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 Educating with Evidence is a project at Southern Illinois University created through funding and partnerships with various agencies with the express purpose of supporting teachers’ uses of artifacts, primary sources, and media in classroom instruction and assessment.

Our mission is simple: we want to expand possibilities for teachers and students. For us, that means education that is relevant, rigorous, and accessible for students who have a variety of learning needs. On this site, educators will find access to free resources for teaching and assessing with primary sources, inspiration for local history projects, and opportunities for professional development in these and many other areas. Educators can also follow us on Facebook and our Blog for updates related to these and other exciting news.

Meet our dedicated staff who go the extra mile to ensure success in providing ...


Grant Miller

Grant Miller, Project Director
gmiller@siu.edu

Grant Miller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and began directing the Educating with Evidence project in 2015. He received his Ph.D. from Boston College and holds a B.S.E. in Elementary and Middle School Education from Missouri Southern State University and an M.A. in history from Missouri State University. His teaching and research interests include media literacy, historical thinking, place-based education, assessment systems, and increasing curricula’s accessibility through Universal Design for Learning.


David Ardrey

David Ardrey, Project Manager
dardrey@siu.edu

David Ardrey has served as the Director of School Partnerships and Outreach at Southern Illinois University and is currently the Executive Director of the Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools (AIRRS). He started his career as a special education teacher before he pursued his other passion for professional diving and aquatics. Over the years, he has coached diving at the collegiate and Olympic levels, including the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA. Since then, he has returned to education and most recently served as the Director of School Partnerships and Outreach for Southern Illinois University.


Samaneh Jafari

Samaneh Jafari, Project Team Member
sjafari@siu.edu

Samaneh Jafari is a Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum and Instruction (Language, Literacy and Culture) at Southern Illinois University. She has a Master's degree in English teaching from Tabriz University and a Bachelor's degree in English translation from Zanjan University. Her research interests include media literacy, curriculum studies, educational technology, language learning strategies and English as a second language. Samaneh has served as curriculum developer for the primary source assessments portion of the Educating with Evidence website and as a research assistant for a project to examine history teachers' uses of assessment systems to inform their instruction.


Salvador O. Gonzalez

Salvador O. Gonzalez, Webmaster and Research Assistant
salvador24@siu.edu

Salvador O. Gonzalez is a Ph.D. student in Curriculum and Instruction (Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment) at Southern Illinois University. He has a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and a Bachelor's degree in TESOL from Martin Lutero University. His research interests include, curriculum studies, educational technology, language learning strategies and English as a second language. He has served as the webmaster for the Educating with Evidence site, curriculum developer for the primary source assessments project, and research assistant to examine assessment systems in history classrooms.


Jean Kaya

Jean Kaya, Project Team Member
jeankaya@siu.edu

Jean Kaya is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Jean received an MA in Modern Foreign Languages and Civilization of the Anglophone world from Marien Ngouabi University in Congo and an MA in TESOL from Southern Illinois University. His research interests include teacher education, assessment, and teachers’ implementation of educational innovations. Jean taught English as Foreign language for six years. He has served as curriculum developer for the Educating with Evidence primary source assessments project and as a research assistant examining teachers' implementation of literacy assessments in their classrooms.


Kayeleigh Sharp

Kayeleigh Sharp, Project Team Member
sharpka@siu.edu

Kayeleigh Sharp is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology (Archaeology) at Southern Illinois University.  She has a Master’s degree in Anthropology/Archaeology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology/Archaeology from Metropolitan State College of Denver.  She designed and directs the PIAZ archaeology project in the mid-Zaña Valley, Peru. Her research interests include prehistoric, historic and public archaeology in Peru and the Midwestern US. She has served as a curriculum developer for Educating with Evidence place-based education modules and developed online GIS and 3D-scanned artifact components that facilitate exploration, inquiry and engagement with archaeological topics.