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History eNews from Emerging America - February 1, 2017

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Published on Mon, 01/30/2017

Emerging America History eNEWS Vol. 4, Issue 4 for February 1, 2017


  • Massachusetts ELA Frameworks get more detailed about teaching literacy and Social Studies. Provide input to Feb. 17.
  • Jason Hilton, teacher from Wachusett Regional High School is the new History-Social Science Specialist at Mass ESE.
  • History-Social Science Review Panel - Met in January and will meet at least a year. Plan for Board of Education adoption in June 2018.
  • CES seeks History-ELA teacher for DYS in New Bedford. Info.
  • CIA creates new database for declassified records from 1940s to 1990s. Info.
  • Trump proposes to eliminate NEH and NEA.
  • Obama Administration Social Media available. Info.


What is the future–and history–of immigration?
  • Immigration Issues in Perspective for Diverse Students. March 15 - May 3. Online Course–to suit your schedule. $25. 15 hours. Earn 22.5 PDPs–or 1 grad credit available for extra $125. Interact with teachers from a range of teaching settings on how to engage YOUR students. Learn about the history of immigration from new perspectives as well as examining current controversies. Explore a wealth of multimedia tools, including primary sources: films, maps, photos, journals, and recordings. Course facilitated by innovative educator and lifelong social justice activist, Rich Cairn. REGISTER.
How can I support struggling learners to succeed in History-Social Studies?
  • 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. Grad credit available for extra fee. REGISTER.
  • 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.
    • April 13 & 27 - Northampton. Laurie Risler & Rich Cairn.
“Accessing Inquiry” courses for History-Social Studies-Humanities teachers meet Mass license renewal requirements for 15-hours PD on students with disabilities or 15-hours PD on English Learners. Link to renewal regulations. Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 10.48.32 AM How can we help students meet today’s challenges to democracy?   
  • America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond - This powerful workshop, features dynamic teacher Kelley Brown and top scholars from Stanford and Oberlin. Explore propaganda (including “Fake News”), mass media, and examination of the Klan, neo-Nazis, and far right in the United States today. Offered in English with Spanish language breakout. $25. Snacks, lunch, and all materials included. Optional grad credit in History available for fee. March 31 & April 1. Holyoke. REGISTER.

Library of Congress Teachers Blog

  • Students and Presidential Speeches: Analyzing Past Speeches and Delivering Their Own. Post.
  • It’s Snowing Primary Sources. History, science, and culture related to winter. Post.
47251v FDR Fireside Chat. 1936.


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Tools to Improve School Climate - From Teaching Tolerance. Info. Civics policies across the U.S.:   ********************************** eNews Weekly (more or less) news & events Reply to to be removed from this list. Register for CES events. Teacher-created lessons, primary source sets, & assessments at:

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.