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We help teachers deepen inquiry and engagement with history by all students.


Emerging America provides professional development and online resources to nurture critical thinking about the American experience and its global context. We model successful strategies to access and analyze primary sources, investigate vital local stories, and improve student reading and writing about rich texts, images, maps, recordings, multimedia, and more.

Easthampton High School students describe their experiences with primary sources.
Why We Love Primary Sources

Browse our ever-growing collection of primary source sets, lesson plans, classroom assessments, and more, developed by teachers and edited for quality and consistency.

Upcoming Workshops


Emerging America offers a wide menu of workshops and courses, face-to-face and online professional development opportunities for K-12 educator. View All Workshops or Learn more about our Professional Development here.

Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms - a woman wears a Greek helmet and armor and holds a staff with an eagle atop it, standing in front of a building with massive classical columns - a man holds a flag with 48 stars

June 17, 2024 - 9:30-3:50 Central Time - A More Perfect Union: Rethinking the Gilded Age & Progressivisms - Virtual 1-day conference - Register - FREE Examine race,…

A line of people in informal dress walk across the tree-lined campus of Landmark College. Mountains frame the horizon.

Landmark College Institute for Research and Training - Summer Institute for Educators June 25-27, 2024 - Putney, Vermont  The program of the 3-day conference includes a…

Several images of Khmer people of all ages make up a collage. The central photo is of a smiling boy who is wearing a hat, jacket, and a long scarf.

July 15 - 8:30am - 3pm - Collaborative for Educational Services, 97 Hawley Street, Northampton, Massachusetts. Register. This workshop is full. Email events@collaborative.…

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