Darla Mallein, Ph.D.
Professor in Social Sciences Education
SS 310 Introduction to Teaching Secondary Social Studies
SS 460 Teaching Middle and Secondary Social Studies Methods
Supervision of Student Teachers
Program Director and Advisor for Secondary Social Science BSE Majors
The main goal for both of my methods courses is to expose my students to a variety of research-based, hands-on activities that they can use to engage their future social studies students. Since I want to help break the stereotype of the boring social studies teacher who only lectures or shows movies all of the time, we spend a lot of time in the Intro class learning how to create a cooperative and engaging classroom that will meet the various needs of students and their learning styles. We also spend a lot of time working with primary sources and learning how to use them effectively in the social studies classroom. Two culminating projects for this class are the 30-minute mini-teach that demonstrates a History Alive! Strategy and a gallery walk of primary sources on a topic of the students’ choice.
The SS 460 course is devoted to learning how to write a detailed lesson plan that incorporates the research-based activities and strategies from SS 310 as well as new ones presented in the SS 460 course. The culminating projects for SS 460 are the unit plan project on a topic of the students' choice and a 30-minute mini-teach using one of the lessons from the unit plan. I also try to share a lot of activities, strategies, stories, and practical advice and tips from my twenty years of experience in the public schools.
Dr. M's Favorite Sayings:
You get out of this class what you put into it!
We all make choices.
To be effective, you must be reflective!
Emporia State University: Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (English/Social Sciences)
Emporia State University: Master of Science (Master Teacher Secondary)
Kansas State University: Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
Work Experience Prior to ESU:
7th and 8th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies: Americus Junior High School (2 years)
8th-12th Grade English, Yearbook, Play Director, Class Sponsor: LeRoy High School (4 years)
9th-11th Grade English: Emporia High School (1 year)
8th Grade Social Studies: Emporia Middle School (13 years)
Awards and Honors:
1996 Kansas Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator (Nice to know I was considered young once!)
1997 Kansas Master Teacher
1998 Kansas Teacher of the Year
1998 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year
2003 Kansas State University College of Education Outstanding Graduate Award
2010 Xi Phi Outstanding Faculty Award
2015 Assessment Champion
Current Professional Organizations:
- Kansas Council for the Social Studies:
- State Board Member since 1994
- Currently serving as Treasurer and Chair of Classroom Mini-grants
- National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
- Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE)
Current Service Activities:
ESU Council on Teacher Education
ESU Phase II Admissions Committee
ESU Phase I and II Appeals Committee
ESU Secondary Education STEP Committee
ESU Representative on William Allen White House Community Partnership Inc. Board
Board Member of Lyon County Historical Society
Recent Professional and/or Scholarship Activities related to Teaching with Primary Sources:
October 2016: Invited to participate in a round table discussion about experiences working with primary sources at the Western History Association’s Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN
August 2016: Conducted inservice session on Cooperative Learning for Ottawa USD #290 school district
Summer 2016: Conducted two primary source workshops for K-5 teachers in USD #253
April 2106: Awarded ESU Summer Undergraduate Research Program grant with Elly Dice for “There’s No Place Like Home: Connecting 3rd Graders and Primary Sources” project
Feb 2016: Collaborated with William Allen White Community Partnership to get funding from Library of Congress Midwest Region for two summer “Teaching with Primary Sources” workshops for USD #253 Emporia School District’s K-5 teachers
Oct 2015: Presented Primary Sources Workshop at MWERA Conference in Evanston, Illinois
June 2015: Conducted two Library of Congress Primary Sources Workshops for K-5 teachers in the USD #253 Emporia School District
Feb 2015: Co-authored Images of America: Emporia with Steve Hanschu (book published by Arcadia Press)
June 2014- Directed $103,000 UPSCALE (Using Primary Sources Collaboratively to Achieve Literacy for Everyone) Grant Project funded by Kansas Board of Regents; worked with 5-12 teachers in USD #253 to integrate primary sources across the disciplines
Nov 2014: Presented Poster Session on “Color Me a Winner: Analyzing Presidential Campaign Posters from the Library of Congress” at National Council for the Social Studies annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts
July 2013: Participated in Library of Congress Summer Institute for Teachers in Washington, D.C. (only 1 in 4 applicants were selected to attend)
Feb 2013: Co-chair of How to Teach the Holocaust Workshop sponsored by Belfer First Step Program, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Emporia State University
July 2012: Presented Teaching with Primary Sources Workshop session on How to Navigate the Library of Congress Website for Kansas State Museum of History
June 2012: Directed Teaching with Primary Sources Workshop funded by $22,000 grant from Library of Congress Midwest Region
May 2012: Participated in Holocaust Institute for Teacher Educators (HITE) in Washington, D.C.
September 2011: Conducted workshops for university professors at Jazan University in Jazan, Saudia Arabia.
Marital Status: Married 33 years to Mike Mallein who retired from the SRS Office in May of 2012
Two sons: Brady Stephens (lives in Emporia) and Lucas Mallein (lives in Topeka)
Pets: Two cats - Hunter and Charlie
Other Interests: If I ever have any spare time, I love to read for fun! My husband and I also like to travel and take road trips across the United States (San Francisco in 2011 and Boston in 2014).