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History eNews from Emerging America - December 22, 2022

Published on Thu, 12/22/2022

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 9, Issue 12 for December 22, 2022


  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • News
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Disability History Resources & Updates
  • Other Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • Blog post: “Students Spellbound by Uncovering their School's Early History” (Introduction to the powerful inquiry by elementary school students below) 


Ensure inclusion in social studies for English Learners and for students with disabilities

Low Cost Workshops/Grad Courses

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"Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services" toolkit from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. (2017). Disability & Employment: A Timeline.

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Mark your calendars for these Emerging America courses and workshops. Contact or


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

Scholarships for Winter Courses - Registration fees of $50 and $100

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources - NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!
Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources
America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond – Teaching Human Rights Today
  • March 2 to April 15, 2023 - Webinars March 9, 16 & 30 and April 6 - 4:00-5:15pm Eastern - Register for America and World Fascism Instructors: Peter N. Carroll, Stanford, University and Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College, facilitated by Rich Cairn, Emerging America
  • Special fee of $50 thanks to the Puffin Foundation.  



Upcoming Presentations and Past Recordings from Emerging America

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

  • Teach Disability History: We Can and We Must. An imperative for civics learning. 
    • March 8 - 7-8pm Eastern Time - National Civics Learning Week. Webinar. Launch of Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum. FREE. 
    • Graham Warder, Keene State College; Desiree Forte, Easterseals Massachusetts - #TeachDisabilityHistory campaign; Ross Newton, HEC Academy; Katherine Stevens, Mass Humanities; & Rich Cairn, Emerging America. 
    • Register for webinar.


  • National Council for History Education - Salt Lake City - March 23-25
    • Register for NCHE Conference
    • Emerging America workshop and poster sessions: 
      • Struggles for Freedom of Self-Determination: Engaging Every Learner through Disability History





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):

You may link directly to these resources. 


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Pictorial St. Louis – The Great Metropolis of the Mississippi Valley
  • Two Questions with This Year’s Top Literacy Awards Prize Winners
  • Closing Celebration for National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds
  • Concepts Across the Sciences: Patterns
  • The Civil Rights Movement: A New Primary Source Set for Teachers
  • Lend Us Your Eyes
  • A Thanksgiving Maze
  • Hear What the 2022 Literacy Awards Winners and Honorees Have to Say: Literacy Awards Successful Practices Live Webinar Series Begins December 15!
  • Apply Now! Summer 2023 Professional Development at the Library of Congress
  • Resources from the Library of Congress for Teaching English and Language Arts
  • The Cherokee Nation and the Civil War
  • Using Photographs from the Liljenquist Family Collection to Learn More about Civil War Soldiers (See photo below) 
Henry A. Seaverns in uniform with sword, canteen, and other artifacts, standing on crutches in front of American flag Henry A. Seaverns, Civil War veteran and amputee of G.A.R. George W. Perry Post no. 31, Scituate, Massachusetts, in uniform with sword, canteen, and other artifacts, standing on crutches in front of American flag. Photo by M.H. Reamy. (c1893-1894). Liljenquist Collection, Library of Congress.

Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum features 200+ primary sources from 250 years of history–including Civil War veterans. Sign up for info on the curriculum





SUMMER 2023 – it's not too early to plan!




NEW BLOG POST: Students Spellbound by Uncovering School's Early History 

By Jacqui LaFrance

A class of six English Language Learner fourth graders that included students with disabilities, together with their teacher and paraprofessional teacher, shaped a powerful inquiry project that led to a community celebration covered in the local newspaper. Read the full account 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.