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History eNews from Emerging America - July 13, 2022

Published on Wed, 07/13/2022

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 9, Issue 7 for July 13, 2022


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • Blog post preview: Teachers Make Good Things Happen! Link to full blog post.


Teachers Make Good Things Happen! 

Plan now for the upcoming fall

Consider participating in pilot testing (ESL lessons featuring primary sources, Disability History curriculum) and a PLC bringing together ESL and Social Studies teachers. Link for more info

Apply for an educator grant from Learning for Justice.

Read about how teacher Wendy Harris used a grant to engage DeafBlind students to make a difference at her school. 

laptop computer shows face of smiling teacher on the screen

Apply to participate in a virtual PLC with stipend. Image credit: "La Teacher", Alfredo Ponce, artist. Commissioned by Amplifier. 



EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

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Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum orientation 

  • September 28, 2022 - 4-5pm Eastern time.
  • Orientation to the curriculum with author, Rich Cairn. Sign up for orientation. No cost. 



Upcoming Presentations and Recordings of Past Presentations from Emerging America

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

  • Smithsonian National Education Summit - July 27-28, 2022 - Info on the Smithsonian Summit.
  • Includes Lee Ann Potter, Director of Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives at the Library of Congress, and a national panel of educators, including Emerging America staff, 12:00-1:30pm - Thursday, July 28.
  • National Council for the Social Studies Conference - December 2-4, 2022 - Philadelphia - Mark your calendars! - Info on NCSS Conference
    • How to Integrate Disability History into the Curriculum: We Can and We Must with Rich Cairn. 
    • Translate History Activities with Primary Sources into ESL Learning with Casey Cullen and Alison Noyes
    • Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility presentations. 
  • Recording of June 30 webinar: “Massachusetts and the Experience of Civil War Disability” - Graham Warder, Keene State College - June 30, 2022



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

  • Fostering Student Analysis of Newspaper Poetry Related to the Influenza Pandemic of 1918
  • Patsy Takemoto Mink’s Title IX Legacy
  • Exploring Freezing Point Depression with an Image of a Thermometer
  • Natural Disasters: A New Primary Source Set from the Library of Congress
  • From Intern to Employee: Celia Roskin, the newest addition to the Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives Office
  • Make Local Connections with Primary Sources from Your State





  • July 25-29 - in-person workshop - National Archives, Washington, DC - Primary Sources and Project-Based Learning - Maryland Humanities. Info on Project-Based Learning workshop
  • July 26-28, 8:30am-3pm - in-person, Harvard Univ. - Ancient Societies of Latin America and the Caribbean. Primary Source. Info on summer courses
  • July 28 at 7pm Eastern - Hybrid - In His Own Words: Nanepashemet on the History of Indigenous New England - Mass Historical and Plimouth Patuxet Museum. Info on Indigenous History webinar
  • August 1-5 - in-person workshop, Southbridge, Massachusetts - Civics + Data Workshop for High School Teachers - Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Info on data and civics workshop
  • August 8-12 - in-person - Park for Every Classroom - Essex Heritage and National Park Service. Info on the workshop on project-based learning
  • August 9-12 - Primary Sources in the Classroom - in-person, Boston Athenaeum. Info on Athenaeum workshop
  • August 11 - webinar - Choices Program: Introducing new Genocide unit - Brown University. Info on the Genocide curriculum webinar
  • September 21-22 - 3:30-5pm - online - Civics Project Planning Workshop: Grade 8. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Info on grade 8 civics workshop
  • September 28-29 - 3:30-5pm - online - Civics Project Planning Workshop: High School. Mass DESE. Info on high school civics workshop
  • October 27, 7pm - in-person - Framingham State University - Legacy of Courage: Black Changemakers in Massachusetts Past, Present, and Future. 





Teachers Make Good Things Happen! Plan now for the upcoming fall

Inclusion strategies can energize instruction for all learners and expand opportunities for them to make a difference in their communities. Tap these powerful support resources to explore new ideas and tools in your classroom. 

  • Learning for Justice Educator Grants
  • Pilot Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum
  • Pilot English as a Second Language Lessons (ESL) in Social Studies featuring primary sources 
  • Join a national Professional Learning Community bringing together ESL and Social Studies teachers 


Read the full blog post 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.