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History eNews from Emerging America - August 17, 2022

Published on Wed, 08/17/2022

Emerging America logo against vista of sky, river, distant mountains.

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 9, Issue 8 for August 17, 2022


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • Blog post preview: Teachers Talking Inclusion with Teachers Link to full blog post.


Teachers Talking Inclusion with Teachers 

Link for info and to sign up to participate in cross-disciplinary discussions.

[a group of teachers work on computers in a library--the nearest two look together at one screen, one woman's hands above the computer keyboard as the other woman points something out] 




EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum orientation 

  • September 28, 2022 - 4-5pm Eastern time.
  • Orientation to the curriculum with author, Rich Cairn. Sign up for orientation. No cost.



See complete list of short webinars, poster presentations, and more.

  • National Council for the Social Studies Conference - December 2-4, 2022 - Philadelphia - Mark your calendars! - Info on NCSS Conference
  • Stay updated on Emerging America offerings at the conference
    • How to Integrate Disability History into the Curriculum: We Can and We Must - Rich Cairn
      • December 2 - 10:05-10:35am 
    • “A Rosetta Stone” to Translate History Activities with Primary Sources - Casey Cullen, Allison Audet, and Alison Noyes
      • December 2 - 3:10-3:40pm
    • POSTER "Social Studies and History Methods That Include –– and Strengthen –– English learners" - Alison Noyes
      • Saturday, December 3 - 11:30am - 12:30pm


  • RECORDING - “The Perfect Primary Source Combination” 
    • Smithsonian National Education Summit - July 28, 2022
      • Lee Ann Potter, Director of Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives at the Library of Congress, and a national panel of educators, including Alison Noyes - Emerging America. 




TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this network. Featured this week - (log in to see DISCUSSIONS; no log-in needed for ALBUMS):

Please Respond to a brief TPS Teachers Network Member Survey!


Primary Source Learning Activities with Albums created by Ellie Kaplan, Library of Congress Summer 2022 Junior Fellow. You may link directly to these resources. 


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • A Change of Direction Inspired by Library of Congress Explorations
  • In Conversation: LC Labs staff and Einstein Educator Fellow discuss library data, STEM education, and Primary Source Analysis
  • Congressional Reactions to the Moon Landing in the Bound Congressional Record
  • Swampland in Florida
  • Who Claims the Arctic?



  • Hidden Legacies of Helen Keller - September 17-18 
    • Louisville, Kentucky - American Printing House - powerful list of speakers - using American Foundation for the Blind Helen Keller Archives. Info on Keller symposium



  • Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) 2022-2023 workshops on History/Social Science and on Civics Projects. DESE workshops.
  • Learning for Justice - enroll in virtual workshops
  • September 8, 6-7pm Eastern - online - A Civil Action - 1998 environmental film - Massachusetts Historical Society Film Club. Info on the event
  • September 22, 3:30-6:00pm Eastern - Contemporary Islamic Culture in Africa and the Middle East - Library of Congress. Info on Understanding Islam
  • September 24 - Equity Summit - National Council for History Education and National Council for the Social Studies - emphasizing activism and student empowerment. Info on the Equity Summit
  • September 28, 6-7pm Eastern - online or in-person (Boston) - Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution - Massachusetts Historical Society. Info on privateering talk. 
  • November 2 - Framing History: The Power of Pictures - Grade 3-8 teacher conference - in-person - JFK Library, Boston. Info on JFK conference
  • November 10, 3:30-6:00pm Eastern Time - Islam in East Africa (Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania) - Library of Congress. Info on Understanding Islam





Teachers Talking Inclusion with Teachers

Discussion that is always enlightening–sometimes challenging–between social studies teachers and teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) and Special Education has been one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching Emerging America's Accessing graduate courses across the U.S. since 2016. Such opportunities are too rare. 

Speaking from their rich daily experience, teachers have shared a wealth of insights from how to understand unique needs of particular students to hands-on strategies to make complex primary sources accessible…

In 2022-2023, Emerging America and our partners offer opportunities to join in-depth discussion across educational lines…. Link to full blog post. History eNews welcomes YOUR news & events. 

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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.