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Accessing Civic Engagement for Students with Disabilities

How will your school district ensure that students with disabilities can fully and meaningfully participate in student-led civic engagement projects at 8th grade and high school as required by Massachusetts law? (Includes students receiving support through Special Education and 504 plans and other diverse learners.) Draft implementation plan. Address 2018 legislation and Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education guidance for implementation. Complete district readiness assessment prior to workshop.

Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources

This workshop is offered both in person and online

This course introduces exemplars of best practice pedagogy for English Learners in History and Social Studies classrooms. It demonstrates dual-language-learner-friendly approaches to primary and secondary sources using examples from the history of immigration and of foreign language communities in the U.S..  More details.

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources

This workshop is offered both in person and online

Social Studies and Humanities pose distinct challenges for struggling learners, including extensive discipline-specific vocabulary, difficult informational texts--including complex primary sources, and a need for background knowledge. Social Studies' authentic sources, important ideas and connections to real-world issues also offer tools for differentiation and potent means to motivate students. More details

America and World Fascism

During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), like nowhere in history, ideologies--Liberalism, Socialism, Republicanism, Nazism, Communism, and Anarchism--clashed in day-to-day life as well as on the battlefield. Three years before World War II, 2,800 idealistic Americans fought in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (ALB) besides Spain's government against General Franco's fascist rebels.

Learn about history from the WWII-era to the US and world political movements of today.

Integrating Civic Engagement Projects Across the Curriculum

Massachusetts teachers are working to meet the new requirement that every student have the opportunity to complete civic engagement projects between 8th and 12th grades that engage students in real-world issues in their communities. Civics content including media literacy, and broader literacy and practice standards are part of the MA History and Social Science Standards.  In this workshop, participants will plan an effective student-led civic engagement project for ALL learners.

Rising to the Challenge of Civic Leadership in the Classroom

Offered in collaboration with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project at the University of Massachusetts. Coming Soon (July, 2020)

Teaching Grades K-5 Social Studies

This course will introduce and engage teachers with high quality instructional strategies in History and the Social Sciences for students in grades K-5. Specific topics include historical thinking, inquiry based teaching, project based learning, and developing compelling historical questions. In addition, teachers will gain knowledge of key concepts of civics, and they will find, access, and analyze a range of primary sources to support them in creating student inquiries.

Online: Understanding and Teaching the U.S. Constitution in the 21st Century

How well has the U.S. Constitution protected the individual rights of all Americans? Who has been left out and why? How has Constitutional protection evolved? In this fully online training, participants will: Investigate questions of justice and equality from the origins of the constitution to the present; Work in groups to investigate a wealth of primary sources - featuring images, maps, oral histories, and documents from the Library of Congress - to develop powerful inquiry-based lessons to bring this crucial document to life; and draft, teach, and reflect with fellow teachers on what works and how to strengthen the lesson. 


Upcoming Workshops

ONLINE: Are you looking for K-5 History curriculum that meets content and skill standards, engages students in inquiry, and fits well in your classroom? Try Eme…
From the American colonial era to the 21st century, people with disabilities experienced a revolution in status from objects of religious benevolence to wards o…
How can teachers engage their students with study of civic life, agency and community? By studying the history of post-Reconstruction American institutions and…