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History eNews from Emerging America - December 19, 2018

Published on Wed, 12/19/2018


New Blog Post from Emerging America:

Lesson Plans that Address New Mass History Standards on

People with Disabilities: Modeling Access for Students with Disabilities

Picture of protestors carrying signs. One reads "Access to Work"

Event Date: Sunday, July 09, 2017
Location: San Francisco Public Main Library 100 Larkin St., Learning Studio, 5th Floor
The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability invites you to discover a remarkable, overlooked moment in U.S. history when people with disabilities occupied a government building to demand their rights. Known as the “Section 504 Sit-In,” the protest profoundly changed the lives of people with and without disabilities, and paved the way for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990.

Photo: Anthony Tusler, 1977 San Francisco. Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

[Used by Emerging America with permission of the photographer.]

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Contact HISTORY AND CIVICS EDUCATION COURSES Integrating Civic Engagement Projects Across the Curriculum. How will YOU meet the new Massachusetts requirement to offer civic engagement projects? Learn the basics. Generate and test fly a specific action plan. Taught by national service-learning and civic engagement leader, Rich Cairn. Two-day course. Grad credit available. Register.

  • Jan. 23 and March 13 - CES, Northampton.

REGISTRATION FULL - World Geography and History: Designing Grades 6-7. Gain content knowledge in World Geography and Ancient History. Unpack, examine, and align courses to new History and Social Science standards. Two-day course. Grad credit available. Register.

  • Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 - CES, Northampton.

NEWLY OPEN FOR REGISTRATION - Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources. Instructors Rich Cairn & Alison Noyes. Meets 15-hour Massachusetts requirement for high quality professional development on teaching students with disabilities and diverse learners. Grad credit available. Register.

  • Feb. 27 and March 6 - Northampton.

NEWLY OPEN FOR REGISTRATION - Teaching Grades K-5 Civic Engagement and Social Studies. Instructor Laurie Risler. Grad credit available. Register.

  • April 23 and May 21 - Northampton.



  • This activity includes link to unit, First Contact: Columbus and the Taino. The post now includes actual student work! - Editor


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Using the 5 Es to Explore an Epitome of the Universe
  • From Mechanics to Makers: Making and Sharing

Library of Congress Resources:

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

  • January 19 - Sources Annual Conference - Orlando, Florida - Info
  • January 24 - Online Seminar - Korea in the Modern World, Part 2: 1945-Present - Info
  • January 24-25 - Launch of: TPS Power of Perspectives: Teaching with Primary Sources to Engage English Learners in Democratic Discussions. 18-month program for Pennsylvania teachers. Begins in January, 2019. Application:
  • January 26 - 7:30am-12pm and 11:30am-4pm - Massachusetts We the People State Competition - Massachusetts Center for Civic Education
  • March 21 and 22 - Mars Hill University. Asheville, North Carolina. - Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources. Rich Cairn from Emerging America. email: to register or get into.
  • November 6-8, 2019 - New England Museum Association - 2019 Conference - Info and Call for Proposals

Summer 2019 Events:

  • FREE - $1,200 stipend. July 7-12 or July 21-26. Emerging America NEH Summer 2019 workshop. Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry. Applications due by March 1.
  • June 16 - 22 and July 7 - 13 - NEH Workshop: The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Great Sioux War (1876) - Billings, Montana ($1200 stipend) - Info
  • June 17 - 21 - Mars Hill University, Asheville, North Carolina. Summer Institute - Slave Dwellings in Rural and Urban NC - Info and Registration
  • June 24-28 and July 8-12 - University of California Berkeley (Library of Congress Consortium Partner) - NEH Workshop: Movement, Mobilization, and Militarization: World War II and the Home Front ($1200 stipend) - Info
  • July 7-12 and July 21-26 - NEH Workshop: African Americans and the Making of Early New England - Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association and NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop ($1200 stipend) - Info
  • July 29 - August 2 - Mars Hill University, Asheville, North Carolina. Summer Institute - History of the Cherokee Tribe - Info and Registration
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon - Summer Fellowship - Information and Application

Other Resources:

New Emerging America Blog:

Ten Lesson Plans that Address New Massachusetts Standards on History of People with Disabilities Engaging ALL students in history and social studies education means not only using inclusive practices, but not overlooking the impact of historical changes and events on people with disabilities, and the impact people with disabilities have had on history. Ten lessons on History of People with Disabilities that address the new Massachusetts standards for History and Social Science are currently available for download from the Emerging America website, and a summary chart that shows how each lesson maps to the standards is provided here. 750,000 students today have 504 plans that guide teachers in meeting their needs. (2015 data). The 1977 protests in San Francisco, in which people with disabilities of all kinds marched and took over a federal building to press the urgency of acting on legislation to give rights to workplace and classroom accommodations, is a historic event with personal relevance to students today. The 1977 protest is featured in a civic engagement lesson plan, and the materials provided can be adapted to meet not only Civics content standards at the elementary and 8th grade levels, but standards related to the history of civil rights in the United States. Barriers and difficulties experienced by veterans of US wars were a prime driver of changes in the role of government, and is a central part of the study of how the relationship between citizens, the states, and the federal government changed over time. To search the Emerging America website for the many ways topics in US history and the experiences of people with disabilities intersect, use this link, or type the word “disability” into the search bar on the website. ********************************** History eNews welcomes YOUR news & events. Published Wednesdays; deadline Sunday noon. Archived at - Reply to to be removed from this list. Register for CES events. Teacher-created lessons, primary source sets, & assessments at: Follow Emerging America on Twitter and Facebook.  


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.