Sue Ikenberry is a high school history teacher who has been teaching at GDS for about 30 years. Sue worked at a congressional office for 5 years before coming to GDS. When not teaching, Sue enjoys political cartoons, spending time with her two kids and her husband, and granddaughter who is also a GDS student.
Sue Ikenberry's Programs
The United States Since 1945
- Academic & Study Skills,
- Service & Social Justice,
This program will be virtual. This 3 week dynamic course allows students to explore the intricacies of the United States after World War I to the Obama Presidency. Using a variety of online resources and critical investigations, students will begin to appreciate the ways in which the US emerged as global player in the decades following the war. At the same time, we’ll probe the ways the US constructed new ways of thinking about itself and the people within it. The course includes, but is not limited, to the following topics: 1. Political developments, including the Truman Presidency, the Eisenhower years, and the presidencies of Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, etc. The impact of international developments, the Cold War, the turbulent sixties, as well as economic realities like globalization will also be addressed. 2. Social and cultural shifts, including suburbanization, the impact of television, the modern Civil Rights and Feminist movements, and the impact of 1968 as a watershed year. More recent developments, including the impact of technological advances and the more recent rights revolutions, will also be addressed. Synchronous classes are designed to be varied and interactive, with opportunities for group work and debate (depending upon the size of the class.) Asynchronous work will take an inquiry approach, and may use the case study method to interrogate a range of events. We’ll make use of historic newspapers to take the pulse of Americans in various parts of the country as they experienced events in real time, and we’ll also have the occasional expert to work with us. Week 1 – The end of the war to the assassination of JFK. (Cold War begins, McCarthyism, Cuban Missile Crisis, etc.) Week 2 – Johnson to Reagan. (Great Society, Vietnam, 1968, Watergate, Rustbelt, Iran Crisis) Week 3 – Reagan to Obama (Reagan Revolution, end of the Cold War, Clinton years, 911, new realities.) This program will meet once a day from 1:00-2:30pm
Elections 2020: Explorations
- Academic & Study Skills
This class will be virtual. Are you a political junkie or think you might like to be? This course is designed to pique your interest! We’ll look at some election basics—how campaign ads are made, the electoral college, why political polling works or doesn’t work and more all related to the major election coming up in the fall. The great thing about this program is that as much as possible we’ll do our learning and exploration by talking to professionals in the field as guest speakers. The course will include some reading and writing throughout.