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History eNews from Emerging America - December 14, 2016

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Published on Mon, 12/12/2016

Emerging America History eNEWS Vol. 3, Issue 36 for December 14, 2016


  • Why is Emerging America charging a fee? To ensure that all who sign up show up and complete course work. (Deposits were a complex headache for all.) Modest fees also allow us to continue to support focused learning with beverages, snacks, and meals on site.


  • “Accessing Inquiry” courses for History-Social Studies-Humanities teachers (below) meet Mass license renewal requirements for 15-hours PD on students with disabilities or 15-hours PD on English Learners. Link to renewal regulations.

    • “At least 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles.”

    • “At least 15 PDPs related to SEI or English as a Second Language.”

Library of Congress Talking Books Program (1944)

How can I support struggling learners to succeed in History-Social Studies?

  • Accessing Inquiry for Student with Disabilities through Primary Sources. Meets 15-hour requirement. $65. Snacks, lunch, and all materials included. Grad credit available for extra fee. REGISTER.

    • Jan. 11 & Feb. 6 - Plymouth North HS. Sharon Jones & Rich Cairn.

    • April 13 & 27 - Northampton. Laurie Risler & Rich Cairn.

  • Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources. March 27 & April 11. 8am - 4pm. Northampton. Albert Mussad & Rich Cairn. $65. Snacks, lunch, and all materials included. REGISTER.

How can I fit professional development into my busy schedule?

  • Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students. March 15 - May 3. Online Course. $65. Grad credit available for extra fee.  REGISTER.

How can I help students approach controversial discussions, well-informed and with civility?

  • American and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond - In English with Spanish language breakout. $25. Snacks, lunch, and all materials included. Optional grad credit available for fee. Teaching Humanities. March 31 & April 1. Holyoke. REGISTER.


  • Dec. 14 - 4pm - Free webinar. “A Year in the Life of America.” Creative link of primary sources to current events. Sherry Leavitt, Northern Virginia. Register.

  • "The TPS Teachers Network is a social media platform that welcomes, connects, and engages teachers in a sustained conversation and ongoing professional learning within a community of peers to improve teaching and learning using Library of Congress primary sources." A peer-to-peer network of teachers helping each other do amazing things with primary sources! The link to join is

Library of Congress Teachers Blog

  • Tips on the New LoC.Gov Home Page. Post.


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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.