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History eNews from Emerging America – February 27, 2019

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Published on Wed, 02/27/2019


  • Invitation to judge Massachusetts History Day – April 6, 2019 – Information
  • Civic Engagement Day at Massachusetts State House – March 5, 12:30-3:30. Mass Civic Learning Coalition website. Legislators promote funding for civics education in 2020 budget – Article on the Massachusetts Civics Projects Trust Fund.
  • From iCivics – CivXNow – K-12 Civic Education Map
  • APPLICATION DUE DATE EXTENDED TO MARCH 7 for Forge of Innovation workshop in Springfield. FREE. $1,200 stipends. Meet Mass standards. PDPs or optional 3 grad credits. Information and Registration

Are you reaching out to elementary colleagues?

Course for Elementary Social Studies Teachers:

Strengthening History and Social Science

April 23 & May 21 – Register

“Crispus Attucks,” by Herschel Levit, mural at the Recorder of Deeds Building. (1943).
Original martyr of the Revolution. Photo by Highsmith.

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA – Info & Registration.



DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 7: Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry, NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Teachers. Massachusetts teachers address new content and practice standards. Receive $1,200 stipend for travel and living expenses. Information and Registration

  • July 7-12 – Springfield, Sturbridge, Greenfield, Northampton, and Holyoke.
  • July 21-26 – Springfield, Sturbridge, Greenfield, Northampton, and Holyoke.

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources. Instructors Rich Cairn & Alison Noyes. Meets Massachusetts 15-hour requirement for training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and the instruction of students with diverse learning styles. Grad credit available. Register.

  • March 27 to May 7 – FULLY ONLINE!

World Geography and History: Designing Grades 6-7. Dive into the new standards. Grad Credit available. Register.

  • March 5 and April 4 – Hudson.

Teaching Grades K-5 Civic Engagement and Social StudiesInstructor Laurie Risler. Grad credit available. Register.

  • April 23 and May 21 – Northampton.

New: America Transformed: Teaching Westward Expansion Using Primary Sources. Instructors Michelle LeBlanc, Rich Cairn, and historian Heather Cox RIchardson

  • April 3 & April 10, 2019, 9am-3pm – Boston Public Library, Leventhal Map Center. Register with Leventhal.


  • TPS Teachers Network – Teachers with experience working with primary sources are welcome to join this network.
    • Feature Discussions:

Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Five Questions with Gretel von Bargen, 2018 Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute Participant
  • Primary Sources for Musical Learning: Squirrel Hunting, Singing, and Thinking in Elementary School

OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS – Across Massachusetts and the U.S.

  • February 28, March 7, and March 14 – 7pm (webinar) – PBIS: Empowering Young Media Consumers & Creators – Information and Registration
  • March 5 – 7pm – National Council for the Social Studies: Webinar – Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport: The Vital Role of Social Studies in Safeguarding Our Rights – Info and Registration
  • March 12 and 13 – 7pm – National Council for the Social Studies: Webinar – National Geographic’s Geo-Inquiry Framework Supporting Implementation of C3 – Info and Registration
  • March 13 – 8:30am-3:30pm – Facing History and Ourselves: Individual Choices in a Democracy: A Facing History Approach to Civic Education (Boston, MA) – Information and Registration
  • March 26 – 7pm – National Council for the Social Studies: Webinar – Engage, Enrich, and Empower Student Discovery with Primary Sources – Info and Registration

Other Resources:

Featured Resource: Grade 5 Performance Assessment

The Bloody Massacre–Or Was It?

Explore the causes of the Revolution with primary sources from multiple perspectives in this exemplary assessment.

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Karen Albano

History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano began working with the Emerging America program in 2015. She is currently the editor of the weekly History eNews, and has contributed to many facets of the Emerging America program, including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, and overseeing social media outreach.