Teach Disability History: We Can and We Must - March 8, 7-8pm
Join the free webinar launch (registration link coming soon) of the Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum
Educators and disability advocates will share compelling stories of disability rights activists across 200 years of history and ways you can support disability history today.
The new curriculum offers free, online, 23 lessons in 8 units using over 200 primary sources. Inclusive lessons model Universal Design for Learning. The project is funded by a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources grant.
Topics range from Moral Reformers to the Disability Rights Movement. A special unit on disabled Civil War veterans and nurses who served them features Massachusetts stories, supported by the Expand Massachusetts Stories program of Mass Humanities.
Hear also from
Young adult leaders of the Easterseals Massachusetts #TeachDisabilityHistory campaign.
Graham Warder, Keene State College - Disabled Civil War Veterans and Nurses
Desiree Forte, Easterseals Massachusetts - #TeachDisabilityHistory campaign
Ross Newton, HEC Academy - Disability History in the Classroom
Katherine Stevens, Mass Humanities - Expand Massachusetts Stories
Rich Cairn, Emerging America - lead author Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum
National Council for the Social Studies Conference - December 2-4, 2022 - Philadelphia - Info on NCSS Conference.
- "How to Integrate Disability History into the Curriculum: We Can and We Must" - Rich Cairn presentation includes the new Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum - Friday, December 2, 10:05-10:30am - Marriott Franklin 11 (4th floor).
- "Social Studies and History Methods That Include –– and Strengthen –– English learners" - Poster Session. Alison Noyes. Saturday, December 3, 11:30am - 12:30pm. Convention Center Reg Bridge West.
2022 Recordings & Materials from Presentations
Massachusetts and the Experience of Civil War Disability - Graham Warder, Keene State College - June 30, 2022
Made possible in part through an Expanding Massachusetts Stories grant from Mass Humanities.
Smithsonian National Education Summit - July 27-28, 2022 - Information on the FREE Smithsonian summit.
Includes Lee Ann Potter, Director of Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives at the Library of Congress, and a national panel of educators, including Emerging America staff, 12:00-1:30pm - Thursday, July 28.
Read June 16, 2022 blog post, "Perfect Primary Source Combinations," by Lee Ann Potter and Ashley Naranjo.
Interview with Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes from Emerging America - on Tom Bober's The Primary Source Podcast.
- Posted January 18, 2022. (30 minutes).
- Link to the Podcast in Apple Podcasts.
History and Civics Accessibility as a Practical Civil Right
- Access to high quality civics and history education is increasingly seen as a civil right, one that should be afforded to all students, including those with disabilities and those learning English as a Second Language.
- Featuring Leslie Villegas, New America, and Rich Cairn, Emerging America.
- Sponsored by CivXNow and Educating All Learners Alliance.
- April 26, 2022 - 1:00pm Eastern Time
- Recording of the webinar.
- Rich Cairn's slides on Disability and Civic Engagement.
New Inclusive Strategies & Tools for Civic Engagement by Students with Disabilities - 2022 Massachusetts Civic Learning Week
- Recording of the webinar for teachers.
- March 11, 2022 - 3:45-4:30pm. (45 minutes).
- Inclusive Strategies & tools for Civic Engagement by Students with Disabilities presentation slides.
- Massachusetts Civic Learning Coalition - MACivicsforAll.org - Link to state coalition.
Inclusion for Civic Learning - Spring 2021 Webinar Series
• Strategies to Engage All Students in Asking Their Own Questions
- May 13, 2021 - Sarah Westbrook, Director of Professional Learning at the Right Question Institute engages webinar participants in the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) and demonstrates strategies and tools for using the QFT with diverse groups of learners, including students with disabilities and English Learners. Learn from veteran teachers as they share experiences and tips for using the QFT to deepen inclusion.
Thinkport Inquiry Kits – Teaching Tools from Maryland Humanities and Maryland Public Television
May 4, 2021 - Lia Atanat, Maryland Humanities - 190 Thinkport kits examine social studies/history themes for use in classroom activities, or as starter kits for History Day projects! Lia showcases Thinkport kits on Disability History and Immigration History. Visit the Thinkport site: https://thinkport.org/tps/
- Webinar recording and transcript.
Inclusion in Civics and History - Easterseals #TeachDisabilityHistory Campaign
- April 28, 2021 - Young adults from Easterseals Massachusetts, a middle school teacher, and Emerging America staff presented approaches to engaging students with disabilities in civic education and civic engagement projects. Part of Mass Civics for All - Civic Learning Week 2021.
- Desi Forte, Easterseals Massachusetts coordinator young adult support for #TeachDisabilityHistory student campaign
- Young adults from Easterseals support group for #TeachDisabilityHistory
- Jennifer Groskin, Teacher, Newburyport Middle School
- Rich Cairn, Director of Emerging America
- Alison Noyes, Assistant Director of Emerging America
- Presentation Materials:
- Watch #TeachDisabilityHistory video here.
- View #TeachDisabilityHistory presentation–in postcard format.
Other 2021 Recordings
Teaching Disability History: From Reform to Equal Rights
- December 8, 2021 - 4:00pm - Mass Council for the Social Studies fall online conference. Info on Teaching Disability History workshop.
- Recording. (1:13:09 minutes - presentation begins at 16:40, after intro activity) Play the 12-08-2021 Disability History video.
Immigrant Storytelling in the American Narrative
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 (1 hr) Panel discussion for the Festival Near You programming of the Library of Congress National Book Festival.Sponsored by Emerging America and the Immigrant Learning Center. Over 200 attended live, and over 500 registered to receive the session recording. Link to the Webinar Recording.
Launching from the examination of immigration in the memoir of NPR veteran journalist Maria Hinojosa, Once I Was You, this webinar addressed
- The experiences of people telling immigrant stories in multiple mediums, including refugees and long-time citizens of the united states
- Strategies for both the U.S.-born and foreign-born to change the conversation
- LINK to resources on primary sources and events connected to immigration history and stories
Inquiry as a Primary Mode of Learning
- Webinar for AP Teachers on the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap. Emerging America's Rich Cairn joined the panel to speak about Disability History and access strategies.
Link to the AP webinar recording. (54 minutes).
Learning Disabilities Association of America Panel Discussion - Creating an Inclusive Civic and History Education for All
- March 25, 2021 - Learn about Educating for American Democracy (EAD), the changes it represents for all learners, the ways it can be leveraged to develop student self-advocacy and self-determination, and how you can join this ground-breaking effort. Moderated by Learning Disabilities Association of America President, Cindy Cipoletti. With Ace Parsi - EAD and former Director of Innovation at the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Kim Eckert - 2018 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, and Rich Cairn - Director of Emerging America.
- Read the EAD Roadmap Disability History and Civics Extension.
- Recording. (60 minutes).
- Give input on Disability History and Civics in the EAD and join the effort. Take a quick survey.
Rethinking Immigration History for ALL Learners
- February 24, 2021 - Keynote presentation as part of Teacher Librarian Day (TLD). In 2021, the TLD ran from February 22 to 26 with the theme of New Directions. Sponsored by Metropolitan State University of Denver and Western Region TPS.
June 3, 2020 - Library of Congress TPS Summer Series - Reflecting on Using Primary Sources to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners: https://www.loc.gov/programs/teachers/professional-development/webinar/
- December 2, 2020 - WGBH webinar: Teach Diverse Stories with Primary Sources and Artifacts. WGBH recording. (60 minutes).
- October 21, 2020 - North East Regional Conference for the Social Studies (NERC): Making History, Civics, & Social Science Accessible to ALL Learners. NERC 2020 recording. (57:02 minutes).
- September 23-24, 2020 - Massachusetts Civic Literacy Coalition (MCLC): Engage Students with Disabilities in Inquiry and Civic Action. Materials included available through the MCLC site for the 2020 Civic Literacy Conference: https://www.macivicsforall.org/clcstudentled
Contact Rich Cairn email@example.com to schedule Accessing Inquiry and other professional development workshops remotely in your school district, state, or region in 2021-2022.