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History eNews from Emerging America - January 8, 2020

Published on Wed, 01/08/2020

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 7, Issue 1 for January 8, 2020


  • NEW! Accessing Inquiry workshop sessions open for registration! More dates below. 
  • NEW WORKSHOP! How will you engage students with disabilities in civic engagement projects? 
  • Western Mass Social Studies PLC - Jan. 9, 3:30-5:00pm - Haymarket Cafe, 185 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060. Next meeting: April 16. (Changed from April 9.)
  • Congress increases funding for Humanities across the board! National Humanities Alliance report
  • Michelle Ryan moved from DESE History and Social Science to DESE’s Kaleidoscope Collective for Learning. Cecelia Spencer is still in HSS.  
  • Want to be published?  Write a book review on a recent historical work or a research article on a topic of interest. Twice yearly New England Journal of History publishes U.S. and World History!  Call for papers: New England History Teachers Association. 
  • Call for Presenters - Massachusetts History Conference - June 1 - Worcester. Submit workshop proposals by Jan. 21. 
  • Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies series on revising and developing American history curriculum map, pacing guides, and unit guide templates for 2018 Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework:
    • Fridays: Jan. 24, Feb. 7, March 6, March 20 9am - 1:30pm - Braintree; and April 6 at NERC 1:30-4:30pm. 


Social Studies with English Learners: 

More than Simple Vocab

It’s not just about simplifying the English. It’s also about learning to recognize complex concepts like cause and effect.

Emerging America blog reflects on Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources (online course starts Feb. 4 + face-to-face in March in Hudson!). (Full post here.)


EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.




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

  • Integrating Civic Engagement Projects Across the Curriculum - Instructor: Rich Cairn - Develop project plans under 2018 civic engagement legislation and History and Social Science standards. PDPs or 1 graduate credit.
    • January 21 & February 25, Northampton 
  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources - Instructors: Rich Cairn & Alison Noyes. Meets state PD requirement, with attention to teachers of History and Social Science and the Humanities. PDPs or 1 graduate credit.
    • NEW! - Jan. 28 & April 9 - Sharon
    • March 3 & March 31 - CES, Northampton 
    • NEW! - July 6-31 - ONLINE
  • Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources - Instructors Rich Cairn & Alison Noyes. Meets state PD requirement, with attention to teachers of History and Social Science and the Humanities. PDPs or 1 graduate credit.
    • February 4 to March 16 - Fully ONLINE. 
    • NEW! - March 27 & April 15 - Hudson 
  • History’s Mysteries - K-5 Curriculum Pilot - Instructors: Kelley Brown & Laurie Risler. PDPs or 1 graduate credit. 
    • February 26 to May 31. Online. Teach it in your classroom in spring.
  • America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond - Instructor: Kelley Brown. Scholars Peter Carroll and Sebastiaan Faber. PDPs or 1 graduate credit.
    • April 3-4 - Melrose High School
  • NEW WORKSHOP! Accessing Civic Engagement with Students with Disabilities - Instructors: Rich Cairn & Alison Noyes. 10 PDPs. 
    • April 13 - Hudson - $40



  • TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with experience working with primary sources are welcome to join this network




Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Math, Measurement, Civil Rights, and Pancakes: A Recipe from Rosa Parks
  • Using Primary Sources to Explore Different Ways Families Come Together
  • A Suitcase Full of Holiday Spirit
  • A New Year…a New Direction…a New Adventure





  • July 12-17 and July 26-31- NEH Landmarks for the Humanities - Deerfield Teachers’ Center - Living on the Edge of Empire: Alliance, Conflict and Captivity - Information and Registration ($1200 stipend for travel and housing) 
  • July 19-24 - EASC NCTA Summer Institute: Teaching East Asian Literature Workshop (Bloomington, IN) - Information and Application 
  • July 27-August 1 - NEH Summer Institute - American Antiquarian Society: The News Media and the Making of America, 1730-1800 - Information and Application 
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon Summer Residential Programs - More Information and Registration - Application Deadline Soon: January 13
    • June 16-20: Slavery in George Washingotn’s World
    • June 23-27: The Great Experiment: George Washington and the Founding of the U.S. Government
    • July 7-11: First in Business: George Washington, Mount Vernon, and the New Nation
    • July 14-18: George Washington at War: From Soldier to Commander in Chief
    • July 28-August 1: Martha Washington and the Women of the 18th Century
    • August 4-8: Leadership and Legacy: Lessons from George Washington
  • August 1 and 2 - Pocumtuck Homelands Festival - Unity Park, Turner Falls 




Blog: Social Studies with English Learners: More than Simple Vocab

How well would English Learners in your classes recognize the following as a statement of cause and effect?: “The violence was the people’s retaliation for years of exploitation.” A blog post from Emerging America Assistant Director Alison Noyes reflects on insights from our preparation for spring sessions of Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources. Emerging America is preparing to teach Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources. What do specialists in English language acquisition tell us about making history and social studies accessible? (Full post here.)


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Karen Albano

former History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano worked with Emerging America from 2015-2020, contributing to many facets of the program including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, overseeing social media outreach, and editing the History eNews.