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History eNews from Emerging America – April 24, 2019

Published on Wed, 04/24/2019


Understanding and Teaching the US Constitution in the 21st Century

Emerging America Summer Online Course with Kelley Brown

New 8th Grade Civics Teachers and all others welcome!


Scene at signing of the Constitution of the United States.

George Washington presiding. Sept. 17, 1787. Howard Chandler Christy. (1940).

Full color available at:

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA – Info & Registration.



PDPs / Or optional grad credit available from Westfield State University.

Teaching Grades K-5 Civic Engagement and Social StudiesInstructor Laurie Risler. Grad credit available. Register.

  • April 23 and May 21 – Northampton.
  • NEW SESSION: July 8-9 – South Hadley Public Library.

Understanding and Teaching the U.S. Constitution in the 21st Century. Instructor Kelley Brown.

  • NEW SESSION: July 1 to Aug. 16 – Fully Online.

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources. Instructors Alison Noyes and Laurie Risler. Meets Massachusetts 15-hour requirement for professional development on strategies to teach students with disabilities and diverse learners.

  • NEW SESSION: July 29-30 – South Hadley Public Library.


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Starting Conversations with Students about Personal Spending, Investing, and Stewardship with Historical Receipts
  • Science Teachers – Meet Us in St. Louis (At the NSTA Conference)
  • Primary Sources for Musical Learning: Analyzing Primary Sources through Movement
  • For National Poetry Month Stop by the Teachers Corner From the Catbird’s Seat
  • The Evolution of Walt Whitman’s “O Captain! My Captain!”

OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS – Across Massachusetts and the U.S.

  • April 27 – 9am – 4:30pm – Historic Deerfield: Federal Cabinetmaking – Kneeland and Adams of Hartford – Information and Registration
  • April 30 – 3:30pm – Teaching Tolerance Webinar: Teaching Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage – Register
  • April 30 – 9:30-11:30am – Franklin County Law Day – Greenfield Community College
  • May 1 – 9-11am – Hampshire County Law Day – Hampshire County Courthouse.
  • May 1 – 7pm – Pioneer Valley History Network: “At Sword’s Point: A Labor History of Franklin County” – Belding Memorial Library, Ashfield, MA
  • May 6 – 7pm – Pioneer Valley History Network: “At Sword’s Point: A Labor History of Franklin County” – Forbes Library, Northampton, MA
  • May 9 – 8:30am-3:15pm – We the People: Stories of Strength and Struggle in Challenging Times – A Conference for Teachers Grade 3-8 and School Librarians – Information and Registration  
  • June 8 – The David Ruggles Center will introduce new curriculum at its Teachers Institute 2019 held on June 8 in Florence. Learn more at

Summer 2019:

  • History Camp Pioneer Valley – Holyoke Community College – Information
  • MCSS – Unrepresented Voices of the American Revolution – Application information available in late April
    • Online Course – Starts July 10
    • Face-to-Face Course – August 12-16
  • UMass Boston – Boston Through a Wider Lense – August 5-9 – Information and Application
  • The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife (sponsored by Historic Deerfield) – Entertainments at Taverns and Long Rooms in New England (1700-1900) – Information and Application


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Karen Albano

former History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano worked with Emerging America from 2015-2020, contributing to many facets of the program including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, overseeing social media outreach, and editing the History eNews.