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History eNews from Emerging America - August 19, 2020

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Published on Wed, 08/19/2020

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 7, Issue 24 for August 19, 2020



From Reform to Equal Rights:  Teaching Disability History Course is Open for Registration!

PDPs or Grad Credit - Online - October 27 to December 5

Woman seated in motorized wheelchair clasps hand of standing woman as they smile for a photo in front of an event backdrop.

Disability Rights Activists, Judy Heumann and Barbara Ransom pose for a photograph at the TASH Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Symposium. (2019). [Photo alt text: Woman seated in motorized wheelchair clasps hand of standing woman as they smile for a photo in front of an event backdrop.]


EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.




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

  • Teaching the History’s Mysteries K-5 Curriculum. New free K-5 curriculum available online. Register for orientation and professional development led by program creators, Laurie Risler & Kelley Brown. $50. Earn 10 PDPs by teaching a unit in fall and participating in Nov. 12 reflection webinar.
    August 26 & September 2 - ONLINE

    Black Communities and Agency: Fighting Jim Crow and Institutional Racism (1877-1940)
    PDPs or 3 grad credits. Led by Kelley Brown, with scholar Amilcar Shabbazz, UMass Amherst Department of Afro-American Studies. Details.
    September 29 to December 13. Register by September 14. 
    Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources
    Successful course taught across the U.S. Meets 15 hour Mass license requirement for PD on teaching ELs. PDPs or 1 grad credit. Led by Rich Cairn and Alison Noyes, Emerging America. Details.  
    October 19 to December 5. Register by October 5. 
    From Reform to Equal Rights: Teaching Disability History in the K-12 Classroom
    PDPs or 1 grad credit. Led by Rich Cairn, Emerging America and scholar, Graham Warder. Details. This exciting new course will trace the emergence of Disability Rights over two centuries, addressing multiple new content standards in Massachusetts and other states. 
    October 27 to December 7. Register by October 13. 




  • Library of Congress: Historic Public Affairs Series "Black Journal" Now Available Online at the American Archive of Public Broadcasting

  • Library of Congress announces William H. Taft Papers

  • Library of Congress Teacher Blog
    • A Teacher’s Memories of Congressman John Lewis

    • Five Questions with Cheryl Fox, the Library of Congress Archives Specialist, Manuscript Division

    • Online Professional Development: What’s New in the TPS Consortium and TPS Teachers Network, August 4 and Information Literacy and Primary Sources, August 5

    • Jason Reynolds August Grab the Mic Newsletter

    • Join Us for Online Office Hours: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage August 11 and the Library’s Comic Arts Collection August 18

    • Studying Images of World War I Nurses: The Nurturer in a Red Cross Poster

    • Join Us for Office Hours: A Glimpse into the Library’s Comic Arts Collection






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Karen Albano

History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano began working with the Emerging America program in 2015. She is currently the editor of the weekly History eNews, and has contributed to many facets of the Emerging America program, including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, and overseeing social media outreach.