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History eNews from Emerging America - February 10, 2021

Published on Wed, 02/10/2021

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 8, Issue 4 for February 10, 2021



  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • Emerging America Blog post: Humanity Worth Defending: Disability History in State Standards 2021


How do YOU teach Social Studies to Students with Disabilities?

Miss D.L. Dix, Washington, D.C. Dorothea L. Dix, Superintendent of Army Nurses for the Union Army, holding a book and sitting in a room with a medical bag on the floor. (1865).

Dix’es 1843 "Memorial to the Legislature of Massachusetts" reporting on treatment of people with mental illness is a featured primary source in Massachusetts standards. See this week's BLOG POST by Rich Cairn.

Learn more in the course Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources. Meet Mass re-licensure requirement for 15 hours of PD on teaching students with disabilities. Earn PDPs or grad credit. Register by Feb. 12, 2021 or contact us about the next date.  



  • Registration closes this Friday for Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources. (Course runs Feb. 19 - April 2.) 
  • Emerging America summarizes disability history in state standards. (Details below.) 
  • St. Paul, Minnesota teacher Wendy Harris posted the album, How Activists Create Change, in the TPS Teachers Network. 
  • Apply by February 24 to be a Grade 8 Civics Curriculum Teacher Advisor. Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). Earn $1,000 stipend. Info
  • February 11 - May 13, 3-4pm Eastern - Civics Project Fellows Virtual Support Forums - Mass DESE. Info
  • DESE Grade 8 Civics Curriculum 1-question survey
  • February 22-26 - TPS Western Region conference, Teacher Librarian Day(s) 2021: New Directions. Featuring Ebony Flowers, Sam Wineberg, Jesse Stommel, Rich Cairn, and Tanaya Winder. Info
  • March 8, 3-4pm - Supporting Students with Disabilities in Civics Projects - Emerging America joins iCivics for a Mass DESE forum. Info
  • Teaching Tolerance is now called Learning for Justice
  • The American Folklife Center Seeks Research Applications
  • Discovering Justice released grades 1-5 Mock Trial mini-units. Info
  • Media Literacy Standards to Counter Truth Decay - Rand Report.
  • Next issue of the History eNews is February 24. Submit events & resources to by February 23.


EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Mark your calendars for these Emerging America courses and workshops.


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

  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources: 
    • ALL states' teachers welcome! Focus on Massachusetts and Maryland state standards and resources. 
    • Led by Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes, Emerging America; Lia Atanat, Maryland Humanities. 
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. Meets Massachusetts 15-hour recertification requirement on teaching students with disabilities.
    • Feb. 19 - April 2. One live webinar. Info & Registration


  • Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources:
    • ALL states' teachers welcome! Focus on Massachusetts and Maryland state standards and resources. 
    • Led by Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes, Emerging America; Lia Atanat, Maryland Humanities. 
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. Meets Massachusetts 15-hour recertification requirement on teaching English Learners. 
    • April 9 - May 21. One live webinar. Info & Registration


  • Teaching the History's Mysteries K-5 Curriculum: 
    • Earn 10 PDPs by completing the workshop and submitting reflective input after you teach the curriculum. Led by program creators, Laurie Risler and Kelley Brown. Info about the free History’s Mysteries: Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms. Info & Registration
    • April 14, 7-8:15pm 
    • Follow-up session for all in June. 


  • 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



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

  • February 24 - TPS Western Region conference, Teacher Librarian Day(s) 2021: Rich Cairn presents Immigration History. Info
  • March 3-30 - Strategies for Teaching Inquiry with English Learners through Primary Sources - Six-hour asynchronous workshop in partnership between Emerging America and Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Western Region TPS. Register
  • May 7-8 - Teaching History Conference - UC Davis and the California History and Social Science Project. Info & Registration.

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 networkFeatured this week - (log in to see DISCUSSIONS; no log-in needed for ALBUMS):


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Information Literacy and Historical Primary Sources: Addressing Difficult Topics
  • Jason Reynolds: Grab the Mic Newsletter, Black History Month Edition
  • African American Studies Research Guides Offer a Gateway to Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Infectious Diseases, Science Literacy, and Citizen Behavior: Helping Students Make Connections Using Historical Newspaper Articles 



  • February 11-12 - Teaching for Equity and Justice - Facing History and Ourselves. Info
  • February 13 and 14 - 2pm Eastewrn - Film: The Great Falls - Parts I & II. Hidden Landscapes - Nolumbeka Project. Info
  • February 15, 7pm Eastern - Mount Vernon’s African American Community in Slavery and Freedom - American Antiquarian Society. Info
  • February 18, 7pm Eastern - “Giants of Racial Justice,” Library of Congress National Book Festival series - Malcolm X and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. - Peniel Joseph and Tamara Payne. Info
  • February 18, 7pm Eastern - Mississippi and Massachusetts - Coast to Coast. Mass Humanities. Info. Zoom link
  • February 22, 5-6pm Eastern - Revolution Happened Here: Our Towns in the American Revolution - mulit-museum website. Pioneer Valley History Network. Info
  • February 22 to March 22 - 7pm Eastern - Building Students’ Media Literacy - California History & Social Science Project. Info
  • February 24, 4pm Eastern - Mirrors and Windows: Using Diverse Sources in Social Studies. InquirED. Info
  • March 4, 3-4:45pm Eastern - Release of the 2021 Educating for American Democracy Roadmap and Report. Info
  • March 6 - May 15- World101 from the Council on Foreign Relations - Four-Session Workshop Series & Symposium - Gilder Lehrman Institute. Info
  • March 8 - National Humanities Alliance - Advocacy Day. Info
  • March 13, 2pm Eastern - The New Antiquarians: Working Together to Unlock the Mysterious Stone Ruins - Nolumbeka Project. Info
  • March 16, 7pm Eastern - Hemingway the Author - JFK Library & PBS. Info
  • March 20, 2pm Eastern - The Devil’s Footstep: A New Vision of Early Native Life - Nolumbeka Project. Info
  • April 8-11 - National Council for History Education annual conference. 
  • June 25-26 - Dublin Seminar - Disability in Early New England. Info


SUMMER (all virtual)

  • NEH WORKSHOPS offer stipends up to $1,300. Applications due March 1. 

  • The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives - Duke University - Info
  • Women and Colonization: Early Encounters in the American Colonies - New York Historical Society - Info

    July 5-23. We the People - Presidential and Congressional Academies for teachers and students. Info.



Black History Month

Further Resources on Teaching about the First 100 Days

Other Resources:



Humanity Worth Defending: Disability History in State Standards 2021

by Rich Cairn

For years, I have scoured the internet for disability history curricula. There are a few strong lessons scattered among a variety of sites… Parallel to efforts to increase the supply of disability history lessons, a growing number of states are expanding the range of topics required in state standards… Nine states include the Americans with Disabilities Act. Several of these link study of Disability Rights to post-WWII struggles for civil rights....  [Read more; links to disability curriculum provided History eNews welcomes YOUR news & events. 

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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.