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History eNews from Emerging America - September 8, 2021

Published on Wed, 09/08/2021

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 8, Issue 18 for September 8, 2021


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Disability History Resources & Updates
  • Other Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • Blog post preview: “Closing the Gap in Civics for Students with Disabilities in Classrooms from K-12” - Link to blog post.


Develop a Mystery for Your Own K-5 Classroom

Register for History’s Mysteries Institute ‡ Register for History’s Mysteries Intro Webinar






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. 

  • Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources


  • Develop a Mystery for Your Own Classroom History's Mysteries Institute
    • The creators of History’s Mysteries will guide you through deep exploration of this powerful K-5 curriculum and its methods. Choose between customizing a unit for your unique classroom needs or creating a new History’s Mysteries-style lesson on a vital topic.
    • Fall: October 4 to December 6. Online. 
    • Spring: February 28 to April 4. Online. 
    • Laurie Risler, with Kelley Brown. 
    • Available for 66.5 PDPs or optional 3 graduate credits from Westfield State University. 
    • Register for the History’s Mysteries Institute


  • Introduction to Elementary Inquiry Using History’s Mysteries 
    • Become familiar with History’s Mysteries and ask questions of its authors in preparation for teaching the curriculum. 
    • November 3, or February 9, or May 18, 7-8:30 pm Eastern. Online. 
    • Register for History’s Mysteries Intro. 


  • Emerging America: Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students
    • Harness current events to deepen understanding of immigration across American history, from the founding of the nation through today. Focus on access strategies. 
    • Alison Noyes, Emerging America. 
    • January 12 to March 2. Online. With three live webinars. 
    • Register for Immigration Issues.


  • America and World Fascism - From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond: 
    • Study extremism and resistance to it across the 20th century to today. Explore strategies to teach difficult and controversial subjects. 
    • Led by Peter Carroll, Stanford University; Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College; and Rich Cairn, Emerging America. 
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. 
    • March 3 - April 15. Online. With four live webinars. 
    • Register for America and World Fascism course.


  • Make Your Civic Engagement Inclusive
    • Design civic engagement projects and civics education that are fully inclusive, especially of students with disabilities and English Learners.
    • Led by Rich Cairn, Emerging America. 
    • Earn 10 PDPs with submission of an inclusive civic engagement plan. 
    • March 3. Online. 
    • Register for Inclusive Civic Engagement


  • Teaching World Geography and Ancient Civilizations
    • Gain practical training in the geographic and historical content and inquiry-based strategies and resources for instruction to address Social Science Standards. Focus on regions of the world that have been underrepresented in K-12 classrooms. 
    • Led by Nicholas Aieta, Westfield State University, and Rich Cairn, Emerging America
    • Earn 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or optional 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University. 
    • April 19 - May 24. Online. With two live webinars. Register for Teaching World Geography and Ancient Civilizations



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

  • Immigrant Storytelling in the American Narrative (1-hour webinar; no PDPs)
    • Part of the Library of Congress National Book Festival events for immigration memoir of NPR veteran journalist Maria Hinojosa, Once I Was You
    • Learn how to tell immigrant stories as part of, not something separate from, the American narrative, and the history of immigrant narratives and how they have shaped today’s discourse and policies
    • Wednesday, September 22, 3-4 pm Eastern time 
    • Sponsored by Emerging America and the Immigrant Learning Center. Register for the Immigrant Storytelling webinar.


  • Meaningfully Engaging Students with Disabilities - Plan and implement civics projects that are meaningful and accessible. Sponsored by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 


  • RECORDING: The Educating for American Democracy Roadmap and AP History.




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

  • Five Questions with Melanie Zeck, Reference Librarian, American Folklife Center [shows just how accessible the librarians are! -ATN]
  • Take a Close Look at the National Book Festival Poster Gallery!
  • Devil in the Details: Examining Visual Material from the Civil War
  • Teaching Mathematics Using Primary Sources: Analyzing Population Pyramids









Closing the Gap in Civics for Students with Disabilities in Classrooms from K-12, by Rich Cairn

A 2020 study commissioned by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) confirmed a continuing lack of implementation of elementary civics education.

The study found further that schools systemically (even if unintentionally) exclude students with disabilities from civics lessons. 

What have we learned about this gap? What can be done to close it? 

Link to the blog post.

Correction: The fall section of the Emerging America graduate course Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources will retain that name rather than begin use of the term Multilingual Learners as reported last issue. Register for Accessing Inquiry for ELs 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.