George Lucas Educational Foundation

Christine Boatman

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

Christine Boatman is a middle school social studies teacher at Estacada Middle School in the small town of Estacada, Oregon. She is passionate about problem-based learning and promoting critical thinking in her classroom. Boatman regularly presents at conferences, including the Oregon Council for the Social Studies and Oregon GeoFest, and recently she gave a keynote speech at the Gates Foundation ECET2 conference. When Boatman is not busy in her classroom, she loves hiking with her husband, Daniel, and dog, Riley.


  • Critical Thinking

    A Deceptively Simple Strategy for Promoting Critical Thinking

    Using giant whiteboards is an easy way to encourage teamwork, differentiate, and foster deep engagement with content.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Lessons Learned in Teaching Native American History

    A white teacher shares resources and things she’s learned: Be humble, find the gaps in your knowledge, and listen to Native voices.