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We help teachers deepen inquiry and engagement with history by all students.


Emerging America provides professional development and online resources to nurture critical thinking about the American experience and its global context. We model successful strategies to access and analyze primary sources, investigate vital local stories, and improve student reading and writing about rich texts, images, maps, recordings, multimedia, and more.

Easthampton High School students describe their experiences with primary sources.
Why We Love Primary Sources

Browse our ever-growing collection of primary source sets, lesson plans, classroom assessments, and more, developed by teachers and edited for quality and consistency.

Upcoming Workshops


Emerging America offers a wide menu of workshops and courses, face-to-face and online professional development opportunities for K-12 educator. View All Workshops or Learn more about our Professional Development here.

Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources

Register Here  The Emerging America program at the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) is making accessible to all learners - including Multilingual Learners - the…

Today's Mystery Why is there an elephant on the beach? - huge grey elephant structure towers over nearby buildings, sandy grass in foreground and blue sky behind

Join us November 3 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm for an Introduction to Elementary Inquiry using History’s Mysteries. Register Here The Introduction webinar will also be offered on…

Naturalization ceremony close-up photo shows people with raised hands and smiles as they are sworn in as US citizens

This online course will harness current events to deepen understanding of immigration across American history, from the founding of the nation through today. Learn to engage…

Latest Blog Posts


Read up on current news and information related to Civics, History and Social Studies, Teaching with Primary Sources, and more. Click here to view our blog.