In this wide-ranging interview, John Shekitka and Peter Hatala discuss religious literacy in secondary schools; the state and future of teacher preparation programs, with an emphasis on social studies; civic reasoning and how to help students engage with diverse viewpoints; the future of schools- separating the hype from the reality; the challenges and opportunities for education presented by COVID; and what it might look like for secular schools to be places where deep meaning and purpose are explored.
Dr. John Shekitka is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Manhattanville College. He teaches courses in secondary education methods as well as specific courses in social studies methods. He also serves as a professional development school liaison with Fox Lane Middle School in the Bedford Central School District. Before coming to Manhattanville, John served as an adjunct faculty member at Bard College, Dutchess Community College, Marist College, Mount Saint Mary College, Sacred Heart University, and Teachers College. Before his work at the college level, he was a school administrator and secondary social studies teacher. He earned his PhD in social studies education from Teachers College in February 2020.