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History eNews from Emerging America - April 14, 2021

Published on Wed, 04/14/2021

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 8, Issue 9 for April 14, 2021


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources


Inclusion in Civics and History - Easterseals 

#TeachDisabilityHistory Campaign


April 28, 4pm

Interactive event for youth and adults



Part of

Massachusetts Civic Learning Week

April 26-30

Info and Registration



Join a series of morning, afternoon and evening digital events from organizations across Massachusetts that celebrate civic engagement, civic learning and civic leadership.

More than 30 events for Students, Parents, Educators, and General Audiences. 

Emerging America offers further events on Inclusion for Civic Learning through May.




EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Mark your calendars for these Emerging America courses and workshops. Contact


PDPs / OR optional grad credit available from Westfield State University.  

  • The Right to Privacy: "The Most Valued and Comprehensive Right"
    • Taught by outstanding teacher-leader Kelley Brown and historian David Hudson. 
    • Earn 67.5 PDPs (MA), 45 hours (other states), or 3 grad credits from Westfield State University. 
    • May 3 - June 25. Two live webinars: May 19 & June 9. Info & Registration


  • 2021 Dublin Seminar: Living with Disabilities in New England, 1630 - 1930 - ONLINE
    • Scholars from across the U.S.
    • Teachers can earn CEUs or 1 grad credit through Emerging America. 
    • June 25, 3pm to June 26, 4:30pm; June 29, 4pm - teacher workshop
    • Mark your calendars. Info.


  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources 
    • Meets Massachusetts 15-hour recertification requirement on teaching Students with Disabilities. 
    • NEW: Access FREE K-12 Curriculum on History of People with Disabilities. 
    • Maryland teachers welcome! Focus on Massachusetts and Maryland state standards and resources. 
    • Led by Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes, Emerging America, with Lia Atanat, Maryland Humanities. 
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or optional 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. 
    • July 9 - August 8. One live webinar: July 14. Info & Registration.



See complete list of short webinars, poster presentations, and more. 

Spring 2021 Inclusion in Civic Learning Series
  • Inclusion in Civics and History - Easterseals #TeachDisabilityHistory Campaign
    • Desi Forte, Easterseals, Easterseals Massachusetts #teachdisabilityhistory; Jennifer Groskin, Newburyport Middle School; Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes, Emerging America
    • Participate in interactive game used in the campaign. Hear from young adult activists about how the campaign came about and how it works as a virtual project. Learn about strategies and resources to support inclusion in civic learning.
    • April 28, 2021 - 4:00pm Eastern 
    • Free. Info and Registration with Massachusetts Civic Learning Coalition
  • Thinkport Inquiry Kits – Teaching Tools from Maryland Humanities and Maryland Public Television
    • Lia Atanat, Maryland Humanities
    • From early cultures to the modern-day role of the United States, 190 Thinkport kits examine social studies/history themes. Explore Thinkport Inquiry kits on Disability History and Immigration History.  
    • May 4, 2021 - 4:00pm Eastern 
    • Free. Info and Registration
  • Strategies to Engage All Students in Asking Their Own Questions
Other Emerging America Spring Events
  • April 26, 3:30pm Eastern - Developing Civic Identity K-5 - MCLC, Discovering Justice & History's Mysteries Info
  • May 7-8 - Teaching History Conference - UC Davis and the California History and Social Science Project. Info
  • May 25, 4pm Eastern - History’s Mysteries - Mass Civics for All spring webinars- Civics in the Elementary Grades. Info.

Contact Rich Cairn to schedule Accessing Inquiry and other professional development workshops remotely in your school district or region in 2021.



TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this network. Featured this week - (log in to see DISCUSSIONS; no log-in needed for ALBUMS):

Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Planning Student Learning Experiences Using Library of Congress Online Exhibitions: Entrance Narratives
  • Jason Reynolds: Grab the Mic April Newsletter
  • Planning Student Learning Experiences Using Library of Congress Online Exhibitions: Focus on a Big Idea


EVENTS (online unless otherwise noted)

  • April 14-15 - National Service-Learning Conference - National Youth Leadership Council. Info
  • April 18, 2-3pm Eastern - Richard Haas, Council on Foreign Relations - The World: A Brief Introduction - Gilder Lehrman Institute. Info
  • April 19, 6:30pm - George Washington’s Final Battle: The Epic Struggle to Build a Capital City and a Nation - The American Revolution Institute. Info
  • April 19 - Commemorate Anniversary of the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing - Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum. Info
  • April 21 - Elementary Secondary - Supporting Students During Ever-Changing Times - A virtual workshop with Dr. Robin Gurwitch - Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum - Info
  • April 21, 7pm Eastern - Facing History Now: Conversations on Equity and Justice - Becoming a Multiracial Democracy - Facing History. Info
  • April 21, 6pm Eastern - A Conversation on Police and Justice Reform - JFK Library - Info
  • April 23, 7:30pm Eastern - We the People: Leadership Summit on Civic Education - Info
  • April 27, 4-6pm Eastern - The Executive in Times of Crisis: President Reagan and the Challenger Disaster - Bill of Rights Institute. Info
  • May 6 - Global Summit on Repair, Reconstruction, and Restoration - Facing History - Info.



  • July 5-16 - Online - Posters for the People: Using WPA Sources - TPS - University of the Arts. Info
  • July 6-8 - In- Person - Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Through the Lens of Appalachian Culture - Mars Hill University, NC. Info
  • July 19-23 - Virtual - Program for students in grades 5-8: Engineering Matters: Make It - Break It - Fix It - Springfield Armory National Historic Site and Western Mass Writing Project. Info. - Scholarships
  • Gilder Lehrman Summer Courses. Info


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Rich Cairn

Civics and Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Collaborative for Educational Services
Rich Cairn founded Emerging America in 2006, which features the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History program, "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry." The Accessing Inquiry clearinghouse, supported by the Library of Congress TPS program promotes full inclusion of students with disabilities and English Learners in civics and social studies education.