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History eNews from Emerging America - June 3, 2020

Published on Wed, 06/03/2020

Emerging America logo against vista of sky, river, distant mountains.

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 7, Issue 19 for June 3, 2020


  • Announcing: Teaching Civic Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions in Today’s Classroom: A Teacher Leadership Institute – remarkable professional development program from Western Mass Writing Project (WMWP). Online. July and fall. Up to 4 grad credits. Apply to WMWP
  • Mass Civic Learning Coalition (MCLC) seeks educator input on topics for future webinars: survey.
    • MCLC seeks examples of student-led civics projects since 2018 to showcase on its website. Complete form. Forward to teachers! 
  • National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Board statement condemns anti-Asian/Asian-American harassment and violence
  • NCSS statement condemns killing of George Floyd & Countless Black People. 
  • Bill of Rights Institute: Virtual Constitutional Academy for students - Registration  
  • NPR Hidden Brain podcast on incentives: What We Lose When We Assume People Are Bad
  • Discovering Justice - Civic Superheroes Contest - Contest closes June 15 
  • No eNews next week. Next issue June 17. Send news & events to by June 14.


A Fixed Star: Teaching the First Amendment 

and Our Most Fundamental Rights

New summer online course taught by Kelley Brown and historian David Hudson. Register.

A hand touching the first of four red-white-and-blue voting-booth levers, reading 'Freedom of Enterprise,' 'Freedom of Worship,' 'Freedom of Speech.' and 'Freedom of Press.' Text reads, "Your right to vote is your opportunity to protect, over here, the freedoms for which Americans fight over there."

This World War II poster links the fight against fascism with free enterprise and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. (c1943). Earn three grad credits in a fascinating exploration of the First Amendment, with focus on effective teaching strategies. Course details.

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.




All online through Summer 2020. PDPs / Or optional grad credit available from Westfield State University.

  • NEW! - A Fixed Star: Teaching the First Amendment and Our Most Fundamental Rights. Taught by Kelley Brown with historian David Hudson. Info & Registration. 3 grad credits in history available. $200. 
    • June 29 - August 12 - ONLINE 


  • America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil war to Nuremberg and Beyond. Instructors: Peter Carroll, Stanford Univ.; Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College; Rich Cairn, Emerging America; Kelley Brown, Easthampton High School. $40. PDPs or (with extra fee) 1 graduate credit. Register
    • June 30 to July 28 - ONLINE


  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources. Instructors: Rich Cairn & Alison Noyes. Meets state PD requirement, with attention to teachers of History and Social Science and the Humanities. $80. PDPs or (with extra fee). 1 graduate credit. Register. Meets Mass teacher relicense requirement: Link to regulations.
    • July 6-31 - ONLINE


  • NEW! - Teaching the History’s Mysteries K-5 Curriculum. New free K-5 curriculum available online. Info & Register for orientation and professional development led by program creators, Laurie Risler & Kelley Brown. $50. 
    • July 16 & 23 - ONLINE


  • NEW! - Teaching Civic Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions in Today's Classroom: A Teacher Leadership Institute. Emerging America is collaborating again with the Western Mass Writing Project to offer this excellent program!  Earn 4 graduate credits from UMass Amherst. Info & Register. Karen Pleasant and Simon Leutz are co-leading the institute with a writing specialist from WMWP. 
    • Meets online July 6-17 and bi-weekly September to December.



TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this network


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • This Week in Office Hours: The American Archives of Public Broadcasting and Math with Primary Sources

  • Gasoline Alley: Using the Engineering Design Process to Solve a Problem in an Old Comic Panel

  • Strategies for Planning and Selecting Maps for Exhibits, Displays and Workshops

  • Swatting the Fly: Conceptualizing Problems and Solutions around the Spread of Disease

  • This Week in Office Hours: and the Influenza Epidemic in 1918

  • Free Webinar: Reflecting on Using Primary Sources to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners – June 3, 2-3 ET - Features Emerging America! 

  • “This malignancy, it was right at our very doors.” Using Manuscripts to Study the Influenza Pandemic of 1918

  • Next Week’s Office Hours: Exploring Using the Occupational Folklife Project with Your Students



See Resources for Education During a Pandemic for updated list.  

Library of Congress: Jill Lepore on How This Pandemic Will Go Down in History


  • NERC50 - Early Registration Begins June 1 - October 4 and 5 (Cape Cod) - Info & Registration 
  • June 3 - 7-8pm (Webinar) - Five College for East Asian Studies: Religion in China: Buddhism - Info & Registration 
  • June 4 - 3pm (Webinar) - American Antiquarian Society: "Picture It: The Women's Suffrage Movement" - Info & Registration 
  • June 4 - 2-4PM (Webinar) - New York Historical Society and Facing History and Ourselves: Civic Participation in Times of Crisis - A Special “Chancellor’s Day” Teacher Workshop - Info & Registration 
  • June 4 - 4pm (Webinar) - Ford’s Theatre: Conversations on Creativity, History and Leadership - Info & Registration 
  • June 8 - 3pm (Webinar) - American Antiquarian Society: "Isaiah Thomas's Apprenticeship" - Info & Registration 
  • June 8 - August 9. Massachusetts Center for Civic Education & Framingham State University - 3 grad credit / PDPs online summer course: Understanding the Fundamental Principles, Values, and Institutions of American Government. For History and Civics teachers at all levels. Register. For info, contact Roger Desrosiers 
  • June 11 - 3-4PM - MCLC Webinar: Activities and Strategies to Engage Students in Civics through Virtual Classrooms - Info & Registration
  • June 13 - 10:30AM (Webinar) - Holyoke Public Library: Keeping the Lights on for Ike: Daily Life of a Utilities Engineer at AFHQ in Europe During WWII - Info & Registration 
  • June 23 - 7-8pm - Five College for East Asian Studies: Girl of the Southern Sea - Info & Registration 
  • July 13 - July 24 - University of the Arts: Summer Course - Comics + Graphic Novels as Primary Sources - Info & Registration 
  • July 27 - August 7 - 9-11AM (Online) - University of the Arts: Summer Course - Posters of the People: Using WPA Sources - Info & Registration 
  • October 6 - Time TBD - Bill of Rights Institute (Hartford, CT) - One Day Professional Development Program - Registration 


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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.