for a New Era project at Stanford. Currently, she teaches in the Stanford Teacher Education Program and the UC Santa Cruz M.A./Credential program.

Martin has an enduring interest in connecting research, theory and practice and has published in The History Teacher, Educational Leadership, and Social Education. Much of her work focuses on the teaching and learning of historical thinking and how performance assessment, open educational resources, and teacher education facilitate that focus. Martin holds a Ph.D. in History Education from Stanford University and a M.A. in Education from U.C. Berkeley. She earned her B. A. in history and philosophy at the University of Michigan and also holds a California Secondary Social Science Credential.