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About Emerging America

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Emerging America builds teachers’ capacity to access and effectively use primary sources to engage students of all abilities.

Emerging America supports K-12 history educators and students – especially struggling learners – to develop skills of inquiry, exploration and interpretation of the past through primary sources.

We strive to offer stimulating and useful professional development, and exemplary projects and online resources.

Emerging America is a program of the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Since 2006, Emerging America has offered workshops and resources help teachers and students meet content and skills standards in History and Social Science and in English Language Arts literacy. 

The name, “Emerging America,” reflects our approach to the study of history; like the nation itself, historical inquiry constantly evolves, ever growing, changing, and incorporating diverse perspectives and experiences. 

Our Partners

We partner with national and regional organizations, including the Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Westfield State University. 

Our Programs

Workshops, courses, and free online resources support programs for Accessibility, Civics, Teaching with Primary Sources, and more. 

Our Team

Emerging America staff and network of teacher coaches offer professional development and consult regularly with schools and districts in Massachusetts and across the US.

Upcoming Workshops


How can teachers engage their students with study of civic life, agency and community? By studying the history of post-Reconstruction American institutions and…
Course runs Oct 19 - Dec. 5, 2020, and introduces exemplars of best practice pedagogy for English Learners in History and Social Studies classrooms. It demonstr…
From the American colonial era to the 21st century, people with disabilities experienced a revolution in status from objects of religious benevolence to wards o…