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History eNews from Emerging America - September 30, 2020

Published on Wed, 09/30/2020

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 7, Issue 27 for September 30, 2020


  • RECOMMENDED: Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies (NERC) 2020 will be online! - October 4-14 - Info & Register. An impressive program! Free. Easy to participate. 
  • Teaching Tolerance Resources on Voter Suppression. How will you help students cope with an election that has already shown unprecedented voter suppression? 
  • The Right Question Institute offers curriculum and a “Why Vote?” Tool. for work with student voters. 
  • UMass Lowell and the Library of New England Immigration launched a rich new website. 
  • Emerging America seeks input on a draft document, “Tips for Inclusion Supplement to the 2019 DESE Civics Project Guidebook”. Also in the survey, share a strategy YOU use to engage and support students with disabilities in civics projects. Complete the survey
  • History teaching jobs and other employment opportunities at the Collaborative for Educational Services. See our Careers page. 
  • Next issue of the History eNews is October 7. Submit events & resources to by October 4.


What Exactly Is a Disability?


Blog post by Wendy Harris, Teacher, and Emerging America Library of Congress TPS Coach (See below.) 

Course: From Reform to Equal Rights: Teach Disability History in the K-12 Classroom - Information and Registration.

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Preservation of the Sign Language. George William Veditz. (1913)

Teacher in the Colorado School for the Deaf in first ever film of sign language. 

Translation for signing-impaired:

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.




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

  • Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources
    • Successful course taught across the U.S. Meets 15 hour Mass license requirement for PD on teaching ELs. PDPs or 1 grad credit. Led by Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes, Emerging America. Details
      • October 19 to December 5. Register by October 5. 
  • From Reform to Equal Rights: Teaching Disability History in the K-12 Classroom
    • PDPs or 1 grad credit. Led by Rich Cairn, Director Emerging America, and by scholar, Graham Warder. Details. This exciting new course will trace the emergence of Disability Rights over two centuries, addressing multiple new content standards in Massachusetts and other states. 
      • October 27 to December 7. Register by October 13.

Contact Rich Cairn about scheduling Accessing Inquiry and other professional development workshops remotely in your school district or region for 2020-2021.


Library of Congress News


TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this network. Featured this week - YOU MUST LOGIN FIRST FOR THESE LINKS TO WORK:


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Using a Watch Party to Spur Discussions on Race and other Topics: Another Opportunity to Communicate with Students
  • Special National Book Festival: Supporting American Ingenuity in Libraries and Museums
  • Constitution Day Reflections: Citizenship Schools for Women in 1920
  • Library of Congress Releases Interactive Map Highlighting 136 Literacy Award Recipients


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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.