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History eNews from Emerging America - January 9, 2019

Published on Wed, 01/09/2019


  • Emerging America is offering a fully online session in spring! (and a new session in Northampton).
  • Following a year of intensive support in 2018-2019, DESE expects districts to begin implementing the new History and Social Science Curriculum Framework in 2019-2020. Student-led civics projects should also begin in many districts. By 2020-2021, students in all middle and high schools should be doing civics projects. DESE expects to begin collecting information on local implementation of civics projects in 2019-2020. See Commissioner's Update 12/21/2018.
  • A challenging new post on the Library of Congress Teachers blog on lobotomy and mental health. Must read! - Editor
  • Call for Proposals for 2020 Conference. NCSS/NCGE/TCSS (Austin, TX): Informed Action - Agency, Advocacy, and Activism - Due March 3 - Proposal Information and Form
  • MA Geography Bee seeks volunteer judges and other roles for Friday March 29 - Elms College, Chicopee. Seeking: middle school science and social studies teachers, University faculty (geography, biology, engineering), STEM specialists, conservation experts, other experts/professionals in the related fields of science/social studies, etc. Contact 978-884-4083 asap.
  • Massachusetts Service Alliance - Conference on Volunteerism (Worcester) - May 7 - Call for workshop presentations due February 1 - Info
  • Perkins School for the Blind - Website timeline expanded to include 1882-1912 - Info
  • Massachusetts History Alliance Conference June  24 - Call for Presenters due January 15
  • California History-Social Science Project - What Can Schools Do to Improve Civic Engagement? - Blog Post
  • Teaching Tolerance - Rebounding from Hate: Rise Up - An Inspiring Story of a Middle School Team’s Response to Bigotry
  • EdWeek update on statistics on America's 132,853 schools.


Stone with a man on a horse and a fallen man carved.

Cavalryman rides over fallen soldier on a tombstone in England’s Grosvenor Museum, Chester, UK in this primary source for an accessible lesson on Ancient Rome’s Veterans with Disabilities.

Making the new HSS Framework Accessible:

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources.

Including fully online session - March 27 to May 7.


EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Contact HISTORY AND CIVICS EDUCATION COURSES NOW 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.
  • March 27 to May 7 - FULLY ONLINE!

NOW 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


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Using Historic Newspapers to Study Accounts of a Now-Abandoned Medical Procedure
  • Primary Sources for Musical Learning: Comparing Arrangements of Auld Lang Syne
  • Family, Stories, and Holiday Connections
  • Get Out Your Dancing Shoes…It’s New Year’s!

Library of Congress Resources:

  • Teaching with Primary Sources - Professional Development Providers Institute - Wednesday, January 30 - March 6 - 5:30-6:30pm - Info and Registration

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

  • January 15-16 - Facing History and Ourselves - Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior (Wellesley, MA)  - Info
  • inquirED -
    • January 31 - 4:30pm (webinar - for Teachers) - The 10 Inquiry Teaching Practices (Overview of teaching practices needed to implement inquiry-based learning- Info and Registration
    • January 17, 24, and February 7 - 4:30pm (webinars - for Administrators) - Info and Registration
  • January 27 - Historic Deerfield Winter Lecture Series - The Indian World of George Washington will be presented by Colin Calloway, Dartmouth College - Info
  • February 1 - 2019 Massachusetts Conference on Volunteerism - Call for Proposals due - Info
  • February 6 - 8:30am-3:30pm - Facing History and Ourselves - The Power and Promise of Civic Education Today(forum) - Info and Registration
  • February 11 - 5:30-5:50pm Registration/5:50-7pm - Facing History and Ourselves - Good Trouble in Hard Times: A Community Conversation with Andrew Aydin, Co-Author of MARCH - Info
  • February 11-14 - Historic Deerfield - Chocolate Detectives: An Historic Deerfield Learning Adventure - Info
  • February 24 - Historic Deerfield Winter Lecture Series - Fictive Kin: Frank Speck, Gladys Tantaquidgeon and Other Native Informants," presented by Margaret Bruchac, University of Pennsylvania - Info
  • March 24 - Historic Deerfield Winter Lecture Series - Through an Indian's Looking Glass: William Apess, Pequot," will be presented by Drew Lopenzina, Old Dominion University - Info
  • May 7 - Massachusetts Conference on Volunteerism - DCU Center, Worcester - Info

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 23-28 and July 14-19 - NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Teacher Workshop - Social Movements and Reform in Industrializing America: The Lowell Experience (stipend) - Info and Application
  • June 24 -28 - Community Works Institute - Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability for K-16 - East (Brooklyn, NY) - Info and Registration (fee applies)
  • June 24-28 and July 8-12 - NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Teacher Workshop - Movement, Mobilization, and Militarization: The Bay Area Home Front in World War II (stipend) - Info and Application
  • June 23-28 and July 7-12 - NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Teacher Workshop - The Transcontinental Railroad: Transforming California and the Nation (stipend) - Info and Application
  • July 15-19 - Historic Deerfield Outdoors - The River, Drifting Continents, Dinosaurs, and a Glacial Lake: Understanding the Amazing Stories Preserved in our Rocks and Landscape (fee applies) - Geology plus human and natural history of the Connecticut River Valley - Info and Registration
  • July 22-26 - Community Works Institute - Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability for K-16 - West (Los Angeles, CA)  - Info and Registration (fee applies)

Other Resources:

New Accessible Lesson:

Ancient Rome’s Veterans with Disabilities: Roman Accounts and U.S. Veteran Comparisons This lesson features both ancient texts referring to the lives of Roman soldiers after they were wounded in battle and images and recordings of American veterans. Students will compare how two societies separated by centuries think about and act toward veterans who live with a disability. The lesson includes activities that offer opportunities to move in the classroom, write, draw, collaborate, and learn from varied primary sources in written, visual, and audio media. The comparison to contemporary experiences of wounded American soldiers invites students of ancient Rome to more vividly imagine the needs and lives of soldiers centuries ago, prompting reflection and inquiry. View this and other teaching resources on ********************************** 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.