Michael Kopish


Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education

BA, Mount Mercy College; MAT, Coe College; PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Email: makopish@plymouth.edu

Contact Information

Phone: 603-535-3011
Fax: 603-535-2358
Memorial Hall 004
MSC #30

About Professor Kopish

Professor Kopish joined the Plymouth State University faculty in the fall of 2011.  His areas of specialization for teaching and research include: curriculum and instruction in social studies, professional development through school-university partnerships, mentoring practices for pre-service social studies teachers, and youth civic engagement.  A majority of Dr. Kopish’s first year at Plymouth State University focused on the development of a BS in Social Studies Education and M.Ed. in Social Studies Education.  During the 2011-2012 school year, Professor Kopish led professional development sessions for Concord High School’s Social Studies Department to develop classroom-based resources for diffentiated instruction in inclusive classrooms.  Materials from the sessions are available on a wiki page developed and maintained by Dr. Kopish at https://nhsocialstudieseducation.wikispaces.com/.


2012 – New Hampshire Council for Social Studies Conference Presentations
• Countering the Attacks on Public Education – Policy Influences and Implications for New Hampshire
2012 – National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference Presentation
• Teaching Methods to Explore Trade-offs and Dilemmas of Globalization
2012 – Co-author of book chapter in Routledge’s “Community Development Research and Practice Series”
• Chapter Title: Youth Organizing for Education and Neighborhood Improvement
2012 – Co-presenter at the University Council for Educational Administration Conference
• University-School-Community Partnerships and Social Network Development: Examining the Professional Development School Context
2011 – New Hampshire Council for Social Studies Conference Presentations:
• Differentiating Instruction in AP Psychology: Research, Instruction, and Exam Achievement
• Teaching Challenging Historical Texts: Innovative Literacy Strategies for Diverse Social Studies Learners
2011 – American Education Research Association Presentations/Conference Papers
• The Influence of Pedagogical Content Knowledge of AP Psychology Teachers’ Instruction
• Rethinking Pre-service Teacher Mentoring: PDS or non-PDS?
• Developing Resourceful Social Networks Through University-School-Community Collaborations
2010 – College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies Graduate Forum Paper Presentation
• Pedagogical Content Knowledge of AP Psychology Teachers
Courses Taught

• SSE 2500 – Planning, Management, and Organization of the Social Studies Curriculum
• SSE 3500 – Diversity in Social Studies
• SSE 3010 – Theories of Learning and Assessment in Social Studies
• SSE 4500 – Advances in Social Studies Pedagogy and Learning
• SSE 2510, 3510, 4510 – Teaching Lab
• SSE 4800 – Seminar: Student Teachers of Secondary Social Studies
• SSE 5010 – Issues in Social Studies Education
• SSE 5020 – Technology and New Media in Social Studies
• SSE 5030 – Advanced Curriculum Design in Social Studies
• SSE 5040 – Theory and Research in Social Studies
• SSE 6010 – Guided Inquiry in Social Studies

Contact Us

Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Studies Education

Chair: Marcia Schmidt Blaine

Memorial Hall, Room 003
(Not always staffed,
please see Nikki.)

Phone: 603-535-3071
Email: nanunes@plymouth.edu
Fax: 603-535-2358

Administrative Assistant
Nikki-Ann Nunes
Rounds Hall 112
Phone: 603-535-3071

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC #30
Plymouth, NH 03264