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Teachers Make Good Things Happen! Opportunities for Fall 2022

Published on Tue, 07/05/2022

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Pilot curriculum, join a PLC, and more

Inclusion strategies can energize instruction for all learners and expand opportunities for them to make a difference in their communities. Tap these powerful support resources to explore new ideas and tools in your classroom. 


Apply for a Learning for Justice Educator Grant


Pilot Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum

  • Link to Disability History curriculum pilot sign-up
    • Teachers select units of interest to them to pilot and review.
    • Orientation (optional) for the curriculum will take place September 28, 4:00-5:00pm Eastern time. Register using the Disability History curriculum pilot sign-up link. (Will be recorded.) 
    • Massachusetts teachers who complete the pilot review (including 09-28 orientation) will earn 10 PDPs. (Teachers from outside Massachusetts will get a letter documenting completion.)  
  • Emerging America will publish the final version of the free curriculum in February 2023. Supported by a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary of Sources grant. 


Pilot ESL lessons featuring primary sources or Join a PLC bringing together ESL and Social Studies teachers

  • Link to interest form is
  • As part of their Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources project, the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) will be offering a professional learning community (PLC) for 16 teachers (8 history/social studies & 8 ESL teachers, conducted with virtual meetings.
    • The PLC will meet for 5 one-hour sessions between October and February.
    • The focus will be
      • using best primary source practices in ESL classes
      • using best language development practices in social studies classes
      • ways ESL and social studies teachers can learn from each other
  • MCSS also will be developing new ESL curriculum that features primary source materials for elementary, middle, and high school, and seek 9 ESL teachers to pilot it. Participating teachers will receive stipends upon completion of the curriculum review and/or the PLC, ESL teachers may be selected to join one or both groups. Link to interest form is  Please direct questions to



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.