Darla Mallein

Darla Mallein, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Social Sciences Education

Teaching Duties:

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

Teaching Goal:  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 the time, I devote a lot of time in the Intro class to the Theory of Multiple Intelligences and hands-on activities students will be able use to reach the learning styles of all of their students.  We also spend a lot of time working with primary sources and learning how to use them effectively in the social studies classroom.

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 videotaped Mini-Teach on one of the History Alive strategies from the Teacher Curriculum Institute's Bring Learning Alive! textbook.  I also 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!

To be effective, you must be reflective!

Educational Background:

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

Current Professional Organizations:

Kansas Council for the Social Studies:  State Board Member since 1994; served as Co-Chair of Fall 2012             State Conference

National Council for the Social Studies

Association of Middle Level Education


Current Service Activities:

Council on Teacher Education

Phase II Admissions Committee

Phase I and II Appeals Committee

Lattner Scholarship Committee

Pi Gamma Mu Faculty Sponsor

ESU Representative on William Allen White House Community Partnership Inc. Board

2012/2013 Professional and/or Scholarship Activities:

July 2013:  Participant in the Summer Institute for Teachers, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

June 2012: Ttraining for How to Teach the Holocaust at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

June 2102: Teaching with Primary Sources Workshop funded by $22,000 grant from Library of                                               Congress Midwest Region   

July 2012:  Teaching with Primary Sources Workshop Presenter on How to Navigate the Library of                             Congress Website for Kansas State Museum of History

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

Feb 2013:  Selected by Kansas State Department of Education to participate in Library of Congress                              Train the Trainer workshop for Integrating Common Core ELA Standards with Social                                 Studies (workshop to be held in Chicago in April)

I am also working on a book proposal for Using the Multiple Intelligences to Teach with Primary Sources and hope to get the proposal submitted this summer.

Personal Information:

Marital Status:  Married 30+ 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 treated like children:  Two cats - Hunter and Blackie

Hobbies:  If I ever have any spare time, I love to read for fun!  I also like to play Scrabble on my iPad.