Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT

Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT

Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT,  is an educator, historian, writer, maker, and speaker. She has almost three decades of experience in education, program development, and the arts and has worked with both small and large organizations to create educational programming that centers and connects the learner to concepts and skills. She has taught in classrooms and in private workshops, mentored other educators, and worked for and with many museums including the Smithsonian. Samantha recently released her co-authored book, Project-Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact, and she is currently working on a new world history curriculum for Pandia Press as well as a collection of project-based book studies centered on the Harry Potter series. Samantha has two teens and one preteen, all home educated; the oldest of whom has recently fledged into college. To see her past and current projects, including her blog, please visit

August 27, 2021
5:00pm EDT/2:00pm PDT

Historical Thinking, Research and Writing for Young Historians: Part Two

Historical thinking, research, and writing skills are essential for older students in the study of history, but the foundation of these skills can be laid much earlier! Join Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT, for a workshop on tangible, fun ways to build knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm with young historians through the elementary years so that they not only engage with the subject of history, but are prepared for more complex work as they get older.

Part one (June 2021 SEA Conference) of this workshop focused on the importance of building young historians so that they develop knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm around the subject of history. In part two of this workshop, Samantha will be demonstrating and modeling examples of picture-based, object-based, and dialogic-based strategies to use with young historians. Using real images and objects, we’ll discuss how to explore and make meaning of history in a way that empowers students and connects them to the past.

Watch Part One Here