In partnership with history institutions and top scholars, we help teachers build engaging curriculum and hands-on projects while encouraging rigorous critical thinking about evidence and interpretation. Emerging America programs feature primary sources from local museums and archives in addition to the vast collections of the Library of Congress. Emerging America is a longtime partner of the fully online Disability History Museum.
Since 2010, Emerging America's Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services has led professional development in Massachusetts and across the U.S.
In 2015 and 2019, Emerging America led week-long NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture summer workshops: titled, Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry.
Emerging America has been deeply involved with the curriculum and community outreach of the online Disability History Museum. Find a wealth of primary and secondary sources and curriculum on Disability History through Primary Sources on our site.
The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) received a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program for the project, Extending the Reach of Primary Sources – English-Learner Collaborations. MCSS is collaborating closely with Emerging America and other state and national education organizations to bring together experts on English language development and History and Social Studies leaders. Link for more information on the project.
Emerging America offers graduate credit in History through the Westfield State University Center for Teacher Education and Research and collaborates closely with faculty in History and Education.
Since 2006, Emerging America has enjoyed close collaboration with many outstanding scholars, students, and graduates of the UMass Amherst Department of History, especially through its nationally recognized Public History Program.
Emerging America has long collaborated with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) on inquiry-based learning, standards, teaching diverse learners, and especially civic engagement. See the DESE page of support for instruction in History, Social Science, and Civics.
Since 2006, Emerging America has played a leadership role in service-learning, civics education and civic engagement in Massachusetts. The Collaborative for Educational Services is an active member of the Massachusetts Civic Learning Coalition.
The Ruggles Center for History and Education and Emerging America have collaborated on professional development and creation of the Radical Equality online exhibit on the Northampton Association of Education and Industry. See the Ruggles Center's own grades 6-12 curriculum.
Based on extensive sources from Historic Northampton, including letters from the activist Stetson family, Emerging America build Radical Equality, an online exhibit on the radical abolitionist utopian community, Northampton Association of Education and Industry.
Since 2006, Emerging America has partnered with the Springfield Armory National Historic Site on an online exhibit Forge of Innovation and NEH teacher workshops: Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry.
On behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Emerging America built a website to share curriculum and other Massachusetts K-12 Civics and Social Studies Resources. In 2019, the Tisch Center at Tufts University assumed responsibility for the site.
The Collaborative for Educational Services is a long time proud member of the Association of Educational Service Agencies. AESA represents more than 550 regional education agencies in 45 states.