Having taught at both the secondary and post-secondary levels since 1992, Kurt R. Knierim earned his undergraduate degree in History from Colorado State University. He earned a Master's degree in Education from Lesley University and a Master's degree in American History from Colorado State University. Knierim currently teaches Advanced Placement United States History and Government at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado and serves as the Secondary Social Studies Teaching Methods instructor for the Department of History at Colorado State.  He is Senior Fellow with the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, was named History Teacher of the Year for Colorado by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in 2010, and was awarded the Excellence in Education Teacher of the Year by the Poudre School District in 2006.


Knierim, Kurt. 2014 “Long Accumulating Discontent: Preparing the Road to the Seneca Falls Convention, 1848.”  The Clio Project: Thinking Like an Historian, Making of America Lesson Plan

Knierim, Kurt. 2013 “Absconded from the Subscriber: Using Runaway Slave Advertisements to Introduce Antebellum Slavery and Abolitionism.”  The Clio Project: Thinking Like an Historian, American Civil War Lesson Plan

Knierim, Kurt, et. al., 2013.  “Sample Curriculum for High School United States History.” Curriculum Design Team, Colorado Department of Education.


  • Secondary Teaching Methods – Social Studies


    EDUC is a course which prepares students to begin a career in the field of teaching Secondary Social Studies.