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History eNews from Emerging America - February 21, 2018

Published on Thu, 02/22/2018

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 5, Issue 8 for February 21, 2018


  • New Lesson Plan from Emerging America – Immigration versus Nativism
  • Join the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies – Access resources, networking opportunities
  • Follow U.S. Federal Budget for History Education Info
  • March 19 11am-1:30pm – Shrewsbury High School Room 02 – Social Studies Meeting
  • UMass Boston History Department seeks Lecturer in History/Director of Archives Info
  • Forums to Discuss Draft Social Studies Frameworks – Register through ESE:
    • March 5 – 4-6pm – CES, Northampton.
    • Southeast. March 9 – 2-3pm. MCSS Conf. Bridgewater State Univ.
    • Northeast. March 13. 4-5:30pm. Salem State Univ.
    • Boston. March 21. 3-4:30pm. ESE, Malden.

Letter from Arthur Keller to Alexander Graham Bell, November 29, 1887

Available in Emerging America Primary Source Set, Disability History: What contributed to a growing understanding and awareness of people with disabilities?

Letter discusses Bell’s interest in blind and deaf education, Helen Keller, and the Perkins Institute in Boston. Bell was an advocate for teaching speech to deaf children and later (1908) founded a school based on this principle.

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources: Courses in Boston, Northampton, Westford, Mass; Danbury, CT; and Poughkeepsie, NY.

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA – Info & Registration.



Hands-on workshop to learn and practical skills for teaching diverse learners.

  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources:
    • March 12 & 22 – Dutchess County BOCES – Poughkeepsie, NY. ($35) Registration. (12 NY CEUs or grad credit).
    • March 13 & April 3 – 8:30am-4:00pm – Boston ($72.50) FREE to Boston Public Schools teachers. BPS teachers contact if you need instructions on registering. Registration.
    • April 5 & 23 – 8:30am-4pm – Westford Academy. ($72.50) FREE to Westford Public Schools teachers. Registration.
    • April 24 & May 15 – 8am – 4pm – Northampton ($72.50) Registration.
    • April 26 & May 8 – 8am – 3pm – Danbury, CT ($89) Registration. (Click “Register for Courses”.)

“Accessing Inquiry” courses meet Mass license renewal requirements for 15-hours PD on students with disabilities or 15-hours PD on English Learners. Optional 1 Westfield State University grad credit in History available.

  • March 23 & 24 – 8:45am – 3:45pm – Plymouth North High School – America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond ($35). Registration.  


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • “Civil war Images: Depictions of African Americans in the War Effort,” a New Primary Source Set from the Library of Congress
  • Presidential Cartoons and Caricatures: Studying Perceptions of the Presidency
  • Guiding Student Investigation of a Miniature Flask for Insight into Maya Civilization

OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS – Across Massachusetts and the U.S

  • February 25, 2-3pm – Historic Deerfield Winter Lecture Series, “Risky Business: Getting Ahead in the Early Republic” Info Free and Open to the Public
  • March 17, 9am-4pm- Workshop – Boston – MA Historical Society – Monuments & Historical Memory Info and Registration
  • March-June – Two-Day Service Learning using KIDS as planners – 8:30-3:30 – Four locations and dates! Info and Registration
  • April 12-14 – 48th Annual Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies – Power of Place: Where Social Studies Happens Info and Registration  
  • May 10 – 6-9pm – Eat, Drink, & Be Thoughtful with Professor Jonathan Kaufman Info and Tickets


  • Summer Institute at Mars Hill University
    • June 25-29 – Musical Legacy of Appalachia: Using Ballads to Teach Poetry Register
    • July 9-13 – People Not Property, Examining Digitized Slave Deeds Register
  • July 19-28 – Peru – Service Learning in Peru with EF Tours (Participant Paid) – Brochure
  • July 22-23 Boston – The Right Question Institute – Building Learning Communities – Info
  • July 28 – History Camp Pioneer Valley 2018 – Save the Date – Info

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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.