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Announcing the Blog

Published on Thu, 02/02/2012

This new blog will share our deep-rooted experience at the local, regional and national levels of history education. We will present thoughtful discussion, links to powerful primary sources, and challenging and useful tools to stimulate critical thinking in the classroom. We will tap the tremendous expertise of the Collaborative for Educational Services to meet the needs of struggling learners. And we will highlight the best of new digital technologies. Regular Features:
  • Tips for Teachers – tips for working with primary sources, gleaned from our own network of local sources and from the ever-growing world of national websites and articles. (Of course with particular insights into the millions of items at the Library of Congress!)
  • Guest Posts – critical ideas and exemplary practice from teachers.
  • History Content – timely questions, ideas, and resources on specific historical events.
  • Event Recap – successful ideas and materials from our own practice as teacher educators and from the many conferences and events in the field.
We welcome your feedback and ideas, including your suggestions for guest posts! Watch for additional features and media as the year progresses. Rich Cairn, Director, Emerging America Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse, Assistant Director, Emerging America

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.